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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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Awww, C'mon UK! You gotta give us a sneak peek!!!!

Actually Knoath, I bought the three boards to do the good wood chicane. But I'll start another thread soon.

Looking forward to your next project.


Wont be long. Little kids footy takes a three week break now. So that should give me some time.
Thanks for all the positive comments guys.
Great to hear!
Three boards to do the good wood chicane? It sounds like it's gunna be a biggun!

Can't wait!

just seen this for the first time, its staggering and a great read,,... nice to find new old stuff if you know what i mean....the buil;dings are fantastic..(did the terrace houses get finished or did i miss a pic...also how the hell did you do the grass on the cobblestones???? it seems to be almost like coloured fur or something??

great stuff cheers sig
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Just great to re visit this thread, the track is just getting better and better.
I 2nd Sig's question "what happened to the terraced houses"? Would appreciate
a photo update on them, please?
Sorry no real update on the first of the Terrace houses. I did try to put a coating on them but I just looked out of scale. Upon removing the stuff, I ended up with the surface I wanted.

No real progress on the track, I've been lining up a hit on the big track which you'll see advancing in another post.

This track is just the test track and the build something on a rainy day circuit. It also makes for a good place to keep all the Goodwood circuits pits and other things when the big track is not in use..

thanks for looking.
Looking great, and it is a pleasure looking at and getting inspiration from, thanks.
I would be very grateful if you could shed some light on the electric set up for the track, please?
The more I look at scratch built tracks the more I fancy doing one, so your help would be very much appreciated.
Regards Per
Absolutely splendid photo! Very atmospheric indeed.

QUOTE I would be very grateful if you could shed some light on the electric set up for the track, please?

No worries. Not a real stretch this one in regards power supplies. Just an old transformer that I run on about 9 volts so the cars perform a bit more realistically. All the hand-controllers are standard and I put the three positions close enough to my controller so I can smack anyone who crashes into my scenery! It does seems to have excellent power all the way around for some reason. I usually do two layers of copper tape because its cheaper than braiding and its not so bad for costs if you throw this track away. I 'm already thinking this track would have been so close to an old Monaco track given the shape of the walls. I wished I could have seen it before but I'm thinking maybe there was a reason why that I've since covered up and forgotten about..
thas a very cool corner!! saw it allready in BandW but colours make it more lively. Nice car there too
Well, haven't posted here in a while.

Now with the shed clean and me able to get all the way to the back wall again, its time for some small fix ups on the distraction track which I'd sort of forgotten a little about.
So we 180 grit sandpapered the copper tape, vacuumed and washed the track down, that was the end of the oval track getting used for the afternoon.

I have alot of stuff left over from the Goodwood track now , so time to find a new home for the various scenery items that are now lying idle in a large bucket.

Have thought about the top of the old bridge which always looked a little unfinished. This little fence proved to be just the trick. A little ebay thing I picked up for a couple of dollars.

Just the ends to plinth up now, something small as the cars go close to the edge of the bridge entry.

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Is that fencing in any particular scale? It seems perfect in size and I assume it is from either model RR stock or some similar supply. Am I right?

Good on you for finding it!

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Sorry missed your post. The board is really moving fast at the moment.

QUOTE Is that fencing in any particular scale? It seems perfect in size and I assume it is from either model RR stock or some similar supply. Am I right?

I found the fence on ebay. Every now and then, I just type in " 32 scale scenery items" and see what comes up.

This particular fence is about 1metre long and it is just about the right size.
Love the progress on the track corner (and the rail just finishes the bridge nicely
) very nice love your figurines too so fitting
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Thanks, Uksqueezea.
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Well, time to close the chapter on this track. Pulled down / thrown out and ready for the new track,..

Still tossing up tonight whether to build the Monaco 1960 track, the era that spawned worldwide interest in Grand Prix racing. ( Seems such a far cry from todays Formula One)

As you can see this corner of the shed will lend itself to this Monaco shape and its got some good length.

A routed 3 lane track in sections and on wheels, so it can be easily moved around,

..time will tell....
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I am just collecting ideas for my own track ... found this great threat here. Is there no progress on your track Uksqueezea?
Would love to see more ...
Cheers Arnd
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