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Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:45 PM

Started my first routed track on the weekend...
It's definately not the best, but it's certainly fun and a great learning experience...

It's quite small as I've just used a scap piece of particle board (approx 1.2m x 0.8m) as the base.
I've made it single lane as there is no way it could have ever been dual lane at that size.

I designed a track freehand, with lots of erasing...
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My initial thoughts were to make it a rally track.
I floated the idea of a dirt oval track with a grass infield, but my wife thought that would look funny with all of the loops through it...
The I had an idea of making it a asphalt oval and a concrete infield with cones everywhere in Gymkhana sytle...

Anyway, I'm not up to painting yet... In fact I've only routed about half of the track...
Here's how I have been routing the corners... Using a washing machine inlet pipe...
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:13 PM

on Slotcarilliustrated forum there is a thread about SLOP tracks they mostly look like they are located in carparks so like your Gymkhana idea
might give you some ideas

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:37 PM

Thanks DM... When I get that far I'll definately take a look...

Also, it's 75% routed now...
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Needs a fair bit of cleaning up yet...
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:24 PM

have you seen the mexican airfield one, I reckon that kind of surround would be awesome for yours.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:42 PM

Saw that the other day...
That's a great track, and it was damn tempting to copy the donut section...

Reality is that my test track will be a better size for 1/43, but as it's a test, and to allow me to see how my cars handle on a 'race' surface, I don't care if it's a little out of scale...
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Posted 25 March 2013 - 07:20 AM

Hi MIchael
Funny you should start this thread, I have a spare sheet that is 2.4 x 1.8 that is screeming for me to get the router out and play.
I need to work out where to store it and use it first, but I have a plan.
Looks like I'll have to pull my finger out now and get a move on.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 09:41 AM

Ordered my copper tape last week, so now I need to pull out my finger and finish the routing...
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Posted 30 March 2013 - 07:54 PM

Sorry Andrew, I must of missed your post...

You definately should make yourself a rally track out of that board... They are very fun and uniquely challenging...
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Update on my project...

Finished the routing today...

Attached a long cable to the motor on a spare chassis, added about 70grams of lead, and ran a few laps...
Seems like it's going to be very fun once finished...

Plastered up a few holes / mistakes.

Found some 'pinkish/brown' and some 'light/lime green' suede paints in the shed...
So it look like I'm back to a dirt oval track with a grass infield look...

Really can't wait for the copper tape to arrive...
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Posted 01 April 2013 - 08:30 PM

Repaired, re-routed and finished the slot on this track today...
Filled and sanded all the nail holes.

Here's what it now looks like...

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Angled view with car for scale
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Hopefully paint will go on tomorrow...
ps. still waiting for the damn copper tape...
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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:22 PM

You are going to have fun taping and wiring all those cross overs - :) I only have 2 and after my second go at wiring them I wish I hadn't put any in :( - my problem the first time was I didn't make the hole the right size so I had bumps from the wire - so I re-drilled and re-taped to remove the bumps

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 09:17 AM

Yeah, it's going to be annoying...
On the plus side, as it's only 1 lane, 2 out of the 4 corners of each intersection can be joined...
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 10:43 PM

It lives, it lives...

Doesn't it look so much better with copper on...
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A close up of how I did the crossovers / power up points.
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A view of the wiring 'fun' on the rear...
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The crossovers were quite easy in the end, and they all work quite well both ways. Well all bar 1 direction on 1 side of 1 crossover... Grrr...
All in all, it's a very fun track so far, and it doesn't even have any grip yet... Can't wait to paint this with my son now...

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 10:47 PM

Quick question... If you are using Dulux Suede, do you roll or brush it on?
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Posted 14 April 2013 - 01:16 AM

Mel (Ontheflipside) suggested brushing it on, I rolled the first coat with a sponge roller and then brushed the top coat. Brush in one direction. Once dried there will be a bit of a fine dust like finish on surface, I wiped over with a damp cloth a couple of times and this seems to have mostly gone.

Are you going to put masking tape over the copper or just try to be careful?

track will be a blast they are a bit hypnotic to run on but good fun all the same.

cheers
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Posted 14 April 2013 - 08:51 AM

Mine's brushed on and done very much at random trying to bring more of the chalky look to the surface. But I did mine with a very very soft taklon paint brush so the brush strokes themselves don't show too much.
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Posted 14 April 2013 - 12:19 PM

Thanks guys for the info...

You can paint over the copper, and wipe it straight off while the paint is wet...
Steve (Way2Fast) did this on his latest track and it worked quite well... Although, he used ferrodore...

So, now I need to find my 'half' decent brush...
Unlikely to be painting before next weekend, but damn is it a fun / addictive track already...

So the current list of to do's are...
1. Paint
2. Timing
3. Scenery - Cones / Trees / Possibly a shed basically anything I can make that suits for free or extremely cheap...
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Posted 14 April 2013 - 02:23 PM

I remembered that the suede wiped of the copper when it was dry as well - I touched up a few spots on the short track and did that.

For timing - do you have a Smartphone? - there are a few apps for iOS and Android which will do timing - just need a little cradle to hold the phone.
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Posted 14 April 2013 - 03:23 PM

The reason for putting on the tape first is so that the paint can make up some of the thickness of the tape...

I've used the android app, but as there really isn't any places where 1 lane is separate from the rest, the phone / webcam options are not quite as good...

I have a usb parallel port adaptor, IR receiver, and IR LED's... Just need to decide if I go for a light bridge with the sensor in the bottom of the track, or if I put the led on one side of the slot, and the receiver on the other...
The bridge version is simpler, and more reliable, but the slot version is more discrete...
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Posted 14 April 2013 - 06:28 PM

Also just about nothing will stick to the suede paint - I ended up painting the slot with a flat house paint, then taping it with masking tape to paint the suede on and then applying the copper tape.

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 07:52 PM

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