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#1 Dave Pye

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Posted 13 February 2015 - 08:40 PM

Hi guys and gals,

I am wondering what ideas are out there for small, maybe even mini, layouts? I use Scalextric and prefer number two curves, although a tight "U" with number one curves is desirable. So, with space at a premium, is anyone else into smaller tracks? And, I like to scenic.

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Posted 14 February 2015 - 01:00 PM

Hi Dave Welcome to Slotblog !!

 

 I don't know much about plastic track . We run routed wood tracks in our club .

I know not every one has a basement ( I do ) !!!  But on U-tube I saw a video of a guy that had a rally track that went through

a junk yard  ( AKA Ken Block ) . All modeled out with old cars & scrap, the cars  ran in and out between the scrap .....It was cool!!

That guy took a MDF plywood board ( about 4x4 ) grabbed a router and cut the desired track shape, then  they use copper tape

next to the slot..... Makes a great EZ track any shape you can think of . 

 

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Posted 14 February 2015 - 02:17 PM

Check out oldslotracer.com.  It's a website of ALL kinds of home tracks around the world.  It's a great view of the creativeness people have when building their own slot tracks!! You could be inspired!!
 


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Posted 15 February 2015 - 01:07 PM

I want to say hello on my first post. I been playing with slot cars when there was no track they ran on a continuous plastic tubing with battery powered cars. Then the strombecker set can out 1/32.

We just talked about this the other day about my grandsons room for a slot car set which we can leave setup. We thought of a low frame on short legs on fixed straight casters so my 4yo grandson could roll it out and play slot cars. Our other option was making a fold down table that's attached to the wall. Just some thoughts.

I'm thinking about a multiple stacked fold down wall mount with trains, 1/43 slots and 1/32-1/24 scale slots. Three fold down tables.
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Posted 15 February 2015 - 09:01 PM

Small is a relative term, I guess, but in the 1960's I had to build one from a magazine article.  One 4 x 8 ft shhet of ply or particle bd (MDF is much better now). One long straight and two large(180 deg) corners. Wrap one end around another 90 degrees an then back 90 deg to parralel the straight. Then make another turn to eventually meet the first 180 as a lazy 's'......two  or more lanes routed and can be done with plastic.  I routed a three lane with the switchback pinched for no passing.  I hated it for the 1/24 cars of the day.  One of our Great Lakes Slot Car Club members made a similar track with two sheets end to end for his home track and it was much better longer and used with modern 1/32 cars.  Copper tape and 25 amp power supply and two power taps.

 

Another club track I race on is in a friends garage, hinged to one wall.  Folded up, he can park his car.  Only one marshall needed to crawl under to 'the hole'.

 

An early club track I had the pleasure to try was the Rod and Custom (?) magazine writers (Mike McWilliams) home track.  Three lane, about eight to ten ft square table with a true hillclimb circuit - it went up about three to four ft...before 1963. It was a racable loop, not just point 'a' to'b'.


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Posted 22 February 2015 - 07:24 PM

 I don't know much about plastic track .

But you do know an AWESOME Plastic Track owner, right?  :good:


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#7 Dave Pye

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Posted 23 February 2015 - 03:18 PM

It may not look like much...meaning the track layout, not me....but this would fit a  30"x48" board and is more difficult than it looks...

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 09:25 AM

Hi

I have built a couple of single lane slot car tracks suitable for 1:32 scale slot cars on a MDF base of 2x4 foot size.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=HY9HF4n6dfA

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=_uUqcdATFts

 

A rally course.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=0E9ib_0CJTw

 

Monster Truck track.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=Cn1pQEs5G90

 

And my smallest track  

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=LNd4dRRXMQI







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