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#1 CruzinBob

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 01:00 PM

I cut parts for a dragstrip about a year ago in which I was going to use 3 lanes, one for a return lane. (24" roadbed).  After seeing how poorly the return lane is used I've decided to do just 2 lanes.

 

I am looking for info regarding ideal lane spacing and gutter clearance.

 

Thank you for any info provided.


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 05:20 PM

My track was made at MMW, track slots are 5 1/8" center to center, total width is 11 7/8"



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 05:28 PM

Thx, I'm thinkin something like BPR which appears to be about 12" lane centers with about 3-4" gutter.


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 05:42 PM

Not sure what BPR is , but mine is made for 1/24 scale



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 07:11 PM

Cool thx for the input.
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Posted 03 March 2014 - 07:34 PM

Most (Dadd's kits) cut a 48" wide board into equal parts - about 11 7/8" wide with 6 inch lane centers.  I use a leftover 2ft piece for my test track.


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 07:38 PM

My advice.

 

PM Foamy and see if BPR's wide strip is needed, or a luxury.


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 10:08 PM

Thx ramcat :)

Mike, your insight is very welcome! thank you
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Posted 04 March 2014 - 12:57 PM

I can measure the track this weekend.


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Posted 06 March 2014 - 02:39 AM

A 6 volt return lane works extremely well.


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 09:58 AM

Dennis, what did you find?  Also would like to hear what you think of the larger road bed and lane spacing compared to smaller.

 

Ben, I made 2 tracks with a return lane.  No report on the first one that I sold to someone just North of Vegas,  The second one I sold to Cactus Hobbies in Phoenix and they do not use it.  What have you seen?

 

Thx fellas.


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 11:01 AM

The one I built MANY years ago, I cut 4'x8' sheets into equal pieces for just under 16" wide total. I think the lanes were about 6" apart, which would leave 5" on either side. At that width, it was also useful as pit space for the road course races, which is what it was used for mostly as this was before there were any commercially available timing systems.


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 02:48 PM

Wouldn't it be cool to have a dragstrip at your home.

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Posted 27 August 2015 - 05:52 PM

What is the current 'state of the art' drag track braking system?


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Posted 28 August 2015 - 04:34 PM

My track is 18" wide with 8" spacing.

It is also built in eight-foot sections, so that it can be taken down and stored.

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Posted 29 March 2016 - 10:41 AM

One easy way to glue the shutdown is with a paint roller. The roadbed should be wide enough to fit the standard roller. The three-inch roller fits most narrower tracks. Try to keep the braid free of glue.
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