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  1. Hi Phil If you get around to making some more, I'd take two as well They'd look perfect at Fairmont Park!
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    Fairmont Park

    Thanks for the hints guys! I'll follow-up on them. I've done some searching already and some amazing work by the railroad guys, including use of dyed fleecy lining, faux-fur and a product called Silfor. I'm not confindent in using them as I'm not sure I could make them blend in seamlessly. I swear I've seen this countryside betwen Lithgow and Mudgee! I like Knoath's use of bristles, maybe I try them sparingly at the base of fence posts. Speaking of which, has anybody managed to come up with successful techniques for weathering timber fenceposts like you'd see on farms? Knoath - I search Slotforums constantly. There seems to be more 'action' on the scenery front. The first shot was taken in 1983. Some nice scenery cues in that shot - scaffold stands, telegraph poles, fencing etc and Bathurst was very lush and green that year. Much easier to model that colour than the other shot, which was in 1982, a very dry year. The catch fence was one of the esaiest things I've done. Tent peg poles from Big W as posts, and galvanised gutter guard mesh from Bunnings. Comes up nicely, and very essential after my Lotus Cortina took off at the end of Mountain Straight and did a skydive onto the concrete floor.
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    Fairmont Park

    Some more work, this time on the ficticious Lukey Exhausts bridge. I tried to make it a Monaco-style piece of scenery with a stone wall look. Its 3mm MDF with a scan of a block wall pasted on to it. One day I'll update it with a better finish, either stone wall pattern or make my own stone blocks.
  4. Nice work Phil. Is that a Geoghegan Mustang I spy in the pits? Any chance of a close-up?
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    Fairmont Park

    Thanks for the encouragement guys! Knoath - I have all the Bathurst annuals with plenty of photos, but checking out Autopics is a great idea. I know you take scenery seriously - the following two pics show what kind of look I trying for - and the hopeless task I have. Check out the nature of the grass in this embankment. Nothing short of the best rail-modeller's skills can capture this: I can sprinkle turf-in-a-can but imagine trying to replicate the gully scrub here: I'll just try to imitate the terrain and place a few trees and bushes, with fences and signs as decoration
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    Snake Valley Raceway

    Which corner will have the bar??
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    Fairmont Park

    Here is an update of my attempt to add scenery to Murray's Corner. If anyone has any suggestions for improving my scenery, I'd welcome the advice. And from above showing inside the corner as well.
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    Pit Garages

    That's it! Nice work guys! Shows lots of patience.
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    Pit Garages

    Damn kalbfellp! I wish I'd known about that textures site a while ago. I tried making a block wall Monaco style by scanning a block wall from a masonry brochure and then gluing it to mdf sheet. It kinda turned out OK but you don't have to look closely to make out the repetition of the pattern. Following many gems gleaned from these forums I've had a stab at my version of Mt Panorama's old Castrol tower from foam card. I think it turned out OK. I bevelled folds as much as possible to minimise glued-joints and then painted it with ceiling white to try and give some texture to the flat white cardboard. It's still a bit stark, but I'll take a photo on the weekend and post it up. I got A4 sizes off-cuts from a local art supplies place for $1 each.
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    Fairmont Park

    Well, here's an update with the track laid out and secured to the base. Had to fiddle a bit with the Mountain Straight hairpin to stop cars bottoming out. At the bottom you can see my first attempt at some scenery, namely the pits as they might have been prior to 1987. Here is how it finished up.
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    Fairmont Park

    kalbfellp - It was the Racing History of the Mustang DVD by Chevron In the interests of accurate modelling and posted without permission:
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    Fairmont Park

    kalbfellp - I have only ever seen the pics you've probably seen in RCN - as you say, white and some dark colour. The car was originally from the UK and taken over by Ford USA to be run in U2 Trans Am against the Alfas of expat Aussie Horst Kwech. But Ford dumped the project and it sat in the workshop of Holman Moody, who had been preparing it. When Al Turner brought it over here it was still in that paint scheme one can only assume for Goodyear sponsorship. So my best guess would be Goodyear midnight-blue. Then when it was run by AM it was Coke red. Later it raced in SE Asia in white/blue again, similar to the Cologne Capri and another change to a basic white scheme. You can see video of the Escort in full colour at Warwick Farm in one of the Chevron DVDs, I'm not sure which one (post edited). As for Fairmont Park, here is the base I made to hinge against the garage wall. Following advice from a carpenter at work I knocked it together out of 90x40 pine. With the ply on top that was donated by another work colleague, it ways a ton! If I was doing it again, I'd use something lighter.
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    Fairmont Park

    Thanks SlotsNZ. I'm sure you've been over to www.allanmoffat.com.au - I put it together with a friend of mine for AM. Even one of our members - Slotmeister - made a gracious contribution to the site in the articles section.
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    Fairmont Park

    Yeah - I ran out of track money! I've been buying cars and a lap counter, but there is a track plan to fill that corner. Just before the esses the track continues right, then into a loop in that top corner before returning to Forrests Elbow. So, the esses as you see them will be the last section to get scenery.
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    Fairmont Park

    Well, since Xmas I got a Ninco set and have been needing to have it mounted somewhere permanent and out of the way. Surfing the forums, I have been astounded and motivated by the incredible work some of you have done. So I'm giving it a go. Maybe one day I'll go routed, but having seen what others have done with plastic, this will do me for now. I do have some criteria, mostly I want it to go in the garage and swing out of the way to get the car and bike in. So, its hinged against the wall, making it 1.7m wide. The brick columns in the garage are 3.3m apart so that is the length. In hindsight, I could have cantilevered an extra 500mm at each end. Maybe on the next track (is that a sure sign I have the disease?). I'd love do to scenery and have elevation, so Mt Panorama is a natural theme for me. I'm not trying to model the track exactly, just pick out recognisable features. I want to use concrete walls, as they are simple and functional, but I don't want the concrete pits built in 1987, so the late '70s/early '80s will be my guide. Hopefully you can make out Conrod, Pit Straight (where the power plugs in) and Mountain Straight. From there the first hairpin is the Cutting, then Reid and McPhillamy, the Esses and the last hairpin is Forrests Elbow.
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    Howdy!

    Does anyone know how I can post a track plan from SlotTD software? The file names end in .TDC and I don't know how to convert into .jpg or .bmp.
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    Howdy!

    Thanks for the welcome guys. Eno - I'm already limited, after setting it up on the lounge room floor over Xmas, my significant other was very patient and pittied me as I packed it up a few times (part of the ploy) and I pointed out how if it was board-mounted and it swung up against the wall, it'd take up very little room. So, I'm limited by the swing-up height to the ceiling from waist high, of 1.7m. Also I can only run 3.3m in length along the brick columns that support the track. My theme is Mt Panorama. To make best use of my limited table space, it won't be an exact copy, but try and incorporate the main features. For example, I already have a flyover and therefore a tunnel/bridge. Unless you guys know whether someone has used the name, it'll be called 'Fairmont Park'. I am truly inspired by the scenery work on SlotForum. San Phoeno, Targa Florio, Old Spa, Prairie Ridge and Palmer Divide set an amazing standard that i could never hope to emulate, just enourage me to give it a go.
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    Howdy!

    Hey guys (and dolls) Decided to sign up after being a constant learner since the start of the year. I bought a Ninco set at Xmas time and I'm having lots of fun mounting it on a permanent board. When I make some progress (and learn how to post photos), I'll put it up on the members tracks. Brett
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