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hello all, after far too many hours spent reading all the excellent advice and information on this site i've got going with my wooden track and literally up to my elbows in contact adhesive, grouting and paint mixing, and loving every minute of building my new sandstone cliffs.i got going again with the old scalextric track over the summer as a neighbour gave me a load of old curves, the track grew, bigger than the toy room and into the big space i've got near my workshop, during august that track was decorated and filled with props (with help from my 6 year old, who built a lego snack area for the pits!) and we have since staged a successful tournament last saturday with 27 drivers of all ages (not bad for a village of 250 people), since then i started on track number 2 in wood, have done the levels, routing and nearly finished the cliffs, but awaiting the copper and still tons of modelling to do.....but how happy am i doing it?, you get to regress to being a 4 year old mucking about with dirt and paint and glue, then when its done you turn in to an 8 year old and speed around a small spanish village at 1/32nd scale....GREAT.

anyway, just wanted to sign in and will try and post some pics soon of the 2 tracks,(when i've figured out how!)

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ok just to prove errrr....that I errrr....havent just been playing!!!!! heres a rubbishy vid of the track working, also with the new mdf i've been boxing out the edges of the track (got a good idea for a roof dust protection) and gluing dirt down under the bridge section ready for farmer giles' wooden garage (with hidden jewels!)all exciting stuff. dont expect much speed on the vid, i wouldnt let my boy use the fast stuff!!


vid here
Hi there
wonderfull inspired track which have been a joy to follow so far.

Whats that music?? it's very very nice for adding up tension, very film like litle loop.

It's nice to see that your coble stones are working nice.

We'll be looking forward for a video with some fast action.

chuppy dub....
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Great video! The track has lots of character. The SCX Mitsubishi Pajero is a fantastic car, it totally deserved the lead role in the movie.
Great vid. Track's running well. Nice genlte nudge to the parked cars on the first lap around the town square. What did they expect parking there! The young gentleman driving seems to be enjoying himself.
cheers guys, lars the cobbles are great cheers thanks to you, the music is something i did earlier in the year before rediscovering scalextric, not finished but thought it'd be mediocre enough for a pulic viewing!
rally p, the pajero is my boys favourite, based wholly on the fact that its muddy!
and ember, the 'parked' lambourgini was one that fell off 3 seconds earlier, no parking allowed infront of the bar, even the church steps are dangerous!

so now what!>....

check list (to square up my own head more than anything)
olive terraces
farmers garage under bridge
street lamps
false perspective on back corner(already mocked something up)
balcony and doors on old house
'cast iron' bench in the middle of the square
hanging ivy over cave entrance
the pits in cave
crash scene (looking for a diecast tuning car with openable doors)
road works on main road?
paint another 21 people!

plenty to keep me going, especially looking forward to the crash scene, getting the dremel out!!!!

speak again soon

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Wow sig awesome video - I love it! The track looks like a lot of fun to drive. The scenery looks fantastic too. Can't wait for more.

ok , so on a completely different tack ever since seeing a cool vid about driving rally cars on tarmac, i've been wondering wether its possible to make a slot car do a donut!!!! potential for track number 3 !(don't tell my wife!), and i've been mucking about with a prototype.

here it is donuts

its routed on faced chip board because i thought i'd need the slipperyness for the tail outs, but in the end i had to paint some gravel on for more grip as the cars weren't getting anywhere, then the gravel was too grippy so it needed sanding down until it gave the right amount of slip and grip for the correct tail out action. the outer diametre is probably 35-39cm, and the inner about 24cm (routed around old grinding discs, and for the final version i think it would be better to start from the inside and work out (like the aston martin, (except there were some problems with bad routing in that direction)
i think it has some possibilitities and is quite difficult to drive, plus i've not seen it done before, but ofcourse i may be wrong. if anyone has any tips or clues how to make it better , they'd be appreciated , for =example the crossover really should be perperdicular to the curves to avoid smashing the guides every time!

anyway , thought i'd share the experiment with you all

comments welcome

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Interesting video sig. I think Rob (Taxi) had an elevated car park on the track before his current track that he routed a donut into, but it wasn't concentric like yours. Luf has a couple of tracks on his site that remind me of your donut prototype. Again, they are not exactly like yours, but they do have similarities. Here's a look at his Bullring track. And a look at his Autocross track. He's posted videos of these tracks that are interesting to watch, just follow the links on his site.


semi set it up, with rivets and all that, needs the electrics sorting and in the end i'm gonna do pant aging, dripping rust etc from the rivets etc

obviously not finished yet, needs building into the rock and all the old posters on the old boys garage

more soon

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Sig, that looks fantastic!

