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Postby Tycosaur » Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:16 pm

After attending the Midwest Slot Car Show in Indiana on Sunday and scoring on some Nascars for about $23 ea. I decided it was time to get started on the routed tri oval that I have been wanting to build for the last few years. It will be a modular four lane track with 3 1/2" lane spacing to run 1/24 scale cars as well, the footprint is about 24', but I'm sure It will be a little shorter once it's complete. It will be set up in the basement when done and will be in the garage or outside on dry warmer days. The timing system will come later as I just want to get it going and hope to be done by Christmas.
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I've got it layed down and some of it trimmed yesterday, I bought the last section and cut it today. I will round off the corners once I get it put together.
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I am building this track to hopefully get some of neighborhood parents and their kids involved in this great hobby. I also won't get to upset if the Nascars get a little banged up since I got them for a great price..

I will post any updates here.
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Re: Tri Oval build is finally underway.

Postby strangebrew » Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:20 pm

Great start....perfect size (That is, make it as big as you have room for) :lol:
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Postby ShotgunDave » Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:22 pm

:text-bravo:

Nice job Tycosaur! Always good to see another oval going up. I'll be watching with interest.
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Postby mattb » Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:49 pm

Better go 4 inch centers if you want to run 1/24.
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Postby HomeRacingWorld » Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:52 pm

Another oval :) Well done!
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Postby RazorJon » Thu Nov 12, 2015 1:50 am

looking good, be watching this one
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Postby SLOTTING SINCE 1963 » Thu Nov 12, 2015 2:42 am

Well done , keep going
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Postby Tycosaur » Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:15 am

I will be running 1/32 and 1/25 cars not 1/24, so I believe that the 3½" lane spacing should be ok.
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Postby Pappy » Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:40 am

I agree with mattB, 4" minimum lane spacing especially if you have tight turns. I would put 6" slide out room between the outside lane and the wall, 3" between the inside lane and the wall.

I have 4" lane spacing on my track with tight turns and you can run 1/24 but it's tight, I don't think 3 1/2" would have worked for 1/24 or 1/25.

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Postby indybob007 » Thu Nov 12, 2015 6:26 am

Cool another trioval. I am in the process also on a tri oval. Looks like its going to be a nice one. Post many pic. Indybob
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Postby Jabbatee » Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:09 am

Nice! Looking forward to more pics of your progress...
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Postby nhdungeonracer » Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:53 am

Lane spacing of 3.5" will work with 1/25 cars. They'll be leaning on the outside cars pretty hard in the corners, but with good driving, it's cool to see them racing that close.
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Postby mattb » Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:27 am

You won't have much fun running 1/24 stock cars with only 3 1/2 inch centers. You will also need a lot more outside aprons if you run stockers. You can run 1/24 on 3 1/2, Monogram and Revell both sold 1/24 sets using 1/32 track. That is the track they made, but it is not the optimum size like Carrera for bigger cars.

I have been a 1/24 collector and builder for 35 years and have had home setups using the old plastic track. Trust me, it just isn't the best with bigger cars. If you just want to test drive a bigger car every now and then, it will be fine, but it will be too tight for competitive racing. If you just stick to the 1/32 stuff, you'll be fine and have fun.
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Postby TuscoTodd » Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:30 am

Awesome! Love seeing new track builds! :D
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Postby scatman » Thu Nov 12, 2015 10:25 am

The last oval I built I went with 4 inch spacing thinking I would run 1/24. Well, spent most the time racing 1/32 and to me, that's to much spacing. It was to easy going around the turns knowing you wouldn't hit the car next to you. Just my two cents.
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