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Hi there,

Well i'm building a track in my garage and thought i'd share my progress on the forum. this is the first time i have tried anything like this so may from time to time ask for help or advise. Please see photos below of the first part of my table i have built

Here is the table with a small track i have setup just to give me something to do until i get more wood to complete the rest

i'm building the track against the back wall of the garage but i'm keeping it narrow so i can reach if a car comes off. The rest of the table will be to the right and i plan for it to be a "U" shape.

I haven't thought of a theme yet for the track or any layout. After looking round the net the best advise seems to be to build your table first and experiment with different layouts till you find one that works great. Only thing I have managed to come up with is the name and a logo.

I will update my status as i make more progress

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I've been trying some different layots on my table, just trying different corners and trying my cars out. here's some pictures of the best layouts i've played with so far.

my first

This is my 4th and favourite so far, but seems very short

I've also placed a tunnel on this track, which is a off cut of pipe sawed in half.

As you can see it's a lovely size and covers the track and cars great.

I plan to paint the inside of the tunnel grey like concrete and place some lights in there. I will also build on top of the tunnel so the cars actually go under a hill with maybe the track above as well.

I don't know what to use for lights in the tunnel though, LED's, high power blue LED's, xmas tree type bulbs (wife's idea) or whatever looks good at maplins. Has anyone got any suggestions or tips if they've done this before? I also plan to have lights round the track so I can have night races.

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Hi Sealevel,

The pipe is drainage pipe and is 9 inch or 230mm diameter. Where i work is storing 10m lengths of it in our yard for our sister company. They use these short offcuts as spacers for the banding that holds the bundles together but they always come loose and end up getting blown round our yard so I borrowed some as they looked ideal for a tunnel.

Also I'll have to try those LED's, they look good on Ember's photo's. I think I might get some orange clear paint and give them a coat of that as the tunnels in the uk have orange lights in them.

Mr Flippant,

I haven't measured the table properly, as it is made up of some chipboard and loft floorboards which myself, my dad and my brother had spare between the 3 of us. The track is my project but the pair of them have volunteered to help with it and are onating things so I can't complain. I'll measure it tonight and let you know the dimensions.

Don't worry about hijacking the thread, those lights look great and better than anything i could probably make, even from everyday objects.

Been a busy weekend and I've got my table built. here's a plan of the size of the table and some photo's of it. Hope it's big enough to make a good circuit. i was limited by the shape of my garage.

I've also been working on my tunnels. My dad found some stone effect spray paint so we've used that on the inside to make it a concrete effect, please see

I also found out my old box of electrical components, which included some orange LED's I had forgot I had, so I am going to use these as the lights in my tunnel. They're not that bright and gives the tunnel a dark and dingy feel. Here's one I've monted in place, will wire the others up one night in the week.

I will update as more progress is made, and thanks for the previous comments and feel free to add anything you think i may find handy

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It feels like it's been a busy week.
After several different layouts, my brother and i havd decided on this layout:-

Here's a photo of it:-

Also got the full lighting done on the tunnels, we decided on orange LED's and three down the centre of the roof. These look effective enough even though the picture doesn't

Here's some photo's of various parts of the track

Pit lane & Start straight:-


"Esse" bend leading up to overpass:-


The Far corner:-

Plan to put some grandstands on the outside of this turn

Lap Counter:-

I've also polished up the old classic track as it was grubby and the cars were slowing down on it, used a dremmel with a littler wire brush on it and the track came up good and the cars fly round now. haven't timed them yet though.

More to come as I progress

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Thanks for the advise ember, I can get Inox MX3 in the k so i'll probably get some, but use some good old wd40 for the moment.

Started work on my infill. wasn't sure what to use but my dad got me some insulation foam he'd seen. I've stapled this to my table, placed my track on top and then cut round the track. I will then carefully remove the staples and glue the foam to the table. A single layer of the foam wasn't thick enough so have double layered it. I will then paint this and add some flock.

Not done my cut round the pit lane yet.

Also went to my first slot swap meet this weekend at Ossett and the wife let me buy some new cars, bought two le mans cars a focus RS and autoart Peugeot 206 which doesn't like the old track, think it's cos i cleaned the track and it's abrasive

Porsche & Merc le mans cars

Focus & Pug

More to come as i progress,

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it's been a while since i last posted, work has been slow on the track at the moment due to lack of free time 9don't know where it goes!!!) anyhow wasn't 100% happy with the track as it wasn't living up to it's name of the AB Speedway, as even though it was fun to drive there wasn't any long enough straights to get any speed up. so after many tries and configurations have come up with the below new layout, which you can get upto speed on. but had a really bad accident with my tvr which left the track, went end over end over the barrier and then bounced off the table onto the garage floor and split the rear spoiler
thinking about putting some sort of fencing, like the one slot car svenics sell, round the track, especially on corners.

here's the new layout schematic, will post some photos shortly.

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It's been a few months since i last posted anything, but work hasn't stopped.

I've finished the foam and have started to paste some old newspaper on top of it.

Have also been buying some scenery recently, starting with a tyre wall from slot track scenics. These are very good as they fit just right next to the wall where the track gets close to it and they stop the cars from rubbing against the wall and scratching them.

Need to fasten them up as they keep falling over and it's a problem when that happens!!!

As well as the tyres have started work on my pit lane by buying a control tower, and will be buying some pit garages in due course. Have also bought a Dunlop tyre bridge as when i was younger my dad used to take me to Donnington Park to watch the motor racing and it is the one must have i have always wanted for any circuit.

