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Posted 10 June 2009 - 03:13 PM

Maybe you could put up some of those spectator no crossing signs, just like the ones on the 5 Freeway heading down to San Diego, to remind people that they shouldn't cross the track without the ACLU :laugh2:

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 06:33 PM

Then I would need to go out and buy a whole bunch of Homies........

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:20 PM

"Huzzah!" to Russell!

"Huzzah!" to Dennis!
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 10:48 PM

July update:

I've been working out of town (again), so have not done much, but there is some progress:

I've done all the barriers and painted them all now:

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And then I got around to taking all the "puddles" from the feet of the standing spectators, and pinning them all in position, with a short piece of .047" wire into a leg and a corresponding hole in the scenery. That was a long job for 60+ figures, but well worth it in terms of the visual effect.

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Then I finished off the bleachers completely, all except finally glueing it in place - that will wait till the siding on the elevated section of the track is done:

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The detail on the Preisser figures particularly is incredible - so many different looks and expressions:

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(Jimmy Johnson fans? Who knows... :D ) These guys probably not so much:

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And Stoo, your "Frank Gardiner" guy picked up a "sheila" - pretty one at that:

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Then some work on the pit lane. I made up some advertising for the front panel, by copying the adverts that were on the old pit buildings at Kyalami in the late 1960s, done in Photoshop and Powerpoint, with help from Brands of the World. I also taped out the yellow chevron painted pattern that was the only thing separating the pit lane from the main straightaway in those days.

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In the foreground you can also see one of the distance markers I have made to section the track in 20 roughly equal segments for racing purposes. I tried to make them look like braking markers, and they are just pushed into holes so they can be easily removed and moved around to accommodate races in either direction on the track. Apologies for the focus on this one, I will shoot another at the weekend when I get home again.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 11:47 PM

Looking really great, Dennis!!! I can hardly wait to run some hot laps again on your track!!! When's the racing beginning??

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 07:05 AM

Man, oh man! Looks great!
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Posted 28 July 2009 - 05:35 PM

These are about half of the spectators that arrived at Shelmore Park yesterday just in time for last night racing.

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Sorry for pic quality, taken late last night.

They are just fantastic,very well painted and in great condition after all their travelling around the world.
I agree with Russell that most track do not have enought figures, I can remember John Bacons track being very full of people and it looked great.
Only problem is that one of our cats keeps trying to kidnap them! I hope to get time this week to pin them down,the people not the cats.

Thanks to Marianne,Russell and Dennis for these figures. I now only need to find out if Marianne would like to paint my mechanics and officials that I have here.
My track theme is seventies to these figure fit well with the theme.
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Posted 28 July 2009 - 07:43 PM

I'm glad to see that the parcel arrived safely, Phil - thanks for the photo, that looks great.

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 09:37 AM

Thanks again Dennis,hope I can return the favour?
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Posted 18 September 2009 - 11:36 PM

Oh, the joys of living in a managed community.......

Plus: I don't have to paint the outside of my house, as the Maintenance Association is respnsible for that.

Minus: I don't get to decide WHEN the outside of the hosue gets painted!

Said Maintenance Association decided recently that it was time the houses in our community were painted, so, since my track lives on the patio it had to make way for the painters. A good time to test whether my design worked and if it would all come apart as I hoped.

It took about three hours from start to this:

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Almost everything worked as planned. In a few spots the paint had stuck things together, and in one spot I had a barrier that crossed acrss two segments of track,, but that was about it. All the wiring remains in place, only the braid had to be pulled up at each joint. I had to dig out the filler that covered some screws holding one side of the bridge section down, but otherwise it was all pretty much just a case of loosening off bolts and taking it all apart.

Hopefully it will all go back together as easily, but that will have to wait for next weekend........

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 02:46 PM

Gascarnut,

I have just found this thread and went through the whole thing, and I love what you have done!

Excellent job and kudos to you for marrying a great woman as well!

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 11:55 AM

Update:

My track is all back together now, after the painters have come and gone. It took about 6 hours to re-assemble and re-wire, compared to the 3 hours it took to break it down, but everything went back together exactly as it came apart, which was very satisfying.

I added a shelf against the wall for a flat screen monitor and touched up some of the paint along the way, so I guess now I can say it's done. The whole process has taken about 14 months, but it has been a lot of fun to do it all from beginning to end. Can't see myself doing it again soon, though.

