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#1 BackAgain

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 09:22 AM

Over the past few months, Butch has been hard at work... (in his spare time anyway) building a track for himself. In typical Butch fashion, he has applied a large chunk of his special talent for innovative and lateral thinking.

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This is the base, it is modular construction, the holes in the side allow access to the fasteners securing each section.

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 09:25 AM

Some paintwork....
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The 4 lane track surface will be attached to a framework of 2 X 4's

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 09:27 AM

Here's some more pictures of the progress on the track. In one of the picture you can see Butch placed the track surface on the cross members and aligned it. Then Ihe marked where the cross members were to be cut off. After cutting them he made the notch on the bottom a little wider so it would allow the base to flex as its rolled around the shop on the uneven concrete. The top isn't going to be fastened to the base unless it needs to be. Then fastened the cross members to the bottom of the track surface with glue and screws.

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 09:28 AM

NICE! :good:
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Posted 24 July 2011 - 09:29 AM

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 09:31 AM

Paul,

In the inimitable style of Pappy, the art of building framework has been elevated to a new level - that of furniture grade!

This entire project looks like Butch has taken a slot car track to the level that master craftsmen have done for many eons.

I do have a question though, if this is a 'coffee table' type of raceway, just how big is the couch?
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Posted 24 July 2011 - 09:35 AM

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Nothing like a 360 followed by a 180 hairpin to add excitement....

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 09:40 AM

Some elevation adjustments...
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Some unique "clamping devices...
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Steady progress
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View from accross the shop
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Side rails and "dressing"....
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A little more progress...
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Posted 24 July 2011 - 09:44 AM

Close-up of the tricky bit....
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Posted 24 July 2011 - 09:51 AM

Driver stations are built, taping and wiring are WIP...


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Posted 24 July 2011 - 09:54 AM

I do have a question though, if this is a 'coffee table' type of raceway, just how big is the couch?

 
Marty, the couches are small... but you should see the bar and stools... :shok:

You're right though, he has made the effort to think outside the box. Butch could never be content with "cookie cutter" style track construction...


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Posted 24 July 2011 - 10:46 AM

Hats off to Butch! Fantastic track!
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Posted 24 July 2011 - 10:59 AM

What an amazing build.

Fabulous!

 

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 11:12 AM

It sure is... the wiring side of it is just as impressive.

It is a real shame Butch no longer frequents this Blog, Rick... he could provide for more details and information than I can.

I will pass on your comments though.
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Posted 24 July 2011 - 11:30 AM

What a great-looking track!


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Posted 24 July 2011 - 12:47 PM

Looks fantastic. I think that's the best excuse for not coming out and racing with us.
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Posted 24 July 2011 - 01:00 PM

Gives me an excuse to visit Pappy for some all night racing!!

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 02:02 PM

wow I would imagine a track like that would cost over a 1,000 dollars.



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Posted 24 July 2011 - 02:16 PM

MAGNIFICENT WORKMANSHIP!!! You are truly a Master Craftsman. That track is better made than most of the furniture in my house!!! Heck, ALL the furniture in my house!!! Just a fantastic piece of work!!!


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Posted 24 July 2011 - 02:26 PM

That is absolutely, unequivocally, pulchritudinous!!!!!!

Thank you for sharing. More pix PLEASE!!!!!!!!

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 02:32 PM

:laugh2: "over a 1000 dollars" Willy, are you insane? :laugh2:
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Posted 24 July 2011 - 04:22 PM

Driver stations are built, taping and wiring are WIP......


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Posted 24 July 2011 - 04:24 PM


wow i would imagine a track like that would cost over a 1000 dollars


Possibly could Willy wink.gif
 
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Posted 24 July 2011 - 04:36 PM


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Is this that Butch guy you were all talking about in free blog - WOW - what part of the country does he live in - do you think he would build me a track? :clapping:


No he's not John... he doesn't frequent Slotblog at all. I could give you a link to the slot car chat site he does frequent and where the entire article is posted, but that may be against the rules in here...
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Posted 24 July 2011 - 04:39 PM

Furniture really describes it well.

Pappy should be proud.

I love the pedestal look of it.

It reminds me of a bit smaller track that I ran on in the VW display at the Chicago Auto Show, about 15-18 (?) years ago.

It looked more like a sculpture than a slot track.


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