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  1. thanks Cartdriver. Where exactly did the nails go? between the join? on the outside? did your nails have a large head or did they hold down A separate plate or something? Even keeping the LCD screen, there is a lot better ways of designing a user interface. A simple layered menu like the old Nokia phones would have worked.
  2. Hi, I just bought a new 6 car powerbase Scalextric set with pit lane game & lap timer. My first thoughts: 1. The "bridge pylons" are rubbish. They don't seem to even fit into the track. Looks like I'll be cutting some blocks of wood to suit. 2. The lap timer interface and user guide is infuriating. I've been using computers for 30 years, but can't yet figure out how to get the pacer cars activated. Anyway, my real concern is this: What's the best way to fix the track to the sheet of MDF without resorting to liquid nails? Some sort of self tapper with clip arrangement that won't affect racing and I can purchase at Bunnings would be best. I need to be able to store & carry the track on it's side. Todd
  3. Well, Drifter, I'm still waiting for a few more replies to my original questions.I don't know how many transformers are required. I don't know if Ninco is good enough to justify the extra 2 cars at once. A few of you have suggested cars, but even repeated google seaches hasn't shown me where to buy " super resistant Scaley cars" or "Parma womps with some good vac formed bodies on them." Whilst I appreciate the input on the business side of things, I don't want to replicate existing monter setups that appeal to enthusiasts such as yourselves. I can't see how a anolg setup could be both small enough for the average garage/ gamesroom and still race 8 cars at once in an interesting layout. I understand that most of you wouldn't pay to hire a setup that didn't meet or exceed your own, but my customers just want to spoil little Freddy with something differnt for their birthday. Perhaps at a future date I'll go the whole hog with a top-notch bulletproof setup, but I like to start small and see what the market can handle.
  4. Sorry to give you guys the runaround, but I've reposted this thread in the "Digital" forum in the hope of getting some feedback from experienced digital users...
  5. Thanks for the input guys, just to clear up a few points for you: It would most likely be kids parties, although I can foresee a few grown-ups wanting to use it. Definitely no bucks parties. With further research, I don't think the corporate market seems to be all that great. The idea is to up-sell to parents that come to my business wanting bouncy castles. I don't think that with the plethora of kids toys out there these days,slot cars are as ubiquitous as they were in my day and before. Therefore a slot car set with more than 2 cars at once would be a novelty to most kids these days. Digital racing would be a novelty to most dads too. I don't want a professional setup to please regular users ( I.e. any of you guys...sorry!) Therefore, by your standards, the track will be slow, unchallenging and without the fancy bells and whistles of wireless controllers and computer controlled scoring. I would probably oversee the track just to stop them deliberately smashing things, alternating the kids between using the bouncy castle and the track. I don't fancy using a router. If the track won't fit in a standard 2 car garage, it's hardly worth it for kids parties. It also has to fit in my LWB Hiace van. Does the lane changing aspect of digital cause that much damage by new users? Are the cars that fragile? Even if i replaced a car each time, i would still make money. Todd
  6. Thanks Matt, tabletop supercars looks like a pretty professional setup.It also confirms my suspicions that you don't need 4 lanes running the whole course to run 6 or more cars. My target market is mainly parties, but with a population of 1 million cashed up bogans here, I'm not afraid of a little competition.
  7. Hi All, My Name is Todd, I run Todd's Party Hire in Perth. I am looking at setting up a mobile track to hire out for kids birthday parties, corporate team-building etc. My budget is $1500-$2000 I want to start with digital as this would be a new experience for many adults and I can fit more cars on a smaller track. Has anybody tried a digital setup for hire? The analog ones are huge. I am considering using Ninco as they allow up to 8 cars at one, compared with Scalectric's 6. I know Ninco is not as popular here, but is there any reason not to use it? ( I don't need interoperability with other enthusiasts) Would 4 lanes be enough to run 8 cars at once? Or should I go 8 lanes into 6 into 4 into 2 or a combination thereof? I intend on mounting the track on 2 or 3 sections of plywood, each no larger than 1.5x3m, (so i can fit it in my van) with only minor joining required on site. I want to buy 10 cars ( 2 spare) , 8 controllers, transformers and enough track for a decent layout. Would it be more cost effective to buy a master track kit and one starter kit plus the extra controllers/ cars i need? Or one master track kit and several starter kits? How many transformers are required to run 8 cars? What sort of cars should I use? Ninco only, or other brands re-chipped? I don't need to win races or have rare models, just have different styles/ colours with even racing. Durability is also a factor. Would magnets make it more durable/ usable or less? Is there a way to nobble the equipment so small children can play, or adults don't thrash the cars? Finally, can any shop owners out there do me a deal? I can offer sponsorship on my track, so you may gain some customers once I introduce them to the hobby. Thanks for you help, Todd. PS Sorry about re-posting it from the welcome forum, but I wasn't getting anybody familiar with digital replying.
  8. Thanks Embs.... I'm in Perth, as I mentioned on line 2 of my post...and my username is ToddsPartyHirePERTH...
  9. Hi All, My Name is Todd, I run Todd's Party Hire in Perth. I am looking at setting up a mobile track to hire out for kids birthday parties, corporate team-building etc. My budget is $1500-$2000 I want to start with digital as this would be a new experience for many adults and I can fit more cars on a smaller track. Has anybody tried a digital setup for hire? The analog ones are huge. I am considering using Ninco as they allow up to 8 cars at one, compared with Scalectric's 6. I know Ninco is not as popular here, but is there any reason not to use it? ( I don't need interoperability with other enthusiasts) Would 4 lanes be enough to run 8 cars at once? Or should I go 8 lanes into 6 into 4 into 2 or a combination thereof? I intend on mounting the track on 2 or 3 sections of plywood, each no larger than 1.5x3m, (so i can fit it in my van) with only minor joining required on site. I want to buy 10 cars ( 2 spare) , 8 controllers, transformers and enough track for a decent layout. Would it be more cost effective to buy a master track kit and one starter kit plus the extra controllers/ cars i need? Or one master track kit and several starter kits? How many transformers are required to run 8 cars? What sort of cars should I use? Ninco only, or other brands re-chipped? I don't need to win races or have rare models, just have different styles/ colours with even racing. Durability is also a factor. Would magnets make it more durable/ usable or less? Is there a way to nobble the equipment so small children can play, or adults don't thrash the cars? Finally, can any shop owners out there do me a deal? I can offer sponsorship on my track, so you may gain some customers once I introduce them to the hobby. Thanks for you help, Todd.
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