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ZeGas's Photo ZeGas 21 Aug 2016

After a few false starts, rout & plastic options - finally a goer.

Was going to keep the plastic up but the local beer pong team kept bitching that I was taking up far too much space.
That's the problem with sharing facilities, so a compromise was reached and once the swelling went down and I could see again I started revision umpteen.
This time a rally track & I was not going to post anything till this one had power and timing just to make sure it wasn't another flop.

I really liked the plastic track shape it was flowing and fun but to save space a few alterations were required, reducing radii and lanes for a start.

Inspired by following JohnsXR8's new build I spent a day planning, followed by a savage trip to Bunnings in the most vicious of ways.

So the plan, it is two directional but arrows are the intended direction.
17.6m total length, min radius 175mm.
Cut at min 60mm inside curve and min 110mm outside.
Total table length 4m, width 900mm (compact huh)
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I am using Race Co-Ordinator for timing with an Arduino setup.

Chassis is three tables

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Elevations sorted

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Primed

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Painted with Norglass ""Slate" paving paint with Berger Jet Dry True Grip additive, This way I can control the amount of "grit"

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Copper Taped & temporary light bridge added, I'll craft a better one later.
Also there will be sensors at start and end of straight to time straight line speed.
This is set up in RC as a two lane track so both the lap & drag are recorded.

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Start LEDs are embedded into the track at the start/finish line, there is a reverse switch so can race in either direction & I used XLR plugs for power and controller, opposite gender "so we don't go plugging into the wrong one now eh kids!".
Bottom row LEDs are red 1 to 5.
Top is green for .... yeah, you get it huh.

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Again this is temporary, just a quick cardboard jobby.

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And the working setup, haven't done the sensors at start and end of straight yet that'll come soon.

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Then on with the scenery, already got some ideas.

Big thanks to John for building his track and getting me off my arse and going with this.
Edited by ZeGas, 22 August 2016 - 08:03 AM.
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digby's Photo digby 21 Aug 2016

Time spent in planning is never wasted, and here's the proof. Well done.
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Johnsxr8's Photo Johnsxr8 22 Aug 2016

Lol no worries for motivating you Grant! Looks Great by the way. You should post up a video for us to see what it drives like as it looks like a fun layout.

Cheers John
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ZeGas's Photo ZeGas 24 Aug 2016

A couple of videos, one in each direction ... not at speed

I'm really enjoying this track, some of my cars that I never really enjoyed I am finding again



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mattcrackers's Photo mattcrackers 24 Aug 2016

Toilet rolls for a light bridge hey, what next. :lol:

Nice work Grant, nice size as well.

cheers

Matt
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ZeGas's Photo ZeGas 25 Aug 2016

Thanks Matt,

Like I said temporary.
You could say in loo of the final product. groan.
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GAS41T's Photo GAS41T 25 Aug 2016

Seems nice and smooth well done zegas

Rossko
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branco's Photo branco 25 Aug 2016

Nice work, will be watching the scenery as it progresses.
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Johnsxr8's Photo Johnsxr8 25 Aug 2016

Looks fun to drive Grant nice job
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tonka500's Photo tonka500 25 Aug 2016

Nice job Zegas. The ability to measure speeds sounds fun!
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alexis in greece's Photo alexis in greece 25 Aug 2016

Nice track,you could host a round of IPS next year
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Wobble's Photo Wobble 25 Aug 2016

That looks like a fun track
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ZeGas's Photo ZeGas 26 Aug 2016

Thanks guys,
I'd be up for that Alexis, have really enjoyed following this years IPS and it would be good to add an extra track in Australia.
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ZeGas's Photo ZeGas 28 Aug 2016

So ... that temporary light bridge, the trendy loo roll jobby.
Yeah, gone, meet the new "light bridge".

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Not finished yet, go to bed down proper, some roof signage and still have to do the surrounding landscaping.
Thinking about adding a pressure bell, not sure if it would get annoying going of every lap. Maybe I'll just add a decorative bell instead.
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Johnsxr8's Photo Johnsxr8 28 Aug 2016

Awesome the new light bridge looks great!
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shadow_rusty's Photo shadow_rusty 29 Aug 2016

Looks Great...

ps. You could just change the sound effect for lap completed in RC to a bell...
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branco's Photo branco 29 Aug 2016

Very nice work
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ZeGas's Photo ZeGas 29 Aug 2016

View Postshadow_rusty, on 29 August 2016 - 12:18 PM, said:

Looks Great...

ps. You could just change the sound effect for lap completed in RC to a bell...

Done, and not as annoying as I thought it would be.
Edited by ZeGas, 29 August 2016 - 06:02 PM.
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ZeGas's Photo ZeGas 29 Aug 2016

I Like



Just got to wait for the fuel company guys to install the pump.
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tonka500's Photo tonka500 30 Aug 2016

Man that looks cool. Love the lights built into the track surface.
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