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  1. Well, surprise, surprise.. my parcel from Carrera arrived 40 minutes ago. Got to say that is damn fast and so much better than what happened with the Slotcar Corner parcel, which eventually arrived (that was not Slotcar Corner's fault, it was the USPS at fault there) So June 22 posted to completed delivery July 07 a total of ten days, absolutely wow Well done USPS about time you got your act together, I wonder if that would have anything to do with Insurance Claims lodged against them for non-delivery and not supplying the services to which they have charged for, I know I claimed against them and got my freight charges reimbursed 100%, hopefully lessons learnt at the USPS
  2. As Charlesx mentioned about a hole in the middle could be handy and can be utilised as a marshalling point on your track, sort like a man hole similar to that in your house ceiling, once you are in there you stay there, you can also utilise this as a drivers station. I've seen those grabbers in use and they do slow the racing down quite considerably and can be finicky to utilise, each to their own though. Again, as Charlesx mentioned comes down to your height, which is very important with children if they will be utilising your track. I have seen some decent tracks with triple levels running along and around the walls which could be another possibility if you are after track length and something different. When implementing cross-overs, bridges they do offer up in turn blind spots so keep this in mind when implementing these. As I mentioned, lay down the track loosely (don't connect together) then get an idea of what you have got, both track wise and space wise, kind of works.
  3. Hi Mick, The only real things you need to consider is reachability (access) for deslotted cars to grab them and put them back in the slot. I suggest you start with the suggested track designs in the manual and go from there, this is really the only way to do it. Once you lay out and connect the track you get some sense of the real size and room requirements. You might find the corners will be limited and extremely tight as well with that available space that you have, regarding those measurements, are they 2700 (L) x 1800 (W)? You might also wish to visit: https://slotracer.online/category/track-plans/ and check out possible track plans for more inspiration Johnno
  4. I've made tentative arrangements for tomorrow afternoon to get it back up stairs as it might be another two or more months before it gets replaced so might as well get into having some fun. Your all welcome I've also recently ordered a TruSpeed MTII controller so will be good to get that and really get into things. Hope are well out there. edit July 3: the track modules are all back upstairs with many appreciated thanks to Noel. Even changed things around to get another track design.
  5. Shenanigans Raceway dictionary definition: mischievousness or high-spirited behaviour / secret manoeuvring Well I think I have decided on a name for my track, this is a full Four Lane 1:24 scale modular MrTrax system with full timing system. Love the idea of infinitely expandable track by buying extra modules, unclip, move around, install and clip in new module. I can also take these modules to another track, e.g. yours, and combine all our modules into a mega track.. awesome idea I think. MrTrax website and MrSlotcar website. Highly recommend Peter Van Horssen and both his businesses Mrtrax.com and MrSlotcar.com. 200% professional business operator that provides exceptional products, service and after sales support. You can not go wrong. I am a part of a small group of guys that race every Wednesday around the Taree, Old Bar and Forster area. I am in Taree, NSW, 2430 on the Mid North Coast, my private home MrTrax track is named 'Shenanigans Raceway' Shenanigans Raceway definition: - silly or high-spirited behaviour; mischief. - secret or dishonest activity or manoeuvring. Australian Slot Car Group (ASCG) - all things Slot Cars Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/australianslotcars MeWe: https://mewe.com/group/602df47a35036302d92ad592 NSW Slot Car Group (NSWSCG) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nswslotcargroup MeWe: https://mewe.com/group/602df55d123eb774f9b52594 slotracer.online Library https://slotracer.online/library/index.html slotracer.online Index of tracks and track plans https://slotracer.online/library/tracks/index.html The Complete Slot Racing Handbook https://slotracer.online/manual/index.php The ARC Pro Guide https://slotracer.online/arc-pro-guide/index.html #slotcarsforlife Peter Van Horssen mrtrax.com mrslotcar.com Shenanigans Raceway Logo These last two images showing the special converter module that converts the Super Four Lane track into a Mega Two Lane track...
  6. As Matt suggested, go and grab some Inox oil, on top of wiping the entire length of rails down I place a small drop on each braid of a car and run that around the track several times, I usually repeat this process with all the cars I am running which will collect any small amount of Inox oil off the rails then repeat wiping the rails with clean lint free cloth, I have found this works great. As you said also about doing some general maintenance on the car, braids, greasing gears and pinions, tiny drop of Inox on the motor shaft on each end of the can and axles. Adding a drop of Inox to the car braid is an easy way to oil up and clean the rails as well as the braids of the cars. I've actually found doing the maintenance on the cars in complete silence is rather therapeutic
  7. Well it would appear the USPS are actively working on moving packages about, below is the history for one package from Carrera, with the earliest at the bottom and the latest update at the top. Tracking History June 27, 2020, 12:22 pm Departed CHICAGO, UNITED STATES Your item departed a transfer airport in O'HARE INTERNATIONAL, CHICAGO, UNITED STATES on June 27, 2020 at 12:22 pm. The item is currently in transit to the destination. June 27, 2020, 4:52 am Arrived CHICAGO, UNITED STATES June 26, 2020, 7:29 pm Processed Through Regional Facility CHICAGO IL INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER June 26, 2020 In Transit to Next Facility June 25, 2020, 5:17 pm Arrived at USPS Regional Facility CHICAGO IL INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER June 25, 2020, 5:17 pm Arrived at Regional Facility CHICAGO IL INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER June 23, 2020, 9:06 pm Departed USPS Facility SAINT PAUL, MN 55131 June 23, 2020, 9:00 pm Arrived at USPS Facility SAINT PAUL, MN 55131 June 23, 2020, 5:02 pm Departed Post Office BUFFALO, MN 55313 June 23, 2020, 2:16 pm USPS picked up item BUFFALO, MN 55313 June 22, 2020, 8:40 pm Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item BUFFALO, MN 55313
  8. Interesting this topic has come up, I've recently had a new Scalextric pre-order arrive, so the product was not at all old, what I noticed were the tyres were all flat spotted from the car being over tightened down inside the case. I checked the other three different models and they were the exact same, all tyres were flat spotted. I can understand why the cars are screwed down so hard for shipping but heck, hard enough to cause flat spotting is bit too far I think. Since this, I have gone through the entire boxed collection and backed off this retaining screw underneath, hopefully in avoiding any further flat spotting.
  9. I would advise Armchair Racer immediately of this situation so they can raise a complaint with their courier. Interesting you say that AusPost sent your parcel to another suburb and completely different address. Mine last week was dropped off to the local computer store across the road... I was like WTF.. I was home expecting the delivery as per AusPost text about coming parcel. If I and the shop were not so honest, I could have made a claim against Australia Post for non delivery of parcel which was insured for substantial amount. Lazy bastards still have the balls to price gouge on shipping costs then they can't even deliver it to the correctly addressed address. I have lodged a formal complaint against Australia Post with the ACCC and Australia Post complaints department, basically this is considered fraudulent behaviour by the ACCC, charging for a service that is not being provided. I suggest and recommend that everyone that has had similar occur also report this.
  10. Your parcel could arrive any day. My parcel was redirected via sea freight, the same thing might be happening with your parcel. It probably sat at the USPS air freight terminal for four to eight weeks before it got redirected by the lazy USPS.
  11. Johnno

