Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Slotcars update

As previously mentioned, Christmas brought my son a slotcar set that entertains me no end. I've continued to explore it and learned a few things.

1. The track doesn't have to be a closed circuit. The other day I built a long straightish track from the kids' room over to the opposite end of our apartment where my wife was watching TV. Then me & our daughter sent cars rattling over for the poor woman to turn and send back to us when we'd rotated the power supply.

2. The cars are mainly held on track by magnets on their under-sides, grabbing the conductors in the tracks. Two of the cars are of a useless make and keep de-railing all the time, because they have only one magnet each. The good cars have three. I tried gluing the magnet from one of the crappy cars onto the base plate of the other, but it still sucked. Oh, well.

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Anonymous martha said...

I think one of the best things about having kids is getting to play with their toys. And you can get them the cool ones you coveted as a child. I spent last night playing Heroscape with my nine year old son, and was secretly gleeful when I won both times. I'm trying to model good sportsmanship, even though I'm not so hot at it myself.

22 February, 2006 18:09  
Blogger Martin said...

I used to be a pretty big computer gamer. Now my seven-year-old son is a huge gamer, but I completely lost interest before he was even born. I still like slotcars, though! (-;

22 February, 2006 23:26  

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