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#1 Mike Whitley

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 08:16 PM

Hey everyone,

I finished my track and have posted the build on YouTube. Please check it out and let me know what you think.

It is titled Mike Whitley A professional slot car track build. Not that I consider myself a professional but just trying to get some views to the sight. [Admin note: I've embedded Mike's videos in post #15 below.]

Thanks,

Mike

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 08:19 PM

Track looks superb.

Those walls are incredibly attractive.

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 08:21 PM

Wow!!! Beautiful build. I love the combination of banked and flat track elements.

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 08:27 PM

Fantastic track. Looks like it is going to be a fun track to race on.. Keep us posted on the racing activities. :to_become_senile:
 
You might not be a professional track builder but that is definitely a pro build. :good:
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Posted 29 July 2017 - 08:28 PM

One seriously cool track!! Looks like it would be fantastic to race on. :D

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 10:58 PM

  Awesome track and awesome layout! 



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Posted 29 July 2017 - 11:48 PM

Wowzers!... An Orange with "real" esses. That is way cool and one of the very nicest home tracks that I have ever seen.
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Posted 30 July 2017 - 06:13 AM

I'm green with envy  :good: ...

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Posted 30 July 2017 - 06:20 AM

How are you marking/identifying your lanes?


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Posted 30 July 2017 - 07:43 AM

Looks pro!
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Posted 30 July 2017 - 08:05 AM

Very nice, a design that looks challenging but fun.   


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Posted 30 July 2017 - 08:25 AM

Wow, thanks for all the great comments.

For marking the lanes I bought three Sharpie oil based paint/peintures. One red one yellow  and one white. I just put a big dot next to each lane mainly in the corners where the cars come off. One lane is the black lane so I didn't mark it. Once the monitors get the hang of it, all goes well with out having all the big stripes on the track.

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Posted 30 July 2017 - 08:45 AM

Beautiful job!

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Posted 30 July 2017 - 10:28 AM

Really nice 'all the way around.'

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Posted 30 July 2017 - 10:34 AM

Mike's YouTube videos of his track build, in three parts.






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#16 Mike Whitley

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Posted 30 July 2017 - 11:32 AM

Thanks for adding my YouTube videos to this site. I am not that savvy with the computer. 



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Posted 30 July 2017 - 11:34 AM

Mike is quite the craftsman using the tools he has at hand. I liked his use of a biscuit jointer to connect track sections. I have a biscuit jointer, but not the room for a track. Not all of Mike's building methods would be suitable for a commercial track, which one would want more mobile, but they seem to fit a home/club track just fine.

 

Greg, are you close enough to Mike to try running on his track?


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I heard they weren't going to make yardsticks any longer.


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Posted 30 July 2017 - 12:19 PM

Yes, indeed. Norcross is roughly 15 miles from Lawrenceville (often called Larry-ville by locals).

 

I've already send a groveling, begging PM to Mike...


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Posted 30 July 2017 - 12:22 PM

Open invitation: anyone who would like to come and run on my track is more than welcome. Just shoot me an email at speedcraftboats@bellsouth.net and we will go racing. 


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Posted 30 July 2017 - 12:28 PM

OK, that email address explains a LOT about why your slot car track is so gorgeous. LOL...
 
Guys, see this link:
 
SpeedCraft Boats
 
But if you want to drfit to thread into this part of Mike's obvious craftsmanship, please start up a thread in Non-Slot Models, Toys, etc.


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Posted 30 July 2017 - 02:44 PM

Don Bryans of Florida, who now builds the Oglivie commercial slot tracks, is a 1:1 boat builder. Boats don't have much of anything straight or square, so I guess knowing how helps in track building, too. :)


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I heard they weren't going to make yardsticks any longer.


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 08:45 AM

Perfect! Love your work.


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 10:22 AM

What brand of boat does Don Bryans build?
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Posted 31 July 2017 - 05:47 PM

Beautiful track – very nice construction!! Congratulations!!
She's real fine, my 409!!!

#25 Mike Whitley

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 09:46 AM

Thanks for all the comments, guys.

 

I have up dated my website so check it out if you are interested in model boats.

 

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