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Sand
    1. Version of Aurora Model Motoring HO scale slot car track.

Sand Model Motoring HO Slot Car Track Connection
    1. Sand.

Sand Model Motoring HO Slot Car Track Selection
    1. Tracks.    View Track Selection

S Banked Curve Track Section
    1. A non standard curved track section produced by Aurora AFX.
      a. 75 degree section of banked curve.
      b. Usually used in opposing pairs to cancel the angles of the two track sections.
      c. Frequently used in three consecutive in-line sections to make a 5/8 circle or 225 degree turn.

Scale
    1. Measurement of proportion in relation to reality.
      a. Scale. More details about HO Scale..

Scale Distance
    1. Measurement of length in a ratio/scale other than one-to-one.

S Cars
    1. First version of Tyco HO slot cars.

S cars HO Slot Car Chassis
    1. In-Line Motor - worm drive chassis
      a. Tyco "S" Steering HO Slot Car Chassis.
Top view of Tyco S Steering HO Slot Car Chassis Bottom view of Tyco S Steering HO Slot Car Chassis Exploded view of Tyco S Steering HO Slot Car Chassis
      b. Tyco "S" HO Slot Car Chassis.
Top view of Tyco S HO Slot Car Chassis Bottom view of Tyco S HO Slot Car Chassis Exploded view of Tyco S HO Slot Car Chassis

Screechers
    1. Version of Aurora HO slot cars.

Screechers HO Slot Car Chassis
    1. In-Line Motor - pinion and crown driven chassis.
    2. Magna-Steering car without pick-up shoe magnets, front steering locked, and a solid molded guide pin.
    3. Intended for battery power so they are fast on a transformer.
Top view of Aurora Screeechers Slot Car Chassis Bottom view of Aurora Screeechers Slot Car Chassis

Shelf Queens (see also Parade Princess)
    1. Slang for:
      a. Vehicles that do not get raced.
      b. Vehicles that are either "Still In Package" or "Never Been Run" conditions.
      c. Vehicles which are considered to high in value to damage.
      d. Vehicles which have become brittle and fragile due to age.

Single Lane
    1. A section of track wide enough for only one vehicle.

Single Lane Adapter
    1. A section of track with single lane connection on one end and 2 lane connection on the other.
      a. Must always be used in pairs.
      b. Some brands like Lionel Slot and Faller ams do not require single lane adapters.

Silver Screen Machines
    1. Release set from Auto World for X-Traction Ultra G chassis cars.

Sky Fighters
    1. Style of slot cars and tracks from Marchon with jet bodies held on by magnets.

Sky Fighters HO Slot Car Chassis
    1. Sky Fighters: In-Line Motor - pinion and crown driven chassis rear light from Marchon.
Top view of Sky Fighters HO Slot Car Chassis Bottom view of Sky Fighters HO Slot Car Chassis

Sky Fighters HO Slot Car Track Connection
    1. Sky Fighters 2 Lane HO Scale Track Connection.    View Connection

    2. Sky Fighters 1 Lane HO Scale Track Connection.    View Connection

Sky Fighters HO Slot Car Track Selection
    1. Sky Fighter.    View Track Selection

Slimline HO Slot Car Chassis
    1. Aurora ThunderJet: Pancake Motor - multi gear crown driven chassis.
    2. Also known as a Formula 1 chassis.
Top view of Aurora Thunderjet Formula 1 / Slim Line Slot Car Chassis Bottom view of Aurora Thunderjet Formula 1 / Slim Line Slot Car Chassis Exploded view of Aurora Thunderjet Formula 1 / Slim Line Slot Car Chassis

Slot
    1. A section of the track recessed below the surface of the track for a guide pin to follow.
    2. The walls of a slotless track section.

Slot Car
    1. Slot cars come in a wide variety of scales, brands, makes, and models.  This site is focused on "HO".
    2. Are not always cars, could be nearly anything over the top of a qualifying chassis.
    3. A vehicle with an electrically powered remotely controlled chassis that gets operator controlled power from the
      track beneath it.  Exception are "Ghost Racer" and "Jam Cars", these vehicles are semi autonomous.

    4. Slotless cars are actually slot cars, but use a slightly different interpretation of the definition of track slot.  With
      Slotless car systems the entire width of the track is the slot, the sides of the vehicle are the guide pin.

