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#51 68Caddy

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 11:11 PM

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You know that I'm ready for that track.Posted ImageI hope that I get invited to this. ;)

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 11:58 PM

It's a long way from being ready for visitors, but you will be welcome once it's done.

My wife and her sister took a few pics as I was turning laps, check out the size of the smile!

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 01:01 AM

I am very envious... ;)

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 01:45 AM

Looks like a nice power drift in that Porsche, Dennis. Great job!
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Posted 07 December 2008 - 10:03 AM

Dennis,

The track is awesome. It look like you fit a lot of racing into the available space. Quality of your work looks great.

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 10:05 AM

Dennis, all I have to say is "less glue"!
Looks GREAT! :)

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 11:08 AM

OKAY!!! Need a team mate for some test sessions?? I can bring cars over to play!
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Posted 07 December 2008 - 06:15 PM

After viewing the in-process photos, & that wall-to-wall smile, I can only say the one appropriate four-letter word in slot car racing.....

SANO !! :good:

Great job on this thread, & on the track, Dennis... Good racing!

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 10:38 PM

Thanks all for the kind comments.

I'm in Kentucky on business this week, so no progress possible till the weekend, when I will try to get the braiding of the other two lanes completed. Then it is wiring and controller hook-ups, barriers around the outer edges (I already put one car onto the concrete!), scenery (just a bit so it has some visual appeal) and then eventually lap counting and timing.

I think by the first of the year I should be ready for some racing.

Tex, the next photo (that I did not post) is one of me turn marshalling that white Porsche - turned out that powerslide was a little too much......

I thought for a while about which car to use for the very first laps, and eventually decided it was fitting to use the very first car I scratchbuilt on my return to slot racing in 2004:

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One of Victor's fine 1/32 962 bodies with my own decals and the first frame I had bult in 15 years.

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 10:47 PM

Dennis that is a sweet Porch. ;) First one after fifteen years that's dame good. ;)

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 02:36 AM

I'm in Kentucky on business this week, so no progress possible till the weekend

Dennis, no progress this weekend either, you have to come race F1 and Can-Am with us!

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 03:53 AM

One of Victor's fine 1/32 962 bodies with my own decals and the first frame I had bult in 15 years.


So,..in a Tiny annoying Voice like that little Guy in Fantasy Island, used to say,...

"Show us the Frame,...Show us the Frame !!!,...rofl

Really Nice work on that Track,..but being one who has Made Decals myself in the Past,..Very Nice Work,..Great lookin' Porka !!

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 08:02 AM

OK, this is not really supposed to be a thread on the cars, but just for you...

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 08:05 AM

Thanks, Dennis!!

VERY nice.

Hey!
You were the one that showed us that luverly car!!!... ROFL.

As said before... nice work... the track looks like a load of fun!!
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Posted 14 December 2008 - 01:04 PM

Progress report:

I managed to finish laying the braid yesterday, and got a chance to try all three lanes.

There is a difference in rythm between the three lanes, but without a timer I can't tell yet whether there's a major difference in lap times.

Unfortunately I have to fly again today, so no more work till next weekend.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 07:48 PM

A friend of mine in New Zealand sent me a CD of scans of old slot racing photos, amongst which I found this photo of my old club track:

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So now you can see where my track's design came from.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 08:21 PM

Dennis, that was a sweet track and I can hardly wait to race on yours. ;)

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 08:51 PM

Heckuva club track, Dennis! I love the many and varied turn radii and straight lengths... keeps a driver on his toes... or against the wall! LOL!
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Posted 03 January 2009 - 04:24 PM

Thanks for the compliments and comments!

Latest updates:

I have completed all the wiring now, plus three drivers' panels, with little shelves to pile up a few cars in practice or tools and liquids while racing:

In process:

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Completed:

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Just regular commercial track-type connectors, with a DPDT switch to change the driving direction, as this track feels fun both ways.

Then I turned my attention to the problem of where to put the power supply and the computer that will handle the lap timing. I used an old plywood crate that came with me from South Africa nearly 11 years ago, carrying part of my vintage RC car collection, which has since been sold to finance this track, so I guess it's a bit poetic and also a matter of something old, something new:

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I need to do a bit of finishing on the front edge still and paint the front cover, which hinges down to carry a keyboard and mouse.

That's it for now, next up is some scenery, the lap scoring system and then outer barriers. In the meantime the track is driveable on all three lanes now, so I can have some fun in amongst the work.

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 04:30 PM

Looks great, Dennis!

I have a suggestion... don't put in a formal "wall" between the two straights... put up fake haybales for ambiance.
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 09:52 AM

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

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 03:19 PM

Thanks, Barney!

Once everything is done, I will have a few open house race days, and let you all know.

But beware, this is much more a 1/32 scale track than for 1/24 scale. A Falcon 7 is very close to being "excessive" power. I can run my Retro Can-Am cars, but it's quite nerve-wracking...

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 11:34 AM

It's been maybe 6 weeks since I posted an update, so here's some of the progress made lately:

First off, some kerbings and the beginning of scenery:

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And this is where the pit buildings will go, with a sharp left turn into pit lane:

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One little area needed to be filled and grassed:

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Then I got started on the lap timing. I bought the Trackmate system and rigged it up with a gantry to hold a set of infra-red LEDs. At first I wanted to use a Dunlop bridge, but there just was not enough space, so I soldered up a gantry from some 3/32 and 1/16 brazing rod (bang goes two jaildoor frames!):

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Once I had it all wired and tested, I painted the whole thing:

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Next thing will be some signage along the sides of the gantry.

That's it for now. These finishing touches are taking SO long, mainly because every time I get some little bit done, I need to "test" it and that takes hundreds of laps on all three lanes..... :laugh2:

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 11:45 AM

Dennis

I can hardly wait to get a chance to race on it, looking way to cool. ;)

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Pistol Pete you will always be in my memory.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 11:47 AM

Looking Great! Keep us informed on your track! I bought a 1/32 TSRF car so I'm getting ready. What tires would work on your track?? Foam or Ortmans?

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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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