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#1 GaryG

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 01:02 PM

I am experimenting with building table top tracks in addition to my

standard commercial style tracks.  The cost would be much more

affordable.  The track sections would about 30" X 60", be painted

and have magnetraction braid.  The 4" lane spacing would allow

the use of 1/32 or 1/24 scale cars.  2 lane, 3 lane or 4 lanes are

possible.  Fed Ex shipping would work.  Is there any interest for

this?  Thanks, Gary, Gerding Fast Tracks


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 01:13 PM

Gary, I think there is, but it is probably limited.      A combination of available pieces, including flat curves and curves that can be banked.    I doubt if it is something you would want to make up ahead of time and keep in stock.   I would sooner think you would have a variety of pieces you could make and the customer could figure out what he wants and order those pieces.     A customer would still need some basic wood working skills.     

 

The option to just use copper tape should also be available.    1/32 basement racers may be a bigger  market for this.

 

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 01:23 PM

This is posted in the wrong forum. The board referred to in this topic is not wood :)
 
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Posted 09 March 2018 - 01:24 PM

as Mike said, the interest could well be limited. of course, if commercial tracks dwindle further, interest may increase. I personally am interested in such a track. being human, I would want my cake and eat it too.... I would want a bit of elevation change in my track.... may be too much trouble for what you'd want to do. if you and/or Bob Scott could not(would not) build in some slight elevation change(or slight positive camber(banking)), I'd be wiling to take what I could get. let me pay off my credit card first, though.... lol


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 01:24 PM

Gary,

 

I am interested in learning more about your idea (even if it's only in the experimental stage), and especially the "more affordable" part!  :D

 

Is it part of your idea to build mix-and-match "modular" track sections?  I'm not saying that's what I would want; just trying to learn more about what you have in mind.



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Posted 09 March 2018 - 01:39 PM

 

This is posted in the wrong forum. The board referred to in this topic is not wood :)
 
Cheers

 

I moved it.

 

I think what Gary is interested in doing, is make modular track sections, that will fit together in different configurations, like Mr. Trax is doing in Australia, or Ken Bryan did, in the below thread;

 

http://slotblog.net/...ack#entry639960

 

I think it's an OK plan, if Gary went with 3-4 lanes.

 

I've seen the Mr.Trax, on FB.

 

They look nicely done, but IIRC, they were only 2 (maybe 3 ?) lanes.


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 01:41 PM

Yes!!!!!



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Posted 09 March 2018 - 02:16 PM

Gary,  great idea.  Prefab corners with different radii and maybe angles - like 90, 45, 180, etc.  Actually making the modular section connector could be an option.  Borders are needed on the curves.  Straights can be cut to length as needed and have minimal extra borders, allowing for corner exit drift - or that can be added as glue-on wedges.  Kit described could come with slot for copper tape or double routed for braid. ..both not painted.  Elevation changes can be done easier on the straight sections.  Sections assembled on an existing flat table can build humps and elevation changes with ribs and then decorated scenically.

 

Many of our Great Lakes Slot Car Club tracks are built this way.


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 02:18 PM

I think there would be interest. That's pretty much what I would have liked to use for my patio track, which I eventually just made out of Scalextric sections. Brad Bowman makes something like it, except it's full custom (you provide the specs and dimensions, and he CAD designs and routes whatever you want onto PVC plastic... any scale, any lane spacing, any borders, etc.). The larger pieces, plus having all lanes on one piece, would make for a much smoother track. I only went for Scalextric on mine because (1) Brad had an 18 month wait list, and (2) I had already accumulated a bunch of Scalextric track when I heard about him. Using a modular system with standard pieces would eliminate the wait for a custom design, and you could always offer custom pieces to connect with the standard stock.


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 02:35 PM

Mr Trax will build you any type of track that you so desire.He has just built a 4 lane modular track and will be building a 3 lane track for my man cave.
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Posted 09 March 2018 - 04:57 PM

There's a european company  called Slotfire with modular tracks!! I really like 3 lane tracks as you can get a lot of racing in a smaller area--less need for people yet still much more fun than 2 lanes.  I"m in the market early next year for one of these!! I'm moving to Paso Robles and will have a shop built so I'll have room for a new track.  Love to see what you come up with.


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 05:04 PM

This is a great idea , it would go to the 2 other "plastic" slot car sites and post this , PM if you need the www

 

My suggestion

 

No magna braid , most model car racers dont use magnets, 

3-4 lanes with a closer spacing for 1/32 cars and make it out of something light.


