Thursday, 30 March 2017

Table 6 is retired. Welcome Table 6.

We've been quiet since the rebuild after the flood some 8 months ago.
Been a lot going on in here though. 
As this is the first rebuild week of 2017, thought I should run you through what we have been up to.

We have recoloured all the lanes, no lane has the old colour and no colour has the same series lane as before, but each lane is still equal across all the tables. 

We retired Sao Paulo table 6 after it being with us for 6 years and replaced it with Bakersville, which is a fast flowing table which we expect to see big scores on. (Video will be at the bottom)

An generally cleaned all the tracks up and made sure all the connections are tight ready for the Easter Racing to begin. 

As the Formula 1, BTCC, Formula E and BSB, are all now starting to roll once more it's never been a a better time to come and try your own hand at racing around these replica layouts and finding out about the Hobby of slot car racing. 

Friday, 20 March 2015

C3538 Boss Mustang Vs C2898 Chevrolet Camaro

When I first started working for Electric Tracks (Scalextric Racing) Many many years ago, my favourite car was the Boss Mustang. Scalextrics and Hornby had designed this model car that looked like well a car, big powerful and robust pieces of kit that were easy to mod, simple so change things around in and fairly robust. It was a general mix between the group of which was better the Camaro or the Mustang. I will always say the mustang but then isn't this the debate across the pond generally any way?
I digress. We now come full circle and we have a digital ready Mustang and a Digital Ready Camaro.
Gone are the old blue clip out guide blades and replaced with the digital guide, the chip sitting a little way back as with all cars of this modern digital era. What is the different between the original and the new moulding then?

To be honest not a lot. The Camaro has a fairly standard, magnet in front of the motor set up with no ability to change it's position, acts like most muscle and rear wheel drive cars where if you push it to hard into the corner or accelerate to quickly out it can fish tail or tank slap (depending where you are in the world depends on which reference you would use)
Fairly fast in a straight line, need to break a little early to stop it coasting off through the barriers and to get the front wheels down for the corner. All in all it is a nice car to drive if you know what you are doing and looks fairly good doing it.

The Mustang. Now the mustang carries on with having the variable magnet position and straight out the box it has the magnet mounted directly below the rear axle, giving maximum attraction to the track, as with a lot of the newer (post 2013) cars the thinner magnet and new positioning has increased the grip at the rear no end. The downside the mustang is a long nose car. With all that down force at the back the front is going to ride high and this can cause de-slotting when entering the corners, or in the case we have here using a mechanical lap counter completely missing all together.

With the pre digital set up there was room for a tiny circle magnet to go into the nose of the car, this kept the front end down when the back end was in the air. If you watch the video you can see the Mustang vibrating at the nose as it goes along this is the power in the rear wheels pushing the  nose of the car up into the air as it goes along. Don't get me wrong it is nice that they have finally allowed the Mustang to be able to join the other digital cars on the track but would have been nice if they could have left that front magnet in as well or the option to put one in.

Now you can counter this of course, small weight like a ball of blue-tac in the nose, I wouldn't try and force a magnet in though if you are going to go digital this could cause some issues with the electronics possibly to be honest I do't know. I am not an electronics guy. Just a possibly poorly educated guess. Though you could use a 5g or a 2g wheel weight in the body work of the nose this might be enough to keep it in the slot. Not to heavy though as you don't want to keep dragging the car on when breaking.

The video I am using new editing software and as i am now able to do the videos again I am still learning it they will improve over time once I get the hang of it, though I think this is the best way to do our reviews, video and words. Also New track Austin Texas, I finished building it and went straight out to do this video as soon as it was completed.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Scalextric Audi Sport Quatro

So Scalextric have decided some of the greatest rally cars from the 80's, the RS200, 6R4, Audi Quattro.

I have done video reviews for both the 6R4 & RS200. But as I haven't got my camera to hand and it's been really busy of late, I decided to do this one by typing. I have just spent the last 8 minutes running the car through its paces.

The model its self is really good, the detailing design and even the paint job are superb, looks really good going round the track. Can not grumble about the model at all, or its performance. 

Technical spec:
Normal motor on a side winder mount, same as most cars, making the back end heavier than the front end, fairly normal layout there, but the magnet position is under the rear axle allowing for increased grip on the rear, this is handy though it makes the front end a little light and it can deslot as the front lifts from being tilted upwards with that much down force on the back end. This is not a bad thing, as you can counter it by breaking to get the nose down, but with a solid front axle do you want to get the nose down quickly through a corner?

I haven't taken the car to bits yet, as I don't really like the under-pan, it is formed in such a strange way I am unsure if it is screwed in and clipped in or just screwed and the body fits lose. I am unsure as I sit here with the screwdriver as it feels really tight fitting to the body and really I only need to adjust it if the guide breaks, motor packs up or the wires snap. 

