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QUOTE (1eye101 @ 1 May 2008, 22:37) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Looking great Bill, I really like the simplicity of the whole project and the colouring of the road is fantastic, the creep looks as though the water is evaporating from the sun! Is the long grass home made or modeling product?The long grass is Woodland Scenics product.

I got some Palm trees from "Museum Models" and then dressed them up a bit by following some advice I found here. Basically, painted them with flat green paint and then added a touch of yellow highlights. That pretty much completes this little rally track.



 

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QUOTE (knoath @ 4 May 2008, 18:42) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>So are you happy with the outcome, seeing as how this was a trial run...?
What will you do differently on the next one?I'm quite happy with the outcome, and it was easier to do than I expected. It's fun to drive, and it's nice to hook up the variable power supply which contr The main thing I'd do differently is to make sure I find 3/8" MDF (instead of 1/2"), which is important if you want to do serious elevations. The next track I'd like to try is a small, radical hill climb (.7m x 3m and 1.5m in elevations). I'll have to get rid of this one, however, to free up some more space.

 

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It's been fun watching you build this lovely little circuit Bill. I'm really looking forward to seeing the hillclimb one being built too. It looks like a perfect design. Personally I think race tracks should be kept short, so the racing is close, and hillclimb and rally circuits should be kept long, so that there is an interesting driving experience.

I am using 6mm MDF for my valley whoch I guess is about 3/8" and it bends perfectly for the undulations. I shall be routing right the way through shortly. I just don't know whether to close the slot off afterwards or leave it open. At least dirt and dust, not to mention wing mirrors, etc., can just drop through out of harms way!

Thanks for sharing your build with us.
 

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I'm continuing to experiment with this track. I decided to completely "scenic" the off-road part of the track. It looks more finished now, at least to me. The cars, however, don't slide as much. I suppose they'd slide with a little cocoa powder!





 

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Thanks so much for posting those last pics, Bill!!
I was talking to my brother yesterday about the planned rally track I want to build (He's into MRR) and we were talking about the road surface!
I want to do what you've done, never really seen a good pic of it but I gotta say, that looks great!
Pity about the cars not sliding much though..... I've seen and heard a little about the cocoa powder, what can you tell me about this?
How does it affect the track and cars?

Cheers,
Dick
 

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QUOTE (knoath @ 11 May 2008, 13:03) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Pity about the cars not sliding much though..... I've seen and heard a little about the cocoa powder, what can you tell me about this?Dick, I've never used cocoa powder. The person to ask is col_de_turini; I believe he uses it on his track. I'm a bit afraid to try it as I think it would make a mess. As for the cars not sliding, this will happen if you add most textures to the painted MDF. As I mentioned, I'm okay with the cars not sliding much on this particular track. Of course, they'll slide a little bit.
 

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You must try the cocoa, you know you want to.
Once you've tried it properly you will be in its grip! [hehe]
Your cars, on the other hand, wont.

be careful though, its like a drug!
 

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This photo's for SpaModeller, who has been telling me that I needed a "real" mini-Cooper for a while. So I decided that this track deserved one. I'm amazed how small it is, but it scoots around this track very nicely.

 
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