New CM with 8 lane pinewood track
Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Mon, 15 Jun 1998 09:19:47 -0600
Welcome to Scouts-L. I would consider selling your 8 lane track to a
large pack before refitting it to a 4 lane. And if you grow quickly, you
might want to keep that old track.
We built a new 4 lane for about $100 2 years ago - and built a "timer" (I
use that term loosely because the heats aren't timed but show who cam in
1st, 2nd, 3rd) for about $65. The light "thingy" (source) is imbedded in
the track and the detector sits in a black box over the track. When the
cars break the path, there is a programmable microchip which registers the
order and the front of the black box registers in colored lights the
place. The hardest part for my husband was figuring out just how many
possible combinations there could be and you have to remember that you
could have some 2 or 3 car heats also and allow for those combinations.
We were able to easily find a home for our old 2 lane track with a brand
new pack in Denver.
I'd think about keeping the 8 lane for future races (we grew from 25 to 60
and have stabilized at 40 in about 2 years).
Jan Mussler, Webelos Den Leader, Pack 170
Nederland, CO - Long's Peak Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City