Powertrack.NEWS       March 2018

2018 Date for diary!

May 19th and 20th 2018. National Slot car Exhibition/slot car festival where we had a powertrack stand/display.  
Link for 2018 show:
https://www.facebook.com/events/607896179334823/
It shows map etc. I think some will be travelling from great distance!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/matchboxpowertrack/

FOUND :

Jan 2018 Ex Project Manager at Lesney London E9, collection of moulded shells of Powertrack and Lanechanger, unusual box art etc. Powertrack and LaneChanger prototype

Ex Lesney Factory, Rochford....Lanechanger and spares.  Also later type race and chase controllers with black switch. Found in a PP2000 set

 

PARTS update:
We now have a good soft grade silcon tyre in black. 

Designs and manufacture lined up for pickups in std 6v and wide type 18v

 

The 18v collection
The 18v collection

Car Servicing

I offer a car servicing service @ £6 per car.(Plus parts and return postage costs, Includes small body repairs, fitting of new tyres, windows, spigots and pickups/springs (Plus Part costs).

Buy cars from me and everything will be cleaned tested and renewed as necessary on the cars for just £6 extra per car. 

Cars and track pieces are relatively simple to service. I have put together a short video guide for car Servicing.......I will ad track etc servicing and set servicing too...in due course.

Cars - DIY guide and intro video below

 

 

CARS - The most important thing on car servicing is taking CARE not to damage the chassis or the body.

 

To the left is a typical car service kit

 

 

  • Tools needed for cars:  PP3 9v battery, small pillips screwdriver, small flat screwdriver, cloth, long nose pliers
  • Materials needed for cars: soap and water, cotton buds, 3in1 oil, 
  • Table with spotlamp, I also use a cork lined clamp and stand (optional as it can be done without quite easily)
  • Spares handy to have, silicon tyres, pinion gear (pinion), pickups and springs, lamps, can motors, rear and front axles with gear. 

 A great simple test for cars can be performed with a PP3 9v battery. Makes testing so much easier. You can also make up a small transformer with connections distant appart to match the pickup seperation on the chassis.

 

This is a collection of spares and servicing materials, of course there is a Matchbox Powertrack servicing toolkit made for the shops that carried out car servicing. I would add a pair of tweasers or long nose pliers too.

 

Picture below is of the original toolkit only supplied to resellers of the powertrack product.

Track

 

 

TRACK

  • Damp cloth, Matchbox track cleaner/scraper (see picture). 

This is the track cleaner, every set should have been shipped with one of these. With the track un-powered, this can be used to scrape along the track at 45 degrees to give the track lines a clean. Its very good however it can lead to greater pickup wear as the track lines can be sharp. So the cars will need a v.light oiling (I use a 3in1 light oil) of the pickups to prevent wear to the pickups as the cars race around the track.

 

  • Dont forget to also clean the joins (where the track pieces meet)

Its quite common for track tht has not been used for a while to corrode at the joint end, a small piece of fine grade emery paper can be used stuck to a matchstick or narrow piece of wood/plastic to rub on the metal that joins with the next track. Nothing worse than a car stopping at the next piece of track!

 

  • Check each track join before running the cars

It sometimes can happen that the track join metal sections raise a little, this can cause the car to hit them and jump and also causes wear to the contacts that does eventually lead to a hole in the pickups. So before running check each join, if there are any raised sections, then these can be careful pressed down, using the track cleaner.

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