Slot Car Track
    1. Slot car tracks come in a wide variety of scales, makes, model, styles, and colors.  This site is focused on HO.
      a. Sectional plastic injection molded tracks in various shapes and sizes with multiple pieces need to make a layout.
      b. Routed sectional tracks in various shapes and sizes usually 3 or more lanes per section with multiple pieces needed
        to make a layout.

      c. Routed rigid track usually 3 or more lanes with only a single layout that can be made.  Rigid routed
        tracks are usually continuous rail layouts which means there is only one seam.

      d. Portable layout usually pre-configured and powered by either a Battery Box or a pair of Hand-Cranks.

Slotless
    1. Slotless vehicles systems differ from slot cars due their ability to change lanes on the track around the layout.
    2. Most Slotless sets are AC powered but most vehicle will also work on a slot track with DC power if a guide pin is
      added to the chassis.

    3. Slotless sets have only been made in HO scale.

Slotless Car
    1. XLerators I + II the first slotless sets used a different system than the slotless systems that followed.
      a. XLerators I + II chassis have the front tires of their chassis fix in a left turn position.  This keeps them
        always on the left side of the track.  Right turns can only be done by speed on curves.

      b. XLerators I used a "pancake" motor in a ThunderJet based chassis for a four car independently controlled
        slotless racing system.

      c. XLerators II dropped the four car system, the fifth rail, and changed to an in-line chassis of a similar design
        to the XLerator I chassis design.

    2. Numerous other brands followed with a six rail track systems, most chassis now used a two position pickup shoe
        and a single position pick-up shoe.  The two position shoe determines the controller it will respond to.

    3. Jam Cars were added by several companies to increase the excitement, danger and challenge of racing on their
        slotless systems.

      a. Jam Cars drive semi autonomously, the speed is determined by controller in use.  Whomever is applying more
        power to the track is also suppling power to the Jam Car(s).

        i. Most Jams Cars actually use a slot that on both sides of each of the track sections around the layout.
        ii. Some of the Jam Cars have an internal steering system allowing them to change lanes as the go around the
          layout.

Slotless Car Track
    1. The first HO slotless system XLerators uses a five rail track sections.
      a. The only system to use Five Rail track sections to make a layout.
      b. Five rail track connection
      c. The only system to allow four independently controlled cars on a layout.
        i. Two of the vehicles have offset shoes so they can only be used on the three rail side of the track sections in the layout.
    2. The second HO Slotless system XLerators II uses a four rail track section.
      a. The only slotless system to use four rail track sections.
      b. Four rail track connection
    3. The rest of the slotless systems use a six rail track section system.

Snake-Track
    1. Tyco made flexible straight tracks that are sectional with overlapping sliding rails to allow non standard Curves,
      Bumps, and Banks.

      a. Beige and Black 21-1/2" long.

      b. Nite-Glow and Black 38" long.

    2. All Flexible Track sections are ONE WAY and hard on guide pins and pick-ups even in the proper direction.

Snowmobile
    1. Version of Aurora HO slot car bodies for ThunderJet chassis.

Snowmobile Model Motoring HO Slot Car Track Connection
    1. Aurora Thunderjet Snowmobile 2 Lane HO Scale Track Connection.    View Connection

    2. Aurora Thunderjet Snowmobile 1 Lane HO Scale Track Connection.    View Connection

Snowmobile Model Motoring HO Slot Car Track Selection
    1. Tracks.    View Track Selection

Sound Systems
    1. Several types of sound systems have been used for HO slot car sets.
      a. On Layout. These systems use the power variation of the lanes to generate motor noise.  They also take
        power away from your vehicle.

      b. In Vehicle.
        i. Magna-Sonic used a idler gear with a cam surface to bounce a ball against a sheet of plastic.  This system slowed
          the car down noticeable.

        ii. Sound chips are mounted to the chassis or inside the body and wired to the chassis.  These chips are generally
          very low draw and do not slow the vehicle noticeably.

        iii. Tyco US-1 Trucking Fire Engine chassis has a working bell on it.  These behave like the rest of the US-1 trucks
      c. In Controller.
        i. Similar to "On Layout" except no additional wiring is needed due to the sound chip being inside the controller.
        ii. Some of Marchon's Sky Fighter sets included controllers that generate jet sound, but it is not directly linked to
          the controller position or Jet's speed.  Controller also has a button that makes machine gun sounds.

      d. On special tracks.
        i. Some lap counters / timers and pit stops have audio loops or an assortment of audio loops that are played when
          tripped.  These are usually battery powered and have no effect on vehicle performance aside from any mechanical
          system used to trip the sound device.

Specialty
    1. Style of Aurora HO scale slot cars.
    2. Commonly referred to as a "Four Gear" for the extra gear on the top plate.

