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Title: Slot Cars
Post by: Bison on December 14, 2020, 11:49:27 PM
Well, the boys and I are continuing my journey down memory lane. We are getting a starter Carrera Go!!! track.

I loved my old AFX track. However, I decided to move from 1/64th scale up to 1/43 scale. I really wanted to go for 1/32 but the cost is significantly more for the Carrera Digital system (allows 6 simultaneous drivers on two tracks with change lanes, pit stops, etc...) and the Dudes tend to break things. So for learning track the price and increase  in car/track size is perfect.

Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: bob48 on December 15, 2020, 06:36:13 AM
Oh heck yes. I had a load of Scaletrix stuff as a kid, My best car was a Shelby Cobra :-) Happy memories indeed.
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: bayonetbrant on December 15, 2020, 06:58:00 AM
PICS!
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: bob48 on December 15, 2020, 07:15:58 AM
What pics?
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 15, 2020, 08:22:03 AM
'Pics,' not Picts.  ;D
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: bob48 on December 15, 2020, 08:39:15 AM
I'm talking about a lot of years ago - I doubt I even owned a camera then.
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: bayonetbrant on December 15, 2020, 08:59:50 AM
PICS!


Should've been cleared - that was directed at Bison.


Bob's 'pics' back then would've been cave wall art....  :whistle:
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: Bison on December 15, 2020, 09:04:02 AM
Oh heck yes. I had a load of Scaletrix stuff as a kid, My best car was a Shelby Cobra :-) Happy memories indeed.

It was a difficult decision whether to go with Carrera or Scaletrix and HO scale was still a strong option. A few factors lead to my decision. I think the slightly larger scale will be easier for the boys to control. Cost. AFX track sets are pretty spendy and at the same price point as the Carrera Digital. Availability. I could order a track set and a couple of track options (lane change and some extra curve/straights to replace the loop to loop at some point) for about the same as the available smaller track length Scaletrix.
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: Bison on December 15, 2020, 09:04:48 AM
PICS!


Should've been cleared - that was directed at Bison.


Bob's 'pics' back then would've been cave wall art....  :whistle:

I'll post some once the big reveal day comes and we get it setup.
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: bob48 on December 15, 2020, 10:15:26 AM
^.....if you can stop playing with it long enough............

(I just know somebody will add some innuendo to that)
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: Bison on December 15, 2020, 03:05:31 PM
Maybe if Mrs. Bob knew of this slot car magical power, she would buy you one to play with too. 🤭
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: bob48 on December 15, 2020, 03:24:48 PM
No, but I have a 4 year old grandson who will likely be very interested - Once this lock-down has ended, I may have to introduce him to the joys of slot car racing :-)

The gear is much much sophisticated (and expensive) than it was 50+ years ago.

Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: Bison on December 15, 2020, 03:53:01 PM
The basic Carrera Go!!! sets are much more reasonable. In the US, it’s like $40 for 2 cars and controllers with a basic figure eight track. I saw a similar scaltrix set too. I opted for a slight upgrade to get the power inverter rather than use batteries and a slightly larger track.

But without question a big set with lots of tracks and all the add on stuff can get very expensive quickly.
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: Barthheart on December 15, 2020, 04:21:58 PM
A friend of my when we were kids had a huge setup on a 4x8 sheet of plywood. We all bought our own cars and had series races. Even had wiper changes and replacement tires.
Good times.  :bigthumb:
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: Martok on December 15, 2020, 07:26:13 PM
Wow, I didn't know that slot car/racing was even still a thing.  That's awesome, Bison!  Hope you and the boys have fun.  :bigthumb: 

Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: thecommandtent on December 15, 2020, 09:09:03 PM
Very cool, looking forward to the pictures. My little guy is just starting to get into matchbox cars and tracks. I'll be curious if he ever shows an interest in slot cars.
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: Bison on December 15, 2020, 10:52:44 PM
Wow, I didn't know that slot car/racing was even still a thing.  That's awesome, Bison!  Hope you and the boys have fun.  :bigthumb:

Oh it's still a thing and it has a pretty dedicated hobbyist community and is have a bit of a resurgent with 1/24th slot clubs.
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: Bison on December 15, 2020, 10:54:43 PM
Very cool, looking forward to the pictures. My little guy is just starting to get into matchbox cars and tracks. I'll be curious if he ever shows an interest in slot cars.

Sounds like an opportunity to me for future bonding time. The Carrera First sets are battery-powered small sets designed for 3+.
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: Bison on December 17, 2020, 09:35:13 PM
The track arrived today...be cool dad...be cool Christmas is less than 10 days away...be cool and do not open the kid's gift...
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: Doctor Quest on December 17, 2020, 09:49:39 PM
 :ROFL:

 >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: Martok on December 18, 2020, 02:19:10 AM
Oh, man.  I think that gave me my biggest belly laugh all week.  :2funny: 

Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: bob48 on December 18, 2020, 06:41:27 AM
The track arrived today...be cool dad...be cool Christmas is less than 10 days away...be cool and do not open the kid's gift...

I think you should take a peek to ensure all is in order. Just think of the disappointment on the day if there was something missing or not functioning  :whistle:
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: Doctor Quest on December 18, 2020, 09:26:37 AM
He's right you know.
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: judgedredd on December 18, 2020, 09:51:08 AM

wtf is this?
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: Martok on December 18, 2020, 11:04:34 AM
Pure awesomeness.  8) 

Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 18, 2020, 11:53:06 AM
Holy crap those things move fast. How the heck do they tell who's winning?
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: judgedredd on December 18, 2020, 04:10:54 PM
Holy crap those things move fast. How the heck do they tell who's winning?
I guess colour and some counter as they go over the line? No idea.

I'm not sure there's any skill there. If the cars (and I'm not sure they were cars) stay on the track regardless,  what's the point? With slot cars (Scalextric we refer to it as) you had to adjust your speed going round some bends
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: bob48 on December 18, 2020, 04:46:53 PM
Yes, it does seem from that film that there is not much of a need for any skill, which seems to distract from the fun of it.
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: Bison on December 18, 2020, 06:22:44 PM
The track arrived today...be cool dad...be cool Christmas is less than 10 days away...be cool and do not open the kid's gift...

I think you should take a peek to ensure all is in order. Just think of the disappointment on the day if there was something missing or not functioning  :whistle:

I appreciate the encouragement into temptation but the Mrs. would do horrible things to my person.
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: Bison on December 18, 2020, 06:25:29 PM
Holy crap those things move fast. How the heck do they tell who's winning?
I guess colour and some counter as they go over the line? No idea.

I'm not sure there's any skill there. If the cars (and I'm not sure they were cars) stay on the track regardless,  what's the point? With slot cars (Scalextric we refer to it as) you had to adjust your speed going round some bends

They are controlling the speed but that particular race appears to focus on the building of the 1/24th car.
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: Bison on December 25, 2020, 10:08:41 PM
I'll take some photos tomorrow but it's pretty darn fun to be slot racing again. 4 track configurations broken up by building multiple Lego sets have taken their toll on me.
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: bayonetbrant on December 25, 2020, 10:50:35 PM
 :bigthumb:
Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: Martok on December 26, 2020, 12:08:49 PM
4 track configurations broken up by building multiple Lego sets have taken their toll on me.

Heh, yeah that would make for a rather long day.  :)  Look forward to the photos! 


Title: Re: Slot Cars
Post by: thecommandtent on December 26, 2020, 03:13:28 PM
I'll take some photos tomorrow but it's pretty darn fun to be slot racing again. 4 track configurations broken up by building multiple Lego sets have taken their toll on me.

Living the dream!