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Hi

I am another 'lurker' who has just come out of the woods!

I bought myself a Digital formula 1 set just after Christmas 2008 and after a break of over 30 years rediscovered the joys of Scalextric. Of course now it has everything I ever dreamt of as a boy. I discovered Slotforum in February and since then I have been an avid reader, made the occasional post and trawl it extensively for ideas. I have had lots of help from other forum members in particular RichG, rikoRocket, Andrew at SSDC to name but a few.

I started off with a few sheets of plywood in our garage but as you can see from the pictures it has completely taken over. The track now measures over 110 feet and is a 2-3 lane Digital.

Here is the track plan:



As you can see I like corners (a lot!). I haven't based the track on any particular circuit> I just wanted to create somethiong that wa interesting to drive with elevations and different scenery. It takes about 15-18 secs to lap but I have a nephew who has gone around in 11 seconds. I use PB pro 1.8 with SSDC software for race management.





I had used some of the Carrera and Scalextric buildings but recently decided to start building my own. I have completed an 8 garage pit building, complete with lights.









My latest project is to complete the start and race control building with working start lights. My brother-in-law, who is an electronics engineer, came to stay over Christmas and I bribed with drink to build me some start lights running directly for SSDC.



My collection now runs to about 40 cars, mainly touring and endurance cars and I particularly like the DTMs.











I hope you like the track. I still have a lot to do and it seems so amatuerish compared to some of the amazing layouts I have seen on the Forum.
 

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OMG!! if this is amatuerish what chance do I stand? An absolute quality lay out well done
and I am not in the slightest jealous honest
 

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Amature ?? You come a long way in a short time frame. Nice layout, looks fun to drive. now if I didnt want to park the car in the garage.....hmmmm...
 

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Thanks for your kind words.

I 've been at this since January 2008. Reading my post again you could read it that I only started Christmas just gone, that would have been some going! I have been trying to work out how many hours I spent on the track and it works out to be 2-3 hours per week over the past 11 months.

here are some more pics







 

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Fantastic layout, fantastic scenery! I love it! And a nice collection of cars you have there


Cheers,
Aston man
 

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Superb set up, top marks.

I am also interested in how you got the DTM's to run on digital, I too am a fan of the DTM's but I am a bit iffy on converting them. Are yours SCX ?

I am new to scalextric ( converted from Trains ) and have also been building a garage layout ironically from a set bought xmas 2008.

You have inspired me to add a few photo's of mine ,although nowhere near finished.






 

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QUOTE (fbc @ 10 Jan 2009, 17:26) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>



Simply amazing!!! How did you make the guard rails in the above? The ones with the "brick and wood rails". I would like to steal this detail for part of my track.
Thanks.
Doug
 

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[quote name='mark0106' date='11 Jan 2009, 21:47' post='401684']
Superb set up, top marks.

I am also interested in how you got the DTM's to run on digital, I too am a fan of the DTM's but I am a bit iffy on converting them. Are yours SCX ?

I am new to scalextric ( converted from Trains ) and have also been building a garage layout ironically from a set bought xmas 2008.

Hi

I only have one SCX DTM, the Audi. All the others are Scalextric 3 mercs, 2 vectras and 4 astras. Only one of the Mercedes came with a chip. I chipped all of the others myself, including the Audi. It was very straight forward and I had never soldered before plus I also had to do things like drilling the floor pans. The only problem I had was with the SCX car and I forgot to remove some of the copper connectors and fired one chip. The guides on chipping cars here in the forum were great.

You're not too far from me if you wanted to meet up some time PM me and I could share my limited knowledge.

rgds

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QUOTE (erda @ 11 Jan 2009, 22:44) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Simply amazing!!! How did you make the guard rails in the above? The ones with the "brick and wood rails". I would like to steal this detail for part of my track.
Thanks.
Doug

Hi Doug

The rails are made from plastitruct strips I purchase from my local model shop. Theese are about the same diameter as a lollipop stick and come in in 1m lengths for about £2.50 ($4-5). I just cut these and paint them white. They are quite easy to bend for going around corners



The pillars in between I made from plaster of paris. Because I needed quite a few of these I made a master from Daz modelling clay (the stuff that air dries without cracking too much). I then used this master to make a silicon mould from RTV:



In the same mould I make a curved wall section (as in the background of the pic below) and 6 pillars.



