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Having been to my first Slot Rally G event in Farnham and well and thoroughly enjoyed myself I have decided to build a rally track. I have done a design on Ultimate Racer 3. Knowing how track builds go it will probably change as I build it.



I made a start today on the section that will be raised and hopefully made to look like an Alpine section.

If you see things on this build that you think you may have seen elsewhere then it's probably because you have. Hope members don't mind. They do say imitation is the highest form of flattery.



I have cut slits in the underside of the MDF to help it bend for the incline and the descent.



Think I might have to trim this a little btu I am aiming for this much height.

 

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I took my other track to the slot rally and one comment was that it was a race track, not a rally track. It wasn't meant badly, it was just the truth.
Yes it will be twisty, but that what I think it needs. It does have a couple of decent straights.
Thanks for looking.
 

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Yes Phil, 2 lanes 1 crossover, but i'm hoping to do it a bit like the Scaley chicane track, have the slots more central, and because it's routed use the standard track width as road outline and route a 'rally/racing' line.

I am also thinking of getting an ac power supply so that I can rig 2 cars up with diodes and have the option of racing sometimes.
But mainly use it for rallying. Once it's done, if it's wanted at any of the slot rally GB events then just ask folks. When's the first event of 2012?

Just hope the weather holds so I can use my big outdoor workshop.
 

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No physical progress made today, but the ideas have been spinning around my head. Well, there's not much up there to stop it.

What I have learned is that making a rally track is a lot different to just making a race track. To me at least, there needs to be a reason the track twists and turns like it does. So....

Here's the back story. The track is set near a steep hill in a rocky mountain (the left end of the track) A struggling farmer (because farm buildings are the easiest find in 1:32 scale) has a small holding near the bottom of the hill and is in need of revenue. The local motorsport club is in need of a place to stage an event and approach the farmer who is more than happy to have his pockets lined for the use of his land. What he doesn't realise is that the crazy rally fans will drive through and around anything that they feel will make a good course.

When the buildings I have purchased arrive I will take a few pics and explain more.

One of the farm buildings.



The farmers' humble dwelling.



You just know that the rally fans are gonna abuse these.





Not sure if I will use all the buildings but i'm gonna try and fit them in without it looking too crowded.
 

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Well the sun was shining and it is the wifes turn to work this weekend. No excuses not to get on with it then.



And good progress was made too.
All 3 boards are now made up and the smaller end board has been marked out. I think i'm happy with it.
My wife says i'm like a big kid when it comes to slot cars, so today I did some colouring in!!
The red and blue lines are the slot, you can just about make out the darker lines that will be the dry stone walls.
There will be a building where the A4 plan is.



This section is the old paddock, not used for horses anymore as some of the dry stone walls are in need of repair.
The design has changed a bit and looking at it outside I was pleased with how it seemed to flow. I have just seen how it looks in theis pic and something doesn't look right.

All 3 boards to get an idea of size.



More will be done tomorrow, but I don't want to commit the lines too much until the buildings arrive and I can see how big they are.
 

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A bit more to add from todays efforts.

I recut the Alpine loop section, the old was just a test really and the MDF had been hanging around since we built the Pioneer teat track. All the supports are made and that will be tomorrows job, routing and fixing it all.



Ive got a feeling this is going to take a lot testing.



That is gonna be one steep climb up the hill.

 

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Looking good Dave
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QUOTE (AAWSCC @ 30 Sep 2011, 22:53) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Here's the back story. The track is set near a steep hill in a rocky mountain (the left end of the track) A struggling farmer (because farm buildings are the easiest find in 1:32 scale) has a small holding near the bottom of the hill and is in need of revenue. The local motorsport club is in need of a place to stage an event and approach the farmer who is more than happy to have his pockets lined for the use of his land. What he doesn't realise is that the crazy rally fans will drive through and around anything that they feel will make a good course.

This bit worries me though, with this sort of detail the next stage will be laying train tracks and working out timetables...
 

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QUOTE (Julian_Boolean @ 1 Oct 2011, 21:13) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Those buildings look nice - would they fit in the middle of an SCX rally loop?
Jexy - did the Pug arrive?

Hi Julian

The buildings don't fit into the middle of a standard SCX loop (it's really very small) - that said you could cut down the building to make it fit, but i think it would look odd.

To give you an idea on size;


You can just about make out the standard loop in the background on the left.

And yes - many thanks the Pug did arrive - just photographed it for the web site - thanks again - very good of you!
 

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That is a big building - I might go for the ruined church tower that Minart do, sort of a rally track through an old village, though yesterdays Power Stage from France has also got me thinking.
 

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I quite fancied a Church in an old town square type thing, but the only complete buildings they do are the 2 i've gone for. Shame! If only my moulding skills were up to making the rest of the church/house.
Good job i've made the boards a decent size. 2 @ 5' x 3' (1525 x 914mm) and 1 board is 4' x 3' (1220 x 914mm) It's not quite as big as my other portable track, but it'll do.
 

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Another idea I'm toying with at the moment is making some scenery similar to the old Airfix Monte Carlo Rally set (I wanted one of these sets as a child), my garage is too cold in winter to play in, so I want something that can be used in the house but can easily be put away and got out again.
 
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