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Finally...

Last week I could start my own permanent track... after months and months of waiting and putting a pre-permanent track together on the floor of a spare room.

One year ago... there wasn't a stone brick on this ground. Now there is a brand new house, with a big garage... for... a slot track... My Petit Spa...

We planned the whole thing on an light iron frame of 5m60 by 2m20 wich will be lifted against the ceiling. On the frame there are mdf plates of 9mm thick. It's lighter than it sounds. We thought it over and we concluded that is would be lighter, stiffer and less expensive than making the whole thing in wood.

The newly made frame against the garage wall:


Put on the feet under the "table", and the mdf on top:


Why Petit Spa? Well... first of all I'm a belgian bloke... and I love Spa Francorchamps very much... and professional racers do too... words like "the most beautifull track in the world" came out of more than one racer's mouth... And Spa has also quite a history... with diverse races... from Formula One till their well known 24 hour races... good for lots and lots of racing fun... and realistic in the dark.

I tried to make the layout of Petit Spa as realistic as possible... of course this isn't easy on my limitid space (5m60 by 2m20) but I found something that contains most of the typical aspects of the real circuit.

The 1:1 Layout


My layout:


So you see... if you strech down the straight to "Stavelot" you would can see the resemblance. I had to make the "Blanchimont nice straight against the side of the table, so the angles are not at all realistic. But for the rest I have all the corners: The Raidillon, Kemmel, Les Combes, Malmedy, Pouhon, Fagnes, Stavelot, the Busstop chicane, and La Source. Both lanes are 19.56 meters. Several pieces of the track will put on different hights, trying to somewhat look like the real thing.

The layout on the table:




Start/finish with Eau Rouge, the Raidillon


Les Combes:


Rivage / Bruxelles:


Pouhon/ Double Gauche:


Fagnes / Pif Paf:


Stavelot:


Blanchimont:


Busstop Chicane:


La Source:


Don't worry about the red-white Ninco borders and so... they will all go... they're just there now for testdriving. I want to test the track very good before I start making permantent things!

Tonight we have two couples over for diner... One of the couples is my weekly slotrace buddy...I know where the guys will be... Testing testing testing!


I'll keep u guys updated!

Cheers

Gunther
 

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Looks great!

But I'm in tears at the thought of Eau Rouge being simplified to two flat standard curves....


Have you though about some simple elevation at all? You could make a real simple platform to take the track up to about a foot higher. If you started just before Eua rouge and flatened out just after it, you could keep the whole back section up in the air and have a slow descent after Malmedy and down to Pouhon. You can see something similar in one of the tracks in the Resources section of this site.

Anyway, looks great and fun to drive all types of cars round


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Great looking track!

Some fast straights, technical twisty sections and a nice sweeping hairpin. Just about everything covered!
McLaren beat me too it! I was going to suggest some contours to make Eau Rouge a little bit more 'interesting'!

Well Done!
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Looks good. I hope that you're going to add some relief to the track. Spa has some great hills.

Keep us posted with pics. I'll add this to the Members' layouts section, OK.
 

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Come on Gunther...That's crying out to be a routed track!....

Looking very good and I'm sure it is a great drive.

Regards

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Don't worry guys... there is no eleveation at the moment... just testdriving the circuit now. When it's approved, there will be elevations! From Eau rouge a full plateau till bruxelles / rivage... then slowly down to Pouhon, and then flat till Stavelot, then a little elevation for the blanchimont. U'll see!!!

Any propositions to make Eau Rouge more interesting are allways welcome!
It just has to fit onto the table... and I need at least two and a half sections for the pitlane and tower...

Cheers

Dining and testdriving!


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Eua Rouge suggestion....

A routed section which is banked and camberd like the original.

Make it so that you can attach it to the Ninco track...


In fact, route the whole thing.

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Hi Gunther,

Have to say you have drawn a nice layout there, with a lot of room for your awesome pit lane, pit boxes, grandstand and so on ...
May I suggest a variant with sweetest curves ? Here it is :

It sure would be faster than yours, but probably great for non-mag racing (why don't I have such an area for my layout ?).

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Looking very promising!!!

two things come to mind:

1. You could do away with the lane change pieces, you will probably find that with different length the times of each lane will actually be closer to each other, because the longer lane has more outer curves (and thus you can go faster), and

2. You could modify the track after the busstop with a longer straight so you could put the start/finish there (as in real life), and more important put the pits on this side as well (where they are used for F1 anyway) The advantage of this is that you have a better view on the start, and on the pits (in your current setup, the pitgarages face the wall, so they are difficult to see into them.)

Just my 2 cents.

Succes!!


Greetzzz,
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After the diner party last night (three hours of testdriving
) I plan to make the circuit like it is, I'll just change one trackpiece to lenghten the straight after La Source and making the Raidillon more curvy...

Hadn't much time today to work on the track, but I measured all the areas that will be elevated, and draw them out on the mdf. I'll try to make the elevations tomorrow. It'l be about 20cm high!

I'll keep u guys updated!

@ Yves: I'm glad you like what i did with your trackpieces and you're allways welcome to race here!

@ Martin T: I don't have any F1 cars, and I don't plan to buy any, and apart from F1, all the races start in front of the grand stand, so I think I'll put my pitlane there too...

@ Mister max:

I haven't put the viper on this track, but I know it's very fast. On my pre permanent track the times were about:

- Viper: 5.2
- BMW 320: 6.0 (like u said with the racer motor)
- GTB4: 6.7
- 512: 6.6

Cheers

Gunther
 

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Inspirational, Gunther!

I just had to post these pics...







With kind regards

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A little teaser about today's elevation work...

You see that the Raidillon has become a real Raidillon!

It's amazing to see the cars go up to the Kemmel!
More pictures on Monday!





 

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@ Russel Sheldon:

The Fly car HAD mirrors... It just lost them along the way...

And thank god you didn't post this picture, or I had to put my 512 on fire!


More about the elevation works:

Here you see the Raidillon wit the Kemmel behind it...


Les Combes and Bruxelles: about 22cm high.

I just need to do one piece where the track hits the table again... but I ran out of mdf... so it'll be for tonight.

I just don't know yet with what I will fill the openings caused by the elevation changes. I think I'll make the back section with Sculptamuld, and the others with grass mats...

Greetz

Gunther
 

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Hallo Gunter

Only 2 words : Very NICE

Mine 512 is brand new from saturday, and is really an amazing car still with
all the parts in place.

Greets from Belgium
 
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