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Morning guys

I'm Gaz and i'm new to all this!

Last scalextric i had was an F1 set with Williams cars i got for Xmas in 1987 ish aged 9!

Roll on to now and my dad has purchased a Scalextric digital set for my 6 yr old for Christmas. Its the Porsche Triple Cup Set with the pit lane etc.

So i'm planning on mounting it permanently on a hinged board in the living room, the space available is 4'6" x 8'. I have seen a perfect layout using the set we have on this forum:

http://www.slotforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=44007

The 2nd track design he used here is perfect, im trying to avoid crossovers as the boy will destroy all the cars in minutes!!

So my problem is this..... Can anyone help me to plan what extra i need to buy. I downloaded the scalextric track designer but it seems so user unfriendly and i got nowhere with it! I just need that track as a 2D plan and a bit of help with what bits he's used.

I know this is asking a bit but i'm a total novice and well if you don't ask you don't get!!!

Thanks in advance!

Gaz
 

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welcome gaz
and yes UR3 is the one I used its alot better, can be a bit of a pain to start with it will move all your drawn track around if not careful
if that happens just press undo and your be fine .
enjoy regards ade
 

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Cheers guys, downloaded that UR3 and managed to build a semi coherent track!!!!

Next question, how do i transfer the layout to here so you lot can advise me???
 

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Hi Gaz
In UR3 load your track up. Then click on file, then save as. In the area named 'Save as type' click on JPEG in the drop down menu.
Now you need a photo hosting site, I use flickr to upload your picture too.

Once your picture is uploaded right click on the image and choose what size you want to view it. I normally use Medium 500.

Now right click on the image again and click on copy image ULR.

Now on SF in the write post page you will see above the area where you type a few little boxes click on the one with the little greenish picture on it.
This will open up a window asking 'Please enter the ULR for this image'. Press Ctrl and V together and your images ULR code should now be in the window. Click OK

All being well you should now have a code looking some thing like this on your write post page.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6058/6310253821_77a37394c5.jpg[/img (I've removed the ] from the end so you can see what it looks like.)

The pic
[IMG]http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6058/6310253821_77a37394c5.jpg

Hope this helps
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CB
Gaz

PS watch out track designing is very addictive. I get the DT's if I don't have a mess around with it at least once a week
 

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Right then here is my extended Porsche Digital Track idea, i've left a little more space on the infield as i'd like some sort of scenery etc. What u guys think???

 

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Looks like you could do with a bit more space in the pit lane. It would be better to get rid of the CLC at the pit lane end, tighten up the curve to get more lengthand move the CLC to top left. You really need a bit mors spce in the pit so that if you mis slightly the car on the main track does not hit you. If you are brafe some folk have shortent the pit exit straight be half a tarck but I guess its not so rugged after the modification.
 

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also, the pit lane needs the half striaght in between for the pit lane game. As shown, there's just the entrance and exit connected together.
You've got a lot of R1 turns in there. That will either teach him how to drive, or frustrate him, or he'll just laugh at the crashes until he gets bored and moves on. You can get a track on that board with no R1 turns if you really want to. It would look more like the first example track in that thread you linked. With the extra width, you could have the pit lane game in there as well.
 

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I get what you mean about the tight curves but i find the first layout too symetrical and boring, so i guess your second option of just teaching him how to drive is my only choice!!!

Just gotta start buying the extra track that i need now, ebay here we come!

Cheers for the input and hopefully i'll post some pics as we get going closer to Xmas.
 

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Hi Gaz
totally agree you need a longer pit lane mine is 7meters with 6 garages.
try moving clc then put pit lane in and out at both ends of striaght with s/f in middle of it somewhere.
or even keep your clc and put your pit lane in and outs in the short striaghts on either side give you a great pit lane.
regards ade.
 

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Ok started buying up the extra track i need for this layout...

Would be helpfull if i knew exactly what track items i get with the triple cup set, i think i can work it out though!

My first problem is working out R/h and L/h change curves C7009 and C7010..... I'm going clockwise around the track, or at least i hope i am!! I'm taking the suggestion to scrap the change at the end of the pit straight, so there is only the top right one... so it that a C7009 or C7010??

I know these are basics but i'm very new to this!

Thanks, Gaz.
 

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Hi Gaz
that clc is a C7008 out to in r/h but they done drive that well I know you need to get to that lane so you can enter pit lane .
I would think again replan matey .I would take that out and put a straight xlc in after that corner .
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I.m afraid you may be a bit dissaointed with this. You really need 1 full straight before any lane changer or else you have to go round the corer real slow as to not drift. If you drft you miss. On that basis you are struggeking to get Lange changers in. To be honest in a small travck like This (i have the same problem) the squeeze haipin is noy a good idea. as stopping overtaking on a small track is not good. On that section you can get your XLC just before the top right coner. Top right corner chane to CLC then the tighter curves: this gets you a second CLC. Really although you want a long pit lane you do need as Mr F saya 1 straight before it. So the best you can get is a half straight between the pit lane pieces. Even than the starrt and finnish lane will not be able to work as a pit exit lane.

Being a rug racer you can have lots of tracks. When you need fuel simulation I use a smaller track that has the diagonal as the main stright which you come into with an CLC, R1combination and leave the straightagain on an R1, R2. Should get you an extra straight.

Main thing is play with the current ideas and see what you want.
 

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Measured up today and because wood is all metric we are 2.4x1.2 which is 8x4 near as damn it!

The Wife grunted a bit when i filled the living room with wood but she's warming to it as i describe it looking almost invisble when finished!

Just got to re arrange the track a bit and get it to fit, maybe incorporate a flyover to get one long diagonal straight???

Fun fun fun!



 

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Thought I'd pop my head in and say I'm looking at doing the same, folded up against the wall.
But to get more space I'm doing an 8x8 and folding the board in half before folding up against the wall.

My mrs wants to make it a feature with a canvas or wallpaper over it.

Look forward to the updates

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Right progress!!! We now have a 8x4 board, with 6mm MDF on the Track side and 4mm on the other side...

Not sure if 6mm is the done thing but it looks/feels OK... if a little heavy!!!

Now all i'm thinking is if the kind of track you fit on 8x4 is suitable?? I bloody hope the final design works and the 6 yr old can enjoy it as much as me!!!!







 
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