Hello guys, I'm a new member here at SlotForum. You'll be able to tell that anyway by the fact you won't recognize the name, and also by the way it'll say "Posts: 1" around/above/below my name
Anyway, I originally joined for advice on how to devise a fairly accurate model of Suzuka in Scalextric Digital. I had originally asked an English company, going by the name of "Jadlam Racing Models" to build me a custom layout, but after initially being quite positive about my request, they went quiet and so I decided to look elsewhere.
I couldn't find anyone to help me, so joined this forum but then almost immediately received a phone call from a "friend who pointed me in the right direction..."
As things stand, I've just bought my first house. My immediate plans were (and are) to convert the loft into a man-cave. In this fantastic bachelor pad will be housed said layout (on a space no bigger than 18ft x 6ft), plus a mini-bar, my DJ set-up, and a projector screen for football/soccer matches when the 'lads' are around.
The layout is currently being designed by a local model shop owner; I've told him that I appreciate it will be hard to fit Suzuka onto a board no bigger than 18 x 6ft, so just concentrate on getting 'the essence' of Suzuka GP and it should be fine. I've seen some pretty convincing interpretations of Laguna Seca in Slot car racing which were actually quite short and nowhere near the real thing, so my request shouldn't be too taxing.
The plastering will be finished by Wednesday, the wooden floor will be laid no later than august 25th (the joiner is on holiday as of today). The table (whatever size it may be) is being built by same joiner immediately after he installs the floor. The layout table will be open-framed to allow full scenic development.
I'm going for a 2-lane track, but with 4 cars at a time. I've ordered 4 F1 cars, and 4 GT-style cars for variation. Here are a few photos of progress so far:
The loft, before work started:
And then some 'progress' shots (a fitted fold-down loft ladder will be here):
I've no idea what the Joiner, Joiner's apprentice, nor electrician were discussing here:
And this was taken tonight. The plastering (wet) will be done tomorrow:
In the hilariously unlikely chance you didn't know, this is the layout I'm hoping for (or as close to this as, and shamelessly purloined from Wikipedia):
And then the plan of the loft:
I hope all this effort pays off and I'm not met with some "too many images" message. I'm new so I'm not sure what the limits are
I will update regularly over the coming weeks (and months) and I hope you guys will enjoy this thread over time.