Forum home Road cycling forum The cake stop

Scalextrix - new or old?

I have an older set - the one with the two hole tabs to connect the track - and obviously, it's analogue - one car per track ...

Got it out of the loft and set it up and had a good time with Little Slowbike - great fun, but rather limited on the circuits I can build.

Considering getting some more track - but then discovered there's a digital version ...
Don't want to spend a fortune on it as it's a rainy day activity really and nowhere to leave it set up (plus he still likes being out on his bike getting wet and muddy) - but do I just get a few bits of extra track (prob just buy a complete set off ebay/marketplace) or is there a good reason to swap for the digital?

Posts

  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,541 Lives Here
    old old old old. They go much faster too.
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498
    it did quite surprise me how well a 4yo managed to control the car with the trigger - on the square track I got the inside track and I couldn't keep up with him - despite it being shorter, but tighter corners ... but he did like crashing too...
    So - Old = faster (one positive as my years progress then ... ;) )
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,541 Lives Here
    edited March 2020
    Used to race my dad's old '70s set and it was a proper set which you could properly customise (to zizag through under the dining table). This was back in the late '90s now but you could get some very nippy cars which seemed to be supercharged by whatever juice was going through the track so how you drove them made a huge difference.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 14,118
    I seem to remember that the old version cars were much harder to control on the corners. I also remember them as being bigger (Jackie Stewart F1 version), but then I was smaller. 😉
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498
    I'm now watching a few items on the bay - local to me - yup, it'd be fun zigzagging it around - want enough for it to be interesting, without spending a fortune ..

    What took me back to our original set was the smell ...
  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 1,077
    Still got one of these in a box in the loft. 1960's V8 F1 . Stuck to the track like a limpet and had big squishy rubber rear tyres. Used to give me nasty burns from the exposed motor underneath. Ah, heady days!!
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,541 Lives Here


    The Magnetraction on it was nuts - faster it went, the stronger the magnet worked - until it flew off.
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498
    ... and hit the TV ... ?
  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 1,077
    slowbike said:

    ... and hit the TV ... ?

    TV's in those days had such thick glass screens you could throw a shoe at them and it would just bounce off! Do that to a OLED and it's toast.
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498
    well - yes - my little brother gave ours a push and it did a rollypolly off it's stand ... iirc, Dad had to do a little resolder on the motherboard before it worked again.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,541 Lives Here

    slowbike said:

    ... and hit the TV ... ?

    TV's in those days had such thick glass screens you could throw a shoe at them and it would just bounce off! Do that to a OLED and it's toast.
    Preach. My shoe throwing days are long over.
  • wolfsbane2kwolfsbane2k Posts: 2,992
    I've got a mix of new and old tracks - as long as you can get the interconnectors, just get on with it.

    There is some difference in the length of the slot between cars for the two - I think digital cars are longer, but not 100% sure - I have about 16 old analogue cars that just keep getting smashed up.

    You can often get old track for pittance on ebay/gumtree that's "local pick up only" - and you're far enough away from me that it's we're unlikely to clash bids :)

    If you do buy old track, and it's tarnished, I've used a bunch of track rubbers (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Scalextric-Slot-Car-Track-Cleaning-Rubbers-Fine-Medium-Coarse-Ex-Coarse/293044940536?var=591862507807) to give it a clean.

    PS - I keep meaning to visit this place (clanfield, 10 miles north of portsmouth) my kids - i hear awesome things about it. http://www.bolwextric.co.uk/
    Intent on Cycling Commuting on a budget, but keep on breaking/crashing/finding nice stuff to buy.
    Bike 1 (Broken) - Bike 2(Borked) - Bike 3(broken spokes) - Bike 4( Needs Work) - Bike 5 (in bits) - Bike 6* ...
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498
    Ah - yes, seen a few interconnectors - ok if you want a big track I guess - pita if you just want a few addons to make it more interesting.

    local pickup - depends on your definition of local ;) I could quite easily clash - I'll send a PM if I'm going to bid ;)
  • wolfsbane2kwolfsbane2k Posts: 2,992
    slowbike said:

    Ah - yes, seen a few interconnectors - ok if you want a big track I guess - pita if you just want a few addons to make it more interesting.

    local pickup - depends on your definition of local ;) I could quite easily clash - I'll send a PM if I'm going to bid ;)

    the old 2 hole analogue stuff is typically cheaper than the digital stuff - just buy that instead if you only want little bits. I've got 2 pairs of interconnectors, so I can have 2 seperate sections of "digital sport" in a generally "analogue" track. .

    One of the best ways to get these are to keep your eyes out for digital sports throttle controller inputs, as they have both, and can regularly cost less than the official converters - just dont' apply power.

    if you want some analogue track, ping me - I've got about 60m at present, and not bidding on stuff unless it's a mass box at dirt, dirt cheap. I think the stuff I've got at the moment cost a grand total of £35 (£20 for original track and cars from a charity shop, should have been 90) , plus a people clearing their lofts.

    Oh, and the elbow grease. Can't forget that; it took copius amounts of alcoholic lubrication while watching TV to return it to "good".

