Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Carried Away with Scalextric

Before Christmas I had not thought about Scalextric for years.  This must be the year for Scalextric because as a coincidence our firm's Christmas party had a track setup this year.



Now that I had a Scalextric of my own I started thinking and, of course, got carried away.  I wanted to extend the track to fit a longer circuit in the small attic room. This would need lots of corners and multiple levels to make the best use of the 2.4 x 1.2m space in the tray I had made.



I tried the Scalextric official track design programme but it made my Windows 8 laptop screen flash and the laptop was unusable.  So bad I had to go in to recovery mode and reset back to an older recovery point.  I wasn't going to try that again.

A bit of hunting found several other programmes that did a similar thing.  For the one off use I had I settled on the free Slot Manager app.


It did what I needed and I was able to work out the bits I would then buy.



I've had to make all the supports strong enough to take the weight of a cat because we have discovered that for one of our kittens Scalextric is the best cat toy ever.





I've also added some extra bits for convenience.



The track is now so much longer and great fun.

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Reference:
http://www.scalextric.com/
http://www.johndutfieldmodelrailways.co.uk/
http://www.jadlamracingmodels.com/c-1-scalextric.aspx
http://www.slotcarmanager.de/en/all_frames_e.html
http://www.slotcarillustrated.com/portal/forums/showthread.php?t=70951

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