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phoeno29's Photo phoeno29 13 Oct 2010

Hi guys,

Its been a while since I've posted anything interesting on here, probably about 2.5 years since I was last had a track.

In that time, we have started a family, started a business, been on the committee of my local golf club and had some health issues (both wife and I) but things are on the up and tonight, I head to Bunnings with a shopping list and plans to begin building a two lane track for myself and Jack (2.5 yr old) to drive on.

Jack loves going to Red Racer and can drive ok on the big track there so to have a track in our house will be pretty exciting for both of us.

Keeping in mind he is young and likes to grab things and doesn't always listen (he gets this from his mother) the track needs to have minimal scenery, be fairly flowing as hairpins can be tricky for litties... and the unskilled out of practice older person too !

The track will have a road width of 20cm with the slots moving around within this on a racing line. I recently came across a track in Europe which I love and the minimal scenery style would work perfectly for us.

Pleasuredome

I have build a few tracks in the past as you know with lots of scenery so do do something like this is a new challenge for me too. With time being short and this style of scenery shouldn't take too long to put together.

The table will be 3.0m x 1.2m with two extensions which I plan on bolting on to the side to make it a little bigger and give us a better layout.

All going well, I should have the table built over the weekend.

Stay tuned.........
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SlotsNZ's Photo SlotsNZ 13 Oct 2010

I'll look forward to this one

but can we take bets that you'll get increasing urges towards scenic additions.......
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Eno the Wonderdog's Photo Eno the Wonderdog 13 Oct 2010

Hey Pheono - Welcome back to the fold! I love how that "pleasuredome" worked out - Abu Dhabi allows you to do REALLY minimalist scenery & leaving it looking like scenery.. willing to bet you'll end up trying to figure out how to build the "Neon Hotel" over one end in a couple of years though..
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lenny broke's Photo lenny broke 13 Oct 2010

I knew you wouldn't be gone too long.:rolleyes:

welcome back Martin. I look forward to the new project

Cheers
Alan
Edited by lenny broke, 13 October 2010 - 03:20 PM.
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manic35's Photo manic35 13 Oct 2010

Sounds great Martin, surely just a little bit of scenery out of reach would be ok? :)

My son is now 6 and has become very sensible about racing and handling the cars and admiring the scenery with his eyes and not his hands. So you don't have that long to wait till Jack will be starting his own car collection...

Enjoy and be sure to post plenty of pics for us.
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phoeno29's Photo phoeno29 13 Oct 2010

Thanks guys for the well wished.

Jack was funny at RR last week, picked up a car, brushed the bottom of it (no where near the braids !) and put the screw driver into the screw holes and made some random twisting motions..... he's getting there !
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dangermouse's Photo dangermouse 13 Oct 2010

You could make your own version of the Race of Champions track

Jack was funny at RR last week, picked up a car, brushed the bottom of it (no where near the braids !) and put the screw driver into the screw holes and made some random twisting motions..... he's getting there !

That makes him a better tuner than half the people on here :)

- you do realise it will only take Jack a few years and he will be whipping you Martin. My son is 14 and about 4cm shorter than me (I have to say that while I can) he has lost a little interest in slots of late but was most impressed by the Plafit Mini-Z car I was setting up last night - doesn't hurt that it is quick like his RC cars

cheers
DM
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Eno the Wonderdog's Photo Eno the Wonderdog 13 Oct 2010

As you may have seen Pheono - my little guy (4 in December) is already more analytical than I am. You'll love this "Racing with son" Bizzo for a year tops.. then you'll have to work! :)
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KarKraft's Photo KarKraft 13 Oct 2010

Can't wait to see another track from you.

I'm sure you'll give in to the scenery urges.
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phoeno29's Photo phoeno29 16 Oct 2010

A successful trip to Bunnings during the week.

15 lengths of 3m pine 70mmx35mm @ $6.50 each

2 sheets of 6mm MDF cut at 1500 x 1220.

A few extra bits and pieces.

Supercheap Auto for casters also.

About $220 all up and 8 hours today has stage 1 knocked over.

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Eno the Wonderdog's Photo Eno the Wonderdog 16 Oct 2010

Excellent - thanks for that. I was trying to explain my plan to MTWD and she said "Uh huh". Turns out that what you're done is what I was trying to describe. Nice to be able to show people photos though. Thanks Pheono.
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phoeno29's Photo phoeno29 22 Nov 2010

A bit of progress.

Painted the table white.

Drew the track on it

Routed a racing line with two parallel slots.

Taped it up on the outside of the pencil lines (So these can be painted over later)

Taped up with 25mm masking tape the white areas I want to keep on the ripple strips.

Spray painted the rest red. (Overspray will get painted over later)

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Next steps are to tape up the red/white ripple strips I want to keep.

Paint the whole table dark grey.

Tape up grey I want to keep (road surface and selected run off areas)

Then final painting is blue ala Abu Dhabi
Edited by phoeno29, 22 November 2010 - 12:56 PM.
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Ontheflipside's Photo Ontheflipside 22 Nov 2010

View Postphoeno29, on Nov 22 2010, 01:52 PM, said:

Spray painted the rest red.
I thought the "rug rat" had been let loose! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Johnnyfly41's Photo Johnnyfly41 23 Nov 2010

Looking good Phoeno,

nothing like building with the little ones. I always managed to find something for Graham to do in the shop, not to mention, he came in pretty handy when things get hard to reach.

Graham started racing about the age of Jack, now at 7, his favorite thing is still to nerf you off the track, but it's great fun. Nothing better than sharing your hobby with your kids. We now have little brother age 2 racing with us. Variable power supplies are great !

keep the pictures coming.

j

www.pretzelcity.com
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phoeno29's Photo phoeno29 01 Dec 2010

Some more snaps, painting all done....

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Tape to come off soon........
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phoeno29's Photo phoeno29 01 Dec 2010

Tape has been removed, a few minor issues but nothing major, looks good, I am pleased.

Elevated back straight, fences all round and inside, electricals and grandstand..... to come

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Edited by phoeno29, 01 December 2010 - 11:39 PM.
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Ember's Photo Ember 02 Dec 2010

The paint job has come up well.
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Davnic74's Photo Davnic74 02 Dec 2010

Very neat Martin, is the paint ferrodor?
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kalbfellp's Photo kalbfellp 02 Dec 2010

Can,t wait to see more, having watched the last few builds! Should be a great track.
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phoeno29's Photo phoeno29 02 Dec 2010

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Very neat Martin, is the paint ferrodor?

No feeodor, just interior low sheen, $25 a litre at bunnings.

Applied with a $2 foam roller about 4 inches wide, so I could avoid brush strokes onthe road surface.
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