Jump to content




Photo

Gascarnut's routed track


  • Please log in to reply
146 replies to this topic

#1 gascarnut

gascarnut

    Posting Leader

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,938 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Irvine, CA

Posted 20 November 2008 - 05:04 PM

Some of the guys who race D3 regularly have seen some of these photos, but since I have made some progress now, I feel comfortable starting a thread to document the construction of my home track.

First, a little history. As many people know, I have a love of 1/32 scale cars apart from the 1/24 Retro stuff most of us race these days. When I got back into slot racing, I built a 12x6 layout using Carrera plastic track that hoisted into the roof of my garage in Irvine. When we moved to Colorado, I took it with me and then sold it there rather than bring it all the way back. My wife promised me the use of a covered patio behind our garage for a routed track, so once the summer visitors had left, I started the planning. It took probably 50 different drawings to finalize a layout, since the space is a bit limited. I have 16 feet by 6 feet to work with. I finally decided on a 3-lane representation of the old 4-laner that used to be my club track back in the 1970s. Having saved a bunch of large cardboard boxes from our move, I had the material to lay out a full-size replica:

Posted Image

In particular, I wanted to be sure of the gradients over the bridge:

Posted Image

Then once I was happy that it would all work, I started cutting wood:

Posted Image

First off: Legs, lots of legs:

Posted Image

Then it was the various parts of the frame. I wanted to do two things - firstly have a "table" of sorts on which the track would be routed, so I can have some place for a bit of scenery, and secondly, I needed to be sure I could take it all apart in sensible sections in case I have to move it. SO I came up with four separate frames, one at each end and two long sections between them:

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Since the patio is covered but not closed in, everything needed to be painted just to be sure, not that it rains in Southern California, right? :D

The whole lot is bolted together, lined up and levelled to about 1/8" from end to end.

Then I cut and laid out the MDF surface. It's all 1/2" thick, which is why I was worried about the bridge gradients, as the MDF is not that flexible.

Posted Image

Next up was to cut and shape the bridge section to build the overpass. More photos and less writing:

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Once all this was done to my satisfaction, it was time to start routing the slots. I had laid out the slot lines before doing the bridge, so I had the design in place. Rather than use a trammel or a compass on the router, I bought a "routing kit" from Luf Linkert in Vancouver - he of www.oldslotracer.com fame. If you haven't seen that site, go there, you will be blown away by what he does. Luf's routing kit comprises a lexan strip drilled every 1.5" or so for nails, a plexiglass base with 3", 3.5" and 4" radii, and a length of Sintra plastic.

Posted Image

The idea is to nail down the lexan strip where you need it, then route the first slot. Then you can use the sintra strip in that slot and the desired lane spacing on the plexiglass base to route the other slots.

Posted Image

This photo also shows how I set up my shopvac to control the dust - it worked wonderfully. The router is a $30 Harbor Freight Trim Router that needed just a little "tweaking" on the collet to get the bits to run true. It did the job perfectly, showing that there is more value in spending bucks on the cutters than on the router itself. I found a Whiteside 1/8" upcut carbide router bit that routed all 180 feet of slots and still looks brand new. The lap length overall is 60 feet and 3inches, with 4" lane centers, a 3" inside gutter and 5" on the outside of the turns, so I should be able to run 1/24 cars quite nicely.

Using the lexan strip, it was easy to blend the curves into the straight sections, as well as blending from a 3" gutter to a 5" border between two turns, giving a nice impression of a "racing line"

Posted Image

More in the next post, this one is getting kind-of long!
Dennis Samson
--------------------------
Scratchbuilding is life
Life is scratchbuilt

Samson Classics




#2 Craig

Craig

    Checkered Flag in Hand

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,682 posts
  • Joined: 13-March 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Anacrime, CA

Posted 20 November 2008 - 05:16 PM

Very cool Dennis, another garage/patio track to race on. Let us know when it's done. I am in the process of getting some 1/32 scale racers and I'll need a place to play with them.

By the way, where is your personal protective equipment that's required when using power tools? Steel toed shoes as well.... :D

Craig Correia

Team IRD

There are two rules for success... One: Never tell everything you know

Team Imaginary Racing Designs


#3 gascarnut

gascarnut

    Posting Leader

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,938 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Irvine, CA

Posted 20 November 2008 - 05:26 PM

OK, next process - the straight sections:

Posted Image

Simple enough, just a long "fence" from a 2x6 to route the center slot, then use the Sintra strip again for the other two slots. I never did take a photo of that part of the process, it went so fast I was done before I ever thought of it!

