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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.




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Reply #1 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.

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Reply #2 on: December 15, 2020, 06:58:00 AM
PICS!

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Reply #3 on: December 15, 2020, 07:15:58 AM
What pics?

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Reply #4 on: December 15, 2020, 08:22:03 AM
'Pics,' not Picts.  ;D



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Reply #5 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.

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Reply #6 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:

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Reply #7 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.



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Reply #8 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.



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Reply #9 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)

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Reply #10 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. 🤭



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Reply #11 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.

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Reply #12 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.



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Reply #13 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:

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Reply #14 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: 


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