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Well, one disadvantage of getting a 3rd party Variable Power supply was that my cars found new ways to go careening off the table. Now, if I was clever, I would have anticipated all these things when I started. Of course, I started before I found Slot Forum and my local club. So, I've had to improvise. One problem was cars going off the table after the first hairpin. I didn't think I could just put up barriers there and have it fit into the scenery. So, I finally decided on some fences and a rock outcropping. The fences are just twigs from the yard -- love things that cost me nothing!!! Now, I've got to put a little house up there on the hill (next project).



 

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QUOTE (MattZani @ 2 Apr 2006, 00:45)haven't you put a wall round the table? that would be the first thing, then those awesome looking wooden barriers
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Live and learn. This was the first half of the track that I built without any real help from Slot Forum or fellow slot car junkies. The second half of the track has a wall (as you see). Part of the issue has been the addition of a Variable Power Supply, which makes it possible to launch cars from anywhere if someone turns the power up to 14 or 15V. Cars never went off the track after the hairpin until we added the additional power. But these new barriers seem to have solved the problem. I'm thinking of using Plexiglass instead of a wood wall in the new track I'm planning.

 

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They look great, really in tune with the setting

Another nice touch on a track that looks fabulous already!

QUOTE ...in the new track I'm planning

It gets addictive doesn't it? Can't wait to see what you do next!!

cheers,

Rob
 

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Very nice and it look's realistic as well. Well done.

Cheers Nick
 

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WOW
. Great track. Only thing I could comment on other wise is take a picture with rally cars in it more, the TT et al look a bit out of place but that's just me picking holes where there aren't any to be picked. You make some of the best scenery I have ever seen. Pro, small business perhaps.
. Thanks for showing us.
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QUOTE (911 @ 4 Apr 2006, 12:00)Only thing I could comment on other wise is take a picture with rally cars in it more, the TT et al look a bit out of place but that's just me picking holes where there aren't any to be picked. You make some of the best scenery I have ever seen. Pro, small business perhaps.
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Do these (below) count as rally cars? The Austins are rally cars from the late 50s, early 60s. Don't they fit? I've also got some GT40s and a P4 (in picture). I like rally cars from the 50s and 60s, and not so much the newer cars. It's been suggested to me that I do this for a living -- but I like my day job. I am selling my current rally track (see pictures in link below) to make room for building another one. I can imagine eventually selling the next one, and so on. However, there's wayyyyyy too many hours in the scenery to ever make this a business. It's just something you love to do. All grown up and still playing with toys.


 

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Further update on the Mulholland Rally track. I've always hated the look of the painted wood, and was thinking of different ways to dress it up. So, I got a new rock wall mold in the mail yesterday and decided to experiment. Here goes.

As it was:


So, I used the mold and created a thin plaster mold of a rock wall and painted it. I'll use joint compound to fill in the joins and liquid nails to attach it to the wood.



Alright, I've attached it and put the joint compound around the edges, now I just need to paint and detail.



All done (well, you're never done), but it's a nice try. I lightened up the color of the wall a bit further. Getting the colors right is a continual experiment, but you can always add more paint if you don't like the way it looks.



I've got a little extra scraps of wall, why not see what a fragment would look like as an old retaining wall in a hill on the other side of the track. I think the color turned out slightly better ... a nice touch.
 

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Well, last week I added a rock wall to dress up one painted wood barrier. This week I thought I'd try my hand at painting a mural on the other wooden barrier. Nothing serious, just a blue sky color with some grass in the foreground. Seems to have turned out okay. Here it is (with my daughter's birthday present).

 
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