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Stuart Walters
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I've been working on my new track since the end of November..ish when fellow member Savage inspired me to get cracking on my next project.

Its a 3 lane routed analogue track with steep elevations and twists and turns. This is also my first use with a router and working with mdf.
The track is in my basement which roughly measures 12' by 8'. Access to the basement is down a steep tight stair case with a tight 90 degree turn at the bottom meaning the track had to be routed in small sections that could negotiate the turn.

Its a bit of an odd shaped room which I wanted to fill in a Luff (oldslotracer) type fashion. I also wanted 3 lanes as a minimum and no digital. My last track ( Raceway101 ) was scaley digital and was great fun, but I love the simplicity of analogue more.

I wanted as much track length as I could sensibly fit in to race with, which meant having a long squeeze to incorporate 3 lanes in a small awkward room. I'm hoping this will keep the racing close, bunched up and pressured, with short, steep elevations and twisty sections with little room for passing....this isn't 1 for newbies! I've also made sure that all areas of the track are visible from the 3 driver positions.









You can see how much strain the mdf is here, pushing its limits!






No slot is tighter than the outside lane of an R1 track piece, hopefully this should keep it flowing as much as possible. You can see the last little piece I need to route in some of the pics, I hope to get this done tmw. This was left until now because I was unsure how much the elavation changes would effect my templates...about 6" longer! The unfortunate side of working with small sections is all the filling and sanding. It should be painted and coppered over the next week.

The theme is a dangerous mountain road with dramatic scenery to suit. The upper levels overlap some of the lower ones so it will look like the road has been carved out the side of the mountain. Yummy!

Hope you like
Thanks
Stuart
 

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Lars Ole
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Yummi, now thats a tasty appertizer.
It's looking good, from where I'm sitting.

Cheers and I'll be looking forward for more to come.
 

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For a while i have been thinking about a "Rally de Canarias" track in the garage.
You may have inspired me to make a start.

That looks an excellent start, look forward to updates on your progress.
 

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Ey Up One-Eye,

I have this evening put our house up for sale, so we can move down to your locality !!.

VBR CJ.
 

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Once you guys get used to driving those long squeezed sections, you're going to have some very exciting racing. It'll be all about pressuring the guy in front into a mistake. It'll make for amazing video when the scenery is done.
TransAms and sedans will be cars of choice. Blunt front and rears will allow lots of contact...avoid exposed rear wheel cars. Ask me how I know...
 

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David Collins
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Stuart,

Your track looks great - just the sort of routed track I fantasise about building (it will require a house move
). Could look great with rally cars as well. I look forward to seeing the continuing story of your build!

One question about your long squeeze section. I'm wondering whether you considered opening it out on some of the hairpins - it looks like you would have room.

David
 

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Rob
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Wow Stuart, that looks like a lot of fun. Just driving it's going to be a test of nerve, let alone racing! But when you get used to it the racing's going to be fast and furious. And knowing your talents with scenery, I know it's going to look fantastic. Definitely one to watch...


cheers,

Rob
 

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Wow, that looks amazing, I love the elevations and the sweeping curves. It looks like a fast one! 'Dramatic scenery' was enough to make me add this to my favourites! I look forward to seeing it take shape

Well done for the great start!

Cheers,
Aston man
 

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Tel
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I had seen a couple of earlier sneak peaks, which looked great, but didn't show the scale of the twists and elevations !
Looks great Stuart, I can't wait to attempt to drive it, but I think you may need some good catch fencing first


I look forward to seeing the scenery develop too
 

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Well I couldn't read through this and not comment!

Stuart, you've got a great flowing track there mate!
I'm interested to see how you go about the scenery, especially the undercutting of the rocks!

That's a l-o-n-g squeeze section... have you driven many sections like that?
How will it race?

Keep the pics coming.

Dick
 

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Stuart Walters
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Hi

First off, thanks for all the kind words, I find them v.inspiring
Everything I have learnt about slots has come from this great forum.

QUOTE (oldslotracer @ 18 Jan 2009, 03:59) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Once you guys get used to driving those long squeezed sections, you're going to have some very exciting racing. It'll be all about pressuring the guy in front into a mistake. It'll make for amazing video when the scenery is done.
TransAms and sedans will be cars of choice. Blunt front and rears will allow lots of contact...avoid exposed rear wheel cars. Ask me how I know...
Luff..........the long squeeze is all about pressure, unfortunately exposed rear wheel porches are my favorite!!!!!!

QUOTE (justDave @ 18 Jan 2009, 09:09) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>One question about your long squeeze section. I'm wondering whether you considered opening it out on some of the hairpins - it looks like you would have room.
David
David.......Yes I did consider it, but decided against it for simplicity of the build as this is my first ever go. I would have also needed to extend the bends further for slides as I want no barrier aid at all. I will defiantly play with this idea for my next build though.

QUOTE (knoath @ 18 Jan 2009, 21:32) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>That's a l-o-n-g squeeze section... have you driven many sections like that?
How will it race?
Dick
Dick.........As mentioned earlier I'm hoping it will be a pressurized race with well timed moves. Its nearly ready for a trial run. I've cheeked you track a couple of times now for ideas, which I copied your power to the rails idea and the copper tape laying device.....hope you don't mind kind sir!

Now for a quick update...........

The track is now painted and 2 lanes completely coppered, wired and running. Silly me was about 3' short of tape on 1 side of the 3rd slot so another roll is on its way in the post!





It runs really well, I'm very pleased with how it flows and the bends are great fun. I'll try and get a video to show.

Scenery next....I'll start with painting the sky and backdrop then move on to good stuff!
 

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Lars Ole
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can't wait to see that video and your scenery I know is gonna be great.

Kind Regards
 

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The guy in the middle is running with his tires on the copper tape along the squeeze is that a disanvantage?
 

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Very nice job!!
It looks like it will be a lot of fun, can't wait to see the video.

What did you use for the road surface? I really like how it came out.
 

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You have been busy !

Just add the catchment areas/fences, and I guess I may need to come visit
 

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Stuart Walters
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With all the my digi gear now sold I have brought some more materials and done a little work on the track.

First I built the land up with polystyrene and hot glued it in place.



and then added some papermache



The idea is to have a river running through the caves and down a waterfall into a lake.
Next I started on some trees, which I wanted to be detailed to take the eyes off all the rock thats going to be around. These 2 took about an hour and a half to build:



You can just see some pine cones here:





I also brought a car or 2!



Next is to add the rocks and start painting. I also need to make a load more trees and play with water!

Hope you like
 
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