So here it is - all the lane slots routed, along with a few other short sections that will hold walls and barriers. The barriers that are already in place help to support the bridge section.

Posted Image

Tim Neja helped me out with the loan of a special rebating bit to route the recesses for the braid, It worked fine and took very little time once the proper depth was set:

Posted Image

Then the long job of filling in all the nail holes from nailing the lexan strip down and the holes where the hundreds of wood screws hold the surface to the frame. My wife helped out:

Posted Image

And the QA inspector approved:

Posted Image

Next steps: preparing the slots for braiding and then painting the surface. I am painting the lane colors in the slot and on the braid recesses, so I won't have a lot of striping to do, or to detract from the surface color.

More shots as I go, hopefully the Thanksgiving weekend will see substantial progress.

Comments, remarks, howls of derisive laughter are all welcome. :D
Dennis Samson
--------------------------
Scratchbuilding is life
Life is scratchbuilt

Samson Classics

#4 gascarnut

gascarnut

    Posting Leader

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,938 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Irvine, CA

Posted 20 November 2008 - 05:29 PM

Thanks Craig!

Hopefully it will all be done by year's end, depending on my travel schedule.

Regarding the protective equipment - I guess growing up in South Africa rather than here had its disadvantages, we were never as safety-conscious there. I did wear a filter mask while I was routing, though.
Dennis Samson
--------------------------
Scratchbuilding is life
Life is scratchbuilt

Samson Classics

#5 Rick

Rick

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Partial Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,843 posts
  • Joined: 17-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:PA

Posted 20 November 2008 - 05:42 PM

OK who gave Dennis power tools? Noose told me nothing sharp or pointy. :laugh2: :laugh2: :laugh2:

Nice work there, Dennis...
Rick Bennardo
"Professional Tinkerer"
scrgeo@comcast.net
R-Geo Products
LIKE my Facebook page for updates, new releases, and sales: Rgeo Slots...
 
Lead! The easy equalizer...

#6 redbackspyder

redbackspyder

    Renegade, Mutineer

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,995 posts
  • Joined: 09-January 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Rowland Heights, CA

Posted 20 November 2008 - 05:47 PM

Brilliant job, Dennis, and I like the fact that you have the mandatory INSPECTION CAT on the job. We could use that cat at the tech table with that glare for tire sizing!

Mill Conroy
 

AKA : TWO LAP CONROY, Anointed Trigger Monkey by Mike Swiss

 

Deal me life's toughest cards, without chance for hope nor fame, just let me play this one last hand, and I'll win this whole damn game.

Second Most Interesting Man in the World.


#7 Craig

Craig

    Checkered Flag in Hand

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,682 posts
  • Joined: 13-March 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Anacrime, CA

Posted 20 November 2008 - 06:59 PM

Thanks Craig!

Hopefully it will all be done by year's end, depending on my travel schedule.

Regarding the protective equipment - I guess growing up in South Africa rather than here had its disadvantages, we were never as safety-conscious there. I did wear a filter mask while I was routing, though.

That's okay, Dennis, I have pictures of myself wearing sandals while building a patio cover in my folk's backyard so I'm just as guilty! ;)

Craig Correia

Team IRD

There are two rules for success... One: Never tell everything you know

Team Imaginary Racing Designs


#8 Noose

Noose

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 21,400 posts
  • Joined: 08-November 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Denville, NJ

Posted 20 November 2008 - 10:24 PM

Time to load up the 1/32s and get ready to come and play!

Joe "Noose" Neumeister
Sometimes known as a serial despoiler of the clear purity of virgin Lexan bodies. Lexan is my canvas!
Noose Custom Painting - Since 1967
Chairman - IRRA® Body Committee - Roving IRRA® Tech Dude - "EVIL BUCKS Painter"

"Team Evil Bucks" Racer - 2016 Caribbean Retro Overall Champion
The only thing bad about Retro is admitting that you remember doing it originally.


