Utility Poles - Now that scenery is moving along, I am starting to go back and "fill in" areas with things that have always been on the plans, just not done. I decided that PDR needed some utilities in order to power the track PA system, the eventual snack bar, etc. I started with some 1/4" dowel cut to 30 scale feet in height, added some balsa wood cross beams, some ladder steps made from standard staples and used some green clear beads as the insulators. A little stain and weathering and they look pretty good. I'm not going to wire them across the track as that would just make marshaling cars too difficult. They look pretty good as is in my eyes. I used two 1/8" dowels as the speaker poles, only about 20 scale feet in height and then attached thread and glued some triangular flags to them. I made the flags by cutting triangles of styrene and holding them over a candle until they furled a little before painting them. I think they look pretty period correct from the pictures I've researched.
Sponsor Signs - What track is complete without some signs promoting products at a race? Sticking with my desire to pay homage to some local businesses, I have added a few - most notably, Chief Petroleum Kerosene, Celebrity Sports Center (they had a slot car track at one time!), and Red Top Hamburgers. Great family owned place with HUGE burgers. Sadly, Red Top went under in 2012 and Celebrity has been gone much longer. I also added a few automotive related ones. All of these were printed on standard paper with an inkjet printer, glued to picture matting, and then cut and mounted to supports. I've weathered them slightly as they've probably been there all racing season. Home Racing World is of course my homage to my slot car "hangout" on the web.
Looking good David! Its been a while since you've updated here... Ahh and I see Brad has chimed in as well. Two of the finer scenic developers in the house!
You know I am thinking (typing) out loud here... A couple of years ago on a trip to Washington state, from my home in Michigan I contacted Brad about a drive through (pun intended) visit to his place to see his circuit in person. What a treat it was. Brad and his family hosted us for some dinner and race track ooogling. It was a great time for sure. So trying to shorten it up here, My wife and I are flying to Utah late July, early August for a week and then driving to Washington state from there. I am wondering if a physical trip to Palmer Divide might be in order if you are around and our schedules permit. I'd really love to see it in person! It'd be like checking off a slot cars seven wonders of the world landmark.
Anyway the track is looking marvelous, as I'd expect!
Very cool utility poles. I am going to propose adding wires, despite the marshalling nightmare.
When I built a track for the dnano, scale 1/43, I got some plastic telephone poles. I have to say that puting lines on them made an huge impact on the track. The poles had 2 horizontal bars and more than 2 "thingies", more like 8 altogether, so the collection of 8 wires was visually striking.
Excellent track you have build. I love the dessert location, the cars, the details you built.
This was also one of my preferred scenery, what I was thinking about, before I started with my track. But we have so little dessert in Germany
that I decided to a more green one. But finaly you have the better weather in „Sunny Colorado", and this is what I would prefer in the moment (0° Celsius and snow in the middle of March - where is the global warming?).
Finally! After two years of complaining, the little people now have a place to eat. The original CDR had a building that I believe was the concession stand to the north of the concrete grandstands. I've always wanted to replicate something along those lines. Sadly, I've only got 1 picture of the building and it is from a distance, so I've had to "guess" at most of it. Since the track is an homage and not a full replica, I figure that the ghosts of tracks past would be alright with that.
I started by scoring some concrete 4x4' grid lines in styrene and after a quick wash with several colors, I glued it into place and added Sculptamold and turf to the area. I purposefully added dirt and weathering to the pad to make it blend in with the surrounding area. The building is constructed out of styrene with Plastruct lap siding laid over it. The windows were simply boxed and have clear plastic added to them. The dutch door idea I "borrowed" from my friend Brad K's layout...although like everything he does, his is better... The roof is corrugated styrene, and I'm still not completely convinced that I'm in love with it. I wanted the building to look simple like the original picture, but wonder if it is too simple. I'll let it sit for awhile and think about it.
The signage is all printed out on my trusty ink-jet printer and glued to picture matte for depth. The RC Cola them falls perfectly into the track's official colors of white and blue, so that was a natural for the stand. The side of the stand has a small shelf with condiments and napkins for the patron's use. Those were made out of wire in the case of the mustard and ketchup containers and simple block of styrene for the napkin dispenser. The last thing that is bugging me is that the stand has no interior. I may rectify that at some point as well. We'll see how motivated I am to do that.
The picnic tables and benches are all simple styrene builds. The phone booth is a reproduction part off of eBay from an old Marx play set. It comes very plain, but paint and a plastic door I built for it bring it to life.
Now, off to get a burger at the stand while I think about the rest of the scenery...
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