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Well, over the past couple of weeks I've done a little work to the circuit. I decided to build two grandstands each a little less tall than the original plans for the single one I was going to do. Each measures 36" L X 10" D X 10" H. Not quite complete yet, but getting there.

You may have noticed that lack of completion is a theme at Woodland Trace Raceway. I'm trying to get a general idea of where all this stuff is going to fit (it is getting crowded and I do want to have space for some greenery). The buildings roofs are not fixed so that I can do some interior work at a later date.

The area inside the broad curve is getting paved. I'm simply cutting 3/8" thick black foamcore. It will get shimmed another 1/4" to equal the height of the Ninco track and the garage floors. The Shell logo on the blacktop was printed on my freebie Epson printer onto clear 8 1/2" X 11" address labels and then laminated with same to seal in the ink since it tends to flake off when dry. I'm not happy with it and will probably paint it with flat enamel later. I'm using the same black foamcore to do the pitrow. I was thinking of purchasing the Fly pieces, but I'm holding out to see if Ninco will do a working pit row after the release of their digital equipment.

I will buy into digital when it's available here, but am undecided whether I will leave the outer two lanes up and running as a classic track with digital the inner two lanes. If the digital works out well I may remove two lanes and redesign slightly. That will give me more room for greenery and such.

Other than building the grandstands and beginning to pave the paddock area I've been working on some small detail stuff. I put up some walls and doors to the interior of one of the buildings. Added a gallery of posters to the walls. Placcards on the restroom doors. Fashioned some wooden crates from balsa and scaled down shipping labels. Found Bibbendum on eBay for about $8 (although shipping about doubled his price). I'll be building some tire racks for the Michelin and Goodyear bays at some point.

Comments?

Regards,
Steve









 

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Looking better all the time!

As far as the 2 lane/4 lane decision - if you usually have 2 people racing, and more people on rare occaissions, definately go for a 2 lane digital - you might be able to work out a longer circuit AND have more scenery! If you often have 3 or 4 racers, then you will have to wait till you can try digital and see how good the racing is before you make your mind up!
 

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Looks better and better?

Where did you get the idea for that Grandstand?

Planning on buying lots and lots of spectators?

Greetz

Gunther
 

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Really looking very good.

Can't help you with your digital dilemma I'm afraid, but what your suggesting does seem a good compromise until the market has sorted itself out.

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alan
 

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[/QUOTE]Where did you get the idea for that Grandstand?
Planning on buying lots and lots of spectators?
Actually Gunther, I got the idea for the general shape from your Petit Spa
, which BTW is looking more and more awesome everytime you post pictures.

It probably differs in construction. I don't know how you built yours but I used about a dozen lengths of balsa 36" X 1" X 1/2" glued together in a stairstepping pattern and then cut 1/4" X 1/4" X 2" lengths for the steps. I sprayed the whole thing lightly with flat white enamel to give it sort of a whitewashed look, the glued rectangles of black construction paper at the top of each of the 1/4" steps. The sides are the same white mat board that I've been using for other building projects.

I suppose I'm going to have to purchase a good number of spectators to give the circuit some life , but at around $2 US a spectator (gulp!?!) it's going to get expensive.

I'm thinking of soliciting a sponsorship program. Anyone interested can sponsor a spectator for Woodland Trace Raceway by sending a PayPal payment of $1 (just kidding
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Anyone have a better suggestion for populating the track?

Steve
 

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QUOTE (jhardy33 @ 18 Nov 2004, 15:32)I've seen Scalextric figures listed at 25 figures for $38. Not quite $2 each. Just please don't use Homies. BTW your track and scenery look incredible.

Jay
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Don't worry Jay - No homies on my layout. Way overstyled and in a style that I don't really care for (although they do sort of depict a growing segment of modern Americans rather well). I really like the Revell re-issues even though they'll look dated on my track. But 12 figures does not an event make. I'm going for a fairly modern circuit running perpetual historic racers. In that way, new and old can co-exist peacefully.

Thanks all for your comments,
Steve
 
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