Specialty HO Slot Car Chassis
    1. Pancake Motor - multi-gear and crown driven Chassis from Aurora AFX.
      a. Aurora AFX Specialty Slot Car Chassis (pre Magna-Traction)
Top view of Aurora AFX Specialty Slot Car Chassis (pre Magna-Traction) Bottom view of Aurora AFX Specialty Slot Car Chassis (pre Magna-Traction)
      b. Aurora AFX Magna-Traction Specialty Slot Car Chassis.
Top view of Aurora AFX Magna-Traction Specialty Slot Car Chassis Bottom view of Aurora AFX Magna-Traction Specialty Slot Car Chassis Exploded view of Aurora AFX Magna-Traction Specialty Slot Car Chassis

Speed-Loc
    1. Version of Aurora AFX HO slot tracks.

Speed-Loc AFX HO Slot Car Track Connection
    1. Aurora AFX Speed-Loc 2 Lane HO Scale Track Connection.

    2. Aurora AFX Speed-Loc 1 Lane HO Scale Track Connection.

Speed-Shifter HO Slot Car Chassis
    1. Style of HO slot car chassis: Super Magna-Traction using 2-Speed Trans-Axle.
      a. 1st gear uses larger gear and controller provides 0% - 60% positive power.
      b. 2nd gear uses smaller gear and controller provides 40% - 100% negative power.
Top view of Aurora AFX Speed Shifters Slot Car Chassis Bottom view of Aurora AFX Speed Shifters Slot Car Chassis Exploded view of Aurora AFX Speed Shifters Slot Car Chassis

Speed-Shifter Controller
    1. Style of HO slot track controller using a two position stick designed for Speed-Shifter cars.
      a. Requires Isolated ground wiring as shown with Aurora Terminal track.
      b. 1st gear provides 0% - 60% positive power.
      c. 2nd gear provides 40% - 100% negative power.

Speed-Steer
    1. Style of Aurora HO scale slotless cars and tracks.

Speed-Steer HO Slotless Car Chassis
    1. Aurora: In-Line Motor - pinion and crown - trans-axle drive chassis with worm gear steering.
      a. Aurora Speed-Steer "A" HO Slotless Car Chassis.
Top view of Aurora Speed-Steer A HO Slotless Car Chassis Bottom view of Aurora Speed-Steer A HO Slotless Car Chassis
      b. Aurora Speed-Steer "B" HO Slotless Car Chassis.
Top view of Aurora Speed-Steer B HO Slotless Car Chassis Bottom view of Aurora Speed-Steer B HO Slotless Car Chassis
      c. Aurora Speed-Steer Jam HO Slotless Car Chassis.
Top view of Aurora Speed-Steer Jam HO Slotless Car Chassis Bottom view of Aurora Speed-Steer Jam HO Slotless Car Chassis

Speed-Steer HO Slotless Car Track Connection
    1. 2 lane.

Speedway
    1. First HO scale slot cars, tracks and sets from Tyco.
    2. Later branded TycoPro HO scale slot cars, tracks and sets from Tyco.

Speedway HO Slot Car Chassis
    1. Tyco: In-Line Motor - worm gear drive.
      a. Dual guide pin Steering Tyco "S" HO Slot Car Chassis.
Top view of Tyco S Steering HO Slot Car Chassis Bottom view of Tyco S Steering HO Slot Car Chassis Exploded view of Tyco S Steering HO Slot Car Chassis
      a. Tyco "S" HO Slot Car Chassis.
Top view of Tyco S HO Slot Car Chassis Bottom view of Tyco S HO Slot Car Chassis Exploded view of Tyco S HO Slot Car Chassis

Speedway / TycoPro HO Slot Car Track Connection
    1. 2 lane Speedway / Tyco Pro.
    2. Also known as Tyco-lok or TycoPro.

SP-1000
    1. Style of Aurora HO scale cars.
    2. First issue of family of Chassis based on it.
      a. Super-Magna-Traction.
      b. Blazin' Brakes.
      c. Cat's Eyes.
      d. Speed-Shifters.

SP-1000 HO Slot Car Chassis
    1. In-Line Motor - pinion and crown gear driven chassis.
Top view of Aurora AFX SP-1000 Slot Car Chassis Bottom view of Aurora AFX SP-1000 Slot Car Chassis Exploded view of Aurora AFX SP-1000 Slot Car Chassis

Squeeze Track
    1. Style of HO scale slot or slotless tracks with one or both lanes affected.

