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  2. Sounds good, Andrew..... I was also considering "flush" fitting the windows and getting rid of that extra weight of the insert up high in the model.... Depends how "robust" you want the model to remain, I guess..... an errant finger from a steward might punch a flush mounted window back in.... but, again - considerable weight from where we don't want it can be chopped out of the model... flush fitting of windows is always a much more appreciative appearance..... In r/c flying of aircraft.. I use a product called "canopy glue".... it remains slightly flexible - yet has considerable strength... I apply many coats of this in small amounts until I get the "fill" I need and also the strength... most of he weight evaporates as the glue dries out... the product is called "Formula 560" made by Pacer.... (USA) clear fast drying bonds canopies and plastic parts to almost anything remains flexible when set I then use Tamiya "rubber black" to fine line it .... which results in a realistic rubber windscreen "rubber".... If I can't get a satisfactory result from the supplied windows insert - I will make up my own... from either cellulose or perspex sheet.. cut exactly to size or maybe a thou undersize to allow for the glue.... I have used a Coke bottle for a rounded front windscreen on a slot car..... my 1970 purchase (at age 15) Scalextric Lamborghini Muira - which I smashed the entire insert.... These bottles have an amazing number of curved option areas.... and are almost indestructible..... and just so cheap. You can polish them with Tamiya plastic compound.... and a calico buffing pad in a Dremel.... good work on your times.. Forgot - I am coming up with another plan....... if you want to get a bit more, replace the front axle.... I like to use Slot-It hollow axles for the faster cars I have.... the wheels are retained using eyelets. What this does, is allows the front wheel to revolve independently of the other one..... you'll find that you can get through corners quicker - no drag from the inside wheel slowing down the outside one.... The downside, is that if you need to fit new tyres - you have to destroy any insert to release the eyelet. In my current LJ/LC Torana build - I'm going to experiment with mounting this axle as two stub axles.... That is, cut the axle ends off - fit the wheels to them (and inserts etc).... then fit the stub axles into a very close fitting tube, or box section... and retain the stub axle using a grub screw through the tube/box..... This way, if I need to "service" the wheel - I can simply undo the grub and withdraw it.... fit both stubs/wheels/tyres to a section of tube and grub them in... then fit the assembly to a tyre truer..... when done, simply re-install to the model using the grubs.... no messing around with inserts and eyelets... they are a permanent fit. All this is yet to be worked out - but, I have a plan.... it should work. OK, gone way too far again... frats, Rosco
  3. I tried it without the interior, and yes 0.3 sec faster, so I modified an interior out of another car that was half the weight, and now it's about 0.2 sec faster than before. I've gone from 6.8 secs a lap to 6.6, and I'm happy with that. Cheers Andrew
  4. SlotsNZ

    Sorell Creek Track

    Sheesh mate. First up - thanks for sharing - and a reminder. You're an 'ocker, this is your home forum, don't forget us ..... So unusual for someone to get some big scenery items actually done before building the track - safer too. You know what happens once any lane is live......... Really like the work you are doing, that bridge looks a million bucks, and very clever what you've done with the pub. Is the beer cold ? Great inspiration for other budding track builders. Keep it coming.
  5. Shaynus

    Sorell Creek Track

    Very effective technique, well done!
  6. It's been quite a while since I worked up a car, so took on an old scalex beetle to get back in the game. Lowered all around. New gear / pinion / tyres / wood guide. Lightweight interior. New front spoiler. Rush paint job. Rush everything actually; this one took about 3.5 hours from go to woah - including the spray paint / decals / matt clear coat. Haha. I still get a kick out of transforming these old clunkers into sweet runners, and this one handles especially well. Lapping in 7.5s on new tyres so probably down to 7.3s over time.
  7. I'll dig through and find one. -Smithy, how awake will you be this week - so I can decide how slow a one I need to give you ....
  8. I noticed a price hike well before Covid but wouldn't surprise me if they hiked it up again. Just a few years ago it was quite reasonable.
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  10. Malomay

    Sorell Creek Track

    Cheers mate, Designed it on Microsoft Publisher. i used an actual white brick background picture then snipped the windows & doors from other photos I found on the web & pasted these in. The writing & other details were all just created in the publisher drawing tools. Printed out the sheets on a laser & stuck em on the corflute !
  11. Bit of more work done with the PSR (Pro Scale Racing) Dunlop Bridge, finally got motivated. I had a rattle can of Machinery Grey so decided to go with that, didn't expect it to be so dark a grey, though this works in with the bridge name and other decals that really pop out. Original Dunlop Plastic Bridge compared to the Pro Scale Racing MDF Brdige PSR Bridge with lettering and Low Clearance Signage... which has been swapped out for the other part of the track name PSR Bridge with lettering and Low Clearance Signage... which has been swapped out for the other part of the track name PSR Bridge with lettering and Raceway signage swapped in PSR Bridge with lettering and Raceway signage different angle PSR Bridge with lettering and Raceway signage collage PSR original MDF bridge - SM-BS-0904-1-DNLP-Bridge-1 PSR original MDF bridge - SM-BS-0904-1-DNLP-Bridge-1
  12. knoath

