My name is Stephan (51 years young) from Germany, and this is my first post in this wonderfull forum. I'm following this forum more than half a year and I'm very impressed about the good and helpfull tips for planing and creating slotcar tracks. In the moment tracks and scenery is the favorit place I drop in every day and I'm fascinated about the track artists you can find here. So many helpfull hints who help me, to creat my own little slotcar track.
I started with Scalextric Sport 7 Years ago. From the beginning it was clear for me, that I want create a track with landscape, buildings and other things to give it a realistic look. Carpet racing I'm not really into it. At that time I lived in a little flat and the problem was, that I hadn't the place for a permanent track. I build a track in 3 pieces but the assembly and disassembly was no fun and over the years I lost the interest in slotcars. I wraped all track pieces, cars, figures, buildings in boxes hoping that sometimes it would be possible to build a permanent track. In 2010 I bought a house and in the middle of 2012 I my interest in slotracing again began.
When the winter 2012 came, I started with the construction of the new track. The dimension is 3,50 x 2,00 meters, the requirements for the track should be:
1. Scalextric digital for 6 cars
2. Pit lane
3. Similar park high detailing scenery with hilrocks, humps, trees etc.
4. Painted track
5. Special track passages (what I mean you will see later)
6. High detailing slotcars from for example RACER, Le Mans Miniatures …
7. The focus will be on a track which is nice to drive, rich in variety but not a high speed track for best times
All in all I have planed a lot to do. We will see, if I can realise this.
Because my english is not the best (please excuse me), in the future I will speak more with pictures.
At first a picture of me and my BIG slotcar a Lotus Esprit SE, MY 1991 which I own since 2000.
I'm wondering, that no one has ever build a slotcar of the Esprit S300 which started in Le Mans 1993 and 1994 or the V8 Esprit GT1 which started in Le Mans 1996.
Lotus was not very succesfull in Le Mans but for me the Esprit S300 and GT1 were one of the best looking GT racers. Maybe one of the Scalextric, Racer, Slot-it, Le Mans Miniature, Carrera … guys will read this and get an inspiration for one of their new slotcar models in the future.
Ok, enough words. Let's start with my track. I began in November 2012 with this.
The board size is 3,40 x 2,00 meter. I made a lot of pictures during the last months but I don't want to bore with every step I did. I think the most of you new the different ways to build a scenery.
For walls I use plasterboard. I had some pieces left, after building an inside wall in my house. It's 8 mm thick and covered with paper from both sides. To remove the paper, you must soak it 5 minutes in water. Then you can remove the paper with a plastic brush. But be carefull. With the water the plasterboard becomes crumbly. After removing the paper, the plasterboard has to dry. Then you have a good basic to build walls, stones etc.
I planed to give the track in some places the look of cobblestone. So I destroyed some Scalextric tracks and filled the holes up with plaster. At the beginning, it costs some self conquest, but after the first step, it makes a lot of fun ...
Horror of horrors!
But after removing the mask ...
A good basic to creat some cobblestones ...
For the first, I was happy with the result.
Ok. I will stop here for the moment. In the next days I show you the following steps of my creation.
I'm happy for every reply and positive and negative feedback. Thank you