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Sorry about the amount of questions but would like some feedback as this seems the best forum gauging by the layouts i have viewed,if i start with what i have and then my capabilities hopefully someone could steer me in the right direction.
I will list what i have to begin.
2 sets of carrera 1/43 with controllers and power supplys etc..2 mini's and 2 rally cars.
lenght of front room and dining room combined is 12 mtrs.
i was thinking of starting of with the 1st baseboard on the dining room table and i have a few sturdy trestles the same height and was thinking of routing a 2 lane track in sections (i have a router already) to get a nice long but slim course.
I was thinking of using 6mm mdf and screwing that to some osb/chipboard to keep the cost down and making the sections easy to move.
Is there a way to regulate the top speed of the cars as they seem way too fast as they are?
I will probably be asking more questions again because i normally do.
thanks in advance.
 

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Hi aeroboy
An adjustable voltage power supply is a good way of slowing down the cars - just turn down the voltage to whatever feels right.

For routed tracks its best to use MDF at least 2mm (preferably at least 3mm) thicker than the slot depth. Quite a few tracks have been built with board thins enough so the slot goes all the way through, this usually produces an inferior quality track.
 

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Thanks for the reply,its early stages yet but i seem to be drawn towards the routing and tape method as i can get maximum track in a minimum space (hope that makes sense).
 

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QUOTE (aeroboy @ 11 Feb 2012, 22:06) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I seem to be drawn towards the routing and tape method as i can get maximum track in a minimum space (hope that makes sense).
Yes it makes a lot of sense, that freedom of design is one of the advantages of routed tracks.
You can use braid instead of tape. Most new club tracks I've seen are now done with copper braid rather than tape. There is also the option of "magnetic" braid if you want magnet traction.

Enjoy your track!
 

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When i posted my previous reply my wife elooked at what i was doing and said"YOUR NOT STILL GOING ON ABOUT THAT STUPID THING ARE YOU"
,i think that will be my biggest hurdle but my 13yr old twins would think it is fun,fun,fun which i think it should be.
 

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QUOTE (MrFlippant @ 13 Feb 2012, 16:28) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Tell her that it's ok, you'll take the boys to the bar with you instead.

The thing is i need to keep on her good side as who else will vac up all the mdf dust (she may well tell me where the vac is kept but it may give her ideas
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...and when she goes on about that new dress, or that last episode of West Enders, just say the same thing.


Point out it's cheap, it's safe, and it's at home. Very much unlike going out with another woman! Would she prefer that?
 
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