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D.I.Y. Scalextric

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***Do It Yourself*** D.I.Y. Scalextric is race track game designed for children with limited fine motor, upper extremity strength and grasping abilities due to cerebral palsy, brain injuries, or surgery. It allows the activity to be activated by switch. Materials: Chaserz racing game; 2x 3.5 millimeter mono headphone socket. Thin wire (e.g 7strand 0.2millimeter). Soldering iron (15 to 30 Watt power). Thin solder. Soldering flux. Desoldering braid. Cordless drill with 2 drill bits (1x ¼ inch; 1x 2 millimeter / very small). Knife or wire strippers. Small screwdriver set. Step 1: Drill a hole. Open up the casing. Make a small pilot hole where there is enough space to house your 3.5 millimeter socket. Drill a ¼ inch hole on both hand controls. Step 2: Solder your socket. As not all sockets are connected alike, you will need to find which 2 of the 3 contacts you need to solder to. Attach a test lamp or multi-meter to any 2 contacts. Plug in your switch, and then press it. If the lamp comes on when pressed you have the right connections, otherwise try a different combination. There are only 3 possibilities. Solder two lengths of wire to the socket. Expose the ends, tinning them if you wish. Step 3: Solder to the controller. Solder your socket to the two points that give your car the most speed. Step 4: Test the Race Test both units with a switch several times, then leave them alone for a few minutes. If the cars move by them selves repeatedly, there's probably a short circuit. Pull the appropriate controller apart again, and examine the accuracy of your soldering carefully, especially on the socket. Author: http://www.oneswitch.org.uk/4/DIY/scalectrix.htm

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