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Hi Guys,

Im looking at building a permanent layout that can't be any bigger than 5`6" x 4`6".

Yes this is a small layout because of space issues.
Im thinking of a Carrera 1:43 layout but need some ideas for an interesting circuit in this small space (No vertical loops)

Any ideas please ???

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Hi Retro,

Check out my thread on West Hill Raceway in this section. I'm using 1/64th Tomy AFX track on a 5.5' x 4' board and have managed to fit a very nice four lane circuit onto it. I've got a nice combination of fast straights, hairpins, a China style circle corner and some varied radius bends in the layout which makes a track that is a lot of fun to drive.

If you go with HO, you will get a lot of layout onto the board but I should think with 1/43rd you could manage an excellent two lane layout in the same space. Will you use bridges or keep it flat?

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Gareth
 

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Hi Gareth,

Just had a look at your West Hill 1:64th layout and it looks really good.
(Would love to see more pic's as it develops)

I have not thought about using that scale as i have only ever used 1:32nd scale in the past (temp layouts) but due to wanting to build a permanent layout and lack of space am having to go smaller.
I may have to do some more research on this scale and have a serious think about what to build.

The layout will need to be constructed on a flat MDF board with a wooden frame fixed underneath and i was also planning and fixing an edge around the frame to create a boxed type construction with profiled landscaping inside (Max height 180mm).

I think i may pop to a local club for a look / advice as i believe Worthing runs HO scale ?

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Dave
 

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Hi Dave,

Worthing does indeed run HO. The next race is the 3rd August but will be different from the usual format in that it is a winner takes all Nascar race as opposed to one of the usual F1 and Mod rounds on a road course. If you come down I shall see you there!

HO offers a wide range of driving experiences from high magnet downforce rocketships to no traction magnet, super sliding cars which can be a real challenge to drive well.

For a track like mine at home, I find it much more rewarding to drive the slower sliding cars whereas on a bigger circuit such as at the Worthing club, the magnet cars are great.

I'm currently drilling holes in my table to fit the wiring for the track power and then I need to build the driver stations. I'll try and get some more photos up as I progress.

I had a look at the 1/43rd cars at the slot festival and they did look brilliant. I'd love to have a layout of 1:43 or 1:32nd as well as my HO in the future but my small flat currently doesn't lend itself to either!

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Gareth
 

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Dave,

www.hoslotcarracing.com has a layouts section with various 2 and 4 lane designs for HO scale raceways. None quite match the dimension you list but could easily be adapted if you like the look of them.

Jim
 

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Hi Gareth / Jimbo,

Hope to be able to pop in and watch some Nascar action on the 3rd.

Ive had a look at hoslotcarracing.com and looks like there is buckets of info to get me started with some ideas (Which are growing in scale and design by the minute)....


Many thanks for your advice and help guys.

I shall place a post and photos when things get started.
 

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Hi Dave,

The club has cars and controllers for people to use and it only costs £2.50 to race so rather than watching, why not have a go! And you have the chance to come away with a big shiny trophy!

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Gareth
 

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Also have a look at my post bristol slot car club and glosster slot car club they are bigger tracks but lots of info on there to help out all my track is tyco 1/64th
 

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QUOTE (Gareth @ 21 Jul 2011, 14:36) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Dave,

The club has cars and controllers for people to use and it only costs £2.50 to race so rather than watching, why not have a go! And you have the chance to come away with a big shiny trophy!

Cheers

Gareth

Hi Gareth,

Sound like a plan....

Hopefully ill be there on the 3rd.

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