#9 Jeff Easterly

Jeff Easterly

    Posting Leader

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,088 posts
  • Joined: 09-June 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Fullerton, CA

Posted 20 November 2008 - 11:05 PM

Very nicely done, Mr. Samson...

But, then again... Coming from one of D3's premier builders, I certainly wouldn't expect anything less...

Looks like it will be VERY challenging...

Looking forward to viewing further progress...

Thanks for sharing, Dennis... Take care, & good building! :good:


Jeff Easterly :dash2:

Jeff Easterly - Capt., Team Wheezer...
Asst. Mechanic, Team Zombie...
Power is coming on... NOW!!!

#10 Tim Neja

Tim Neja

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,737 posts
  • Joined: 11-June 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Orange County

Posted 20 November 2008 - 11:28 PM

SWEET Dennis!!! I'm looking forward to racing on your track!!! Please CALL ME when you are going to work on it next--I'd be happy to help paint/ lay braid- etc> As I KNOW I'm going to try and get your help to build my OWN 1/32 scale track!! It's coming out GREAT!! Keep it up!! :D
Tim
She's real fine, my 409!!!

#11 Jairus

Jairus

    Body Painter Extraordinaire

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,518 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Salem, OR

Posted 21 November 2008 - 12:22 AM

Some day, I hope to build my own track. Very nice Dennis, I watch with great interest. :)

Jairus H Watson - Artist
Need something painted, soldered, carved, or killed? - jairuswtsn@aol.com

www.slotcarsmag.com

www.jairuswatson.net
http://www.ratholecustoms.com
Check out some of the cool stuff on my Fotki!


#12 4laneron

4laneron

    On The Lead Lap

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 255 posts
  • Joined: 07-February 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Springfield, OR

Posted 21 November 2008 - 01:05 AM

Some day, I hope to build my own track. Very nice Dennis, I watch with great interest.

Jairus, I build tracks if you're interested. I live in Springfield, OR. Here's one I am working on for a guy in Minneapolis. It's a three lane 16'x4' oval.

3_lane_track_003.JPG

3_lane_track_004.JPG

Ron Warner


#13 Howmet TX

Howmet TX

    On The Lead Lap

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 363 posts
  • Joined: 12-April 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:London, UK

Posted 21 November 2008 - 03:02 AM

Dennis- that is SO cool! When is the first Open meeting? If I start saving up for a transatlantic ticket now....

And how great to have your wife helping out. If only I could persuade Mrs Howmet of the joys of Slot Racing. She seems to think there are more important things in life. How do you work that out?

John Dilworth


#14 JBriggsK9

JBriggsK9

    Backmarker

  • Full Member
  • PipPip
  • 70 posts
  • Joined: 12-August 07

Posted 21 November 2008 - 09:42 AM

Hi Dennis

Very nice work... love the layout, you should have a ball running on that........ Now I have to make it all the way out to the west coast to play.....


Chris
Chris Briggs

#15 Ed Endres

Ed Endres

    On The Lead Lap

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 255 posts
  • Joined: 10-January 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Greeley, CO

Posted 21 November 2008 - 10:17 AM

Hi Dennis,

Great job on the track! As others have said, should be a fun track to run.
Now as a woodshop teacher :laugh2: be sure to wear eye protection.
Cat hair is very bad for the eyes :laugh2: .

Thanks for sharing
ed endres

#16 The Bugman

The Bugman

    a dearly-missed departed member

  • Member at Peace
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,989 posts
  • Joined: 22-May 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Harbor City, CA

Posted 21 November 2008 - 10:50 AM

Will my new Samson F1 car fit there to take some laps... LOL. If not I may have to have one built (hint hint) to just come by and race... Hey, wait a minute, Dennis hasn't invited anyone yet... Maybe it's just for the wifey and the cat, huh...
Oscar Morales
8/16/49-9/18/13
Requiescat in Pace

#17 gascarnut

gascarnut

    Posting Leader

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,938 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Irvine, CA

Posted 21 November 2008 - 12:24 PM

Thanks to all for the compliments!

I'm having a lot of fun building this, working out how to do some stuff I have not done before, making mistakes and fixing them. I'm not a great woodworker, never did have the patience for it that my father had.

Hopefully I will get a few uninterrupted days over Thanksgiving to get ahead on the painting and the braiding. Tim, just give me a call if you want to come over.