    Track Number 4

    Hi Sim wonder if you know of Charlie also in Old Bar. He is running a MrTrax system also. I, myself just getting into slot cars and have gone with the MrTrax four lane wood system with full timing system, the TrackMate infrared system. Just got one 1:24 car and what a huge difference from 1:32 I am in Taree myself if you are interested in catching up. I've just taken things apart waiting for Peter from MrTrax to swap out modules soon.
  12. Well finally got notification that my parcel that was dispatched via USPS Priority Mail International on 28 March 2020 has finally arrived in Sydney on the 28 May 2020 and is awaiting clearance. A smidge over two months, certainly wouldn't call this Priority Mail... bloody China and their virus. Woohoo!! Thanks Steve at Slot Car Corner. SlotCarCorner Special Router Bit for 14'' Braid SlotCarCorner Straight Cut Router Bit - 18 (For Cutting Track Slot)
  13. Yes you could hotlink however that comes with some issues, the most being the other servers bandwidth. Doing the way I highlighted is better etiquette. Hotlinking from Wikipedia Hotlinking is an internet term. It means displaying an image on a website by linking to the website hosting the image. The link gets the source data of the picture each time it is needed. This avoids having the image on every website which uses it. So, a website owner uses a link to the picture such as http://example.com/picture.jpg When the hotlinking website is loaded, the image is loaded from the original website, which uses its bandwidth, so it costs the hotlinked website money. For this reason many website owners use .htaccess files to prevent hotlinking. In some cases website owners use the .htaccess file to replace any hotlinked images with an offensive image to deter any other website owners from hotlinking. The original image may be owned by the original website. It might be wrong to make a copy of the original image file for use on a different web page, without being careful to get proper permission. Hotlinking can also be used for file types other than images, including documents and videos.
  14. MJK Rim Explanation for us newbies for when someone asks about the 'Step' Finally found what should help explain Rim terminology for replacement tyres in simple terms FYI; I used Postimage at https://postimages.org/, uploaded my image then I selected Thumbnail for forums (as highlighted in the image below)
  15. There is very little, if any issues with parcels posted within Australia going to Australian address, it is international mail and parcels coming to Australia that the issue lays. My parcel is sitting at the airport (supposedly from the last tracking update on March)
  16. There is very little issues in Australia for shipping, it is international parcels and shipping which is the issue. Not to even hear back from the USPS after contacting them is bullshit in itself. I have ordered items locally from Australian businesses without issues, including Armchair Racer and MrTrax/MrSlotcar, all items arrived within very fast time frames. Now to get international couriers to pull their fingers out and do the job they have been paid for. Personally, I would be contacting them and requesting procedures to make a claim for refunds of shipping charges as they have not provided the service that they have charged for, most countries would see that as fraud.
  17. Hi John, You are not alone in this situation, I have had a parcel from Slot Car Corner in transit since March stopped at the airport trying to contact USPS is beyond a joke I have even gone as far as lodging an official complaint against the USPS. Got to the point that Steve cancelled the order himself and marked parcel as stolen/lost and refunded my money though I still want the items, if the parcel does turn up I will contact Steve to arrange payment. Top business and bloke. Will return to shop in future for sure. Regardless this is bloody ridiculous and is not on, the couriers and USPS have both taken my money and not provided the service they charged for. What makes this even worse is the USPS, couriers and Australia Post have enacted a little known clause which makes them not liable for lost parcels nor liable for refund. I'd contact the shop you bought items from and request an immediate full refund. Peter from MrTrax also had his order disappear on him, then when he reordered FedEx put charges up 400% and then sent his order by sea. Seems in Australia we are getting screwed every bloody corner, I for one am sick of this treatment.
  18. Johnno

