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Have been thinking about a routed track for a while now and as the current setup is now starting to become a little boring now seems a good time to start.

The table size I have to play with is 12ftx6ft and it will all be done on a single level,the only thing decided so far as regards to track design is that the pit area will have to be along the back straight and it must be long as I wish to have plenty of garage space.

The cars will only be scalextric and running mag free is a added bonus of going copper tape route as with them throttle control is none existent,so need to find a suitable paint for the tyres to have some sort of grip as they will be kept standard.

The track will be digital and it is my intention to sink the digital track sections into the mdf,including the pb..

I have had a quick look for layouts based on my available track size and drew a blank,so if anyone knows of any on here a link to some pics would be great.
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QUOTE (bigbird @ 30 Aug 2011, 21:09) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>hi
couple of quick question for all you experienced track routers out there,Does the diameter of the cutter need to be 3mm and what is a good make of self adhesive copper tape to use,i willl be powering the digital flippers by of board psu method.

I'm currently making my [first] wooden circuit - I'm using a 1100w router (from Argos, but it seems ok!) with a 3.2mm router bit (£9 from B&Q).
Lowest power setting and ease it gently along - seems to work.
It's not finished routing yet, but so far my 'test car', when pushed gently with 'finger power', doesn't seem to have any problems with the width.
I'm sure you are aware, but MDF dust is not healthy, so get a good extract system for the dust and wear a mouth mask/filter.

As for copper tape, when I copper taped my plastitrack, I used 3/16 Venture tape from:

Used the track regularly for 2 years and never had a problem with it, tape wise. One or two joins were problematic (elvation changes giving stress tears), but applying a couple of extra strips over the join cured it.
Tape is supplied in rolls of 100yds
For this track, I've ordered 7/32.

It's not carbon backed (conductive) so with any overlays (i.e. breakages) when laying on my plastitrack, I made small cuts in the tape along the join and burnished well.

N.B. Trinity Glass will not accept a credit card mail order; cheque only so allow for the delay this will cause.

Hope this helps.

... and yes, routing freehand is really not a good idea unless you want your straights and curvy bits to have wobbles in them.

If anyone can suggest a good paint to use, I'd be all ears.
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Just spotted a bit of mis-information in my earlier post about the Cu tape.

The Venture tape from Trinity is supplied in rolls of 36yds, not 100yds as I said.

If you're still after some advice on track painting, I've asked a similar question here:

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