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The Anoraks’ Guide to sts

 

SETS

 

14 different sts sets were shown available through the life of the system. Each had a four-figure reference and the larger the number, the larger the set. All set references began with 20. The third digit was 0, 1, 2, or 3. This reflected the number of 2154 convex/concave track pairs contained in the set. 0 meant a flat circuit, 1 gave one elevated section (usually a bridge or mountain), 2 gave two elevated sections (a bridge and a mountain or mountains only). The two exceptions to this are the early sets 2020 and 2030 which had 3 and 4 sets respectively but in both cases, one of these was used with the 2301 Ford Crossing so could be considered as a separate obstacle. The fourth digit uniquely identified the set and usually, the larger the number, the larger the set. Four of the sets were named as well as numbered.

 

The minimum track in a set was four standard curves and four 260mm straight sections, which would make an oval or square shaped circuit. This was the shape of all the sets numbered 200x. Most but not all of the sets included one of the special obstacle sections and a rough terrain section. Each set was specified to contain two cars. Generally these were one particular model of car with different liveries but sets 2011 & 2016 had two different models.

 

The following information about the sets that were produced and sold and their contents has been gathered from a variety of sources. I have seen some sets, and the contents sheets from some others, which generally give an accurate number for the major track components but is not always complete. The major source has been the Exin catalogues from 1985 to 1989, which give detailed information about the contents of the sets sold that year.

 

Boxes had card tops with attractively painted, action illustrations of the type of vehicle enclosed. There was also an illustration of the set contents laid out as though for use. The contents were held in an expanded polystyrene base. (Top)

 

Common Items

 

Instruction manual
Three versions of this have been seen. The most common is a 12 page Spanish edition. A 16-page version of this edition was also produced for export sets with English, French and Italian text. A later Spanish edition also has 12 pages (but this excludes information about spares and accessories which is held on a separate 4 page leaflet). These were extensively illustrated in black and white inside and colour on the four outer pages. They contained a catalogue of track, spares and accessories, assembly and maintenance instructions and advice about layouts and competitions. The English translation is amusing in places but it is at least understandable which, for those untutored in the language, the Spanish versions are not. The manuals have one glorious illustration of a living room taken over by an sts circuit, which runs over the green dralon seats and tables as well as the floor leaving no space for normal life.

Contents sheet
This was a monochrome A4 sheet with line illustrations of the major items contained and suggested layouts for the track included in the set. This is not always completely accurate. For example, the 2011 sheet showed 2 Jeeps when it contained 1 Jeep and 1 Nissan and the 2030 sheet didn’t show the trailers.

2100    Transformer TR5

2300    Controller (2)

Bag      containing 2306 Drop Arm Springs (2) & 2308 Braids (4) was included in some sets.

Bag      containing a selection of logs, barrels, sacks, signs, flags and Marker stones from the 2302 & 2305 accessories. The bags were labelled with the set reference but the quantities of each were never detailed on the contents sheet. (Top)

 

Set Details

 

            The set details that follow have been compiled from a number of sources not all of which are complete or clear and some of which contain errors. Accordingly the following may contain errors or omissions and cannot be relied on for complete accuracy. The years after the set reference indicate the catalogue(s) known to show the set and the month/year dates show the price list(s) known to show the set.

 

            ? Indicates a specific doubt about the quantity or description of the item concerned.

 

            Set reference numbers may be clicked to see a scan of the catalogue page for that set. You should be aware that these images are large and will take some time to load.