Rear tires are slightly rounded which I find annoying as they are not putting down 100% of the rubber on the track and I am also going to hazard a guess they are using the sports plus compound for the tires themselves as they are really hard to sand flat, this linked with the fact they are so thin and tightly wrapped to the wheel itself. Also with the lowered magnet position now sitting flush to the gear edge any reduction in the tire depth could result in the car grounding out on the track itself.

It's a nice car though, possibly needs a couple of grams added to the front end to keep the nose down, and set some reasonable times on Donington Layout. 

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Technical Glitch

I was going to spend today catching up on filming to show you all these new cars racing around.
I've lost the charger cable for the video camera though, and as the camera hasn't been used for several months all the batteries are dead.

Friday, 31 May 2013

MP4-12C GT3 Review

 I reviewed this a few years back, video is on our you tube channel. I wasn't impressed with the road version, slipped and sliding all over the place, rattling magnet and generally to slow and not what I would expect from a super car of this calibre at all.
Now it looks the same, its is a MP4-12C GT3, I was expecting the same bad traction sliding about slow uncontrollable model I had attempted to use before.
On closer inspection though you will notice several changes to the model. For one the spoiler, an yes even at this scale it can make a difference, the clicking magnet issue is still there I still think it is to low to the track and any rails sticking up will scar the underside, but it now holds the track a lot better. Is this the spoiler?
I'm not sure if it is faster but as I still have both models available to me when I do the next video I shall be comparing them. 

At this moment in time I think this is a better model than the road version, I like the colouring but any car in the gulf colours always looks good to me. Just something about that blue.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Lotus Evora C3387

No video yet for this model, am working on it.I have had time to take it for a run though.
Put through its paces on table 8. Anderstorp.
It appears to have very little grip and likes to push out on the back end resulting in de-slotting especially though inner radius 3 corners. I thought this might be a magnet issue so cracked it open to discover it has the thinner of the magnets inside. Though there is a second magnet bay behind the motor for you to move this magnet to. Attempting to do this I had a hell of a job removing the magnet, being a thin magnet I was more worried about snapping the magnet than the car, so was being careful and I still managed to crack the underpan along the magnet bay. It would appear the plastic here is very thin, and while the make up of the whole underpan is very rigid compared to a lot of the cars out there this point is rather flimsy and brittle.
I got he magnet out though without to much damage. Removed the motor and the back axle in order to get at  the slot, and the rear light PCB came away with out any force as it had not been glued into place.
Had to use a bit of brute force to get the magnet back in though.
Car rebuilt and back on the track, it increased its speed due to the increased down force of the rear axle from the thin magnet in place, but still likes to slide out on the radius 3 corners. 
So is this how the car is going to be? Wider corners causing the back end to slide out and the car to roll over?
With this all in mind as I set up to do my Video review in the coming days and how I like to run my cars as the came out of the box I shall be putting the magnet back, placing it on the shelf and waiting for the camera man to arrive. I will be doing 2 videos with this car, one showing the magnet in its original place and one with it at the back. I'll also add them under here with more thoughts once I have them done. 

Out the box thoughts.
Nice looking car, like the black like decals and design.

Plastic feels a lot stiffer than what I have seen before.

All the weights to the rear of the car.

Pretty quick in a straight line. 

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Ford RS200 Review

There is a video review for this car.
Since this video was made we have been running these cars on the Catalunya lay out. (Table 3)
I still like this car, its back end twitches a bit through corners and is a little harder to handle than the 6R4.
This is not my issue, it has been on the table for two weeks now and I have had to rewire them all at least once.

Now this would not normally be a problem and now I have adjusted the wires it appears to be holding on better.

The fact I had to do it is annoying. The wiring curls up between the digital plug and under the lights putting tension onto the point of join, this never used to be a problem when the wires went directly into the pick up. Now though the pick up has a thin solid strip running out which is connected to the suppressor as digital cars should have two suppressors in them, one for the track and one for the motor. This stops the digital chip being fried by the electro magnetic interference.

It does mean though that there is less room for movement with the wiring internally between pick up and plug. Then having the cable either crammed under the lighting board and the axle causes the cable to not freely move, though centring the guide blade  out of turns it does mean that the wires are being strained and then they break. Which means the car stops running altogether.

Of course on a home circuit you will probably not be putting these cars through the long sessions that happen here. So this might never happen, but if you do the first thing I would suggest is carefully removing the wiring and putting it above the lighting board, I do mean carefully I managed to break the holding point for the lights on one car attempting to do this, car runs fine but it is still a shame it snapped so easily.

Bah this minor technical issue the car is a good looking model, it is a little tail happy but all in all a good Group B rally car.