Regarding my wife's involvement - when she met me I was heavily into 1/8 scale RC car racing, so slot racing is a very welcome change for her. In fact she was the one who got me started back into this, a decision she might regret now when she sees how pervasive a hobby it has become!

She is very talented artistically, and she was the one who did a lot of the scenery on my first layout:

Posted Image

I will try to get her to help with this one too.
Dennis Samson
--------------------------
Scratchbuilding is life
Life is scratchbuilt

Samson Classics

#18 CruzinBob

CruzinBob

    Track Owner, Builder, Mobile Track Master

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,540 posts
  • Joined: 13-September 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Del Mar, CA

Posted 21 November 2008 - 03:20 PM

She is very talented artistically, and she was the one who did a lot of the scenery on my first layout...I will try to get her to help with this one too.

"Oh, What a LUCKY MAN he was." :D

Nice work, Dennis, I'll be looking forward to the chance of running on it.

#19 Craig

Craig

    Checkered Flag in Hand

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,682 posts
  • Joined: 13-March 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Anacrime, CA

Posted 21 November 2008 - 03:40 PM

"Oh, What a LUCKY MAN he was." :D

Isn't there a song that goes something like that?

Craig Correia

Team IRD

There are two rules for success... One: Never tell everything you know

Team Imaginary Racing Designs


#20 Tex

Tex

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,980 posts
  • Joined: 07-July 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Denton, TX

Posted 21 November 2008 - 03:56 PM

"Lucky Man" - Emerson, Lake, and Palmer
Richard L. Hofer

Remember, two wrongs don't make a right... but three lefts do! Only you're a block over and a block behind.

#21 gascarnut

gascarnut

    Posting Leader

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,938 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Irvine, CA

Posted 21 November 2008 - 04:37 PM

"Oh, What a LUCKY MAN he was." :D


You have no idea how lucky.....

Best thing I ever did, marrying her. :wub: :D
Dennis Samson
--------------------------
Scratchbuilding is life
Life is scratchbuilt

Samson Classics

#22 Mark Wampler

Mark Wampler

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 7,039 posts
  • Joined: 17-July 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Santa Maria, CA

Posted 21 November 2008 - 06:45 PM

He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the LORD. Prov 18:22

Its the "finding' that is the hard part

You can quote me.

-Mark

#23 stumbley

stumbley

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,325 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Newberg, OR

Posted 21 November 2008 - 08:41 PM

Dennis, superb work as usual! I could use your wife's help with scenery on my layout. Let me know when your track is finished...I'll pack up some cars and dice with you in Irvine!

stan
Stan Smith
------------------------------------------------------------------------
"No one is completely useless - you can always serve as a bad example." -PartiStan

Democracies endure until the citizens care more for what the state can give them than for its ability to defend rich and poor alike; until they care more for their privileges than their responsibilities; until they learn they can vote largess from the public treasury and use the state as an instrument for plundering, first those who have wealth, then those who create it -- Jerry Pournelle.

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action. - George Washington

Things that are Too Big To Fail sooner or later become like Queen Bees, the Alpha and Omega of all activity, resulting in among other things, the inability to think of anything else but servicing them. - Richard Fernandez, The Belmont Club

#24 Big Durl

Big Durl

    Pretty on the inside

  • Moderator2
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 538 posts
  • Joined: 17-July 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:95472

Posted 22 November 2008 - 03:28 PM

Dennis,

It is great to see someone build a home track. I love 1/32 homeset cars, though I rarely get a chance to race them.

One of the first things to buy with my (pending, I'm sure) lotto winnings is a house big enough to install my own track like this.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Amazing work.

Darryl Vance


#25 Russell Sheldon

Russell Sheldon

    Mid-Pack Racer

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 188 posts
  • Joined: 27-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:United Arab Emirates

Posted 26 November 2008 - 11:36 AM

The track looks absolutely superb, Dennis. Right down to the replica of the PMCC track bridge section, where you and Gustav Heyman would regularly nerf me off, even though I was on the inside lane...

Looking forward to the first proxy race to be held! Hopefully for 1/32nd scale World Sports Car Championship / GTP / Group C cars, with scale vacuum-formed bodies, scratch built chassis and open motors...

With kind regards,

Russell

Russell Sheldon
Cape Town, South Africa

--------------------------------------
 






Electric Dreams Online Shop