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#1 EvadingGrid

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 05:32 PM

Finally moved to a place with a Garden, so after a 6 year wait I now have the space to put my carrera track in the garden !

Any help, advice, comments, suggestions, witty remarks, welcome.


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Posted 11 April 2015 - 05:39 PM


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Posted 11 April 2015 - 05:40 PM


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Posted 11 April 2015 - 05:41 PM


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Posted 11 April 2015 - 05:43 PM


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Posted 11 April 2015 - 05:45 PM


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Posted 11 April 2015 - 05:50 PM

Very nice.

That's one hell of a gravel trap.
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Posted 11 April 2015 - 05:51 PM

So like it works, I have a long enough cable to run the mains out into the garden, a chair and access to the kettle via the backdoor. The thing is I really do not know what I am doing. So any suggestions or any kind of comments would be appreciated.

I have some ideas about expanding the track, but I am not sure.

For example, I have enough space to make the main straight mucho longer, but would that cause problems. Would I get voltage drops, would the cars start derailing on the actual straight. . .

See so much I simply do not know.

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 06:02 PM

Hello EvadingGrid,

I have a Carrera layout in my back-yard permanently. Most of the track has been outside for about 4 years now and has not deteriorated, neither electrically nor physically.
Not clear what you intend to do, but if you are just setting up for a short time you won't have any trouble from the track. Birds flying overhead can be a nuisance (LOL) but the mess won't do any damage. Having the track on the ground means that it is at risk of being stood on, especially if there is a rush to get a car back on.

As you will know, the Carrera track does not have any hairpin bends so is a bit easier to drive on than other types, so its user-friendly for all the new friends and family you will soon have. Its surprising how noisey the cars can be on still summer's day so neighbours may soon show interest.

Enjoy!

Link below is an overview of my layout. Its a bit too big to post directly on here.

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 06:11 PM

I took a look at your garden circit scuderia_turini.

I see you have all the stuff I am lacking, the scenery and crash barriers !

Thanks for the feed back. You bring up the subject of noise, I have been wondering about trying out a foam rubber under the track to see if it dampens the noise.


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Posted 11 April 2015 - 06:17 PM


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Posted 11 April 2015 - 06:26 PM

I like your layout design too..looks a fun track ...must be nice to not hear the usual resonances and clickety clack we hear indoors.

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 06:32 PM

Very nice layout you got there! Like a Bertrand's 8 only reversed (the main straight in on top of the cross-over). Depending on car speed and driver experience cars can always deslot: in your case, the cars are going over gravel...you might expect some serious damage.
Depending where you are standing while driving, it might be also annoying to bend over to pick up deslotted cars. Maybe putting the layout on a table?


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Posted 11 April 2015 - 07:00 PM

Very nice layout, hope the weather is kind or you'll be needing pit stops for full wets! tongue.gif
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Posted 11 April 2015 - 07:18 PM

The area for the track is raised to a comfortable height. So its not needing a table to get it off "the floor" . No need to kneel down on the gravel (ouch) or anyone to walk across it.

I do realise that any raised sections will have to take the weight of a large cat. So I will have to fully support any raised sections.


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