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Hybrid Track - Plastic And Wood


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#1 DaveH

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Posted 04 July 2019 - 11:37 PM

I had my 4 lane classic track squeezed onto a 2.4x1.8 table...

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With the luxury of a bit more space I thought I would extend the track and have a go at routing as well. So I acquired another 2.4x1.8 9mm mdf board and started a plan...

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I built a lightweight frame under the mdf which was cut to fit the curve, and routed a four lane squeeze...painted and double sided tape laid...

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Another coat of paint and start landscaping...

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Magnabraid finished...

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The tables joined. The 9mm board sits on top of the original table, the green underlay providing the extra height needed to match the 8mm plastic height to the 9mm mdf routered surface...

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The transition...

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And the end result...

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Obviously a few details of the build left out, but basically followed the advice from this and other forums and was a relatively painless exercise!!

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Edited by DaveH, 04 July 2019 - 11:53 PM.


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Posted 05 July 2019 - 02:29 PM

What is the grip level like when it changes from plastic to wood? Looks like a very neat job, I like the layout after the extension, looks like much better 'flow'. Nice Torana collection as well!

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Posted 05 July 2019 - 05:30 PM

Looks great, was it difficult to make the wood part join to the plastic?

I suspect you might go all wood next? :-)

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#4 DaveH

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Posted 05 July 2019 - 11:46 PM

View PostSlotspeed, on 05 July 2019 - 02:29 PM, said:

What is the grip level like when it changes from plastic to wood? Looks like a very neat job, I like the layout after the extension, looks like much better 'flow'. Nice Torana collection as well!

Thanks Slotspeed. There doesn’t seem to be too much effect. The cars at speed are in a slide when changing from wood to plastic - maybe they straighten up a bit faster(?), but seem to behave consistently. (I just run stock tyres on all my cars, not sure if that makes a difference).

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 12:06 AM

View PostDrifter, on 05 July 2019 - 05:30 PM, said:

Looks great, was it difficult to make the wood part join to the plastic?

I suspect you might go all wood next? :-)

Thanks Drifter. It was easier than expected. I thought I would have to widen the plastic slot somehow where it meets the routed slot, but it wasn’t necessary. I did however make sure that the routed slot was as narrow as possible at the transition from wood to plastic (my track is intended to only run clockwise direction). As can be seen in the transition photo, the plastic track is screwed to the board below and is notched into the routed section so there is no movement.

As for what’s next, at least I know I can do it, if I want to!!

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 03:30 PM

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Thanks Slotspeed. There doesn't seem to be too much effect. The cars at speed are in a slide when changing from wood to plastic - maybe they straighten up a bit faster(?), but seem to behave consistently. (I just run stock tyres on all my cars, not sure if that makes a difference).

Sounds like a perfect expansion to your existing layout.

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 09:27 PM

Just a quick vid with cars on auto-pilot...

https://youtu.be/4VwjAcDDE1M





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