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OK, so here's how it started……'twas shortly before Xmas 2004 and Mrs AeroHOT and I were in JLewis in gift buying mode and she says…. "what am I going to get you for Xmas?" In a moment of flippancy I said "what about one of those then?" pointing at a Scaley boxed set. "Be a bit of fun over the hols….." You won't be surprised to hear that it was an absolute hoot for all the family and we became confirmed "rug racers" over the next nine months. Grazing the internet, I found Slotforum and was blown away by the permanent layouts in the posts as well as the open sharing of tips, how-to's and other invaluable stuff. Many questions were answered and thoughts of a permanent layout of my own were spawned. However, despite the smart ways that many of the designs made use of space, there was no way for me to dedicate room to a permanent layout……..until Miss AeroHOT decided that the time for her independence had come and she no longer required permanent assignment of her quarters at the top of the house. A couple of months of decorating other rooms to cater for daughters visits home allowed for some time to plan….

The space available is approx 3.8m x 2.4m, but has an intrusion half way along the back wall which impacts the track layout options that can be considered. Also access would only be available from the front as there is a wall to the right and to the rear and a staircase to the left. This then results in a kind of L-shape to the layout. For a permanent track it was important to me to incorporate certain features ; as long a track as possible to maintain driving interest; keep the rear of the layout accessible for de-slots; allow space for a pit-lane and create scenic potential. I also wanted to incorporate compound radius curves and use the whole range of R1, R2, R3 and R4 to vary to driving challenge. I was (am still) undecided about Digital so I tried to keep the option open in the final design. Track is Scaley Sport. Many hours were spent playing around with Slotmanager software and of course "rug racer" trials were held to test the potential layouts. Eventually this is what we came up with. Two lanes equal in length at 18.3m, driving direction is clockwise.


There are more pics in my gallery, the first album is the table and track construction, album 2 shows how we (me and Mrs AeroHOT) have gone about creating the scenery. It is very much a work in progress and a good part of the fun, for me, will be in the detailing and finishing off. An objective with the scenery was to get creative in the use of materials readily available or easily gathered as opposed to buying from specialist suppliers/shops. So the framework is 3" x 2" CLS timber, pretty hefty in size as I wouldn't be relying on the table top for rigidity, scenery base is wire mesh and papier mache ( although I did try some plaster bandage too) flock is coloured sawdust and ground oasis, lichen and moss are used for bushes, trees are from twigs and ground foam, pit-lane is mdf and wood strip and the buildings will be scratch-built. The project was started at the end of November 2005 and there is still much to do - a rockface will run across behind the pits/paddock to the start of the hill section - but I am tempted to start work on the pit buildings! I am pleased with the way it has gone so far but, shamelessly, nearly everything we have done stems from ideas we have gained from posts on Slotforum - so it's a big thanks to all for the inspiration (too many of you to mention names - I would only miss someone out and feel bad!!) and hope you can recognise where your contributions are. I will be happy if my interpretations provide some inspiration for others.

Standing on the shoulders of giants!!

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Stewart,
That is a beauty. Really nice work. You've inspired me to do some cool back drops too! looking forward to seeing it complete. Best to you and your lucky racers!
 

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That's the type of thing that worries me I'm afraid. I've negotiated room - thought about what I want.. but I'm worried my scenery will not be up to scratch - especially seeing posts like this!

Looks brilliant!

Now the corks at the start of the pit wall - what are they to be? Barrels?? tyre walls?? Corks would be cracking (given I can't afford to buy thousands of old tyres just for scenery).

And the best thing about using corks is the missus wouldn't mind helping I reckon!
 

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Thanks very much for the kind words guys, they are much appreciated....there's still along way to go, and I have still a few problem areas like the overpass part to work out..... but there are good posts all the time here to help me out. Suggestions and comments are always welcome!!

QUOTE Now the corks at the start of the pit wall - what are they to be? Barrels?? tyre walls?? Corks would be cracking (given I can't afford to buy thousands of old tyres just for scenery).

Yes , Eno Dog they will be tyre barriers. When I took these pics I was laying out a mock up of the pit area to see how long to make the pit wall and how many pits I could fit in to the space. There is a thread on tyre barriers in this section of the forum in which I posted a picture of how the tyre stacks are looking after a bit more work.....I would post a link if I I knew how!! Still very much a learner here. It was in the last few days so should be easy to find. Also, Eno Dog don't be put off starting by how the finished article looks, I had only images in my head of how I thought it would look. I am sure your layout and scenery will come together just fine. No matter how long or difficult any journey is, they all start out the same....by taking the first step. Just go for it !!!! Great idea to get the missus involved....she can help you empty the bottles...to get your corks together faster!!!

Cheers guys

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Wow, you've done all that since November.
I'm impressed. The lines look so clean and uncluttered.
Well done.
I see a few wee mannies are creeping in. Buy some unpainted men, and paint them up. That will slow you down.


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Thx for taking the time to look and comment, guys.

Colin, the wee mannies just could not not be passed by.......Toymasters were selling them off at £2.99 a set in their post Xmas sale...............
....so I did leave a couple of boxes on the shelf in case anyone else wanted some...but not many! I only have 1" paintbrushes so the unpainted type would be done in a jiff..


Pickard 77, the tracklist is in the first album in my gallery.......how much you pay depends on where you buy! Bleep is spot on! You can count it up if you like, just keep it to yourself tho', it's one statistic I have only a passing interest in. Once I've paid the bill the thought has passed from short term memory into the ether - never to return.


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Stewart,

I got a couple of cars cheap from Toymasters after christmas. They were selling the Ninco Raid cars very cheap. I didn't see the mannies though. They seem to sell off stuff from time to time although I was in at the weekend and they were all up to full price again.

The model shop in Rosemount sometimes has the odd bargain. There used to be a shop in St Andrews street but it has gone now. I'm not sure if it has opened somewhere else.

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Excellent track and scenery! So many tracks like these are popping up all over as people get fed up with 'rug racing'. Not only does this help perpetuate the hobby but it gets whole families involved, there is something for everyone in building a track.

I added up Mugello costs once; BAD MISTAKE!
but not as bad as totalling up the car value


DON'T DO IT! it is too damn scary.
 

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It's time for an update on my progress......It's been less than stellar lately due to work commitments.....and racing, but it's coming along just fine. Here are a couple of pics...more in my gallery in album 3. Still lots of stuff to do. Time to plant some trees, pour some "realistic" water and try my hand at some pit buildings!! As ever, all constructive feedback is welcome...





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Stewart,
Sorry mate it's not good.

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No It's Bl**DY marvellous looks really fantastic! It is going to be one of the best tracks on the forum you have got the rocks looking great, I like the bridge ready for the water superb! I know how messy it must have been from time to time but your results are top notch well done!

Been right through your gallery


I love it all Spot on! Can't wait to see the next sections completed.


Keep them photos coming! (even in small size
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Guys, thanks for taking the time to look....and for the positive comments. I'll keep them in mind the next time I'm up to the elbows in polystyrene shavings!!

QUOTE Keep them photos coming! (even in small size wink.gif )
Ian, what can I say......thank goodness for the edit function!!! Seems like I learn something new everytime I post!!

QUOTE What are the lap times?

Whyteyrider, depending on car, around 8-11 seconds. Record so far is 8.3 with a Scaley MG Lola, but 11.5 sliding around in a Ninco BMW M3. In the hands of someone who knew what they were doing...it would probably be a lot less!



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