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recently bought a box set of scalextric for my youngestof a car boot then some more off the bay then more lol and set it up the 4 year old he was overwhelmed and totally loved it and got the grip of the controls and has been asking to play every night so i decided to set up a board with a track on and fix to wall in kids room BUT to my amazement the missus said to fix it on kitchen/dining room wall as long as i make it into a feature when closed up so the project began i have took a few pics as i started to build it wednesday gone the 26th and will post up here tomorrow and update them as i go on with project bearing in mind ive had to redecorate the kitchen aswell to revamp the lot to keep the other half sweet but will be worth it as hoping it will look the part when done
 

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hi been scratching my head all afternoon trying to put a track together got one done but not sure will add pics i do have quite alot of track and need some help for a layout as i want a rally track to fit a 8'x4' board and have a height restriction of 4"/100mm help please
will add pics on build in 10 mins
 

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heres some pics of so far built a track to fill as much as can but it needs building up to support track to me it looks like a circuit ish wanted a rally track would it pass as one whats the criteria for a rally track can it elevate on its self all help is appreciated as at a dead end here

start of build my second youngest pondering over how we should build it lol


base built


where it will be kept


closer pic


in situ painting the walls of base unit


start of layout


bit of a track build


track layout but needs elavating would this class as a rally track still or circuit this is where need help on design and where it stops as a circuit and becomes a rally track or is there no line between


toying with more ideas have loads of track but seems not the pieces i need so will get some more if have to can anyone sort a layout for me if i list what sections i have i know theres a track program but dont have a clue any help would be very grateful thanks daz

will post more pics as the build progresses
more tomorrow as my lads are hounding me to play and the missus over the mess been vacuuming the kitchen every half hour between decorating it as part of the deal to house the track board
 

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Excellent track table! Have you done something clever like put cork/magnetic paint on the underside so that it can be a decoration board when not in use?


As for rally/racing, I say it's what you say it is.
Most plastic rally tracks are made to be run with one car using odd numbers of crossovers and a timer of some kind so that it's really just one lane and meant to be a race against the clock. If it's two cars at once, then it's racing... or rally-cross.
The chicane and hump bridge really help, too.


Definitely keep us posted. I'm sure I'm not the only one interested in seeing more.
 

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cheers for the advice mr flippant/greg will keep updating with photos the panel will be wallpapered as its in the dining room so will have to make it into a feature bit so it doesnt look like a slot table atb daz
 

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heres some more pics changed the track layout as i was having trouble with the height as to many over laps and restricted to the edging of table so after pickling me brain done this with some slopes in places gonna start the decor either tomorrow or tuesday as got day off but will update again with more pics






 

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Good on your missus, weetabix - this is looking like a great build. What does the young 'un think about the layout of the track?

Good luck and keep the pics coming.
 

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hi ya snurfen unfortunately today the 2 youngest are ill but they both had a peek and the 4 year old is mad for it last night he played for hours on a small setup on the kitchen floor the 3 year old has ago and still mastering the trigger the others havent seen it yet so i need to get my use while i can lol as i wont get near it
 

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hi been a few days as my second youngest the one in the first pic was taken to hospital due to illness and thank god he is home with us last night but is still ill and the worst thing is they dont now whats wrong with him , but he is a little fighter and as i stayed at home with him today we done some bits on the build between him asking for a spiderman car every 5 mins lol so we took all the track back off the table as we are going for a aberstone rally track and hopefully the rest of the pieces will be with us by weekend for his birthday , then wallpapered the table as directed by the missus so we took 2 steps back but will take 5 steps forward in next few days when it all lands and will update as we go atb daz


heres the table in idle position papered
 

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have you got any pictures of how you have hinged this to the wall i am doing the same and have an idea how to hang it but it would be good to see how others have done it
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hi ya robbo i didnt hinge it as being 4 ft wide wouldnt reach the back of it when needed so i built a shelf so to speak to hold it in position the put some bolts that protrude through bottom of frame into holes on shelf the retained the top part with clips so it lifts off shelf then sits on dinning table giving total accss if you require pics or such lmk happy to help daz
 

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Firstly A HUGE THANK YOU for posting this picture


Thanks to me leaving this pic on my monitor and then the wife seeing it an saying that looks nice

Its looking like I might be able to cash in some brownie points and build a track in the kitchen


Great idea for storing your track

For me your track design has to many of the same corner type.
Try corners with different radius in them like R2,R1,R2 or R1,R2,R2 or even putting a half straight in the corner.

Here's a track design I've come up with for the area I have available. 2.10x1.60m


Keep the pictures coming cause we all like to see them.
+ half of us can't read


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cheers coldblood /gaz

ive took all the track back off the board and bought some more track pieces awaiting delivery. Im going to build a aberstone rally track, who very helpfully sent me a list of track sections needed and a run through of what pieces go where .
Glad the photos helped to persuade your missus lol

will update when i done more work on it
just havent the time at the moment as my 4 year old back in hospital and i have the 3 year old with me while missus is at the hospital but soon as hes out and all sections land we will be building it up and the forest scenery so will be pic heavy
atb daz
 

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Here's an example of a rally track cramming as much as possible into 4x8 without overpasses or crossovers. This is NOT my design, unfortunately it's been so long since I copied it, that I've forgotten where I saw it. This would definitely be a challenging track for anyone, not the least youngsters, but it might stimulate some ideas for your track.
 

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QUOTE (MrFlippant @ 5 Nov 2011, 19:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Here's an example of a rally track cramming as much as possible into 4x8 without overpasses or crossovers. This is NOT my design, unfortunately it's been so long since I copied it, that I've forgotten where I saw it. This would definitely be a challenging track for anyone, not the least youngsters, but it might stimulate some ideas for your track.


mr flippant ,
nice 1 for that does look a good track i will build aberstones and also the one you just posted and have a drive of both as its going to be a permanent track
i want to be happy with it the first layouts i done just wasnt happy myself with them and if i started to do the scenery would have just been a total waste of money and time

cheers mate atb daz

ps , the break in the track what does that mean ?
 

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QUOTE (weetabix ears / daz @ 5 Nov 2011, 20:11) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>ps , the break in the track what does that mean ?
If you mean the break in the track in the track plan. Its where the track doesn't join up, but you get a fair bit of movement in the track. So you could easily get the break to join without causing to much stress on the rest of the track joints.

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Yeah, in real life, it wouldn't exist, as you would just join them up no problem. Most designs don't fit together perfectly in a track planner. There's a way to make it look connected, but I like to leave the gap so that I know how much tweaking I'll need to do when putting it together. In this case, very little to no tweaking will be needed.
 

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Daz, I hadn't seen the picture of it folded out of the way until just now. Looks good on the wall and it's a top bit of workmanship there. Well impressed mate.
 

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This is exactly the size i need, and exactly the same place too, we even have the same dining table under it! Spooky!

Good work on the carpentry side, not sure mine will be that good but i'll do my best!!!!

Keep the pics coming!
 

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cheers all for your input, hopefully my lads coming out of hospital tomorrow and i should get the rest of the track tomorrow or tuesday so me and kenzie can start the layout build will take loads of pics atb daz

gonna add some pics of some cars ive started to re paint as the two young uns wanted spiderman and batman cars so will throw some random pics in of them too
 
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