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layout sorted, just need some more plywood >



start of the support frame >



building the bridge





finished track, just need to add a bit more trim (bridge was fiddly) >

 

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Thanks for the comments guys. It was tight, to get it all to fit I had to use two half R2 standard curves. These saved the day as it allowed that slight angle (22 degrees).

We ran some cars on the layout last weekend, and its ACE! Ninco F1s are great, because the NC2 motor has a lot of magnetic effect.

In answer to MrFlippant, the complete board is going to be hinged to the wall, so that it can put vertically out of the way when not in use. This is proving frustrating, as there is a LOT of weight. I am using five heavy-duty hinges, however they need beefing up with a weld, as one of them bent!

More pics to follow....
 

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Nice one Terry.
I hinged mine onto a couple of wooden railway sleepers which I "liberated" from the local disused NCB line. Took some bolting into the wall- but I reckon they`ll outlive the house!

Cheers
Kev
 

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despite being strong thick hinges, one still bent when boarding was elevated, so 'beef-up' welds were needed >

 

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You could also use folding "D" legs which allow you to tilt the table 90 deg. then fold up the legs.
Can't remember who last showed this method but I think it was one of the longer standing members on this forum.
Maybe they will come through with a pic for you.
Takes the weight off the hinges at least and I think you could "tilt" the table on your own.

Just a suggestion.
Cheers!
 

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I found a link to a track using folding "D" legs in Australia...
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and one picture of it folded away...


I hope that makes my suggestion clearer.
I know there are several other people who have done the same thing (they may all in "down under" for all I know).

Cheers!
 

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Hi Terry,
Problem you had with the hinges is that although they have a nice strong pin and cups you are using them at 90 degs to the way they are designed to take loads. Most horizontal loads need some kind of piano hinge to spread the loading which is why they come in long lengths and normally go the full length of the item being hinged.
Or make up a piano type hinge arrangement using lots of standard hinges to spread the loading. They may not need to be continuous just a case of getting small enough load on each hinge.
 

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Thanks for the advice guys, the hinges seem to be strong enough so its just a case of installing the ratchett pulley and cable to winch it up.
 

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coloured lane marking (intended to be the sames as most race clubs, but middle lane changed to yellow as white was a bit dull) >



sportscars ready to go! >



good to have a bit of gradient >







DS lap timing equipment is truly awesome! >



start gantry by night >

 

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Yes indeed, there were crash barriers there before but felt better to have it open. I'll probably use some sort of filler then sand to finish.
 

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Well done Terry.
The engineering alone with the winch and hinging is great, but I really like the flow of the track.
I have raced on one similar to yours , and it is a great run.
Enjoy it now that the hard stuff is over, you deserve it.
Cheers
Bob
 
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