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Scalectrix set for a 4 year old??

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9y, 1w agoPosted 9 years, 1 week ago
Hi

Could anyone offer any advice on a good starter set for my 4 year old. I don't want the "my first scalectrix" I want something that we can add to and expand over the years and thats not going to be useless within 6 months.
There just seems to be so many variations I'm totally lost!

I don't want to be spending loads as he is only 4!

Any advice appreciated
Ta
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9y, 1w agoPosted 9 years, 1 week ago
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#1
im not sure you can get scalextrix that you can keep expanding
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If he's 4 he won't be able to control the speed properly and keep spinning off - its hard enough to do as an adult!!

You would somehow have to fix the trigger so that it can't go the max speed - just fast enough that it won't come off.

I'd just get a small cheap one for now - I think netto were doing some for £4.99
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gari189
If he's 4 he won't be able to control the speed properly and keep spinning off - its hard enough to do as an adult!!

You would somehow have to fix the trigger so that it can't go the max speed - just fast enough that it won't come off.

I'd just get a small cheap one for now - I think netto were doing some for £4.99

yep the 4 year old won't be able to control and so leaving it for the parents to play with:thumbsup:
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gari189
If he's 4 he won't be able to control the speed properly and keep spinning off - its hard enough to do as an adult!!

You would somehow have to fix the trigger so that it can't go the max speed - just fast enough that it won't come off.

I'd just get a small cheap one for now - I think netto were doing some for £4.99


Very good advice, having seen what my friends who have driving licenses have done to my poor little Scalextrix cars I dread to think how they'd get on with a four year old.

However if buying a system I'd go for the Scalextrix Digital which I find to be far better than the original Scalextrix. Normally as you're probably aware the amount of power supplied to the track is dependent on the throttle position, this then means the motor moves at a certain speed which is simply the power coming into it. Scalextrix digital is quite different, full power is always supplied to the track - when you change the throttle on your controller this sends a unique signal onto the track which only your car can decode. In short it means you are directly controlling the car not the track.

This brings numerous advantages, since there is always full power to the track there are far less problems with the pickups on the cars as frequently at lower speeds on the original system the cars would splutter and die trying to pick up sufficient power. Control is very smooth as you have more direct control over the motor itself. Multiple cars can race on the same slot, in fact you can have a total of six cars racing on a standard track with lane changes allowing the cars to swap sides as needed.

The computer which does all this (in a little box by the track) can also some various other clever things, it can time the cars round the track allowing you to do time trials to see who really is fastest. It can count the laps *and* deactivate the cars when there is a winning car which has completed the laps first. You can also set it for jump starts with a penalty for any car jumping the start line by temporarily deactivating the offending car.

I think it's a superb system and if you're buying a system to expand over time I definitely think it's worth the investment as you get so much more out of it. You don't need digital specific track, any recent Scalextric track will do although you can even use older track with the use of adapters. Unfortunately you can't use any cars though, if you put a standard car on it will just get full power and throw itself off the track. You can retrofit an existing car with a chip which sits between the contacts and the motor although I haven't tried this myself, it looks a bit fiddly.

John
#5
i bought my young boys a scarylectric( they couldnt pronounce it!) at the age of 5 and after the first 30 mins of the cars flying off the track they picked up the little motors and played "brummm" across the carpet, knackering the contact brushes underneath!!!
My advice...leave it a few years or buy a cheaper make!! :)
#6
As the others have said ^^^ up there !

Scalextric have never been a young kids toy but a real good excuse for "boys" (fathers normally) to buy one for themselves.

So if the OP's a "boy" your 4 year old will love it, especially the digital sets Johnmcl7 describes. Make sure your kid/s have one of those nice seats with the arm and leg restraints on though so he/they can watch the racing in comfort without having to move.

If the OP's a Mum forget it unless of course you too fancy spending hours trying to be Lewis Hamilton in which case get the four year old / kids adopted. :)
#7
Thanks for all your posts, I think my husbands trying to pull the wool over my eyes, claiming it would be a good toy for our son when in fact it would be a great toy for him.

I think pull back cars on the kitchen floor will do our son this year, as for the other half he can have a slap and buy his own scalectrix.
Thanks all.
#8
LMAO ! :whistling: :giggle:

Hubby just got found out, no cuddles tonight then :oops: :p :w00t:
banned#9
bitseylango
i bought my young boys a scarylectric( they couldnt pronounce it!) at the age of 5 and after the first 30 mins of the cars flying off the track they picked up the little motors and played "brummm" across the carpet, knackering the contact brushes underneath!!!
My advice...leave it a few years or buy a cheaper make!! :)


exactly the same happened with my 3 yr old and 5 yr old. I got the cheapo Argos set, but they still knackered the cars up. I bought two sets and have put them both away until they are 7 or 8
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flame17
Thanks for all your posts, I think my husbands trying to pull the wool over my eyes, claiming it would be a good toy for our son when in fact it would be a great toy for him.

I think pull back cars on the kitchen floor will do our son this year, as for the other half he can have a slap and buy his own scalectrix.
Thanks all.



Thats the reason I bought our sets, tell him he'll have to wait a few more years until he relive his childhood. Also worth mentioning how frustrating it is to see the damage they cause to the nice shiny new scalectrix

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