A Family Slot Car Track

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A Family Slot Car Track

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:41 pm

Our grandson Cameron has showed interest in the hobby for a couple years. Not just the normal quick playing, he has really been into practicing and the guys that visit here have seen him do pretty well. He has wanted to build his own track and the time was right. I had this planned when I purchased the Carrera Fast Classics II Set and since he really liked it, I knew what we needed to do.

The first step was a track plan and size. After going over it a few times, the answer was easy: Keep it Simple! We have a more complex routed track, so this one needed to be simple for our younger grand kids and their occasional friends. I also wanted to try and show you don't need a huge track to have fun. Finally, we needed a table that was lightweight that could easily be moved when we have race events.

So the dimensions were 38 inches by 8 feet.

The frame would be made with 1x6's for the outer frame and 1x4's for the cross bracing. I pre-drilled and then attached the screws. I used wood glue on each joint as well.

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Once completed I took it outside and gave it a good sanding. With handling and little hands, needed to keep it splinter-free as possible.

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It would be painted with a certain theme my grandson and I chose. First was to prime the outside. We used inexpensive flat latex. Works fine on the pine.

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For the base I had a couple choices but went with this R-Board. It's only 1/2 inch but compacted. It holds it's shape well and with the support braces worked perfectly. It was also the least expensive option :) $12.00 a sheet at my Lowe's.

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This standard adhesive would serve a dual purpose. I used it on the R-Board along with the small screws you see. It would also be used on our "grass" that comes later.

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All dry and secure.

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This might be the best slot car project paint I know of. At only $3.50 a jar, this satin paint is easily mixed in just about any color at Lowe's. We chose to have our theme match the CARRERA log, so basic charcoal black, red would do. We also chose a "sky blue" for what little backdrop we would have.

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Uh oh. It's PAINTING day! All of them wanted to be involved and who am I to say no?

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They painted the inside the sky blue first.

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Time for the red!

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Ok, after the paint dried it was time to cut and trim the artificial grass. I went with the old standard product as it works great. Being plastic it helps protect the finish on the cars and no fibers to get would up around axles or into the braids. You can see we are using the adhesive again to secure the grass.

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While looking around for a center stripe we came across some cool looking diamond plate tape. This will do just fine.

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Finally finished! :)

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Looks like it's all working just fine.

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Yes, simple is sometimes best.

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And here he is, the proud owner of his FIRST slot car track! :)

Having the whole family involved made it very special and not just family here, but on this forum. Thanks Steve Stone for the lap timer and extra corners, Razorjon for the track mounting clips to come. The folks at CarreraSlots for fast shipping in time for Thanksgiving too. And finally Locoracer Tom and The General for reminding me to keep it simple as well. :)

What a lot of fun. Hope that it helps some of you as well.

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas! :flags-waveusa: :occasion-santa:
-Harry

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Re: A Family Slot Car Track

Postby Junior » Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:50 pm

Great looking track, good job Cameron!
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Re: A Family Slot Car Track

Postby ourwayband » Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:51 pm

Now that is a cool track.Just the right size too.We've had as much if not more fun on a track that size then some of the Big ones.
Happy Turkey day and with this track I know it will be a Merry Christmas!

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Re: A Family Slot Car Track

Postby RV Racing » Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:55 pm

This project is just so cool, Harry! Handing down the racing tradition to the next generation . . . well done, sir!

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Re: A Family Slot Car Track

Postby nhdungeonracer » Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:58 pm

Great article Boss...

Sometimes us old guys need to be reminded that everyone has to start somewhere, and the simple things is all it takes to have fun :music-rockout:
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Re: A Family Slot Car Track

Postby waaytoomuchintothis » Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:42 pm

Lots of fun! And those are some cute kids, too. Big smiles all around.
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Re: A Family Slot Car Track

Postby dge467 » Thu Nov 26, 2015 9:13 pm

A great way to spend a day! Very cool!
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Re: A Family Slot Car Track

Postby Z-carfan » Thu Nov 26, 2015 11:38 pm

Great job Harry!
What a really cool way to keep them interested in the hobby. I bet that was fun to do!
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Re: A Family Slot Car Track

Postby ShotgunDave » Fri Nov 27, 2015 1:58 am

Now that's how you spend thanksgiving! Big smiles tell the tale.

Glad to see Cameron getting hooked on our favorite hobby. Great job Boss.
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Re: A Family Slot Car Track

Postby RazorJon » Fri Nov 27, 2015 4:39 am

Oh yeah, that looks like a winner to me, all that track needs is a lime green lambo :text-bravo:
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Re: A Family Slot Car Track

Postby indybob007 » Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:08 am

That is a great job their. I love the Diamond plate Tape. Very creative. That outside walls looks very professional. Nothing better than Family working togeather on a fun project. Indybob smiling.
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Re: A Family Slot Car Track

Postby TuscoTodd » Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:26 am

That is AWESOME!!!
Two thumbs up!
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Re: A Family Slot Car Track

Postby dreinecke » Fri Nov 27, 2015 11:11 pm

This is a great story and a really nice track for the young man! Looks like you guys all had fun and I cannot wait to take second place behind him next time I visit!
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Re: A Family Slot Car Track

Postby Nor Cal Mike » Sun Nov 29, 2015 11:06 am

Great Job!
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Re: A Family Slot Car Track

Postby chappy » Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:12 pm

Just caught this thread. Great job by the family.
Thats the best part.
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