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#1 GRUNZ

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 08:52 PM

Hi All
I would like to pick your brain about this project of mine. While I am waiting to buy my own house (at the moment we are renting) where to set a permanent and bigger layout in the garage, I would like to have one small one to have fun during the evening and weekends. The room size is 310 cm x 280 cm not a huge room but should be decent enough to set an interesting layout. Source of inspiration are tracks like Rainier Raceway and Interlonza. Here are a list of requirements:

- technical with enough lap time. However, it should have a nice flow.
- double pit-lane with XCL in it.
- I have only XCL at the moment. It seems that here in NZ there are not CLC. I might try to order some from hotslots132.com however they have only the left-hand out-in.
- realistically I am looking at two drivers. But in some rare cases a third one might be able to make it.
- the shape of the table should be such that every part of the track should be at arm length in case cars deslot I would like to quickly set the car back in the slot by hands.

Here is what I have come up with...Lots of track I know.



And here is the list of track piece that it uses/I already have



As you can see, it is quite a squeeze. I need to put up my 22 in monitor (the 310 cm wall has a large window not shown in the figure) and my laptop. Also I have to check if RCS64 supports cars going in both directions so that I can put the PB up next to the pit exit. Note that I have the 6 car APB (C7042) while the layout design shows the 4-car PB.

All ideas/suggestions are welcome. I am also open to a L-shaped table for a better utilisation of space.

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gio
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#2 MrFlippant

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 03:40 PM

Lots of track in a tight space is always a challenge.
Based on the direction of travel, I would suggest moving the PB to the next track over, at least. Having it right after a turn might result in some missed laps.
I would also suggest shortening the hairpin that's just left of top center. Although you'd lose the ability to have that XLC in there, it's currently forcing you to make a really long bridge/elevated section, or two hills, which will block the view of the pit lane and back straight. Unless you're planning to raise that up as well.
There doesn't appear to be much room for borders, but if you race primarily stock/magnet cars, that's probably not a big deal.

RCS64 (or any other RMS) doesn't know or care what direction the cars are going. As long as it's getting lap timing information, it's happy. So put your base wherever you want it to be, and run your track whatever direction you want to.


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 06:36 PM

May I suggest that unless you are a real scenary freak that lots of smallet diffrent tracks is better. Provided you do your track mainainance and do a few "crossies" if you are digital only then you can have diffrent tracks with diffrent "feels" and still have reasonable scenary. Mr F did lots of this but went to the dark side eventually, never was sure why.
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Posted 14 July 2014 - 08:11 PM

Not sure what you mean... I went to a permanent layout rather than lots of different ones? That happened YEARS ago. wink.gif It probably happened because I race regularly with two groups. I get to race on a wide variety of tracks, so don't have as big a need to make my own different ones.

Gio already expects to be taking this layout down when he buys a house, so he might not be worried about changing the layout very often.

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#5 GRUNZ

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 08:28 PM

Mr Flippant is right. This is a temp one until I get a proper size room where to build a larger one. And again I do not think that is going to get a lot of permanent scenery on it. At least not until I get into a group of people that have their own tracks to race regularly and have some variety.

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#6 GRUNZ

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 09:14 PM

Hi
Over the weekend I have been working on a new layout for my semi-permanent build.
Here is the pic:



The track is run clock-wise. for the first corner I am planning to put a 180 radius 3 banked.

Any comments/suggestions really appreciated.

gio
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Posted 23 July 2014 - 08:50 AM

Great layout, I like that sequence of corners.

How do you make your track designs ?

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 10:11 AM

That looks like a design using the Scalextric package ...... be warned .... it is very user-hostile ... ohmy.gif

This is the same track in Ultimate Racer ....



Note - there are no distortions on the curve pieces of track .... compare the two version ... ohmy.gif

#9 GRUNZ

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 10:08 PM

Hi Greg
Thanks for reproducing the track using UR...yeah I know that track designer is an awful piece of software. After they have redesigned their website it is not possible to get it directly. It needs log-in. Anyway it is for free so you get what you pay for.

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 05:13 AM

Thanks Greg and Gio, that sounds like a bit of me, cheap and nasty, I can only go wrong ha haha.

This is my temporary track until the digital bits arrive, it's 2400x1200.

The sweeper
http://<a target="_blank" href="http://imageshack.us...1073.jpg/"><img src="http://imagizer.imag...746/751073.jpg" border="0"></a>[/img]

The hairpin
http://<a target="_blank" href="http://imageshack.us...78c8.jpg/"><img src="http://imagizer.imag...540/f578c8.jpg" border="0"></a>[/img]

I'll have to look for info on posting pics.
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Posted 25 July 2014 - 05:07 AM

Hi driva137
I think that your are missing the [img] tag before the url.

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 08:11 AM

THE FOLLOWING ERROR(S) WERE FOUND "Sorry, dynamic pages in the [IMG] tags are not allowed" I have not found the pic posting how to as yet.

Have you started on your track ?
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Posted 25 July 2014 - 08:12 PM

Hi driva137
I have built the track on the floor and for the time being it will be rug racing. I have started with a bit of "decoration" mainly building borders using foamboard (a la interolanza). I will work on it during this weekend and will take some pics. For me this is the first time doing a layout so a lot of errors and mistakes. Also the level of details that I am able to obtain is put to shame when compared with the level shown in this forum.

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#14 GRUNZ

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 07:01 AM

Hi
I have been working on the track during the past weekend. I have concentrate on the banked 180 Carosello (carousel in Italian).
I wanted to make some inner and external borders and to add some colour to the track.
Here is the general view



The idea is to have something that I can easily disassemble and re-use with a new track since this is not my permanent layout.
I have used 10mm foam board and corrugated plastic as a base to lay the track and borders. The boarders are attached to the corrugated plastic by means of double tape.



I have decided to use the rumble strip as a decorative motive. So I used cloth tape and make them quite big and bold.
Here is a close up with my new two babies (that maserati 99 sits very well there):


Then I put some barriers using some thick cardboard and add some sponsors. The barriers are attached to the foamboard by double tape.
I am going to add the internal ones and maybe cover the lower part hiding the part below the Bosch sponsors (see the pic below with my two newest babies).



All in all I am quite satisfied. This is all new to me and is more a kind of try-out for when I get to build a more permanent track.
And thanks to all the suggestions/resources available in this fantastic forum.

hope you like the pics.

gio
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Posted 28 July 2014 - 09:32 AM

Looking good gio might have to pinch this idea for banked curve corners thumbsup.gif

where did you get your corrugated plastic from or was it something you had lying around

also in your second picture I think I can just see a banked curve support sticking out, have you modified the supports or have you offset then slightly
from the track to support the border/corrugated plastic question.gif
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