 

2005    86-87; 2/87, 1/88
Mercedes
3     2150      Standard Straight
4     2153      Standard Curve
1     2310      Ramp Jump (Top)

 

2006    88, 2/88
Jeeps?
3     2150      Standard Straight
4     2153      Standard Curve
1     2309      Centre Obstacle
Neither this set nor its contents sheet have been seen. The 1988 catalogue shows Jeeps on the box lid and contents list but shows a photograph of Mercedes as the cars contained. Furthermore, the author has (what is believed to be) an original artwork for the box lid of set 2006. Although this says 2006, the illustration of Mercedes cars is that used on set 2007. It may be that this artwork was available for collection because it was wrong so never sent to the printers for production. It most likely that the set contained Jeeps. (Top)

 

2007    88; 2/88
As 2005 (
Top)

 

2008    “Atlas” 89, 2/89
Peugeots
3     2150      Standard Straight
4     2153      Standard Curve
1     2311      Elevated Track (Rope Bridge) (
Top)

 

2009    “Trophy” 89, 2/89
Land Rovers
3     2150      Standard Straight
4     2153      Standard Curve
1     2310      Ramp Jump (Top)

 

2010    85-87; 2/87, 1/88
Jeeps
3     2150      Standard Straight
4     2151      Half Straight
6     2153      Standard Curve
1     2154      2 Concave & 2 Convex (Top)

 

2011    “Paris-Dakar” 88-89; 2/88, 2/89
Jeep and Nissan
Otherwise as 2010 (Top)

 

2014    88-89; 2/88, 2/89
Land Rovers
2     2150      Standard Straight
4     2151      Half Straight
4     2153      Standard Curve
1     2154      2 Concave & 2 Convex
1     2155      Rough Terrain Track
4     2156      Exterior Curves
4?    2304      Barrier with Supports
1     2311      Elevated Track (Rope Bridge) (Top)

 

2015    87-88; 2/87, 1/88, 2/88
Nissan Patrols
4     2150      Standard Straight
5     2151      Half Straight
3     2153      Standard Curve
1     2154      2 Concave & 2 Convex
1     2155      Rough Terrain Track
4     2156      Exterior Curves
       2303      Borders Straight (4) & Curved (3)
4     2304      Barrier with Supports
2     2306      Supports (Small)
2     2307      Supports (Large)
1     2309      Centre Obstacle
1     2600      Medium Mountain (
Top)

 

2016    “Pharaons” 89; 2/89
Mercedes & Peugeot
6     2150      Standard Straight
7     2151      Half Straight
6     2153      Standard Curve
1     2154      2 Concave & 2 Convex
1     2155      Rough Terrain Track
6     2156      Exterior Curves
       2303      Borders Curved (6)
6     2304      Barrier with Supports
2     2306      Supports (Small)
2     2307      Supports (Large)
1     2310      Ramp Jump
1     2313      Chicane (Mountain pass) (Top)

 

2020    85-86; 2/86
Jeeps with roofs
5     2150      Standard Straight
4     2151      Half Straight
8     2153      Standard Curve
3     2154      2 Concave & 2 Convex
1     2301      Ford Crossing
4?    2304      Barriers with Supports
2?    2306      Supports (Small) (Top)

 

2025    86-87; 2/87, 1/88
Mercedes with roofs
5     2150      Standard Straight
4     2151      Half Straight
10   2153      Standard Curve
2     2154      2 Concave & 2 Convex
1     2155      Rough Terrain Track
       2303      Borders Curved (6)
6     2304      Barrier with Supports
1     2306      Supports (Small)
1     2602      Green Mountains (3) (Top)

 

2028    87-88; 2/87, 1/88, 2/88
Pinzgauers
7     2150      Standard Straight
7     2151      Half Straight
6     2153      Standard Curve
2     2154      2 Concave & 2 Convex
1     2155      Rough Terrain Track
10   2156      Exterior Curves
2?    2303      Borders Curved
6     2304      Barrier with Supports
2     2306      Supports (Small)
6     2307      Supports (Large)
2     2308      Supports (Inclined)
1     2310      Ramp Jump
1     2311      Elevated Track (Rope Bridge)
1     2601      Large Mountain (Top)

 

2030    85-86; 2/86
Jeeps with trailers pre-liveried to match the Jeeps
13   2150      Standard Straight
10   2151      Half Straight
12   2153      Standard Curve
4     2154      2 Concave & 2 Convex
1     2301      Ford Crossing
4     2303      Borders Curved
4     2303      Borders Straight
6     2304      Barrier with Supports
9     2306      Supports (Small)
2     2307      Supports (Large)

 

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