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There are more shots Here, scroll down to #104 for the start of the re-assembly process.

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 11:59 AM

Looks great Dennis!

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 12:00 PM

Dennis, is that out-doors?
Great Track by the way!

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 02:52 PM

Thanks!

The track is on a patio that most times has a roof of corrugated glass fiber sheeting. During the summer I take some of the roof panels off to get some air circulation and keep the temperature down a bit. While the painters were busy I had all the panels off, which is why some of the photos show the "zebra stripes". I replaced the panels last weekend, just in time for the first rains that came on Tuesday.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 12:29 PM

Dennis,

Great job ! :shok: :shok: :shok: With the scenery and all the spectators it reminds me of the old Paramount Ranch articles in the car model magazines.
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Posted 21 October 2009 - 01:37 PM

Thanks Pete!

I thought long and hard about building a Paramount Ranch replica, but I felt I did not have the space or the shape of the floorplan to do it justice.

If I had the space, the choice between Paramount Ranch, Suzuka and Fiorano would keep me busy for days........ :D

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 01:49 PM

Dennis do you have any shots looking at the patio from the backyard?

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 03:31 PM

No, but I will take some this weekend and post them.

There's not much to see, this is SoCal, we live on postage-stamp size lots!

It takes me less than 15 minutes to cut the grass and trim the edges, from when I roll out the mower from under the track to when I dump the last sweepings into the garden trash can.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 03:39 PM

remove the grass and set up PIT SPACES,,tables,outlets,a few outdoor folding chairs,,,easier to clean,,,and you can sell that mower and accs. and get a few extra slotcar bucks,,,,lol :laugh2:
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 07:47 PM

Dennis do you have any shots looking at the patio from the backyard?


Here you go:

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Between that patio and this one, that's our whole back yard!

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 08:38 PM

The cat seems to also like the track?


I love racing 1/32. Started out racing Pro-Slot Demon's with SuperWasp motors in 1991. We also ran brass and wire chassis that had 2 hole Mura cans soldered in as an intergal part of the chassis with the axle tube soldered to can. Soon after one of the Chicago racers designed a 1/32 spring steel "C" can Eurosport style chassis. Assembling those old slab spring steel chassis is where I learned to build.

I need to take some pictures of some of the Chicago area routed club tracks and post.
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 09:46 PM

Dennis can I bring my car with me? ;) You wife did a excellent job on the spectators very entertaining I might say.
Top notch, great looking track are you running on it, if so what is your favorite tire choice?

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 07:10 AM

Dennis you have the life!

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 06:32 PM

Dennis you have the life!


Thanks, but seeing as I am on the road 5 days a week right now, it sure does not feel like it............

Rob, we have 3 cats. One likes to sleep on the cover over the track, one only lies on the track when it is uncovered, and the third never climbs up at all but loves to lie underneath it. The one that likes to lie on the open track also climbs up onto the ledge next to the monitor and watches me drive cars from there.

Your descriptions of the 1/32 cars with the integral C-cans brings back memories, we built them like that for many years, from the Mabuchi cans all the way through D, B and C-cans to the modified Johnson 111 and Inphinity cans, and I even built a few cobalt strap setups into frames. But that was when we stopped, as the slightest incorrect flex or hard crash would loosen a magnet. There are threads and photos here and here.

Bela, when I get a chance to run a race day, you will be on the list, don't fret. It was my buddy Russell's wife who painted the figures, not my wife, but thanks anyway. And just about any kind of tire works, even foams with a bit of suntan lotion rubbed into them work for a while. Silicons and Ortmanns work best for 1/32 cars over long race lengths.

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 11:17 AM

Hi

Makes me smile, the photos do. Remembering my last visit there. Good times, too bad more of the Blog members haven't had the privilage!