Steering Wheel Controller
    1. Many companies made vehicle controllers that looked like a miniature automobile dashboard to include in their sets.
    2. Most of these were made when slot cars were still intended to be scenery on model railroad layouts.
    3. The center of the system is a rotary dial (variable resistor) to control the power to one lane of the layout.
    4. The main distinction of these controllers is they do not have a spring to return the power to zero or stopped
      automatically.

    5. Used by Aurora them for Model Motoring and ThunderJet, Atlas and Faller also used the basic design.
    6. Marx made one the was intended to look like the shift console with forward (faster) and back (slower) motion.
    7. Most included working forward / reverse switches and Aurora even added a brake.
    8. Most recently used by Tyco for their US-1 Electric Trucking system.

Stop Police
    1. Version of Aurora HO slot cars with emergency services bodies and operating overhead lights.

Stop Police HO Slot Car Chassis
    1. Upgrade of Aurora AFX Magna-Traction slot cars, including:
      a. Motor plate with a gear driven power distribution cam.
Top view of Aurora AFX Stop Police Slot Car Chassis Bottom view of Aurora AFX Stop Police Slot Car Chassis Exploded view of Aurora AFX Stop Police Slot Car Chassis

Straight Track
    1. Section of HO scale slot car track that is defined by it's length and lane count.

Super G-Plus
    1. Version of Aurora AFX HO slot cars.
    2. Version of Tomy Aurora AFX HO slot cars.

Super G-Plus HO Slot Car Chassis
    1. Aurora AFX and Tomy: In-Line Motor - pinion and crown driven chassis
      a. Aurora AFX
Top view of Aurora AFX Super G-Plus Slot Car Chassis Bottom view of Aurora AFX Super G-Plus Slot Car Chassis Exploded view of Aurora AFX Super G-Plus Slot Car Chassis
      b. Aurora Tomy Super G+ with Metal Clip Slot Car Chassis
Top view of Aurora Tomy Super G+ with Metal Clip Slot Car Chassis Bottom view of Aurora Tomy Super G+ with Metal Clip Slot Car Chassis Exploded view of Aurora Tomy Super G+ with Metal Clip Slot Car Chassis
      c. Aurora Tomy Super G+ Slot Car Chassis
Top view of Aurora Tomy Super G+ Slot Car Chassis Bottom view of Aurora Tomy Super G+ Slot Car Chassis Exploded view of Aurora Tomy Super G+ Slot Car Chassis

Super II (two)
    1. Version of Aurora AFX slot cars.

Super II (two) HO Slot Car Chassis
    1. Aurora AFX Chassis with:
      a. Bigger tires.
      b. Stronger magnets.
      c. Stability weights.
      d. Hinged lightweight body.
      e. Some have braid added to the pickup shoes.
Top view of Aurora Super II Slot Car Chassis (pre Magna-Traction) Bottom view of Aurora Super II Slot Car Chassis (pre Magna-Traction) Exploded view of Aurora Super II Slot Car Chassis (pre Magna-Traction)

Super III (three)
    1. Version of Auto World slot cars.

Super III (three) HO Slot Car Chassis
    1. In-Line Motor - pinion and crown driven chassis.
      a. Version 1.
Top view of Auto World Super III Version 1 Bottom view of Auto World Super III Version 1
      b. Version 2.
Top view of Auto World Super III Version 2 Bottom view of Auto World Super III Version 2

Super Magna-Traction
    1. Version of Aurora AFX HO slot cars.

Super Magna-Traction HO Slot Car Chassis
    1. In-Line Motor - pinion and crown driven chassis.
Top view of Aurora AFX Super Magna-Traction Slot Car Chassis Bottom view of Aurora AFX Super Magna-Traction Slot Car Chassis Exploded view of Aurora AFX Super Magna-Traction Slot Car Chassis

Super Model Motoring
    1. Aurora made "Super Model Motoring" with 1/48 Scale Cars.
    2. Chassis is mostly of the same design and parts as a ThunderJet Chassis.
    3. Track used in ThunderJet sets was called "Wide Track".

Super Model Motoring Slot Car Track Connection
    1. 2 lane.
      a. Also known as HO scale "Wide Track".

Super Model Motoring Slot Car Track Selection
    1. HO scale Wide track sections.    View Track Selection

Super Traction
    1. Version of Aurora AFX HO slot car with weighted front end, exclusive for Sears sets.

Super Traction HO Slot Car Chassis
    1. Pancake Motor - multi gear pinion and crown driven chassis.
    2. Weighted front end, exclusive for Sears sets.
Top view of Aurora AFX Super-Traction Slot Car Chassis (pre Magna-Traction) Bottom view of Aurora AFX Super-Traction Slot Car Chassis (pre Magna-Traction)


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