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I am currently running the layout below on a 10' x 4' set of boards. It is an effective use of the space with 40ft lane length and is great fun to race with three different radius of corners.

Before I commit to pinning this down I thought I would put it to your collective wisdom for any design revisions.

N.B. The layout must not exceed 10'x 4'. The short piece under the flyover is a 78mm short straight. I am keeping my options open for digital in the future.

 

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I cannot take credit for the design, it is a development from something I found on this site but I cannot remember who to credit!

Here is a digital version without LCs for the moment. Am I right in thinking that you need one and a half straights per LC? Not keen on the idea of corner LCs.



And here is the real thing as it stands, green felt is on order. Like I said in the original post I am open to suggestions for revisions especially on the left hand side but it must be within 10'x4'

 

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Be my guest at having a go on Track Designer, I am not sure I can visualise what you mean.

The real trick is getting all the turns in within 10' x4' which is my space limit. It is not pinned down yet so there's still time for changes.

Base boards are covered now, just the flyover to finish tomorrow night. Photos to follow.
 

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Right the final layout is together. I am amazed to look back and see that in just 2 months of messing about I have gone from this:-



To this:-



and finally this:-



Still some adjustment and finishing to do on the flyover including some large sponsor logos, but over all it works brilliantly.

View down start straight



Looking the other way you can see how the track is supported by dowels, these will be covered by sponsor logos.



The overall design of the track was to get plenty of sideways action which is perfect for these:-

 

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To answer a PM I had recently, the flyover is made from acrylic strips that I had in a kit for forming concrete borders in gardens. They are designed to bend to form various shapes and I found that applying heat helped them retain the form I wanted. The track is supported by small horizontal dowels located in holes in the acrylic. These have now been covered with sponsor logos.
 

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Yes indeed your track is the inspiration for my layout.

I searched through hundreds of potentials and decided yours was by far the best starting point. I did give you an unamed credit in post#4 as by then I had forgotten exactly where I saved the picture from.

Very happy that you approve of the modifications I made to get it to fit in my limited space. There are a number of people here in England that would like to thank you for many laps of fun.

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Another 10'x4' layout I am thinking of trying.

This does away with the nesting corners and parallel straights, the flyover is much more simple too. It is designed to be more organic like a real circuit but still retains a couple of nice R2 sweepers for drifting the rally cars. I plan to run it anticlockwise i.e. left to right for the start/finish straight.

Criticisms and modifications welcome as always.

 

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Yes it is the Scaley Track Designer, I like a challenge!

This is what I have physically put down on my 10'x4' boards, turn 2 has been softened and I have managed to squeeze in an extra 1/2 straight into the overall length.

Really pleased with the way it goes, SCX Escort MkII without magnet 8 second laps, Scaley Skoda Fabia 4wd with magnet 7 second laps.

 

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Go for it Mark.

The latest layout has the advantage of being able to fit in some XLCs as going digital is also a possibility for me.

My theme is Race of Champions as like to run identical pairs of cars, but it could also be a credible street circuit with a bit of work.

I am testing with a friend tonight....



Turn 2 softened with an opening exit. It does work well in the real world despite Scaley TD showing an overlap at the end, it has trouble calculating the impact of raised sections in my experience.
 

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Here's what we tested over the weekend, I really think I have got it right this time, subject to very minor adjustments. Still a few bits and pieces to finish off then I will think about mounting it on the permanent boards which will be a ping pong table split in half and turned sideways for a workable 10'x4.5'.

 

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Having done a little reading on this site I am now doubting whether moving to Sport track for this layout is such a good idea. I am happy with the grip levels of my classic pieces and bearing in mind I like running cars without magnets the concern is that Sport track will be too slippy for my collection.

Can open, worms everywhere...
 

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You are right of course Mr F, slot depth is definitely one of the advantages of Sport track as I run a few Ninco and SCX cars.

The way forward is for me to buy some R2 curves and some converters so that I can test one corner of Sport track directly after a corner of Classic pieces.
 

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I agree with both of you. Less grip on Sport track is not necessarily a bad thing, I am a rally fan primarily so I am happiest going sideways. However the grip levels need to be manageable i.e. I don't want some cars to be undriveable.

I have spent some time matching up various pairs of cars performance so I need to understand what I am getting into if I switch to Sport.
 

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I got hold of a Sport Track set for peanuts this week and tested a few of my cars to see what the grip levels were like. Overall I am pleased, the cars have trued tyres so they gripped well with progressive slides as the Sport track is generally flatter than Classic.

In the meantime here are a couple of shots from the May Day action.

Escort exits turn 1 at dusk



Impreza clears the flyover

 

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That seems to be the trade off.

I have sourced the best Classic pieces I can but overall the track can be a little bit bumpy compared to Sport and this affects traction more than I expected.

The Sport circuit will be complete before I take down the Classic version so I will be able to get some comparative lap times for mag and nonmag.
 
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