I can't believe how quickly you've got your track together...excellent work!
Wow sig, the bridge looks great! I can't wait to see it after you have it dialed in. The garge door is really nice too. Keep up the great work.

The video is great. I just love your layout. Too bad you don't have a track plan or else there would be clones of it everywhere!

The bridge looks fantastic. When you say "it arrived" did you buy the entire bridge (is there one missing somewhere out there)? Or did you design it from components? It has a lot of character.

Keep up the good work, my own plans change every time I see a fantastic layout like yours!

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The bridge is a great addiction. It is great to see your progress.
Oh that bridge is a stunner. I want one! Fits in beautifully now and will only get better with some age on it.

This is another track that I'd love to see in real life.

thanks folks, getting the bridge sorted has given me the impetuous i needed for the next bit, sealevel, the bits were all laser cut according to a drawing that i did for the exact space, i would have taken a foto of the seperate parts but i was too excited to get it done!!

so i've been tinkering with the old boys lockup, my brother showed me how to resize images without loosing quality, and i sanded down the printer paper before soaking in watery pva glue for the 'painted on effect'(thanks to tile guy for that), then use your fingernail to highlight the wooden planks, then the usual washes and grit splashes applied

the weeds are bits of builders brushes glued into a hole and then painted a bit green

the tractor is an old one that we had when we were kids, detailed a little it (not a lot)
i've tinted the bridge with dry brush black and brown a bit to exagerate the detailing

then my brother redrew a cool painting on the side of a wall in tarrega (the general poster) and we put it on the village mechanics door, who seems to be thirsty after cutting his knuckes on the minis small engine bay!
hope you like it, i'm having fun
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The wooden building and the posters look ace. You've got me wondering how to incorporate something similar into my track now

Considering how much detail you put in, I still can't believe how quick you work! Excellent.
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WooooW, very good. Strangely, enough my interest lies in the tall dry "grass" you have under the tractors posters. What did you used?

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That's some first class modeling! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Looks pretty tight around that corner, do the cars make it fine? I could imagine wider cars having a tight fit!
hi folks , thanks for the comments

polo stu the garage idea came about by chance..(like so many things), it was originally going to be cut rock face around the tunnel, but i ran out of polystyrene, and then got to thinking about the use of space and so the old boys lockup and the tunnels/caves were born, i'm sure you'll start finding little nooks and crannies on your big track.
rally p, yep for your savannah grass land no doubt, its hairs cut of a cheap builders brush (the type they use for pointing up rock walls i think) which has quite strawlike thin bristles, also some of the non plastic sweeping brushes look ok, then cut twice the length you need in a clump, bend it over in the middle and with a fine screwdriver dip it into a pot of glue and then wedge it into a predrilled hole, its kind of like planting clumps of hair, then when the glue is dry it might need trimming and tinting to the colour necessary
bill thanks again for the praise, the cars make it round ok because they usually tail out a bit on the downhill, compared to the cliff face tolerance(about 3mm) here theres loads, also i kind of like the idea that the wheels drive over the weeds, its a shame the old boy in his garage doesn't have more of an angry face, i'd be mad as hell!
just won my boy racer tuning car on ebay so i'll be warming up the dremmel and the hammer for its arrival on the crash scene soon! gonna be needing a diecast tow truck if anyone knows where??

bye for now sig
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WOW sig!!! This is absolutely fantastic: modeling at it's finest. The level of detail is perfect The dirt, weathering of the stucco and wearing of the wood on the lockup are first rate! Amazing work in a very short amount of time.

What era tow truck are you looking for? I'm planing on building one by startin with a die cast 1956 Ford pickup like the one I already have on my layout. 50's era tow trucks were very simple. Just a 3/4 or one ton truck with a pipe frame, winch and pulley for the hoist. A later model tow truck would certainly be more of a challenge. But from we've all seen here, you're up to the task.

How are you able to post reduced size photos that can be enlarged? I'd love to do this. The large photos are so much better than what I've been posting. Please enlighten me!

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