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Hi Everyone

Been lurking on here for sometime, great forum with a LOT of information and some very talented people.

Right after many years without scalextric I was given a Digital set (gt pro 4 car) as a prezzie from the missus (bless 'er).
After a bit of persuading i am now in the process of building a pulldown table, get this, in the living room!
Told you, the missus bless 'er!
The size will be 3m x 1.5m.

I would like if some of you talented people could give my some ideas for track layouts.

I will be upgrading to the new 6 car powerbase as soon as and track really isnt a problem as i have sourced quite a bit of second hand track.

No doubt i will have many question in the up coming months but am sure i have found the right place to find the answers.

Thanks people

Tonny
 

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My own track fits nicely in that size (link below) however I'm not sure it would work all that well as digital due mainly to the lack of half straights before R2 for CLC.

I'm sure some of the track design addicts will be along to help you out soon.

Congrats on being awarded track space.

Embs
 

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Ember what are you waiting for its ideal for digital. You are cirrect its not ideal for CLC's but as they are going out of production its not the end of the world. There are lots of straits in excess of 2 1/2 lengths so XLC's are fine and you can get one about every 3 m (10 ft ish). This would be fine digital.
 

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Not sure that it's really worth the effort for 2 racers though. It was the original plan to digitize somewhere along the way. But there's not really room for 3 or 4 folks to stand at the driving console.

Perhaps I should be looking at buying someone's PB Pro kit that's looking to upgrade to the APB.
 

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OK thanks for the links jasperok

Gave Ultimate racer a go came up with a few layouts so hard to pin down something without driving it

Here one i like though
rough draft

As you can see no lane changes or pb's or pit lane, would like some feed back on were i could add LC's and pit lane.

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I think you are on the right track.....just dial in your table size and experiment in some track design software. I have dozens of interesting layouts just waiting to be built (I revise my circuit every year or so) and that with the avoidance of any overpasses.

My layout is indoors as well and so I think it pays to spend some time making the table arrangement look very, very good and function very, very well....."interior grade" if you will. Taking some time with this will make sure the track finds a more permanent welcome within your abode.

There is a blog on my own circuit here. One thing to consider, if you want to include overpasses then you will need extra space (table thickness and offset from the wall) to accomodate. My circuit has this, although I mainly use the extra space for structures and such. It's important to deal with this requirement now so your initial constructions goes according to plan. For mine, I created a base to allow the track to stand away from the wall. It also provides some storage and is on wheels should the unit need to be moved elsewhere for home repairs. I confess, it'd be tempting to include a semi-sideboard for the missus.
 

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QUOTE (gokartride @ 8 Jan 2012, 21:04) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I think you are on the right track.....just dial in your table size and experiment in some track design software. I have dozens of interesting layouts just waiting to be built (I revise my circuit every year or so) and that with the avoidance of any overpasses.

My layout is indoors as well and so I think it pays to spend some time making the table arrangement look very, very good and function very, very well....."interior grade" if you will. Taking some time with this will make sure the track finds a more permanent welcome within your abode.

There is a blog on my own circuit here. One thing to consider, if you want to include overpasses then you will need extra space (table thickness and offset from the wall) to accomodate. My circuit has this, although I mainly use the extra space for structures and such. It's important to deal with this requirement now so your initial constructions goes according to plan. For mine, I created a base to allow the track to stand away from the wall. It also provides some storage and is on wheels should the unit need to be moved elsewhere for home repairs. I confess, it'd be tempting to include a semi-sideboard for the missus.

Thanks for this post your table design is what i was hoping to achieve, nice to show the missis some pictures of what it could look like to calm her mind somewhat plus gave me a few ideas, only differnce in my design it will pull out vertically(room dictates this) and a small section will be attatched the the end furthest from the wall.
 

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QUOTE (Tktonny @ 9 Jan 2012, 14:12) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>only differnce in my design it will pull out vertically
Ah, I see. Yes, it's definitely a build-to-suit proposition....a matter of working between between available ceiling height, table size, cabinet depth, and desired height from the floor. The math can work lots of ways. Enjoy the build!!!!!
 

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I am looking forward to building the table as much as the track. After many years not touching any DIY i have found i enjoy it.

The table size is now 3.25m X 1.5m set in stone that is
(i think(no it is(No really)))

That is the maxium i can get away with given room size and layout.

Could anyone have any ideas of how to incorperate a pit lane into my rough idea track?
 

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QUOTE (Tktonny @ 9 Jan 2012, 21:57) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Could anyone have any ideas of how to incorperate a pit lane into my rough idea track?

How about putting it on the top straight.
Also i extended your fly over to go over the curve, not to have 2 flyovers

 

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ok i've had another look and with your board size and that track you've not allowed any space for boarders.

how about this for a small redesign

 

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Mr DJ thanks for the input. The track is looking good to me. I did allow a bit more space for borders but its nice to see it on screen.
Going to do a rug build of it this weekend if my extra R1's turn up.
Then decide on best place for lane changers. I have 2 straight and 1 In to Out.
Oh and more boarders.

Then build the table, am going to be busy what with the new years decorating that seems to happen ever year
 

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Thanks for the extra input. I think it looks a great track.
Not had chance to try it in this layout yet as my R1's have gone astray in the post.
cany wait to try out my No11 Maserati on it with the R1's should keep me on my toes.
 
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