Once they are dry I just paint them up as you see them in my layout.

I have used the Daz modelling clay a lot and if I was doing short runs of pillars I would use this. The tunnel entrance below is made from Daz.



I hope this helps

Rgds

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I must have missed this thread, It's your video that made me curious. The track is even more impressive than I could see in the video. Those SCX DTM's, can they compete with the scaley Vectra's ?
 

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That's pretty impressive. I think i'll be using some das modeling clay too - it looks soo cheap for what can be produed. Do you have any hints on the quantity I should be buying, I mean for example how far will a kilo go in brigde terms. Sorry its a bit vague, I just dont want to end up with far too much of the stuff - oh well im sure i will find a use for it!!!
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Hi Duncan

Daz goes a long way. The bridge in the pics below was made out of 1/3 pack of Daz modeling clay (I pay about £3.50 in my local art shop - comes in grey or terracotta). Rather than making a entire bridge section out of clay make the structure out of wood and cover this with the clay.

The key is to roll the clay quite thinly, say 1-2mm. I used my wife's baking rolling pin (but didn't tell her of course). Then use a plastic modelling knife to carve the lines representing the grouting between the bricks. I created the main structure on the bridges from MDF then just placed the clay on top. I used some PVA glue to secure it to the MDF. It takes a day or two to dry fully and when you roll it so thinly it can stretch and crack. You can fill these cracks using some more clay or I just paint them and cover in moss to make it look like part of the bridge.

I just followed jswms techniques for painting to get the finished effect - black for first coat, getting prgressively lighter with white dry brush to finish.

This is the entrance:



... and the exit :



I hope this helps.
 

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Das clay is one of my favourites materials for modelling. I´ve also reached some nice results using this clay.

#duncanb
Depends on what you´re going to do and how. For my Barbican building (show in the picture) I have used one entire terracota clay (1/2 killo...it comes in 500g bags too) and half of the white clay (1/4 killo). The walls are approximately 3mm thick. Maybe you can have a better idea visiting my website/ building tutorial.

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Cheers guys, that helps alot. I was looking at buying two 1kg bags - how wrong was I!!!!!! Im currently playing around changing my track so might make some bridge sections or walls on a base board so that i can move them. Looks great anyway although i get the feeling that its one of those things I will always think about and want to do but never actually get down to doing it.

For bankings could i simply "paste" (for lack of a better word,) das onto a mesh instead of starting with a wood template?

Cheers
Duncan
 

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QUOTE (duncanb @ 4 Feb 2009, 21:57) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Cheers guys, that helps alot. I was looking at buying two 1kg bags - how wrong was I!!!!!! Im currently playing around changing my track so might make some bridge sections or walls on a base board so that i can move them. Looks great anyway although i get the feeling that its one of those things I will always think about and want to do but never actually get down to doing it.

For bankings could i simply "paste" (for lack of a better word,) das onto a mesh instead of starting with a wood template?

Cheers
Duncan

Hi Duncan. I wouldn't use Daz on wire mesh for bankings or hills. It would be expensive to cover any reasonable area, be difficult to work with (again unless the banks are small) and the end result might be a bit brittle.

I use plaster cloth on mesh or newspaper for my hills and banking. It's expensive to buy this in the model stores - it normally comes in a roll for £7-8 doesn't go very far. The best value I've come across is a company called dougarts on ebay and they sell bulk quantities. Virtually my entire layout was out of about £35 of the Dougarts plaster cloth. Once it dries off paint with woodland scenics or acrylics and then use flock.

Hope that helps

rgds

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QUOTE (Minardi @ 4 Feb 2009, 11:26) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I must have missed this thread, It's your video that made me curious. The track is even more impressive than I could see in the video. Those SCX DTM's, can they compete with the scaley Vectra's ?

Hi Minardi

I only have one SCX DTM , the Audi. It is the best looking car of all my DTM's but to be honest I'm not at all impressed with the performance. It deslots too easily. Of all the DTMs I have the Scalextric Mercedes CLKs are the fastest by far followed by the Vectras then the Scalextric Astras. The Vectras struggle to keep pace with the Mercs.

rgds fbc
 
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