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Bill Beggs
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We have raced Scaley Sport for two years. It has proven to be an excellent layout. Laps times in 6 second range. It had variation in all the turns. It was quick. No R1s here.

The last few months I have been racing on a 120' commercial MDF track painted with flat latex and copper tape. Just so smooth and quick I wanted one to test my cars on during the week and to give us a new track for our local Monday night series.

OK get to the pics.

This was Northlands after the Homies went home. They stole all the vehicles and cut down all the signage and trees.





The deciduous trees. The evergreens have been packed away for now. Some parts of rock wall will be used in new track.



Trees look so nice grouped together. They are so easy to make.



There are two sheets of MDF in the Mini Van. One bungee cord held them in.



The underside of MDF gets a cost of paint. Supposedly it keeps the dampness out. A clean canvass. Looks nice eh?



We did rout the track yesterday using Luft's strip and video. The design is very similar to the old track but with more sweeping turns and a squeeze section. We put the straight at the back to assist in marshalling. We did have a few errors. Mainly due to inexperience with router. It was a great learning experience. While they are fixable we are debating whether to continue or get a couple more sheets of MDF. It is cheap. About $40 Cdn for two.

Routing dust was not a problem. I have an outlet for central vac in the garage and just duct taped the hose to the outlet on router.

I will post updates.

More pics and video of old track here - My old Scaley track

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THanks Chris but prefer to use copper tape as same as I run on at other track.

Have been busy. Holes are filled. Need a bit of sanding and ready for paint and tape.

I have race day and evening tomorrow (2:30 p.m.to midnight) and a swap meet and Enduro race of Sun so not much track work this weekend.

Here are the pics.

Expensive recyle



Back straight with dip



Coming off back straight on to this section. The white section was a screw up on slot for barrier.


Sweeper(corkscrew) into tricky section. There is just a hint of banking on both. There is a squeeze to 2 inches coming into turn on the right and widening going up the hill.

Esses. The white sheet on the right are the messed up ones. I wonder if I can return them
The grey ones are my table cover.
 

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Ths Knoath. I will be using Behr brand flat latex in a light grey. I want to see racing lines. I had discussion with guys that race here about the colour. One said go look at the street and others wanted a dark grey. My track My choice - lol.

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I took night off from racing to keep working, besides the weather was crappy for driving.

Tape is laid and wired. Need to finished off driver stations. The guardrails are temporary. They fit in routed slots.

Track drives well. Only needed a couple small adjustments to slots. Will improve as rubber gets laid down. All the cars run well with no adjustments. Handling on some can be improved with weight and tire changes. I turned voltage down from 13 on some to 11. For the Minis went down to 9 and find stock tires better than silicones. THe Artins and Fly Rileys both go well. THe RIleys are on Super and may go better with original tires. My Slot.its are fast as they have been setup for this type of surface.

All of the corners drive well. The 180 in squeeze while small radius drives really well. The decending radius turn in the infield after coming down the middle long run is a challenge. You can feel yourself push the brake pedal. The dip going down the backstretch would be an sphinter tighener in a real car.
You can hear the cars get lighter as they drop down. The Esses at both ends require a bit of driving.

Overall I am please with the results. It will be interesting to see how it races with the squeeze and limited passing opportunites.

A couple of pics:

PS I did not break the tape while laying it


 

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Well TImmy said the drive Fri was not pleasant. So I was happy to stay home and tape two lanes.

Funny how the surface is the same as Race Haven eh? Coincidence? Timmy is coming this morning to give it a try. Darn we got snow here.

TImmy and I finished third in the Enduro yesterday in spite of some awful driving by both of us. Swap meet was good. I sold 4 cars and 4 bodies and maybe some track.
 

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"Wow" I said. We had a testing day yesterday. I am pleased. The track is just so raceable. Lap times are pretty darn close on both lanes. The squeeze section in the 180 works well. It is the slowest section so the cars when they collide are not doing it very hard.

Now to put the controllers down long enough to start on some landscaping. I am waiting til the last blast of winter goes away. Geez last week had garage door open now this week if I had tried that there would have been snow on the track.

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Started repairing retaining walls and installing them. The Shell one is temporary. The BP one is new. Well the signage is. I printed off and folded. I then taped to the OUTside of retaining wall. Not too clear in pic but you can see scuff marks from cars meeting the wall. Gives a nice used look. I am going to make all the walls the same height. I will recut the plexi glass as soon as I get fence on table saw repaired.

When I was routing I cut slots for the walls. So much easier to install.

I also put up the outside walls. The back wall and one end are fine so I do not have to repaint.