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Not updated since October, due to holidays, xmas and talk talk poaching our phone line when we never said tehy could, then them disconnecting us and not giving the line back!!!!!!

But anyway, due to xmas santa was good to me and brought me a start light gantry, lap counter and pit crew. Have also bought a scalextric Grandstand and pit garage to add to my layout.

The light gantry:

The Granstand:

The Pit Garage and Pit Crew

Have also started the landscaping too as well as adding the buildings. Have started by sticking down polysterine and cardboard and building up round the tunnel.

Have also rolled up old newspaper and stuck them down with masking tape so and placed on top of the cardboard:

Small hill in front of Grandstand

I have also bought some plaster cloth and have started plastering the small hill:

Put ran out when i started onthe big hill/tunnel:

That is where I'm at and need to but some more plaster cloth to cover the rest of the big hill and to smooth out other areas of the track.
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On another note I have recently bought a Ninco Porsche as this car kinda means something to me. Well not the car but it's sister car was raced by my dad's mate in the GB Porsche Carrera Cup a few years back and I had the opportunity to go to some races and watch it.

The actual Pete Osborne Porsche

Cos i'm sad i compared the Ninco model against the actual team model of the car

Ninco (sutton's) porsche

It was nice to see and to purchase something that i can race and relate to and hope to get some more Porsches to have my own Porsche Carrera cup races with friends.
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I got some more plaster cloth and spent some good time (4 hours the wife moaned) locked away in the garage yesterday (good friday) and finished off the hills and the banks of my pond.

Going to get some Polyfiller and smooth out the rest of the table and fill in the gaps betwen teh track and the table and then can start painting!!!

Here's some pictures of the finished hills with some trees i have placed on as good some friends coming round to race on the track tonight.

Tunnel entrance

Tunnel exit

Over the tunnel

Looking over the tunnel to the far grandstand

The back straight leading away from the grandstand

Have bought my tickets for the UK Slot festival and hope (never been before) that i can pick up an old grandstand and some spectators at the stalls there. If not i can always buy some more cars. The wife moans when i buy a new car, don't think she understands you can't have too many cars lol
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Thanks for the comments guys, they mean a lot to someone who's doing this for the first time. I'm pleased with the plastercloth as it's the first time I've used it and surprised how easy it is to use. Just playing with filler and will post some more photos soon.

Hi Dan, found the plqstercloth messy at first but it was okay and dried quicker than I thought it would. I found the more expensive woodlands scenic cloth was better than the rolls I bought off amazon. The out building is a nice place to build the track as it's out of the wife's way and somewhere for me to go, but yeah I've been tempted a few times to stop and start again but I'm going to stick with this for a few years I think.

Have been busy with the filler and i'm pretty happy that it is level with the track and the cars run over it good. Haven't got any photos of the filler as i forgot to take them. I have bought some brown kids poster paint from the Range and have started painting my hills as i'm happy with this part of the track. I have split my tracks into two halves, the scenic hilly section and the pit / paddock section.

Here's some pictures of the first coat of brown:

and some after i'd applied the second coat:

Have also painted the inside of a cave i have at the side of the hill with a black aerosol

When this dries i've got an idea to glue some foil, which has been crunched up and then rolled back out, on my vertical walls and then to paint this a few coats of black and then a dark grey to look like stone. I have seen it done elsewhere and thought it looked good. Hopefully the hill won't need another coat of brown so will probably start with the flock soon

On another note i am off to the slot festival tomorrow and can't wait. Hope to pick some goodies up from the swapmeet and can't wait to have a good look round and try the tracks. I have never been before and can't wait. This is the only event that i'm attending this year as the wife has booked a holiday the same time as the Osset swapmeet, which is the first slot event i went to and ended up joining the NSCC there last year and feel bad i can't attend this years event. I will go say hi to the people at the NSCC stand tomorrow too. Hopefully i'll have some new toys to try on my newly painted track tomorrow evening

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It's been a while since i updated this thread and can't believe it was in May before the slot festival.

Well had fun at the festival and couldn't believe how busy it was. Got some good buys and a stinker that i haven't yet sorted out as i don't know who i bought it from as got no reciept.

Firstly the good buys, which were these two old Scalextric grandstands which is what i was after as i had been watching some on Ebay that went for too much.

Also bought a SCX dewalt morgan to race along side the dewalt TVR i already have. The stinker is the Ninco Lowes Acura which has a blown motor which doesn't work. Need to get a new motor for this to race it against my audi R8

Since May my dad and i have made our own pit garage which now just needs painting

For a rock effect on my straight walls i have glued some crumpled foil and i'm painting over it. Firstly with a matt black and then a grey. Not yet done the grey

and lastly have invested in a Carrera Safety car, but this wouldn't run on my Scalextric Classic track so went on Ebay and got 6 new sport straights and r2 bends for under £20 - Bargain!!!

That's it for now, i'm busy working on my pond as not happy with it and rebuilding it (that's pond on the layout not an actual pond)

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I didn't know this but after investigating why the car stopped abruptly on the classic track, i found the track depth is shallower on Scalextric Classic than Sport and so the bottom of the guide rail on the Carrera Safety car was catching the plastic "cross members" that run accross the slots on the bottom of the track. I could have just filed down the guide rail but it gave me an excuse to update the rest of the track.

The only lights that work on the Safety car are the yellow lightson the roof, the tail lights and headlights don't work. The car has clear front lenses which have a chrome insert behind them and the rear lights are red clear lenses so you should be able to retro fit some lights.

Hope this helps,

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