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  • Digital 1/24 with Scalextric Sport: an alternative approach

    Hi all.
    I was discussing this matter with a friend recently and I think it may be an interesting debate - I've never seen this idea discussed anywhere so here it is.
    My friend wants to build an analog/oXigen track, but as he wants to be able to race 1:24 digital as well, he was leaning towards a track system other than Scalextric's.
    However, I suggested him a different approach.
    With a traditional analog circuit, racing 1:24 scale models on Scalextric Sport is out of question. Well, it may be possible on multi-lane layouts, racing on half of the lanes - not ideal, and awkward looking.
    However, it occurred to me that digital changes it all. On a 4 or 6 lanes Scalextric Sport, 1:24 becomes feasible, with cars racing on all lanes, with the chasing cars having to switch two full lanes before overtaking the cars in front. It may actually be a very realistic form of racing.

    In other words, a 4 or 6 lanes Scalextric oXigen track may actually be a very viable choice for 1:24 digital racing thus overcoming what is generally perceived as a limit for Scalextric Sport. SSD unfortunately does not contemplate a finish line with more than two lanes, so it can't be used with this purpose in mind, because really 4 or 6 lanes are necessary.

    Comments?

  • #2
    SSD, and other "toy" digital systems can be expanded to 4 or 6 lanes. One method for SSD is to wire up extra sensors in the extra lanes. Another option is the upcoming SmartMegaSensor which will have enough sensors to add several lanes to the start/finish line.

    But, I agree that digital 1/24 on a 4+ lane Sport track would be pretty fun and probably more realistic than 1/32 on Sport. If ever such an opportunity presents itself, I'm all in.

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    • #3
      You would need borders!

      If you didn't have borders you couldn't use the outside two lanes....

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      • #4
        Sounds like something worth trying? I would certainly like to run my 1/24ths more often and it would be nice to have our 6 lane routed track usable for digital as it has the same lane spacing as Scalextric Sport. Most probably more of an Oxigen conversion than SSD?

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        • #5
          If it has the same lane spacing, you could do either oXigen or SSD, since you could easily use the Scalextric lane changers. Analog guys won't be fond of the momentary loss of power over lane changer flippers, so what I'd suggest is modifying the track so that a couple of the longer straights have swappable panels for each mode. One just has slots and braid for analog mode, and one has a pattern of lane changers to allow cars to traverse the 6 lanes, or at least move a couple lanes over. That way, you could have essentially the "same" track without upsetting analog racers by putting dead spots in their lanes, but conversion would be a few screws and a power plug for the transition. If you were serious, of course. Where can a guy find photos of your 6 lane routed track?
          Last edited by MrFlippant; 12-29-2013, 02:00 PM.

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          • #6
            Good point about the borders. I actually didn't think about this, but it's true - there must be borders.
            Regarding extending SSD to 4 or 6 lanes: I didn't know about the Smart Mega Sensor, but it sounds very promising (just read about it). I've always been disappointed by the lack of 4/6 lanes lap counting feature in most digital systems.

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            • #7
              It would be this one....

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              • #8
                Great track slotbutton.
                Yes, my friend and I were discussing an oXigen + Scalextric Sport layout.

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                • #9
                  I've converted a few powerbases to 4 lane counting, and if this was done AABB then there is no chance of crossing with 1/24th at the same time (as opposed to a lottery winning chance of missing a lap in 1/32nd)

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                  • #10
                    Right - but then you'd be limited to 4 lanes. More lanes than that and you may end up a a millionaire

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