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OK so I haven't got and track on it yet, but I am so happy I finally have somewere to build a track, I couldn't contain myself from starting the thread

To some its just an old scruffy garage, to me it the beginings of slot car heaven


Having finally got an electrician to power up the garage, I got the timber ordered in and this is were I am at now:





And the planned layout, subject to testing to ensure it drives how I want, is something like this:



The size is a 6Mx 2.4M L shape at 1.2M wide, and it looks huge to me, compared to the little rug layouts I had to make do with previously


Any suggestions for names considered, currently was thinking of Thunder Raceway, but maybe thats a bit cliched ...
 

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Tel,
I know how long you have been waiting for this moment it's great to see it begin - and the beginning is looking Great.

Spot On
 

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Tel
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Thanks guys, really looking forward to getting stuck in (though it may be a bit slow to start with).

Bleep, its felt like forever from when I knew we were moving to getting this far, but now I am finally underway


lgl007, yes scaley digital


Umbra, I did the layout with Trackpower, then just added the other bits with paint shop
 

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I am watching with interest as it seems like a similar plight to my own an the dimensions of your area are also very similar.

How about "SLR" - Savage Line Raceway?

keep the pics coming

Cheers Gloveman
 

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Congratulations on acquiring the garage and for jumping right into the project! The track plan looks fantastic - should be a lot of fun to race on. Your rendering is great, am I right in thinking that the track scenery will be based upon a modern era circuit? I'm interested in seeing your track develop, It should be a lot of fun for you.

Brad
 

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Tel
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Yes, I will be using a modern theme, being my first attempt at scenery I feel that would be easier than trying to achieve an aged look !
I was thinking along the lines of an old airfield thats been bought by a very wealthy businesman, and developed into a racetrack (the backstraight being part of the old runway), unfortunatly the idea doesn't fit because airfields are very flat and dont have rockfaces and lakes nearby, unless it was a heavily bombed airfield left untouched since WW2, until he bought it


So perhaps some land that used to have a railway track many years ago that he aquired at a good price, with some old road remaining under the bridge area, then I can have some new tarmac going onto something a bit used ?

The 180 curve at the right hand side will be 10 deg banked, climbing up to the the elevated back straight. I intend to paint it to resemble the Nurburgring's carousel section.

There will only be the two levels as I dont want to get over ambitious on my fiirst project, dropping down to base level on approach to the hairpin and gravel trap.
Although I may fit a small hill/bump somewere on the lower section to add a bit more dimension.

There are so many of you guys that make the scenery so realistic, you all inspired me to want to have a pernament track and do my best.
I won't be able to hold a candle to the fabulous layouts in here, but if I can get half as good I will be very happy


But thats a little way down the line, firstly I need to get the track layed out with temporary props for elevations and be sure I like how the track drives.
I have 4 table tennis nets in the post as we speak, in order to see how they fare as catchment fences on the edges for when I get over enthusiatic


The track is designed with no mag use in mind, so I need to be sure I have enough room for edging, temporarily I will use scaley borders, but once I am happy with the track design I will match MDF up to track level in sections that will form both borders and the base for sectional scenery.
 

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Love the nice smooth flowing design - I will be interested to see whether after racing you decide to smooth out any of the kinks.

Also I am wondering why the XLC's are 1 standard straight back from the corners?

Making your own borders is definitely the way to go - heaps cheaper and better result especially when you don't use magnets - with the right cars your can quite literally bounce the cars of the Scaley borders and stay in the slot. A couple of mates literally took nearly 1s off my lap record by bouncing off the borders
 

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Very nice start & thanks for sharing. That long straight..... well let's just say "let it rip". The table you have built looks very good. I've got to start building my track this year as i spent the whole of last year buying track, scenery items & of course cars. I will be going for a 60s/70s look set up as my first build. I will watch your progress. Best of luck.

Regards, rooster364.



http://rooster364.webs.com/index.htm
 

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Tel
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QUOTE (GregR @ 4 Mar 2009, 01:34) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Love the nice smooth flowing design - I will be interested to see whether after racing you decide to smooth out any of the kinks.
Also I am wondering why the XLC's are 1 standard straight back from the corners?

I might end up putting more kinks in
I wanted to have a fast straight, and some technical bits. I compromised on the techinical sections because of other things I wanted in the design.
XLC's are placed like that to give non mag cars chance to straighten out before the sensor, so they dont miss the lane change, in the case of the end of the straight, its in the slowdown zone, having given the overtaking car time to pass the other(s) thats the thinking behind it anyway


Rooster364, I Built the table from studwork timber (63mm x38mm finished size) and is intended that I can clamber over it while working on the track, I dont fit in the lightweight catagory


Joe, your track is coming along great

I am hoping that 1eye101 gets chance to help me with some scenery when the time comes, so I don't get shown up by you all
 

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Following this with interest Savage !

I really like the lay-out and idea behind It, the only thing I notice is that I think the corners after pit out to me look a little out of place. Maybe try a 202,5° instead of the 180° and play around with some different corner radiusses in this section ?
 

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Minardi, Do you mean the kink after the pit exit (track runs anticlockwise) or the Banked R3 180 ?
The idea behind the banked R3's is to give you a fast drive onto the straight, though admitedly it looks a bit synthetic with a constant radius 180.
 

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Look's good m8, nice fast back straight.


It's a shame you cant extend the pitlane a little, perhaps blend it back in with single's just before the banked section.

Just a thought.

Col.
 

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Yes, I mean the kink after pit exit. But now I understand why, you need a straight before the R3 banked curve. Cars will fly on that straight !

Something else, out of experience; I need a really long starting grid (1 straight between cars) and no xlc before SF. I know you are a experienced digital driver too, do you think different about that ?
 

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QUOTE (colsy @ 4 Mar 2009, 13:14) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It's a shame you cant extend the pitlane a little, perhaps blend it back in with single's just before the banked section.
Just a thought.
Col.

TBH I was trying to make as small a double pitlane as I could get away with, as they eat space fast !
Hence the x-over instead of a xlc in the pits, auto avoidance on exit (providing you get entry lane right) and a little more compact.

QUOTE (Minardi @ 4 Mar 2009, 13:14) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Something else, out of experience; I need a really long starting grid (1 straight between cars) and no xlc before SF. I know you are a experienced digital driver too, do you think different about that ?

I do agree with your thoughts, but in reality my track will have 4 people at most, and usually just 1 or 2, so I can squeeze 4 cars on the straight between the XLC and start line. (track runs anti-clockwise remember).

I probably won't get chance to do anymore work on the track until monday, hopefully then I will be able to get the track temporarily laid down.
But first I need to cut my 6mm MDF border sheets into 1200mm x 600mm sections for storage, because there is nowere to put a full sheet in the garage now ! (and I will need them in manageble sections anyways).
 

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Savage,
What a great place to create your slot car heaven
Looks like you can lock yourself in and get on with it
The track plan looks realy exciting, and I am sure it will become a good run. Looks forward to see the thousands of pics to come, for us all to follow your progress!
Good luck,Per
 
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