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 11:03 PM

Thank you Dennis
It would be way cool to hang with your cat's and turn laps on your track. ;)

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 09:31 PM

Latest update:

With Standard Time now taking away our late afternoon sunlight, I installed a 4-foot twin bar shop light above the center of the track. So now we can race "under the lights":

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 12:44 AM

Dennis, you are a true Gentlemen thinking about the race conditions for the guys that you are inviting, I think it is a very nice set up but lets race on it. ;)

Take care

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 09:42 PM

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After looking at the well-lit track photo, I couldn't resist posting on this thread, to tell Dennis what a nice track he's built.... & it's FLAT!!!! :shok: ..... NO BANKED TURNS!!!! :angry: .... Bring a controller w/ a brake function! LOL! :laugh2:

Great job, Dennis.... I'll have to get Mr. Bell to hand me my Ford Probe back... ;)

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 06:01 PM

Dennis invited me to run on his track on Friday. Jeff,no banked turns on this track is no problem, the cars are totally hooked up! The pictures of this track don't do it justice, First we ran Slot it 1/32 with silicone tires and they worked great,then Dennis pulled out a number of his beautiful scratch built 1/32s, they were awsome! Now I am inspired to build a track hopefully in the springtime. Great job Dennis,and thanks again for the invite :)

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 12:04 PM

You're welcome, it was good fun.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 07:56 PM

Great job Dennis' you gave me a lot of ideas. where I live in P.A their are no race tracks. thanks & have fun. Dennis :)
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Posted 18 February 2010 - 02:34 PM

Dennis track is AWSOME!!!! Looking great with the stands / people --and now the new light up above!!! Looking forward to some summer race nights Dennis!! I hope you'll invite me over to play!!!
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Posted 18 February 2010 - 03:36 PM

Some Summer race nights are a definite possibility, but if my current project continues, the only night I will have open will be a Friday night. Might work though.

I will start setting up some simple classes so we can run pretty much whatever we have on a reasonably level playing field. The big deal will be running the same type of tires in each class. While rubber, silicone and urethane all work, they don't work equally well, and even within each classification, there are big differences from one make to the next. The Slot.it silicone tires for example don't work as well as the Supertires, and the grey-dust Ortmanns work better than any other urethane tire so far.

We ran a round fo the VRAA proxy series here on January 2 - that was a fun day, about 15 people crammed onto my patio!

Details of the event are Here and Here

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 12:07 AM

Watch the Video and you will be hooked ..... These are my racers that "68" was talking about. Denis give me a call @ Fantasy world if you want me to sent down to you!! 877-318-7144
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BTW great looking track . Its fun to run on wood !!

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 02:45 AM

All I can say is WOW Dennis! Thanks for the invite and I just had to re-read this whole post. I had a blast and I'm thinking about a 1/32 track of my own later in the year! Your a great host except for 1 thing..... you should have let me beat you! ..... No I would not want it any other way! I'll get better.... I hope!
:laugh2:

This Saturday racing reminded me of the days many years ago in the early 70's racing HO Magna Traction cars in our club racing. To me I believe those and T-Jets were the most fun to race HO's.
I hope we get to come back and play again!
Thanks again!

Barney Poynor
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Hello my name is Barney and I was... I am addicted to glue, magnets, and wings... I have been clean and sober years now... NOW I'm hooked on 1/32 club track racing! Dang!
 

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If you remember
screw-on braid, motors that look like padlocks, that dang fuse wire in Cox controllers, "hand" painted bodies, the very first can motors from Mabuchi, and the smell of wintergreen then you are OLD!... like me!

Enjoy life! Race Slot Cars and read SlotBlog!


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Posted 15 May 2010 - 12:56 AM

Awesome track, Dennis! Your building skills are top notch! Enjoy! Are you starting a club??? Hint, hint... :blush:


All I can say Dennis is your track is WAY more fun to race then I ever thought it would be! Thank you for getting me hooked on 1/32! In my mind it was always the red-headed step child of real slot car racing! All the old 1/32 toys from the old days were just that toys. Now the new cars are so much better with smooth gears (on some) and real handling!

All I really ever liked from a kid in the 60's on was 1/24 and then had to get my kicks with HO after our local track closed. Boy was I ever wrong as our last test day showed that we are on the right track (so to speak) My wife will hire a attorney to sue you for getting me hooked, as this is worse than drugs! I just bought my 7th car!

Thank you and your wife for our last day and lunch. Please forgive me of all the bad things I said over the years about 1/32! Although true of the old cars .... it is not the case any longer.

Barney Poynor
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Hello my name is Barney and I was... I am addicted to glue, magnets, and wings... I have been clean and sober years now... NOW I'm hooked on 1/32 club track racing! Dang!
 

"Even if you're on the Right Track, you'll get run over if you just sit there!"

If you remember
screw-on braid, motors that look like padlocks, that dang fuse wire in Cox controllers, "hand" painted bodies, the very first can motors from Mabuchi, and the smell of wintergreen then you are OLD!... like me!

