Watkins Glen in Wood Update - Braiding and First Laps

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Re: Watkins Glen in Wood - Detailing Update

Postby 73emgee » Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:43 am

First, I want to thank all of you that have provided encouraging comments and suggestions, there is a lot of knowledge and experience available on HRW.

This is a quick update on progress of detailing the track surface. I've been experimenting on getting a realistic looking surface using several techniques on scrap MDF. I like the results achieved by David Reinecke using spray bottles and blotting as described in his track builds. I purchased two cheap spray bottles and gave it a try. I had a difficult time getting consistent results, mainly because of the crappy spray pattern produced by the bottles I purchased; they kept leaving big blobs of paint that ruined the effect. In the few cases when I was able to get a good pattern it did produce a very realistic looking surface. I also tried a technique of flicking the paint using a toothbrush; this worked but was hard to control, and would take too long to do the entire track.

I then tried using a small detail spray gun I've used for many small projects around the house. This is a Harbor Freight gun purchased for around $10, it only holds 4oz. of paint and produces a very fine spray. I mixed up some acrylic airbrush paint to produce a very light grey color and turned down the pressure and paint volume to produce a very open pattern. Holding the gun about 3 feet above the track I misted on a light spray. I was OK with the results, so I walked a lap around the track using this method, quick and easy.

ImageWP_20171013_022 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]
ImageWP_20171013_017 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]
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I also did some experimenting with producing racing lines that I would like to use in some of the corners. I used a damp sponge, translucent black airbrush paint, and a small tile. Using very light strokes and very little paint I could produce some nice lines on the practice MDF. I tried this on the actual track using very subtle strokes which you can barely see in these pics. I plan on using this method on the rest of the track once I finish experimenting with painting pavement patches.

ImageWP_20171013_021 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]
ImageWP_20171013_003 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]
ImageWP_20171013_004 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]

Pavement patches and skid marks next.
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Re: Watkins Glen in Wood

Postby Mebrown » Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:30 am

That looks like a road now. Can't wait to see a picture of the whole track painted. Excited for you and looking forward to more updates.


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Re: Watkins Glen in Wood

Postby Lou E » Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:04 am

Track surface looks really good, nice work!! Does the surface have texture or is it still smooth?
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Re: Watkins Glen in Wood

Postby 73emgee » Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:39 am

Lou E wrote:Track surface looks really good, nice work!! Does the surface have texture or is it still smooth?


Lou,

I lightly sanded with #400 grit after spraying the highlight. It has the same smooth texture as the original base coat.
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Re: Watkins Glen in Wood

Postby mrollingthunder » Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:16 pm

I'm very impressed.I grew up in Central NY and spent many nights and days sneaking onto the track, doing thousands of laps, when the track was near abandoned at one point.So did half the teens in the area! For years I moved on to sanctioned track days with various Spitfires and now my Capri's. I never miss the fall Vintage race, so I've probably seen or met more than a few of you there (Red Capri). I can't wait to see the finished product!
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Re: Watkins Glen in Wood

Postby dreinecke » Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:46 pm

SUPER work so far! Nice to see someone not hack it up like me ;)

The airbrush did the speckles perfectly. I thought about it, but decided that was $8 more for the air brush than my $0.99 bottles. Oh, and I'm lazy and didn't want to wash it out afterwards.

Seriously - this is marvelous!
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Re: Watkins Glen in Wood - Detailing Update #2

Postby 73emgee » Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:18 pm

As part of my attempt to create a realistic track surface I wanted to include some pavement patches at the end of the front and back straights and in the "toe of the boot". I taped the beginning and end of the patch then used an inside caliper along the gains to lightly scratch the surface to locate the inner and outer edges of the patch.

ImageWP_20171016_002 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]

I then taped around the patch area so it could be painted with a roller.

ImageWP_20171015_002 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]
ImageWP_20171015_004 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]
ImageWP_20171015_006 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]
ImageWP_20171015_008 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]

Next I added some skid marks to the entrance of each turn using part of a PCS chassis, 2 different sized tires, and some spacers to change the width between the tires for variety. I used watered down translucent black paint on a tile and ran the tires through the paint then onto paper to clear the excess paint.

ImageWP_20171017_007 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]
ImageWP_20171017_008 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]
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Here are some pictures of the track showing the detailing.

ImageWP_20171017_013 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]
ImageWP_20171017_018 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]
ImageWP_20171017_029 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]
ImageWP_20171017_027 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]

I'm now declaring the track painted, and ready to move on. Next will be putting some thought into wiring, power drop locations, and cutting slots for the braid drops.
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Re: Watkins Glen in Wood

Postby Z-carfan » Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:21 pm

Outstanding work!!! I'm loving the detail you are putting into the surface.
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Re: Watkins Glen in Wood

Postby Conrod » Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:57 am

that's is very nice, realistic painting work
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Re: Watkins Glen in Wood Update - Braiding and First Laps

Postby 73emgee » Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:00 pm

Ready to start braiding and testing the preliminary wiring design. I originally planned to use several power drops, so I built this guide to cut the drop slots, but after searching in internet for opinions on the number of drops recommended I decided to use only one drop.


ImageWP_20171103_003 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]

This is a picture of the slots for the power drops. I offset the slots because of the connectors I plan to use on the underside of the track.

ImageWP_20171103_010 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]
ImageWP_20171031_005 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]

Now I can start laying braid, starting with the center lane. First I sanded the gains to get the best surface for the pre-taped braid from Slot Car Corner. I also primed the gains with Tape Primer 94 which 3M recommends using with their VHB tape to improve adhesion. Before using I did test the adhesion with and without the primer on some scrap MDF, the primed gain held the tape much better than without.

ImageWP_20171108_021 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]

I built this sled to carry the braid as I moved around the track; I also made a roller to press the braid into the primed gains.

ImageWP_20171104_002 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]
ImageWP_20171108_009 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]

Center lane completed.

ImageWP_20171108_004 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]

Temporary wiring to test design and use of XLR connectors, I plan to incorporate TrakMate into the design later with light gantry, relay, and track call buttons and fused at each driver station.

ImageWP_20171108_018 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]

First laps :auto-layrubber:

ImageMVI_4021 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/img]

Now its Miller Time; no wait this is BIG, this is SPECIAL, bartender make mine a single malt Scotch. :dance:
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Re: Watkins Glen in Wood Update - Braiding and First Laps

Postby SlotCarCorner » Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:18 pm

Very nice track build - well done!!

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Re: Watkins Glen in Wood Update - Braiding and First Laps

Postby scatman » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:05 pm

:music-rockout: :text-bravo: :banana-dance:
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Re: Watkins Glen in Wood Update - Braiding and First Laps

Postby FC47 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:14 pm

Congrats Man! Outstanding!!!

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Re: Watkins Glen in Wood Update - Braiding and First Laps

Postby chappyman66 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:45 pm

Outstanding work and attention to detail. What a fantastic project. The first laps are always fun...Glad to see it running!
Two more lanes, and it's time to race
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Re: Watkins Glen in Wood Update - Braiding and First Laps

Postby WB2 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:01 am

Great idea and workmanship on the power drop jig and slots.
The connector blocks are ingenious.
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