Well, I decided to finally venture into building a wood track (if routed MDF counts as "wood"). My excuse was needing a student track for a slot car club I'm trying to start at school. I have no space for running or storage, except for what I can squeeze into my small classroom. So the design criteria were very specific. I started with a small test oval just to get going, and then dove into a 4' x 16' two-piece track. I finished it in May, and we've had a number of fun races with both students, as well as the AZGR club I race with.
Here it is in the driveway setting on some folding tables, just after some basics were completed:
And here set up and ready to race on the desks in my classroom...
I did blow-by-blow tutorials over on Slotblog, if I'm allowed to say that, for both the test oval and the speedway including the jigs I either made or bought.
For the students, we run IROC style Scalextric NASCARs at 11.5 v (so students without their own car can still participate), but the club students have each built a Sprints Plus kit with Slick-7 motor. We run these crazy sprints at 9v.
Hey, Bill! Sounds pretty close to what I did with the COTs. Indygrips on the back, and a bit of weight right where the magnet was. I started them out on 9v so they could get the pacing and feel of how to race, and then up to 11.5v.
The Sprints are crrrraaaazy fast and furious- and the open wheels provide spectacular crashes! I'll see if I have some pics.
Yeah, routing is easy, but you have to have a plan. That first test was as much to test the router as anything else.
I look forward to seeing your plans. The only reason I might not pull the plastic is if you still run magnets from time to time. But even then, you could go with magnabraid.
I think if I go routed, I'll want to do magnabraid so that I can still run both ways. I like variety, and going copper would only limit that.
All the wood tracks in our AZGR club built by Bob Scott have Magnabraid. They are awesome! However, at this point, I personally don't get the chills and thrills from the magnet cars we race. So I'll be going with the 1 mm copper. The conductivity is awesome. And the mdf is so super smooth. I made a jig to simply roll and guide the copper onto the mdf, so at $7 per 30 yards it's cheap, and I can roll it down as quick as I can push the jig-- doing a whole 4-lane track in a couple hours. The 16' 4-lane Motorhead has no additional power taps, and the current is robust everywhere on the lanes. The two pieces are pushing against each other with no wiring harnesses. Two lag bolts hold them tight.
More than anything it is great to see you are getting your students involved in something outside of the box (Xbox) I bet they are really into it and as a teacher I wish i had the time to get something similar to happen
Keep up the good work
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