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Posted 06 August 2013 - 06:52 AM

Butch "Pappy" Dunaway in Oxford, OH, let me know a few days ago that he'd finally finished the scencery on his really nice home track and I asked for some pics of it to post. Here they are.

His track design didn't leave a whole lot of room for scenery but even though there isn't much of it, the addition of scenery really adds a special touch. Here in the US slot track scenery is more of the exception rather than the rule in my experience, unlike what I see in pics of many non-US home tracks, some of which feature incredibly detailed scenery.

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Many commercial raceways don't have pit spaces as nice as the ones seen on the right in the above pic!

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Slotblog had a thread on the construction of Butch's track a couple of years ago; if you missed it, here's a LINK.

 

Butch is a highly-experienced carpenter and woodworker and everything you see here, including the building itself, was built by Butch himself. And it's worth mentioning that this isn't the first slot car track he's made, not by any means. How many have you built, Butch?

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Love the arena-style scoreboard over the track.

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 06:58 AM

Well done, Butch! Looks great!!!


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:06 AM

I have had the pleasure of racing on that track. It's super-smooth and a lot fun to drive. 

 

Butch is a great host, ask him about the helicopter pad! LOL.


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:12 AM

Very nice, Butch!


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:28 AM

Thanks, guys. My track design didn't allow for a pit area so I just did a railroad type scenery without getting too carried away. We've never had a car end up in the scenery area since the track was built so I don't think I have to worry about someone taking it out with a car.

 

The track has a footprint of 8' x 24' with 86' of running surface. All four lanes are exactly the same length and the best lap times are within a few hundreds of a second of each other. It has 4" lane spacing, an SRT lap counter, and a 30 amp power pack. There are five monitors in the overhead scoreboard, two for the drivers, one for the race director, and two on the other side for everyone else.

 

Out here in the country we also have about a five-acre helicopter pad and a 10.7 acre urinal. :laugh2:

 

Greg, I can recall eleven tracks that I have built and am working on another one. Four of them were eight-lane commercial tracks and the rest of them were four-lane home tracks.


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:22 AM

Atta boy, Butch! Really nice.


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 12:22 PM

Now THAT'S a Man Cave!!! Great work--- love the whole operation!! SWEET!! :) :)


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 01:08 PM

Nice Job, Butch - that really makes the track!

 

Here in the US slot track scenery is more of the exception rather than the rule in my experience, unlike what I see in pics of many non-US home tracks, some of which feature incredibly detailed scenery.

 

I would disagree.

 

Most US home tracks where 1/32 cars are raced feature scenery. Spend a little time at oldslotracer.com or in the "tracks" sections of SCI or HRW and you'll see some wonderful stuff right here in the US. It's really only the 1/24 scale commercial-style home tracks that are barren.


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 04:19 PM

Wow, very cool. My wife would know where to look for me. Looks like the track would be fun to drive in both directions. Checking out the older thread, I love the way the sub-structure was built. On the build I am currently doing I have no plans for scenery, but the work completed here adds a touch I really like.


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 04:39 PM

Thanks Dave, Tim, Dennis, and Mark.
 
I got advice from Dennis on the track height and how much space to allow on the outside and inside of the turns. His measurements were perfect.
 
How many of you noticed the outhouse behind the cabin? It even has a 1/4 moon on the door.  :laugh2:
 
I'll keep adding to it as time goes by.
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Posted 06 August 2013 - 05:32 PM

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Great-looking track. :good:  Impressive! :clapping:
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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:11 PM

Butch,

You're a craftsman and that's an extra-nice track. The building, the pits, just everything about it is sweet. The scenery puts it over the top.

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 07:18 PM

Thanks Dave, Tim, Dennis, and Mark.
 
I got advice from Dennis on the track height and how much space to allow on the outside and inside of the turns. His measurements were perfect.
 
How many of you noticed the outhouse behind the cabin? It even has a 1/4 moon on the door.  :laugh2:
 
I'll keep adding to it as time goes by.


Sir, I know that this is very much off topic, however, I could not help but notice that you live in Oxford, Ohio. My late mothers family lived in Oxford all of their lives. I still have an uncle who lives on Bonham Rd. Some of the happiest childhood memories I have were made at the old gold course, Four Mile Cheek and attempting to get back to Oxford from Fairfield the same way more than once. I remember one time asking for directions and the woman told me to go past Philligers Farm and then turn right, I thought if I knew where Philligers Farm was I would not be lost. Sorry for the thread drift, however, I could not resist getting in the memories.
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Posted 31 August 2013 - 06:39 AM

Spencer,

 

If you ever make it back to this area make sure to contact me. Just take US 27 from Cincinnati and it will take you right through the heart of Oxford. I live about two miles south of Oxford about 1/2 mile off of US 27


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 09:54 PM

   Man, that is one gorgeous track and a very nice building to house it as well. Very nice work !


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 09:58 PM

I'm jealous!


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Posted 03 February 2014 - 06:49 PM

The PERFECT slot car man cave!!  What an incredibe construction; Butch!


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Posted 03 February 2014 - 07:21 PM

Wow Pappy, that is a totally impressive inside and out.

 

Great work !


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 09:21 AM

Thanks guys, if you are ever going to be in the Cincinnati area let me know and I'll give you directions to stop on by.


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 09:02 PM

Just as soon as time allows Butch....awesome track and set-up


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 08:32 AM

Looking forward to it Paul. But I've got a feeling there will be more beer drinking than slot car racing.  :laugh2:


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:35 AM

Looking forward to it Paul. But I've got a feeling there will be more beer drinking than slot car racing.  :laugh2:

There had better be Butch....best to race the cars first though.....


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Posted 08 June 2014 - 08:09 PM

I really love it , any fish in that lake?

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 11:08 PM

I have been lucky enough to get to play on Butch's track on may occasions with all kinds of different types of slot cars. If you think the scenery is great the track surface is even better, it is by far one of the smoothest 1/24 tracks that I have ever ran on. 

 

Yea Butch I made the leap and joined to get the scoop on them dang Retro cars since we are racing them in the Fort now.

 

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 08:32 AM

Hi Ken/Moose,

 

I plan on being there on the 21st for your Retro race. I still have to put an F1 car together, I have a Warmack Can Am car ready to go.

 

Butch


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Posted 09 June 2014 - 11:06 AM

A great setup ..and Great meat balls..Just watch out for the Wild Pigs..
Great time ..thanks again Butch...

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 02:43 PM

Just watch out for the Wild Pigs..

What'd you call me?  :bb:  :laugh2:

 

It was great having you guys stay over John, hope you can make it again next year. Next year it will be Audrey's famous pizza. :dance4:


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Posted 09 June 2014 - 08:29 PM

Hi Ken/Moose,

 

I plan on being there on the 21st for your Retro race. I still have to put an F1 car together, I have a Warmack Can Am car ready to go.

 

Butch

Hey Butch, glad you can make it down on the 21st. I will have spare cars for the rest of the classes if you want to race them. The two classes you have cars for run in the afternoon with the Can Am class being run last. I am working on a tuning fork F1 chassis just to see how it runs, I built the center section this evening at work. Gear ratios for both classes are 9/28 or 8/26 and I like Koford soft wonder rubber but a lot of the guys run Alpha treated tires. Shim the guide for .050 braid depth.  We also run at 12.12 volts to keep the motors cool and our rookie Retro drivers in the slot.

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