    This guy is local, and I've picked up a parts from him in the past, as well as bumped into him/bid against him at house clearances!
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/geekymonkey

    Intent on Cycling Commuting on a budget, but keep on breaking/crashing/finding nice stuff to buy.
    Bike 1 (Broken) - Bike 2(Borked) - Bike 3(broken spokes) - Bike 4( Needs Work) - Bike 5 (in bits) - Bike 6* ...
  • All this talk of "Magnetraction" - pah! I used to rub a bit of soap into the track on sharp bends, just to get the back end to kick out when cornering at speed. I also managed to give my self an electric shock on my tongue by placing my head on the track to get a "worm's" eye view of the cars as they came round said bend - my tongue was out because I was concentrating hard. Loved Scalextric, proper old school toy.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,541 Lives Here

    All this talk of "Magnetraction" - pah! I used to rub a bit of soap into the track on sharp bends, just to get the back end to kick out when cornering at speed. I also managed to give my self an electric shock on my tongue by placing my head on the track to get a "worm's" eye view of the cars as they came round said bend - my tongue was out because I was concentrating hard. Loved Scalextric, proper old school toy.

    :D:D
  • wolfsbane2kwolfsbane2k Posts: 2,992

    All this talk of "Magnetraction" - pah! I used to rub a bit of soap into the track on sharp bends, just to get the back end to kick out when cornering at speed. I also managed to give my self an electric shock on my tongue by placing my head on the track to get a "worm's" eye view of the cars as they came round said bend - my tongue was out because I was concentrating hard. Loved Scalextric, proper old school toy.

    I feel that! I've got a couple of cars who's entire point is to drift, and indeed completely 180 on the track and start driving the other way away from the cop scaletrix car with flashing blue lights and nee-naw sound. It blows some people's mind.
    Intent on Cycling Commuting on a budget, but keep on breaking/crashing/finding nice stuff to buy.
    Bike 1 (Broken) - Bike 2(Borked) - Bike 3(broken spokes) - Bike 4( Needs Work) - Bike 5 (in bits) - Bike 6* ...
  • awaveyawavey Posts: 2,368
    so they had a system which worked, and then went and designed a whole new system which isnt necessarily wholly compatible with the old one...for what purpose ? and they wondered why they almost went out of business
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498

    slowbike said:

    Ah - yes, seen a few interconnectors - ok if you want a big track I guess - pita if you just want a few addons to make it more interesting.

    local pickup - depends on your definition of local ;) I could quite easily clash - I'll send a PM if I'm going to bid ;)

    the old 2 hole analogue stuff is typically cheaper than the digital stuff - just buy that instead if you only want little bits. I've got 2 pairs of interconnectors, so I can have 2 seperate sections of "digital sport" in a generally "analogue" track. .

    One of the best ways to get these are to keep your eyes out for digital sports throttle controller inputs, as they have both, and can regularly cost less than the official converters - just dont' apply power.

    if you want some analogue track, ping me - I've got about 60m at present, and not bidding on stuff unless it's a mass box at dirt, dirt cheap. I think the stuff I've got at the moment cost a grand total of £35 (£20 for original track and cars from a charity shop, should have been 90) , plus a people clearing their lofts.

    Oh, and the elbow grease. Can't forget that; it took copius amounts of alcoholic lubrication while watching TV to return it to "good".

    This guy is local, and I've picked up a parts from him in the past, as well as bumped into him/bid against him at house clearances!
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/geekymonkey

    ta - yes, seen him on eBay ....
    just keeping an eye to see if I can get a nice bit to make it fun ...
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498
    awavey said:

    so they had a system which worked, and then went and designed a whole new system which isnt necessarily wholly compatible with the old one...for what purpose ? and they wondered why they almost went out of business


    because they won't sell all the new stuff unless the old stuff is obsolete - or that's what they think anyway ...
  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 23,401 Lives Here
    Cobbled together a few sets and did this with the lad some years back, he's 21 now and doesn't seem interested :D

  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 14,118
    You’re going to lose a few under the sofa if going anti-clockwise. 😉
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 3,973
    Digital track, does this imply the throttle is either on or off or do you get more control than that?
    Felt F1 2014
    Felt Z6 2012
    Red Arthur Caygill steel frame ??
    Tall....
  • wolfsbane2kwolfsbane2k Posts: 2,992
    elbowloh said:

    Digital track, does this imply the throttle is either on or off or do you get more control than that?

    The difference is really the cars - it's variable power not just on off, but the digital system allows you to have different cars going at different speeds in the same lane, and rather than controlling any car in your lane, you control in the car in any lane.


    Intent on Cycling Commuting on a budget, but keep on breaking/crashing/finding nice stuff to buy.
    Bike 1 (Broken) - Bike 2(Borked) - Bike 3(broken spokes) - Bike 4( Needs Work) - Bike 5 (in bits) - Bike 6* ...
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,130
    Oh man, I used to love Scalextric. We had Mini Coopers, a Capri, a purple Porsche with "JOKER" emblazoned across side panels... a few more as well which escape me recollection.

    https://images.app.goo.gl/2BcAosRRJXaWVGi29

    https://images.app.goo.gl/UybkYoEzpV34Bf588

    https://images.app.goo.gl/ThLmC7iu43AVWPC96
    Ben

    Bikes: Donhou DSS4 Custom | Condor Italia RC | Gios Megalite | Dolan Preffisio | Giant Bowery '76
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ben_h_ppcc/
    Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/
Sign In or Register to comment.