Next part is to seperate the weeks worth of newspapers and paper for landscaping. Also waiting for inspiration on just what to do for landscaping. I liked my previous rock wall and would like to use it. The Homies want a new home. They are tired of living in a box and they are beginning to smell.

 

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Yes Hammer I could have gone a bit darker on the paint. However cars do show up well on it.
Been doing a bit more. I cut this slot and wired it to power supply. It makes for easy sanding and cleaning of tires. This is first using a damp sponge. Works great. I also extended wiring on volt meter. Makes it easier to see when adjusting power supply.



Getting ready for some landscaping. This is all I use. Crumple up newspaper and then dip shop towels in P of P. I will be trying to incorporate my old wall. Will place bits and pieces of it.



The plan was to have a garage where the cars are sitting. I did place my old garage and have found it to be just high enough to interfere with site line. As this is a difficult corner to enter you need to see all of it. So I will be garageless. It will still make a nice spectator area though. Maybe the Ho's camper will fit in there.

The tin Montreal Canadiens bank is for donations I hope to receive. Racing is free at Northlands.

I wil post more as landscaping progresses. I do need to extend the slot for wall where the BP signage is. Cars tend to want to go under the back straight. The wall would prevent hitting landscaping.
 

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Geoff - My Habs are still playing not like some golfers posing as Leafs. Want to drop by tonight?

Madmini. Get started. It is so easy and inexpensive. Even with building a table it should come in well under $200.
 

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I got inspired this morning or rather felt liking making a mess. I started the PoP and shop towels. The old rock wall seems to be working in nicely. Of course had to get a few blobs of PoP on it. Could call it snow I guess.

Yes that is my timer bridge. Not sure what look I was going for but I did get an ugly one. It will be replaced. I had to move it to back straight. It was getting knocked around too much near the front. It was a pain locating the LEDS underneath the track. This time made slightly larger holes beside the tape vs in the slot. It works.

The pics. Will do the PoP on the whole track before starting to paint it. I have to stop some time tomorrow and clean up so we can race on Monday night.

The pics







 

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Got my Dollar store Tempera paint on then as it was a bit too bright I picked up some Crayola green when doing groceries this morning. Added some black and white and highlighted the existing. Also marked off a pit area. I cannot put a garage in as it blocks the view of the sweeper too much. That is the fastest corner and need to see it to get braking right. Besides pit crews will be Homies. As they usually just use cinder blocks to jack up cars the should be happy.

Visited neighbours garage and got a big bag of sawdust. Will mix it up in glass dishes with watered down crayola then spread it out to dry. Sure nice a few very warm Spring days ahead.

I did manage a few laps while watching paint dry. Getting enough laps in that tire lines are starting to show albeit faintly.

The pics:


 

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This should pretty much be end of construction except for minor scenery changes over time. Now it is time to put down a lot of laps to get some rubber built up.

I hate laying grass. Get the stuff and the glue mix all over the track. It does give a weathered look though.

The pics. Not as many Homies as before. The Mariachi band has no place to perform -).




























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Nope did not twist any more. Just grouped them closer together.

They love the wood. Track is getting rubbered in. We have switched our stockers to Slot.it rear ends with S2s and have shaved another 2-3 tenths off. Hopefully we will start racing Slot.Its in the Fall. We only run them at 9 volts the same as our Minis. The stockers and others run 13V.
 

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The Slot.it S2s lays down rubber nicely. The pic of cars is my current home racers. The 27 Jacques V stocker, #89 Thunder car, The #72 Camero occasionally gets in a GT race when the Slot.It/Scaley Aston is not running. The Porsche is one that is no long quick enough for my other race series at commercial track but runs nice here. We also run a Mini Series. All the cars in the pic have Slot.It rear axle setups with S2s.

 

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Well my wood track was fun. The design as far as the turns and driveability was great. Without a crossover the lanes had about an 18 inch discrepancy. Given two equal racers this made a difference. So it has been sold and left for its' new home yesterday. We will still race it on alternative weeks.

We liked the turns so I have made patterns of them. I am rebuilding and while leaving the turns more or less the same but will do a crossover in the middle linking the opposite corners. The elevations will change somewhat to accommodate the crossover.

A couple of pics of it dis-assembled and ready to leave.



 

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Well not like you were never invited - lol.

Nope no pic of new design. Corners at either end will be the same except come around a bit more to the center so they cross in the middle. The final design will come as I rout it.

I hear you have enlisted someone to assist in the build of yours.
 

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The new track is coming together. Table is still 5 x 13. Bridge clearance is 3 1/2.

 

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Doing laps now. I am pleased with the changes. Flow is still good. Now to get some rubber down.

 
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