    Sorell Creek Track

    Looking great so far! Really nice work on the Pub, how do you print that facade?
  13. Electric Dreams have been fantastic, expediated supply and shipping (to get it to collected at least) then times are dependant on the USPS, airlines and other third party shippers. Yes the package was packed superbly and extremely secure with plenty of packaging and as mentioned by someone who actually cares about successful undamaged arrival. Highly recommend Electric Dreams in EL Segundo, California The shipping price just makes me spend that much more to make it worth the USP price gouged shipping charges so in turn the store wins with a little more income and the USPS looses a little with a bulk delivery. Regarding shipping price, sadly this is out of everyone's hands as the USPS have hiked pricing by 100% to every country the price gouging bastards, all they are doing is making up for their lost COVID income :( :( :(
  14. ZeGas

    Sorell Creek Track

    Nice start, lovely building and viaduct, look forward to watching the progress.
  15. Malomay

    Sorell Creek Track

    Stated work on the actual table to house this in the shed last week. Actually the hardest part of this project so far was getting the shed cleared out to find enough space to even allow this. It's still not "clear"........as everyone knows sheds are magnets for anything that is not wanted elsewhere ! Did a mock up of the baseboard elevations & I couldn't resist the temptation to place the two scenic items on track to see how they might fit in so far: That's all for now everyone....more work & picts to follow.
  16. Malomay

    Sorell Creek Track

    Working on the roof quickly showed up my lack of competence......the angles of the joins were very challenging. At least the craft paper option gave a reasonably good corrugated iron look. Finally, the trim & base.......with an appropriate car in the foreground.
  17. Yeah I just used the L34 tyres, and they are a good fit, but don't forget to round the outer edges. Good idea on giving it a run without the interior, I'll do that tonight and get back to you.
  18. Malomay

    Sorell Creek Track

    The second historic feature was another classic piece of scenery from the aforementioned 1960s track.......(apologies in advance for my very rudimentary building construction skill). I took the easiest approach to this so that I could get something like an OK rsult, with not much chance of me stuffing it up !. Designed exterior using Publisher actually, and printed out on colour laser. Building construction was using corflute (which was OK to work with, although a bit of a bugger to cut across the "grain" !)
  19. Malomay

    Sorell Creek Track

    The first custom piece of scenery was the bridge (or viaduct to be historically accurate !). Based on a certain feature on a classic road track of the 1960s basic MDF construction, then managed to get hold of some textured brick sheets on-line to add a little depth to the finish..
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  21. Malomay

    Sorell Creek Track

    1st layout post – Sorell Creek track G'day, anyone who keeps track of the Slotforum International might get a double up on this, but I thought I'd share with the local forum as well, as I think its very worthwhile keeping it going. So, i guess the best way to do this is to keep posting as much as possible ! Anyway, I have been thinking for some time that I should get cracking on a track layout of my own at home for myself & my 3 boys to enjoy before we all get too much older. Track layout will be nothing special (Scaley Sport), in fact I’m sure I have seen very similar layouts on here already. It needed to fulfill some pretty basic requirements though. I wanted a decent length straight, I wanted elevation & there needed to be a bridge/crossover and enough corners to make it interesting, but not undrivable for my boys (ages 8-12…….although my 12 year old could well be a better driver than me already !) It will also have to take a couple of custom bits of scenery that I will attempt to make myself and are taken from a specific track that has a very dear place in my heart. Some of the older Aussie members may recognise them. These pieces of scenery will focus the scenic look & feel of the track as well as the era, although the rest of the scenery will be pretty basic & easy enough for my very basic & pretty average modelling skill! Anyway, I have been worrying about showing this off on this forum given the skill of others, but I guess if everyone was hesitant there would be no new contributions. Having others see my progress as well, will hopefully keep me on track & keep me working. SO…onto the start…. Mal.
  22. Placed my first overseas slot car order since Covid less than 7 days ago. Found a couple of cars I had been looking for and they were at the right price and in stock, seemed too good to be true. Had been looking for one of them for nearly two years, hadn't been in stock in any of the local stores. They arrived this morning from Electric Dreams in EL Segundo, California, to Sydney NSW. Everything was packed really nicely, by someone who cares by the looks of it. Jewel cases in good condition, cars look good (haven't opened the cases yet) Just adding... shipping was a bit pricey at about US $43 but its comparatively not bad at all compared to typical shipping prices from the US these days and was offset slightly by the price of the cars. If I had only ordered one car the shipping would have been US$25.
  23. I am sure we can sort loan cars. I have a FLY classics and LMP covered. Who has a spare Aussie V8?
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