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  • Using all of the supplied track

    posted by Pouhek on 01/28/2011
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    - Very good schematics for assembly (excluding written instruction which are not so good), no need to read text instructions
    - A lot of different designs are possible if only you have the time and ideas to make it happen
    - Nicely packed, all the same pieces in it's own bag so it's easy to put individual parts together
    - Good build quality

    Cons:

    - A few extra 'spare parts' would be nice to have, especially if you want to use all of the track supplied
    - Some 'lock handles' are difficult to put together without breaking a part of it but it's easily fixed with a knife, just don't be too aggresive with it
    - The elevator motor is quite noisy but you get used to it after a while, I'm sure this could be done better but for this price I'm ok with it

    OtherThoughts:

    All in all it's a good value for your money, especially when you look some other prices around the web for the same product.
    This 'toy' totally overwhelmed me for like 6 hours, you get really creative with it, I was thinking all the time how could I improve it and in the end I did.
    USING ALL OF THE TRACK SUPPLIED:
    When I read here on DX forum that with the schematic supplied for this Spacerail you only use around 75% of the track supplied I began to wonder if I really want to use original design. After some thinking and calculating with the parts and track I figured I will make 2 tracks: the first original one with the loop and then I'll see what I can do from there with the second track. The first one took me less then half an hour to construct, the second one by my design took me around 2-3 hours including time spent on coming up with design that would work.
    I must say it payed of in the end, I used almost all of the supplied track, only around 10cm left which is nothing compared to over 2 meters with the original design. But it's quite tricky to get it working just right, it would be easier with some extra parts.
    I will upload a video in the near future so you can see how it looks like and maybe try it on your own.

    Bottomline:

    Enjoyable to put together, rewarding at the end, relaxing to watch it work over and over again.

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