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#1 rvec

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Posted 27 May 2016 - 08:16 AM

Due to a slight error in the original routing of Electron Raceway, the slot in the black lane on the pit straight did not line up correctly. It was off by about 1/8 inch. When the track was originally assembled, I created a quick fix by filling and rerouting a very small section of the track which created what I would call a small jog (see image below). The little jog, unsettled the OSCAR cars a bit but it did work. However, some of the Scholer chassis cars with scale wheels would de-slot under heavy acceleration through the jog.

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Recently, I embarked on a project to address the problem. The black lane slot in the pit straight was to be filled with Bondo and recut over a three foot span to create a very smooth transition as opposed to a jog. The job sounds pretty simple but is actually a lot of work. The track had to be disassembled in three places in order to have access to the affected area and provide room for me to make the repair. Quite a bit of the under track wiring had to be loosened so that the track could be disassembled. Anyway, here are a few images of progress so far. I will allow the Bondo to dry for several days before re-cutting the slot.


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Posted 31 May 2016 - 02:11 PM

More progress. The tedious work is now done. All that is left is to prime, paint apply braid and clean up and reassemble the tables. Below are some images

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 03:16 PM

That looks really good Rich. 

I have to applaud you for going to a LOT of work to correct a problem that most people would have chosen to ignore.  :good:


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Posted 31 May 2016 - 03:23 PM

:victory: :good: :sun_bespectacled: B:)  Well Done Rich!


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Posted 31 May 2016 - 04:38 PM

Thanks Jairus and James,

It has always bugged me that the black lane didn't line up properly. I could ignore the problem until it began affecting our True Scale cars. It was maddening that some cars ran OK while others de-slotted pretty regularly. It was time for the fix. The actual work was pretty easy but the prep time was considerable with moving wiring and disconnecting sections. Now all the hard work is done. Progress may slow a bit because I have several time consuming house projects to complete in the next week and a half. I hope to squeeze out some time to work on the track. I am interested in running our True Scale cars to see how they now run on Black.

Before track repair began, Todd M. from Pelican Park came over to run some of his Scaleauto cars. I would say that they ran quite well. The stock motor is not as powerful as a Deathstar but performance and acceleration were pretty good. Ron and I were not yet ready to test our 911s. I am looking forward tuning and testing our Scaleautos and prepping for our next Triathlon - most likely it will be held on 6/16 or possibly on 6/9 - save the date!

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#6 Dennis David

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 10:40 PM

Good luck on your repairs. I always enjoy your posts Rich and would love to try out your track sometime.

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 07:30 AM

Dennis,

Let me know in advance when you might be in the area. We would love to have you!

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 10:29 PM

It's on my list.

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Posted 03 June 2016 - 06:34 AM

The repair has been primed and painted. Unfortunately, the gray is a different shade than the original color. I may repaint but below are a couple of images: one after prime; one after paint

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Posted 03 June 2016 - 06:40 PM

I would not worry to much about it. Don't be such a perfectionist. LOL

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Posted 04 June 2016 - 07:21 PM

Dennis,

You are right. It looks fine. Attached images of the final product

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Posted 04 June 2016 - 08:20 PM

That's a tight track. I don't see how you can drive these tracks with the motors that you use unless each car weighs about 5 lbs. LOL


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Posted 05 June 2016 - 05:42 AM

Most of the club tracks in Oregon are tight. Personally I like it that way. A few months after I moved to Oregon and raced at STR (a tighter track than mine), I attended my first slot car convention in Las Vegas. We raced these same cars on the King. It felt like l could take a nap between corners! Tight tracks put more emphasis on driving skill rather than who has the most ballistic motor - I prefer this type of racing.


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Posted 05 June 2016 - 11:52 AM

Not a big king fan myself. But I guess it depends on the cars as well.

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 08:04 PM

I cleaned and sprayed the track yesterday. This afternoon I tried it out. The black (and all other lanes) now work perfectly with all machines. No more noise or de-slotting problems!


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Posted 08 June 2016 - 08:39 PM

Great, where is the track actually located? Housewise?

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 08:41 PM

Beautiful track and congrats on the fix!  remember, real tracks have repairs etc and your different colors will add realism!! 


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Posted 08 June 2016 - 10:16 PM

I have a 2400 sq ft shop. In it there is a 1000 sq ft finished room - home for the track


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Posted 08 June 2016 - 10:29 PM

It's really a nice set-up for a private slot-car track; heat and a/c and lots of parking for your racing buddies. :D


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Posted 09 June 2016 - 07:13 AM

Thanks James. The shop is huge. It was used by the one of the previous owners to maintain trucks. He left a huge A frame that I think was used to pull motors. Below is an image of the shop.

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Posted 09 June 2016 - 07:21 AM

Tim,
Thanks. The design was meant to be challenging with short straights and relatively tight corners. Also the design fulfilled the criteria of a minimum number of marshals. I spent a good deal of time on the design. I constructed the track by myself with 0 help from others. I took my time over a period of months working one or two days per week. You might want to check out this link for more information about the track. http://slotblog.net/...pictorial-tour/

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