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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 nice looking little track. I imagine your son loves driving round that.

I notice the screws holding the perspex have split the MDF. Whilst this is not a problem usually, it does look a bit ugly. The secret is to clamp the MDF before you drill it and use a drill only marginally smaller than the full diameter of the screw thread. Use longish screws so that they get as much grip as possible within the hole and longer screws also support the perspex better if someone leans against it.

To rectify the existing problem you could try sqirting some woodglue down the hole, clamping and re-drilling, if it bothers you as much as it would me.

I've just noticed all the smileys have been jumbled up again!
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What a super bridge! I love it.

I'm going to try using dappled glass for the bottom of my valley. I'm not sure whether to paint the river base in various shades of green, blue and brown, or use something like cling film and a small fan to 'motivate' it. On the other hand several layers of plain glass under the dappled might have the right effect. You could even put real water under in a sealed box and 'motivate' that
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This track is lining up to be one of the classics here, no doubt about that!
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I love the watery effect. Is the floor polish called Kleer?

A viaduct is for people, and cars today, (via comes from Italian/Latin for 'way'), whilst aquaduct is for water (aqua comes from acqua, meaning 'water'). I am building a via duct on my track with nine arches.

Note to self: Go and buy an airbrush. No, better still, add it to my birthday wishlist.
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QUOTE (uksqueezea @ 29 Jun 2008, 13:52) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Finishing of the support for the front bridge. Easy enough, made from cedar.
Just time now for some weathering on the supports and then back to the water effect.

Does the job and if someone sits on it its strong enough. (Unless a real fatty sits on it.)

Very, very nice. Beautiful carpentry work and lovely design. I see two eyes, the arches above, and a smiley mouth, the woodwork below. It's easy to see why!

BTW, you're not allowed to say 'fatty'. You have to say 'weight-disadvantaged' for fear of upsetting the fatties and permanently psychologically damaging them.
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How did you glue your perspex on to the feet - superglue or hot glue? Would a light rub with wire wool get rid of the gloss without ruining the effect?
Nice design and neatly made. I used this fine corrugated cardboard for the doors on my pits, it's useful stuff.
Mine came from a wine bottle box. Try looking in the wine merchants and asking around.
This does indeed sound very exciting! Is this system going to be commercially available?

I love your little bridge. It will be interesting seeing how it all finishes up.
A very lovely bridge. In fact a work of art. Please don't lose control coming out of that corner and hit it.
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