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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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Looking good ..........I am going to have to try making up. Is that the Scaley designer package you used?? If it is then that's even more impressive
 

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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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Having seen the layouts in this post I hope no one will mind if I lay my digital project like this?

I'm limited to space too but I'm installing a pully system into the garage to help out with that problem, I plan on adding some scenery and I'm thinking the whole layout could be in an urban area, shop fronts, houses, traffic lights, zebra crossings etc.

I'll be sure to post pics.

Cheers

Mark
 

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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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Traction is different. I won't argue that.
But, I race magless on my sport track and enjoy it quite a bit. It's not as if Sport means ice rink (though I've seen some people compare it thusly).
As with any track, it's all about the amount of grip you want, and how to attain it.
Silicone tires work great on a clean slick track like Sport, but they're NOT a necessity.
I've found excellent traction with stock tires. I get a little more if I treat them with some oil.
I also like the traction I get from urethane tires, as well as a variety of other soft rubber tires such as Slot.it F15, their new C compound, or NSR tires.
Other tires have less grip, such as most Carrera or Auto-Art cars I've tried.

One of the things I like best about Sport track, though, is the deeper slot. Sport track will take any guide I've tried, even 1/24 wood track guides. Sometimes you have to slim them down a little, or in the case of Carrera guides, trim the length, but other than those exceptions, all other guides work great on Sport track without modification. I would be surprised if you haven't already needed to work on some guides to keep them from rattling around the bottom of the slot on your Classic track.
 

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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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No question that you will find that the sport track has less grip with the same car/tires than classic track. I might go so far as to say that such a comparison is likely to result in a dislike for sport, as you will see a clear difference between the two in a very short span, making the traction on sport seem much worse than it really is. The important thing to note is that grip levels that you like CAN be achieved on sport, as I mentioned (tire treatment or replacement). So, ask yourself not is the traction less, but do the benefits of switching outweigh that difference, or otherwise can you get used to the change?
 

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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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Not having my own classic track layout, I completely forgot about how older classic can get bumpy. I haven't seen Sport do the same thing yet.

Great photos. I wish I could take a panning shot like that. Every time I try, everything is blurry. I can't seem to get the same speed as the car.
 
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