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Spent three days cleaning out my shed. Finally making a track that will make for great racing as well as another track that I can do some scenery with. The bigger track is finished but still needs to be hoisted to the ceiling cavity. In the meantime I need a track to distract the boys here so a nice little three lane deal should do fine.

I'll post update photos as progress is made and answer any questions.

The first comment I'll make is the track hills were made using small gauge bird-wire with chopped strand fibre-glass mat laid over the top then a flexible rubber based waterproofing compound placed over the top of the mat. Quick simple, non-edible and permanently flexible.

Also note, I placed some clear Perspex strips around the track edge, so my 5 yr old son can see the cars coming down the hill. His first complaint when the track had a timber border. The clear Perspex can be seen just above the Cooper. Not my idea, saw someone do it here and I can recommend it. Also think it adds some depth to a layout.

The track has only really one level area and everywhere is is uphill and downdale.

Hopefully the photos work!

New scale timber fence pit wall.

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That's a great looking pit wall!
Did you scratchbuild it? What are the dimensions of the fence rails? They look very small to have to cut.....

We need more pics, an overall if you can get it!!

That is the most wonderfull build I've seen in ages!
QUOTE I can get 20kg of it from the builders supply for about $12AU
You're in Oz? Please tell me you're in Melbourne somewhere... I'd love to see this track!!! (I thought the shed frame looked local...but reading about all that rain, I'm guessing Brissie?)
your plank bridge looks great, are you using just PVA?
What is the wood you're using?
Can't wait to see how you build the supports. The pit building is fantastic.... and I love the corrugated iron fence... very Sandownish, Motorcraft corner...?

Are the hedges Scotch Brite pads and Woodlands Scenics Fine Turf? I've got some lying around, meaninmg to get onto that... if they look that good, I'm onto it tonight!!!!

Thanks for such detailed pics... keep em coming!
Sorry for so many Q's!
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QUOTE Yes Knoath, I'm a QLD'er in Bris. And I'll shout for the beer when you come here. I thought the Gum Trees on your track were spot on and I'll need to make some up for when I put together the Lakeside Raceway later this year. Grab your sun screen and head on up.
The way prices are atm, I could head up for a day, fly home that night... I see what happens!

QUOTE the store assistant said that it seemed to be mostly old men buying it for modelling. Figures!

Keep the pics coming mate!
Love this build.

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WOW!!... gunna need a sh*t load of tallus to get that look!
Should be a ripper once done though.
You are doing a fantastic job of bringing this track to life!
Really enjoying seeing it grow... the pit buildings are spot on for the era.

Thanks for the pics!
Nice. Looking good!
Is this your first time with an airbrush?
Did you find it difficult to use?
What paints are you using? More more more!
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Great stuff!
How did you form the abuttment?
The airbrushing looks really good! As does the water. As does the bridge... I love this track!
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I have just read through the entire thread... again!
I'm seriously inspired by this track. I'm throwing ideas around in my head for the next track... I'm thinking of steering away from a table and going with a wall hugging design... that'll give me almost 6m of straight!!
Mmmm... I can see the humps forming now!

You know you're doing something right when others get inspired to emulate your efforts!
Thanks for a great thread, I find myself coming back again and again!
Thanks for the latest pics!
Nice work on the building, what are the handrails made from? I see you went for the flags on the top rope... they look great!!!

Had a chuckle (queer look from the missus) about the cue tip!!!

Thanks uksqueezea, love the track.
OK, that's it.
I was gunna fly up to EffinQ.. but after seeing those results with an airbrush... I'll save me pennies, get you to fly down here and do it for me!!!

Fairdinkum cobber... that's the duck's guts!

I hope to get an airbrush and avvago meself... wish me some muck on the pluck (luck)!!
10??? Are you Catholic, or just a sloppy Prodestant?
My God good man... You're a glutton for punishment!!!!
I mean, I don't mind kids (My Mum had a couple!), but Holy Bejesus mate,... 10???

I need a lie down, just thinking about it.
I reckon that looks great, UK! You sure know how to create an atmosphere...
Oh... that's nice! what... that's it?
I hope you're starting a new thread on this.... looks like Indy, a long time ago?

12x 7.5m shed? Man, now I'm really jealous!
Looks great.
QUOTE I used this fine corrugated cardboard for the doors on my pits, it's useful stuff.
Where is it available in Oz, uksqueezea?
Fire truck is very detailed... nice find.
Looking forward to more of your buildings uk... can't wait to see what you come up with!

Oh... (reaching for a megaphone...) "We have a new Master Modeller people!!!"

That is brilliant!!!!
How long has that taken UK?
Can you show us some of the tools you are using?
Do you use a jig to space the joists and cut the risers for the stairs etc?
Pics are great, even taken on a camera phone!!

I love this thread...

Keep up this amazingly high standard mate!

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That's some really nice work mate!
QUOTE buy a drop/mitre saw that has a "ripping" bench in the top
Do you mean something like a small saw table?
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