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#1 Graham Lane

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:01 PM

Hi there! New to this forum so I thought I'd bring you pictures and video of my track here in Umbria.

It started as a 2-lane SSD race track but then expanded with a single-lane routed MDF section which includes a village and viaduct. That grew again when I added a second village, railway line and a mountain. My plan is to convert the 2-lane section into more of a road track, doing away with the pits, grandstands, etc and create a small village there with filling station, hotel, and a few houses.

So, here is the two-lane section.

The pits were removed for this event, the Mini Mille Miglia, which raised over 6,000 euros for the Alzheimer's Research Trust over the three events. Notice the superb start ramp, kindly made for me by a guy in Canada.


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Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:05 PM

Welcome Graham, there are no fun police here, post up as many 3 lettered and yellow oval logos as you like :)

And the signature file doesn't have to be 3px by 3px either :)

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#3 Graham Lane

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:28 PM

Here are a variety of photos of the single-lane section.

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Yep, the railway line works, complete with level crossing which may, or may not hold the cars up.

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Yep, the camera car works, with onboard wireless webcam...in colour with sound relayed to a big screen in the next room for this event. I had it facing backwards to video following cars and that worked great.

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There will be a vineyard (Trebbiano grapes) in the brown field later and maybe a villa on the hill where the car park is.

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And here, I hope, is a video of my son driving his Jag XK120 around the complete circuit, which took about 45 seconds.

Enjoy!



and if you enjoyed that one try this!


Edited by Graham Lane, 20 February 2012 - 12:37 PM.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:40 PM

Love it..!
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:42 PM

Nice mate alot of really nice detail and touches that make it superb. Only time I have put that much work into something was a world war two demo game that looked like the final scene from Saving Private Ryan.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:51 PM

Thanks guys. Just to add that the complete track is portable. Each section fits into the back of my car. Currently in storage, it will be set up in Brama Model Shop next October for the Italian round of the SCX Proxy World Rally Championship. I also have a four-lane Ninco track and if we can find a suitable clubroom both tracks will be set up permanently there.
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:14 PM

Welcome aboard Graham, love the track and the scenery is something else :D

Great stuff,

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:44 PM

Great track Graham and welcome to Auslot, pity its in storage at the moment as this truly deserves to be on show.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:10 PM

Looks fantastic Graham ,,have paid close attention to your endeavours on the other channel but good to see it all on here in the land of the free!!!

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 07:03 PM

Geez mate that puts my attempt into the pitiful category, but it's still fun making it.
Well done this is incredible.
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#11 Graham Lane

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:02 PM

No ZeGas, it's hibernating at the moment. It will be set up in Brama Model Shop for at least a month, September/October this year, during which the Italian round of the SCX WRC takes place. I hope by then to have a permanent home for it.
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:28 PM

Hi Graham

welcome down under - I enjoyed watching the video of your track on another forum the one where the two Mercs (I think) were chasing each other.

cheers
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 12:39 AM

You're right dangermouse. I'll add that video too when I get a minute. It was Adrian Norman of Scalextric versus my son Tom for the final of the pursuit race, which Tom won. In fact he won each of the three years and won the MMM outright last year. Top lad!
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 06:59 AM

G'day Graham

Glad to see you on Auslot regular now. I have admired your track for years now and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger (well done). With input from international people like yourself this forum will just keep getting better.

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#15 Graham Lane

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 07:28 AM

Sheesh Mat, thanks. I hope I can contribute as well as be inspired by the great things you lot are doing down here.
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 08:55 AM

That is a truly spectacular set up you have there Graham! I hope you sort out a permanent home for it soon - it deserves it.

Cheers,
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 04:29 PM

I've found the video you're referring to. I was the 2010 Mini Mille Miglia.

This is the last couple of minutes of a 20 minute battle between Adrian Norman, Marketing Director of Scalextric, and Tom Lane, a team leader scientist with Sun Chemical. It was all getting a bit ragged at the end and the cars were not as smooth as they should be, but it was a hell of a battle!



The idea is that they start half a lap apart and the race is over when one passes the other. That means the single section is out unless you deslot off the track. With two good drivers it gets really exciting.

By the way, there are over twenty thousand bricks on that viaduct, each one individually made, stuck one, painted, and grouted.

Edited by Graham Lane, 21 February 2012 - 04:34 PM.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 05:58 PM

HI Graham, I've not seen some of those photos in post # 3 before. Each time I see it I'm really sad we couldn't make it to the meeting when Adrian was there :wacko:
Always good to see the track, glad you've made the jump too.
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#19 Graham Lane

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 06:13 PM

Great to see you here too Simon. I hope you can get over here one day and share a glass of wine with us.

There are some photos there that have never been published, so you won't have seen them. I have a huge archive and there are loads more take by guests and drivers at the various MMMs. I'll try to find some more.
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:04 PM

Welcome Graham, for those of you who don't know Graham, he is an ex-pat Pom living in Italy, with an amazing place in the hills of Umbria. This bloke has some pull... he managed to get Sir Stirling Moss to be the Patron of his brain child, the Mini Mille Miglia!!! A FUNd raiser for the desease that claimed his Mum's life (I believe), Altzheimer's.

Graham, please feel welcome here, your talents in modelling won't go unnoticed... and to make sure, please link your YouTube HowTo videos on brick making!!!! That viaduct is up there with the Colloseum!!!!!

Enjoy your stay here in God's Own mate!
Dick
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