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Hi all

I had to bank one of the turns on my track a wee bit because of the F1 cars I got for Xmas kept on sticking on the turn 'cause of their long wheelbase.

After trial and error on the angle of the bank - by lifting the track with various spacers - the ideal height to lift the one side of the track was about 13 mm - the height of one of the standard Scaley overpass spacers.



I decided to try and use air drying modelers clay for this mod - never used it before - but found it very forgiving to work with. This is the product I got hold of:



Following a series of steps that I followed to make the bank: (Sorry, some of the pics need to be rotated 180 deg - will get to that)

I started of by adding a layer of wax paper between the track and where I wanted to put the clay in order for the clay not to stick to the track.



and then folding it back. Before placing the clay, I wetted the base with water to improve adherence of the clay to the base board.



Then pressing the clay - after rolling it into a sausage - onto the base and under the track, keeping the spacer in place until last...



I then slightly wetted the top of the clay with water and used a piece of copper pipe I had lying around to roll the top flat and level with the track. (The copper pipe has a smooth finish. Keep the pipe wet to stop clay from sticking to it.)



After rolling:



I then used a piece of gut to vertically cut the excess away:





Using a blade, I cut off the edges:



I then removed the track



and carefully removed the wax paper.



I then decided to make rumble strip impressions to ease the painting process later.

I used a tooth pick to score the rumble strip lines. Again keep the tooth pick wet to stop it from sticking:



I used an ice cream stick as spacer guide to keep to the same size as the Scaley strips





After scoring the lines, lightly smooth the clay with a wet finger. Final product:



Now let it dry before painting. The weather in SA in quite warm today - 30 deg C - Thus I should be able to paint tomorrow. Pics thereoff to follow.

I hope someone will find this usefull as I have found so many usefull tips and tricks on SF, I thought it is time to give some back.

Cheers!

Theo
 

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That's brilliant mate. Hopefully when I can get my table built again and do my next layout, I am definitely going to have a go with that technique.
 

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Thanx Ranger!

Pics after painting:

Firstly painted the scorelines a light grey after applying a white basecoat and painting vertical sides black:



Then final red and white on the rumblestrips and re-installing the track.



Cheers

Theo
 
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