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Re: Southern Thunder raceway under construction!

Postby TuscoTodd » Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:29 am

WITH a driver controlled return lane?!?!?
This is going to be sweet!
Looking forward to additional updates sir! :D
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Re: Southern Thunder raceway under construction!

Postby ShotgunDave » Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:51 am

Hey Bob, is that MDF or particle board for the track? I went back and re-read your posts but didn't see where you said anything.
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Re: Southern Thunder raceway under construction!

Postby btaylor » Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:56 pm

To answer your question Dave, Yes, I used particle board. 5/8" to be exact. since I was going in a straight line, it didn't matter much, and was a lot cheaper than MDF. The router still burns/melts the bonding agent and seals the groove pretty good.
Now for the good stuff! I made some progress on the strip today. I have even made test runs on both lanes.
I can only say, that having that much fun with only the first section done, tells me I'm in for a good time at 48' ! Here's what I have done so far. The drivers stations are wired, and waiting on controller holders. I used a trick I saw on You tube, where a guy used romex wire to make the loops that hook up the controllers. its a neat idea, and is cheap also. two holes for each clip, and you run the wire back through and bend it over.
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I also got the side rails up, and routed a center divider to keep the launching cars apart.
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I am using a PM 15 amp power supply, and PM controllers for now.
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Still a good ways to go, but its coming together nicely enough that I am happy with it.
Hope ya'all like it!

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Re: Southern Thunder raceway under construction!

Postby btaylor » Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:03 am

I have been working on the first section quite a bit. I am waiting on my steel tubing, so I got into the details a little. :oops: My daughter has a machine that cuts vinyl, so I put her to work on these track signs. I think they came out rather good! The lane divider was kinda boring, so it woke it up a little.
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Re: Southern Thunder raceway under construction!

Postby Racie35 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:25 am

I'd like to be track champ...when's the first race.
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Re: Southern Thunder raceway under construction!

Postby btaylor » Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:22 am

Racie35 wrote:I'd like to be track champ...when's the first race.

Probably be a couple of weeks yet. I have a bunch to do before it can be race ready.
But I will put something up when its ready!

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Re: Southern Thunder raceway under construction!

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:00 am

Looking good Bob, this will be one fun track.
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Re: Southern Thunder raceway under construction!

Postby ShotgunDave » Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:24 am

Dang it Bob, I can't believe how fast you're getting this stuff done! The cars, the track, it's all just plain awesome!
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Re: Southern Thunder raceway under construction!

Postby btaylor » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:05 am

Sometimes things just go right, and it all comes together. Been lucky i guess? Just like the oval though, i cant stay away from running the cars.
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Re: Southern Thunder raceway under construction!

Postby GASSERMAN » Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:45 pm

Bob your Drag Strip looks really nice . I didn't know you built that. Just came across it now. How long is it ? Where do you have it set up at ? Thanks . Bob....................................
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Re: Southern Thunder raceway under construction!

Postby BARC 1 » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:44 pm

I have never seen a slot drag track in action. What stops the cars at the end.?
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Re: Southern Thunder raceway under construction!

Postby btaylor » Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:24 am

GASSERMAN wrote:Bob your Drag Strip looks really nice . I didn't know you built that. Just came across it now. How long is it ? Where do you have it set up at ? Thanks . Bob....................................

Right now Bob, it is in my main shop. The main section is 2x16, and will be on lockable casters. The other sections will hang on each side to plug into the main. giving me a total length of 48ft.
As far as stopping the cars, it has full brakes, and will have a driver controlled return lane for each car at 8 volts. I will be using only mild motors, with the H&R Lightning being the bad boy at 40,000. My test runs have been successful, and no problem slowing the cars. I didn't build this for the Lexan bodies deathstar powered commercial type drag cars, just home set nostalgia type cars like I have been posting on the board.

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Re: Southern Thunder raceway under construction!

Postby GASSERMAN » Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:20 pm

That's really neat Bob. I was going to build one about 3 years ago. But never did. I did build a lot of 1/24 Drag cars. And I did end up selling all on Ebay. I wish I could post pictures on here. I could show them all to you. Keep us updated Bob.. Bob.....................
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Re: Southern Thunder raceway under construction!

Postby Ecbill » Thu May 04, 2017 4:18 pm

What scale is this track?
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Re: Southern Thunder raceway under construction!

Postby seal666 » Thu May 04, 2017 6:29 pm

Bob, great work as usual, just one question, have you figured out a working drag chute?
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