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Hello.

Heres a track plan of my new track - i'm a little restricted to space hence the odd shape!


I would appreciate opinions and also other track plans using this space.

The final layout will be based on my part of the world (rural countryside) and have farm buildings with cobbles (ive decided on using DAS modelling clay for these), river, walling, fencing and lighting etc.

The road sections will have road signs, dry stone walling...

The farm road will have a mud effect and barns for the farmer and co. to 'work on' his cars. It will also be part cobbles. This also gives me an excuse to have cars driving through buildings.




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Cheers M.
 

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Hi AA, yes the 7' may be 'slightly' raised to accommodate the river OR maybe the 2' x 5ft section

Cheers - M.
 

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Cobbles can be simulated by using textured wall paper glued to the track, Homebase stock one that has a texture like cobbles - and you can have free samples.
 

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I like the plan. Look forward to watching it all develop.

Definitely got the itch to be building again. Would love a rally track, but no where to store it.


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Hi Embs.. Thanks, yes i saw on your build post (great track btw), you live in a bungalow? Your tracks still bigger than mine haha!
 

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I actually live in a tiny single bedroom cottage. We tend to name things a little differently around here. The toy room is, or rather was, a single bay garage built and converted into a spare bedroom. The shire council officially call it a bungalow rather than a shed because it's got a glass door. I had a chuckle with their reasoning. Regardless of the big picture window down the side, it'd still be a shed if it had a solid door.

Sorry for the waffle. Back to your build.

For your cobbles, assuming you intend to drive on them, will you just be putting the DAS over the plastic track?
 

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will you just be putting the DAS over the plastic track?

Yes thats what i had in mind.. i'll do a test peice first though i think.
 

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If the DAS makes the rails too deep you can raise the height of the rails by adding layers of copper tape to the rails.
Ember, everyone has room for a rally track, we use folding wallpaper pasting tables for some stages on SlotRallyGB, these measure 2'x4' when folded and 2'x8' when unfolded.
 

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Have a look at Psrrfh's (hopefully spelt it right) Well Spring collection of posts. That man is the absolute master of cutting plastic track either to form new pieces or just to use the power rails for a plaster roadway.
 

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Less is often more. Avoid the tendency to cram as many corners as you can into a layout . If the building and scenery are your prime motivation OK but for going around in circles you need flow.

I would probably put the open hairpin in the top left corner and avoid the multi-radii section of turns in the centre. That way you have more room for buildings and that Brittain 1/32 scale combine and/or muck spreader that will be pulling out of the farm yard as you approach!
 

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Embs: Yes a test peice will see what can be done.

Beardy: Not a bad idea besrdy (cutting the plastic)

Abarth: Combine harvesters? muck spreaders? What about crop rotation?
I'd like to see a track plan of the hairpin in the top left corner if you can - cheers

OR i could just leave out the cobbles all together, ive been googling farm-yards and looking at some in real life... all of them are just concrete!
 

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yes but is this real life or just our own fantasy.

And whats going to look better and be more fun to drive over plastic track coloured to look like concrete with some dirt and oil staines or some nice looking cobbles with an uneven surface and the knowledge that you've made them
 

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QUOTE (mattblack @ 10 Aug 2012, 19:33) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Abarth: Combine harvesters? muck spreaders? What about crop rotation?
I'd like to see a track plan of the hairpin in the top left corner if you can - cheers

I did one but if I don't know how much track you have. I put your hairpin in the narrow part, then a R 2 curve and S into a R3 curve at the bottom left of your picture then R2 in the bottom right and R2 in the top right back to the hairpin. To add more I will have to go elevated with farm buildings underneath like London railway viaducts. Yes I don't have any track in the middle.



Might get two either side with the track through the middle?
 
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