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· Pete Shepherd
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I have posted progress of this track on this thread and it is now looking much more finished, i've even given the track a name!

Progress over winter was slow but as Spring has set in i have been able to really get on with it. All of the "base" scenery is done and all that is left to do is add buildings, figures and small details.

Most of my scenery is a mix of Woodland scenics and Javis. The tall trees are woodland scenic and at £12 for 16 are great value. They do come in kit form but are incredibly simple to make. I am trying to capture the feel of a west coast of America 1950's/early 60's SCCA club track. I have a set of Monogram Pit buildings, grandstands, Dunlop bridge (not the one in the picture) and loads of figures all from the 1960's. They all suit this era and should look pretty accurate for the era i'm focusing on. My Girlfriend provided the creative edge to the track when she painted the rocks and hill at either end, i think she did a good job.....

I haven't been able o do too much driving on the track yet but it is good fun, most of my cars are from the 1960's and they so far they seem to go well around "Cuckoo Pines".

I hope you like it so far and all ideas are welcome.













Thanks to LMP for hosting the above images, i really must empty some of my image folder!

Thanks

Pete
 

· Pete Shepherd
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Thank you everyone for your kind comments, i'm, hoping that i can spend some time trying my cars out on it tomorrow, i will let you know how i get on.

QUOTE I can't belive you were asking me for scenery advise!!!! You certainly don't need any

I'm flattered! But when i started i had no idea but the more i did the more i experimented and through trial and error i have come up with some pleaseing results. When will i get to have a go on your challenging track???

QUOTE What did you paint the Carrera track with?

I sprayed the track with regular paint primer (grey) and then i used normal wall emoltion paint which was slightly watered down and rollered on. The white lines are done with a paint pen.

I am hoping to finish the bridge/tunnel and pits next i will post updates when i do.

Cheers

Pete
 

· 1 hp Trabant is not my real car
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Well, Pete, you do ask for opinions....
I sit here in a hotel in Catania, Sicily, with Mount Etna over my left shoulder, so scenery is in my mind - and half or more of a bottle of best Sicilian red truth serum in my veins ...

I really like the flow and elevations of the track, the grass areas and the dirt road are very evocative - but to expand on honestjudge's comments, your sig suggests that you don't use magnets, so don't you need some outside borders to hang the tail out a bit, and some barriers to catch the departures ? I run on Scaley sport, so maybe I don't appreciate that Carrera has more room. Even so, the track has the feel of sitting on, rather than in , its environs. It needs some rails, walls, fences or something. Are these in the development plan?

Cheers,
Tom.
 

· Stuart Walters
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QUOTE (scudbong @ 21 Mar 2009, 20:08) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I'm flattered! But when i started i had no idea but the more i did the more i experimented and through trial and error i have come up with some pleaseing results. When will i get to have a go on your challenging track???

Hi Pete
I've been really busy recently so haven't had a chance to sort any temporary barriers. There is also one bend that needs a little widening to compensate for the arse end!

I've just got the parts I need to make a lead for timing for my computer. I also need to get some parmas as I'm using crappy scaly ones at the mo.

As soon as I've sorted these I'll be ready for a proper run, I'll sort a night for another SF member to come over too so there will be 3 of us!
 

· Pete Shepherd
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QUOTE your sig suggests that you don't use magnets, so don't you need some outside borders to hang the tail out a bit, and some barriers to catch the departures ? I run on Scaley sport, so maybe I don't appreciate that Carrera has more room. Even so, the track has the feel of sitting on, rather than in , its environs. It needs some rails, walls, fences or something. Are these in the development plan?

Hi Tom,

You are quite right i don't use magnets, magnets are for girls..... I understand your concerns about tail happy cars but the track is actually set at the same level as the scenery. I have used laminate flooring underlay to achieve this and the track is flush with the underlay. The cars do actually slide out and although they will run over the grass it doesn't upset them. The flock is pretty well stuck down so it doesn't make a mess. When i ordered my track i had to get the tricky bits from Germany and it was getting expensive, i would have liked some borders on certain corners but i decided i would be ok without them and so far i am happy with the way it works. I am intending though to have some guard rails on some corners, mainly the ones that overhang the rocky areas. It is not perfect or finished but this is only my home track and i can go to my local club for more serious racing


Cheers

Pete
 

· fred
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QUOTE (scudbong @ 22 Mar 2009, 11:14) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Tom,

You are quite right i don't use magnets, magnets are for girls.....

Cheers

Pete

Ha Ha!.....shall I tell them what your cars had in them when we came over to test your track today???

The track is lovely, and the pix do not do the scenics justice. It really looks good close up.

A few barriers are needed but the real challenge is to drive as hard as you can without sliding out, which is possible, especially with the Carrera track which gave good grip. The track is not evenly matched as one lane has a clear advantage. As a test and play track it is outstanding.

Well done Scuddy


p.s. those cars had "weak magnets in"
 

· Pete Shepherd
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QUOTE Ha Ha!.....shall I tell them what your cars had in them when we came over to test your track today???

Those cars with "weak magnets" were for your benefit as you are somewhat of a beginner on this type of technical track......

It was good to race against someone and it was good fun, yes it could be improved with a few borders and barriers but they are not essential as the cars are able to hit the "dirt" without coming out.

I now have all my pit buildings, they just need painting. Pictures to follow soon.

Cheers

Pete
 

· Tel
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Nice work

How did you paint the track edge white lines (I know what with) ? they look very uniform and follow the track perfectly, if you did those by hand, it must be a very steady hand you have !
Were do you get the paint pens btw ?
 
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