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 05:19 PM

No magna braid , most model car racers dont use magnets, 

I would say leave it magnetic (whether rails or braids). The people who run without magnets won't care, and it will make little difference to them anyway, but the people who do use magnets simply won't use a track that isn't.


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 05:48 PM

I am experimenting with building table top tracks in addition to my
standard commercial style tracks.  The cost would be much more
affordable.  The track sections would about 30" X 60", be painted
and have magnetraction braid.  The 4" lane spacing would allow
the use of 1/32 or 1/24 scale cars.  2 lane, 3 lane or 4 lanes are
possible.  Fed Ex shipping would work.  Is there any interest for
this?  Thanks, Gary, Gerding Fast Tracks

Great idea! Would have saved me 3 months work building a 3 lane routed tabletop a few years back.

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 10:42 PM

I heartily disagree with courtney--the home track users are HEAVILY INTO Magna braid!! Their 1/32 cars ALL come with magnets--and your market is NOT the commercial track guys!! FWIW


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Posted 10 March 2018 - 08:29 AM

​ Home and club tracks are in the future for slot racing, Most only have to charge enough to help with the light bill, while a commercial track has so much over head, Its hard to keep the doors open even with parts, parties and track time.

​A club track might be two or more racers with a place for a track pooling there money to buy one of your tracks, bound to be a lot nicer than a plastic track.

 

​ Go ahead and braid it with the steel braid ,  4 lane, 4"  lane spacing 


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Posted 10 March 2018 - 10:23 AM

I think your bigger market is the basement racers with 1/32 cars and some do like magnets.   Magna braid should for sure be an option.   Standard braid an option and a simple routed slot for tape users.     3 /1/2 or 4 inch centers, maybe buyers choice.   The option for 1/24 guys is there.   This forum is mostly 1/24 guys at big tracks, not really the prime market for your idea.    

 

Just my ideas, You might start with figuring the costs to rout a 3 or 4 lane oval, say 4X12.   Maybe a 180 degree curve, or 2 90 degree curves, and straight sections in 36 or 48 inch lengths.  Figure the costs and what the retail would be to offer a basic oval with the option to add straights and make it whatever length you want, or to use 90 degree corners and have an Indy oval.   

 

Add curves that are maybe 60 or 30 so a figure "8" option would be possible or an "L" shape.    

 

I would do some figuring on making something like this and offering it to 1/32 guys with conductor options as discussed above.

 

Options you could offer would be an "S" section that would fit and replace a standard straight section, possibly chicane corners or straights.   

 

I would first figure costs and float the idea on the 1/32 forums, and see if there is interest or only talk.  Money talks, BS walks.

 

A 1/24 track could be done the same way with a bigger foot print.

 

For both tracks and option of 2-4 lanes.      Probably an option of a controller panel and hook ups.   Basic wiring diagram or products also.  Could be something as simple as a Professor Motor track wiring kit.

 

Good luck Gary.


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Posted 10 March 2018 - 11:49 AM

great idea--please pursue your idea and keep us posted. I am interested but I will not

 

use professor motor.

 

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 12:20 AM

I am experimenting with building table top tracks in addition to my
standard commercial style tracks.  The cost would be much more
affordable.  The track sections would about 30" X 60", be painted
and have magnetraction braid.  The 4" lane spacing would allow
the use of 1/32 or 1/24 scale cars.  2 lane, 3 lane or 4 lanes are
possible.  Fed Ex shipping would work.  Is there any interest for
this?  Thanks, Gary, Gerding Fast Tracks

How much we talking for a 1/8 Mike drag strip??

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 09:34 AM

It seems Mr Trax in AUS and Slotfire in Germany are doing well with these products, there definitely is a US market for Gary's idea, I for one would love to see it close to home.  Being a basement racer, I do love my magnets, and there is no commercial track for many miles from me. Bottom line is more slots equals more better.  Love the hobby.

 

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 10:49 AM

Interesting that this pops up and reminds me of this conversation. Is this what you were thinking of? It looks like a very nice track, with the only downside being limited angles and radii of turns.
http://slotblog.net/...ack-in-montana/


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Posted 01 May 2018 - 01:31 PM

Gary, If you are in the Chi-town area and can take the time, You can visit some of our Club tracks:  www.Greatlakesscc.com and some photos may be on the FB pages..   We have one CNC track with braid that would be a good model in addition to several 'old school' copper taped  hand cut tracks on tables..

 

Most clubs find that 3 - 4 lanes with under 10 racers makes a good race date.  Some clubs race both scales and need the 4" spacing while other can live with 3".  The option ot CNC routing makes fabricating sections much easier on small layouts.


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Posted 01 May 2018 - 01:46 PM

Larry,
Who has the CNC cut track?

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