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#1 Mattb

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 04:17 PM

I have been building this track for about two months, working 25-30 hours a week or so. I based almost everything on the fine tutorial Steve Ogilvie posted here last year. I had to change a little from his guidelines as my work is not to the level of Steve's, G. Gerding's and C. Dadds. Like everything I do, I managed to overcome my shortcomings and make things work.     

 

I replaced a four-lane Carrera track with this. I am hopeful that our small group will find this enjoyable and be more involved than they were with the local raceway.   

 

Thanks to Steve and to Slot Car Corner for the router bit and the pre-taped braid. That made it so easy!

 

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 04:23 PM

Started out routing all pieces individually, then assembled it. Next time I will assemble the entire track surface and then rout it to make it fit better. I have a local CNC guy that will do it for me (cheap), but he was slow writing the program and I am impatient, so I routed it myself. No doubt the CNC work would have been perfect.  

 

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 04:34 PM

I built the track on my old slot car table with all banks and elevation changes. Then I took it apart and built legs to raise it 20 inches from the table. I  used my engine hoist to lower the big sections to the floor (after dismantling the table under it). Then I added shoes to the bottom of the legs to make up for unevenness on this 70-year-old garage floor.

 

Used the same wiring I have used on my tracks for the last five-eight years. It is no longer all homemade. I got a Pro Motor four-lane wiring kit from eBay several years ago and it makes wiring neater and quicker than the old homemade stuff I've always done.

 

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 07:58 PM

Nice job, Matt! The track came out looking beautiful. Have fun running cars on it. :)


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 09:30 PM

Looks great! It'll last a long time. My Bob Scott build is eight years old, and is doing fine even residing under a tall, covered deck in my back yard. 

 

Enjoy!

 

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 10:31 PM

Looks great.

 

How hard was the bank to do?


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Posted 15 September 2018 - 08:00 AM

The bank and twisting of the MDF was really easy. I cut and routed a 180 curve, along with a 6' straight attached to each exit. Put a tiedown strap around it and pulled it together till I had what I wanted. Let it set for a few days and it took a natural set and I didn't have to force it hard at all to make it fit as I wanted.   

 

I found that the curved walls could be strapped and pulled into a curved shape. Let them set a few days an they would take a set. Made it much easier to fit them to the curved track.  If yuo cut a piece of MDF 20 inches wide and 8 feet long, you can probably put the middle of the piece on a sawhorse and in a week or two it will droop over a foot on each end and stay that way. I used 1/2 inch all thru except for inside corners which were two layers or 1/4 inch done one layer at a time.

 

The bank is how I got started. I cut and routed a 180, just to see if I could bank it. That was the trial to see if I could build what I wanted to build.   That worked and I went ahead with the rest of the project.    


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Posted 15 September 2018 - 08:14 AM

Wow, that's awesome! Love it!


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Posted 15 September 2018 - 08:40 AM

Matt,

 

Great work, a real beauty!!!


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Posted 15 September 2018 - 09:19 AM

Great-looking track, Matt. :good:


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Posted 16 September 2018 - 04:11 PM

NICE!







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