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Scenic Road - Going All Wood

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(12/9/2010 I've added some updates down the page, more pics and some details, Holty)

 

Having seen the plastic bits of my track buckle again in the heat I decided to go all wood. I decided to use up the surplus timber from old doors and some ply I had in the shed.

 

I used a nailed down garden hose as my router guide, so there are no constant radius curves.

bathhoseguide.jpg

 

Kerfing under the ply should allow a 'dipper' like drop in the esses.

bathkerfing.jpg

 

The veneer on the doors is not thick enough so I glued 2 layers together to get sufficient depth for the router. The gaps will allow this straight to bend and have a 'Nurburgring' hump.

bathunderside.jpg

Any uneven or loose bits will get pineed by screws during the installation.

 

The painted hillclimb, with free-form curves like a real road.

bathcutting.jpg

 

The paint (for the technical minded) is some second hand Taubmans 'Japanese Lantern Shade,' $1 at our local recycling shop. It was the nearest to grey that I could find.

 

Overall I'll lose my tight Monaco hairpin and about 2 metres in length, but should have twisty bits that are little more kid friendly.

With a few scenery switches and swappable track direction I should be able to stage Bathurst or Nurburging enduros, or Targa Florio, Mille Miglia road races.

 

There are some kids visiting this weekend so I can't rip up the old track till next week. In the meantime I hope to get the paint, tape and wires ready.

 

Holty

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An Update

 

After the last race session on the weekend, time to dismantle the old Monaco track.

bathdismantleold.jpg

 

Started assembling the new pieces in the Bathurst-esque shape.

Most of the tape is on, and the track has been wired and tested in sections.

bathnewlayout.jpg

 

Need to buy some more tape tomorrow and start testing elevation changes.

 

Holty

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Kerfing under the ply should allow a 'dipper' like drop in the esses.

bathkerfing.jpg

 

this is my dipper, I didn't cut under the track at all, just slow gradual clamping

 

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2 x australian ego champion

 

regards

Shane

 

 

Fulel racing in first track build --> https://youtu.be/nG1EyFkbJSs

 

 

 

My second track build --> 

raceday - https://youtu.be/8WXYQ528iKM

 

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I didn't cut under the track at all, just slow gradual clamping

Gref, thanks for the tip.

The ply I'm using doesn't have a lot of flex, so I expect to have to screw down the ends and attach some sort of jack to the middle to pull it down. It only needs to be a small distance. My testing today with just a plain descent thru the esses was a 'trap for young players,' with the odd car stepping out. I don't want it too difficult for kids, so I might make the dipper adjustable so those who think they can drive can have a real challenge, and the rest can have an easier run.

 

 

Holty

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The track is assembled and running with rough elevation chocks and simple mock scenery.

The table area is about 1.3m by 3.5m

 

The hill climb in the Mt Panorama direction with the cutting foreground and the esses with Forest's elbow in the distance. The Cascade bachground is just a temporary green forest backdrop.

bathhill.jpg

 

The pit area with Suedkehre (South Curve) as per old Nurburgring

bathpits.jpg

 

Also I have the humped straight of N-Ring or Conrod in the other direction.

bathhumpstraight.jpg

 

Which is trying to emulate the hedged straight as per this photo from the F1-GP history site.

196320ger20gp2020nurburgring.jpg

 

The Nurburgring clockwise direction is the trickier, the hairpin at the end of the long straight has caused me to roll many cars. Lucky I have the catchment fencing there.

The MJKs grip well to the painted ply, even the Ninco rubber on the classics goes well.

Thanks to soldered connections and all tape I have good power everywhere. I just can't stop driving on it.

Holty

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Which is trying to emulate the hedged straight as per this photo from the F1-GP history site.

196320ger20gp2020nurburgring.jpg

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Holty

 

The Green Hell.. that's awesome!!


Captain's log: We are enroute to some planet whose name I cannot pronounce to do something really complicated that I don't understand.

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An update

 

Some plaster and cardboard to start forming the Mt Panorama styled cutting and the esses.

theesses.jpg

 

I've painted some urethane foam to create the Nurburgring hedges. The cardboard backdrop is the ruined castle looking over the track.

castlebackdrop.jpg

 

The old styled GP cars have too much grip and just tip over. To fix this for now I have turned the MJK tyres around so the camber is the wrong way round. This allows a more forgiving slide of the rear in the corners. It does look ugly with the bubbly side out, but you cant see that at speed.

tyrereverse.jpg

 

Some kids have had a go and manage to circulate easily, so one objective achieved. For serious racers trying to push is particularly challenging, so I've achieved the second objective.

 

And it is starting to look great.

 

Holty

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I bought a DC-DC upconverter (Jaycar MP3463 $40) to run an old laptop off the battery. I have 2 x 12V batteries that are solar charged in the shed, 1 for the track and lights, the other for the computer. This means no more long lead to run the computer for race management.

The pit area and South curve with computer on the far side

RIMG0250.jpg

 

A close up of the refuel lane, for Ultimate Racer refuelling, just pick up the car and put it on the sensor strip until the display shows full. It beats remembering which key to press.

RIMG0246.jpg

 

The whole track with green forest theme

RIMG0247-1.jpg

 

In a couple of weeks I'll run a 70's Bathurst in the clockwise direction to test fuel management.

 

Holty

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