Enjoy life! Race Slot Cars and read SlotBlog!


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Posted 15 May 2010 - 08:12 PM

Dennis eh.... make that 8 cars! Have a great Birthday!

Barney Poynor
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Hello my name is Barney and I was... I am addicted to glue, magnets, and wings... I have been clean and sober years now... NOW I'm hooked on 1/32 club track racing! Dang!
 

"Even if you're on the Right Track, you'll get run over if you just sit there!"

If you remember
screw-on braid, motors that look like padlocks, that dang fuse wire in Cox controllers, "hand" painted bodies, the very first can motors from Mabuchi, and the smell of wintergreen then you are OLD!... like me!

Enjoy life! Race Slot Cars and read SlotBlog!


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Posted 25 June 2010 - 08:16 PM

Serious track, very nicely done. Could not dupe what you've done. Cannot attempt, because of my Ménière's syndrome. Max effort for one space.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 06:56 PM

Well Dennis after the last race it's getting me all hot to build my own! I had to go through this post again to see how you did some of the table after we talked last weekend.
I still have to figure out what I'm to do with all my "auto stuff" in the garage so I can start but I have to do it! Thank you for the invite but when I do get started you may want to change your phone #!

:laugh2:

Barney Poynor
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Hello my name is Barney and I was... I am addicted to glue, magnets, and wings... I have been clean and sober years now... NOW I'm hooked on 1/32 club track racing! Dang!
 

"Even if you're on the Right Track, you'll get run over if you just sit there!"

If you remember
screw-on braid, motors that look like padlocks, that dang fuse wire in Cox controllers, "hand" painted bodies, the very first can motors from Mabuchi, and the smell of wintergreen then you are OLD!... like me!

Enjoy life! Race Slot Cars and read SlotBlog!


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Posted 08 February 2011 - 10:05 PM

Dennis he will do so believe me. :laugh2: Tell your provider to block the calls? :rolleyes:


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I'm racing the best here at BP but Father time is much better then all of us united.
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Posted 08 February 2011 - 11:04 PM

I still have to figure out what I'm to do with all my "auto stuff" in the garage so I can start but I have to do it! Thank you for the invite but when I do get started you may want to change your phone #!
:laugh2:


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Posted 08 February 2011 - 11:34 PM

YES ROB! I wish I could we have plenty of room but it's not in the stars. I thought I had all my Early Bronco stuff sold last year and it would have been great then but.....

Barney Poynor
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Hello my name is Barney and I was... I am addicted to glue, magnets, and wings... I have been clean and sober years now... NOW I'm hooked on 1/32 club track racing! Dang!
 

"Even if you're on the Right Track, you'll get run over if you just sit there!"

If you remember
screw-on braid, motors that look like padlocks, that dang fuse wire in Cox controllers, "hand" painted bodies, the very first can motors from Mabuchi, and the smell of wintergreen then you are OLD!... like me!

Enjoy life! Race Slot Cars and read SlotBlog!


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Posted 02 February 2012 - 02:02 PM

Posted 28 March 2010 - 11:45 PM
All I can say is WOW Dennis! Thanks for the invite and I just had to re-read this whole post. I had a blast and I'm thinking about a 1/32 track of my own later in the year! Your a great host except for 1 thing..... you should have let me beat you! ..... No I would not want it any other way! I'll get better.... I hope!
:laugh2:

OK Dennis it's been almost 2 years talking about my own track so it's time to get moving soon!

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Barney Poynor
"BRONCO" BARNEY
Team CORT!

Hello my name is Barney and I was... I am addicted to glue, magnets, and wings... I have been clean and sober years now... NOW I'm hooked on 1/32 club track racing! Dang!
 

"Even if you're on the Right Track, you'll get run over if you just sit there!"

If you remember
screw-on braid, motors that look like padlocks, that dang fuse wire in Cox controllers, "hand" painted bodies, the very first can motors from Mabuchi, and the smell of wintergreen then you are OLD!... like me!

Enjoy life! Race Slot Cars and read SlotBlog!


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Posted 02 February 2012 - 06:49 PM

Looks like it will be easy to route, Barney ;)

Nice looking track, Dennis!

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 07:00 PM

Come on Barney---join the "home routed" club!!! I'll volunteer some time if/when you need it. Get er done son!!!!
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