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David Moss
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Hi all! I've been monitoring this site for quite a while now and thought it about time to register and ask for you advise/help/opinion.

I am planning a 4 x lane perminant layout, in the attic that runs the full length of the roof. Only problem is, it have to be quite narrow to get past the chimney!

The track will be all Scalextrix Classic (that I already have) plus a pair of cross over corners from SCX. It will get fully landscaped (I've been modelling for years now!) and all the cars will be de-magnetised Scalextric cars from the 70s & 80s. Basically, mostly stuff I had as a kid. Each lane will have it's own power supply and managed by the Scalextric RMS system.

My question is, what do you think of the track I've planned? Is it any good? Do you think it will be a good drive considering the cars I'm running?

 

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Russell Sheldon
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Welcome to SlotForum, bacardibeast!

That's a very impressive layout! My only concern would be marshalling the cars that come off in the turns that go under the main straight. Make sure that you have enough clearance to get to them.

With kind regards

Russell
 

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Allan Wakefield
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Very swish looking track there

I agree with Russell thatmarshalling the corners under the main straight might prove troublesome if they are against the wall.The corner to the right under the main striahgt looks like it has space to be reversed, meaning you could drop the main straight down towards the right.

I would also consider NOT using crossovers in a permenant layout, for me they add little apart from imbalancing the sharper inner curves and increasing the possibility of damage from accidents.

I would love to see some pictures of the car collection too!

Good luck and keep us fed with pics.


Oh yes! - welcome to the Forum
 

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nice layout.

I agree with both of the above posters really, the problem areas are the back corners, and it looks likely that cars will end up behind and underneath the back raised straight. This will not be much of a problem if you race crash'n'burn.

Also, with longer circuits, my opinion is that crossovers and the squeeze track pieces (chicanes?) disrupt the fun rather than add to it
 

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Welcome, BacardiBeast!
Tell us about your name and Avatar sometime - it looks as though it might be interesting!


I'm going to pop this topic in the Tracks & Scenery section shortly, where it will probably attract more attention from the Tracks & Scenery people.
 

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David Moss
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Thanks all for you views. I will take these into account.


My solution to the corners under the back straight are:
1 - The straight will be held up by a solid, landscaped section and the corners will appear to be cut into it. So the wall next to the track border will be cork to absorb any crash impact.
2 - I hate to admit this but once the track is up & running it will only get used for a full race about once every two months (when my friend and main racing rival comes down from Aberdeen!). This added to the fact that there is only room for 4 or 5 people in the attic once the track is up, Marshalling will have to be a rather friendly and informal affair!

As for the cross overs and the sqeeze, well. The squeeze is there as a reminder and warning that the track is about to get alot slower and to be used as a braking point.


The cross overs are in because Dom (my mate from Aberdeen) and I both have rather good manners when it comes to passing and we have great fun lining up for a pass. The cross overs tend to be markers for this ongoing battle and a test is nerves and skill as to how can get through them quickest and, most importantly, cleanly.

The only other thing I forgot to mention is that the edge of the base bord will be only about an inch away from the edge of the track border. Making re-slotting very easy!

Lastly, my avatar! If you're wondering, the ressemblence is VERY good!

And the name. Quite a while back I had alittle bit of a drinky-winky problem.
But don't worry, all sorted now and it the only thing I really drink now, in alot smaller quantity!!!


Thanks again and keep the comments coming!


David
 

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QUOTE (bacardibeast @ 15 May 2004, 00:47)Hi all! I've been monitoring this site for quite a while now and thought it about time to register and ask for you advise/help/opinion.

I am planning a 4 x lane perminant layout, in the attic that runs the full length of the roof. Only problem is, it have to be quite narrow to get past the chimney!

The track will be all Scalextrix Classic (that I already have) plus a pair of cross over corners from SCX. It will get fully landscaped (I've been modelling for years now!) and all the cars will be de-magnetised Scalextric cars from the 70s & 80s. Basically, mostly stuff I had as a kid. Each lane will have it's own power supply and managed by the Scalextric RMS system.

My question is, what do you think of the track I've planned? Is it any good? Do you think it will be a good drive considering the cars I'm running?


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Hi!
I think your the track you've planned sounds really cool!! it will look excellent when its finished with all the models and scenery on. It should be a real challenge using de-magnetized cars good luck!
 

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That's a purely personal opinion, LMP.

Not a thing wrong with bringing back old topics and not a bad idea to let newer members see what has gone before! Come to think about it, it's not a bad idea for older members to have their memories jogged (and they don't come VERY much older than me!)


In fact, on occasion, I do this myself because there is some EXCELLENT stuff that deserves to see the light of day again.

You gonna give ME a bollocking?


 

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David Moss
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Well I'll see if I can sort out the pic tonight. I'm sure I still have it somewhere on my archive disks.

Thanks for your comments Dan & I agree with Tropi & Skeeter.

Sadly the layout is on hold at the moment. Redundencey is making me tighten my belt, but hopefully a new job will be a better salary so the decorating & track will be back on course soon.

Cheers,
Bacardibeast
 
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