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Guidance Needed - Compact Layout Design, Carrera Digital


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#1 Slotspeed

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:15 PM

Hi,

Bought a digital set 7 weeks ago, with lots of straights and R1 curves. Also bought a pit lane. Haven't had it out of the box yet! Busy unpacking from a recent move as well as nursing an 8 week old baby. I thought layouts would be easy like Scalextric was when I was a kid... just build something up on the loungeroom floor and give it a whirl for a day or two. It wasn't until I started trying layout ideas in a layout editor that I realised the amount of space the Carrera track demands... seems those extra 30mm width really make a difference in what you can do in a given space. I don't really have the luxury of space, unless it was for an afternoon on the kitchen floor. But I was hoping all along to build a 8'x4' (basically impossible) or a 9'x4' or 9'x5' or so sized layout to possibly keep in the garage. My experiments in a layout editor show that 9.5'x5' would be quite good (thinking of a flat layout so I can lean it against a wall when not in use) I was thinking of either an ezy tilt style method (using hinged ply instead of the metal legs)
(like this https://media.music-..._Fisheye_B.png?)
Or perhaps a folding in half cantilever style pack away method, though that would be harder and take longer to implement (Time is something I have very little of at the moment) And it may also give trouble when joining the Carrera track pieces back together.

Has anyone been in a similar situation with space restrictions and Carrera track? And come up with a compact but fun layout?

Hoping for some ideas, or even a link to some Carrera space saving layouts?

Thanks,
Steve.

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 11:47 AM

Hi, a little update of my post, I notice it got a lot of views. I have been working on this in between other things and have developed a few layouts that fit within 9' x 5'. Though if I get it to 4.5' I might be able to leave it set up for periods of time in the garage. (though with a large family and small kids, inside house would have been better) A few nice looking ones with an overpass and a few flat ones (for packing away on its side. The reality is that I probably won't have time to build anything fancy (though the mechanics are quite simple to do it and I've thought that through now... I'm good at visualising mechanical assemblies in my head... Totally not a natural thing but well practiced having had to do prototype work on packaging lines many years ago)

Thinking I will go analog for a while to start with, avoiding the distraction of digital until I am ready. Just need to turn some laps, or all that purchased gear will be wasted and I may as well on-sell it if that is the case. (I bought some second hand bits of track for a song and "accidentally" picked up an analog power base and a bunch of analog controllers for less than $10 in total from two different sources... was a total fluke!)

I will need to figure out an account somewhere on the www to host my pics, but don't have time just now. (I was also using google images, but had to stop using it as the permissions settings are a bit too fiddly) I had an image hosting account back in the days of myspace but I'm guessing that will probably no longer be supported. Was thinking of flickr but read an article on lifehacker suggesting its days are numbered... not sure how true that is though.

Enjoying the other threads on this forum for now though, its inspiration for a few minutes each day while I'm waiting for an opportunity to set something up as a trial.

Cheers,
Steve.





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