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#1 Half Fast

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Posted 05 February 2021 - 10:15 AM

From Clarkston News (Michigan) in 2019:

 

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"Anthony Ramses of Independence Township feeds his need for speed on his hand-built 264-square-foot slot-car race track in his basement. 

 

“This is my a man cave, my big boy hobby,” said Ramses, who moved to the Clarkston area with his wife, Marvella, three years ago from Bloomfield. “I work hard, and I do this to relax and escape. The guys come over and we race.”

With technical assistance and tools borrowed from his friend Lance Thomalson, Ramses embedded a 33-by-8-foot Carrera Digital race track into a wood-framed table top built up with foamcore and wired by hand, decorated with styrofoam, plaster, aquarium sand, model-railroad landscaping, and trees made from bushes from his own yard.

“I watched a lot of model train videos, and put my own spin on things,” he said. “It’s all designed to replicate real racing on a 1/32 scale.”

 

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Posted 05 February 2021 - 10:26 AM

Hi Bill,

 

That's a nice article!

 

Having seen the realistic detail on certain brands of 1/32 RTR digital slot cars, I can understand the attraction.

 

I'm going to browse his YouTube channel.

 

Thank you for sharing.

 

Ernie


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Posted 05 February 2021 - 10:56 AM

Very nice, seems like a first class guy and hobbyist. I am going to put this over on HRW for the 1/32 basement guys. 


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Posted 05 February 2021 - 11:55 AM

Hi Bill,

 

I hope you won't if I share this video of his track:

 

 

Ernie


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Posted 06 February 2021 - 05:51 AM

What a beautiful layout, I had a rougher version set up in my basement that the kids and I loved, but nobody else around here was into it. I had to switch to a train layout to get some active participation.


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Posted 06 February 2021 - 09:22 AM

Hi Bill,

 

I hope you won't if I share this video of his track:

 

 

Ernie

 Unreal or should I say Hyper-real. Wow what a great layout. I can't imagine how many hours went into that work of art


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Posted 07 February 2021 - 03:44 PM

The level of detail you want to go to is totally up to you. If it is a club, there is the possibility that the wives can get involved, just like with model railroad clubs. The girls love to build little houses and landscape the area around them. It really makes it a family hobby. There is plenty of model railroad supplies that can be used.

 

These scenes are from a train layout. You could do the same on a basement slot track. Just keep the structures back away from the roadway. But that is how real racetracks are anyway.

 

 

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