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Hello Everyone,

You may know me from my briefcase track with 1/87 scale cars I was working on some time ago. Well, I'm still working on it and hope to maybe finish it off sometime soon. But in the meantime, I have been looking up at the incredibly high ceiling we have in our garage and thinking about a track that I could lower down. I have done some extensive research on the site, and having a winch system to lower it down looks pretty doable, but before I even start to amass the items to build it, I have a couple questions I'm hoping you kind folks can help me with.

Let me tell you first what I have decided.

I want the track to be digital, and I am thinking routed with embedded Scaley or Carrera lane changers (unless there is some way to put the changer hardware into routed pieces. I did some digging on the forum and this doesn't seem to easy).

I think think I can squeeze out a 6' x 14' track area if I have a connection in the middle. Only 6' x 12' without the connection.

As this thing will be hanging from my ceiling, weight is an issue, so right now I am contemplating using 1/4"MDF laminated with 1/2" pink insulation foam, which I plan to test out soon with some I have sitting around my garage. The track will probably lower down on to some folding tables and will somehow be fastened down to them to keep the track steady.

On to the questions...

I have seen on the forum where someone made a track entirely out of insulation foam (Expanded Polystyrene) as a kind of temporary track, but has anyone tried laminating MDF to pink foam as a light weight alternative? It seems like I would be stuck without elevation with this idea, which I am not excited about. Any good ideas how to have elevations with with this?

I really love the look of the 1/24 scale cars, so I would like to run those in addition to 1/32. Can I do this using standard Scaley lane changers? Is 6' x 14' even big enough to run 1/24 scale cars well or am I just dreaming? Please remember I want to run digital.

So many people seem to go with Scalextric, but is Carrera a good option here? How easy is it to chip cars from other manufacturers with Carrera chips? I definitely like the Scaley controllers better, as controlling the cars with my thumbs seems awkward at best. I will be stuck with cheap controllers at first as I am trying to keep costs at spouse approved levels.

Regarding the winch and mounting it to my ceiling, most of the systems I have seen have been electric winches. Anybody have some ideas for a poor man's manual version? I have some hoists for bikes already in my garage, maybe adapting some of those? The only problem I could see is that it would be difficult to keep the boards level while lowering, especially since I would need two hoists in a row for each side of the track. They also are only good for 50lbs per hoist. Here is a pic...

Many thanks in advance for your help.

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Both the 4 car PB and APB have a half straight attached. And they use the same PSU so you can use It for the APB (which you really need to get
Nice job Heath ! I still have the 2nd track unused to the ceiling, waiting for the day to make a routed rally track as an alternative to the main digital track, I had thought about removing all foam and cardboard (which I used between Scalextric track and foam) but yours is a much better idea ! Following this with much interest.
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Hello Heath, the old powerbase is not compatible with Rcs64 , but beside that the Apb is really the way forward and worth every penny. There are alternatives for the scaley psu, toshiba laptop psu is cheaper and fits well, I hope someone can give the details, otherwise I will do a search. your lighting idea is not so crazy and actually something we have on our to do list once the megasmartsensors are available. Would be cool if we get it to work. But in the meantime, enjoy your track!
Hi Heath,

Sorry If I missed, but what direction are the cars going ? You really need a LC not too far away from pit entry. In your last design, you really need a 3rd XLC, or skip the one parallel to pit lane (which could be a great main straight with Start/Finish if you consider conneting to a RMS) If you only want 2 XLC's.

Can't wait to see how the routing goes !
It is the size of a standard R2, that may help.
You probably are aware, but just in case, a CLC is a 90° R2 (2 standard 45° R2's), and a half straight with sensor(s).
All the best Heath, good luck, hope it stops in time.
Nice Heath! Very interested in the light plan, really want something like that too in my garage.
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