    Cheap Tricks

    You can either cut the posts off flush and neat with the LED or leave yourself 5mm and 9mm on the posts, dip in melted candle wax to prevent any possible shorting, then as you say you can wire them in for some fun later on if you wish. Win-Win for the lights and future use. I have found Jaycar, actual stores or online, to be the cheapest for LED's
  19. Johnno

    Cheap Tricks

    You could always buy some actual LED's and use them to create further lens over similar to what Wobble has done with the drill bit. LED's are cheap, even if you don't want to wire them in for weight issues they still make nice convex and concave moulds.
  20. Yes this has been done as I can see the 1mm on the inner braid recess, so that is fine, however as Garry said and I thought, the braid has been pulled tight around the corners, hence the Nascar style banking on the braid itself. It does to some degree yes, the biggest issue is going to be convincing Peter (MrTrax) to repair this properly, I get feeling that relaying new braid will not happen unless I seriously push this. I have a braid roller coming to re-roll as I mentioned but gut feeling says it will just continue to lift, especially now that it has already lifted and more than likely has lost its sticking power and dust has settled. Early days for now, just waiting for possible solution/s from Peter (MrTrax). I will keep this up-to date
  21. From what I have seen, read and heard it sure is one of those 1 in 100 year events for sure. I really need to say that this is not a MrTrax problem, it is a braid and glue problem from the braid supplier, unfortunately this has all just raised it's ugly head on the new supply of braid. Work around's are being devised, including Peter sending me a braid roller to re-roll the track while I gently caress the braid back into the braid recess shoulder and other areas, fingers crossed this works.
  22. I also thought about that, however it isn't just myself with this issue apparently, solution/s are being worked on currently. What initially got my attention was at the ends where the braid runs under the board for fixing, all ends have a bulge, every board, then this braid started pulling away from the braid recess. I also initially thought that it might be environment related, however the track is in my lounge room and permanently setup, so no dismantling and re-assembling has been happening. I personally believe the entire braid will require to be removed and relaid or replaced, awaiting solution/s as I mentioned.
  23. Currently I would be extremely cautious of this pre-taped braid, unfortunately the glue on the back of the tape is not strong enough and I have the braid lifting and pulling away from the recess shoulders,module joints, straights, the corners are even lifting to the point they are cambering olike a Daytona banked corner, one example of what is called 'spider webbing' see the attached photo: look at the outside braid recess shoulder, note the web like effect of the glue letting go This is not MrTrax fault, this is the braid supplier issue, simply put the glue is not what it is advertised as super strength, there is not a simple fix for this, which I am waiting for Peter to get back to me with a workable, fixable solution.
  24. Yes those measurements are what mine is sitting at as well (close to anyway), I have a MrTrax routed system which can run 1/24 and 1/32 and I have a few tight corners which is why I am going to have a try and create my own obviously with failures and success (I hope)
  25. The laminate/trim routers are better controlled from my use with them in the past, the full on plunge routers are bulky to some extent. I too am just unsure if the trim/laminate router, I guess I will find out when the bits arrive and have a go hey
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