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Re: Tri Oval build is finally underway.

Postby Tycosaur » Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:30 pm

scatman wrote: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.

I think I am going with 3 1/2" lane spacing since I run mostly 1/32 cars.

Thanks for the input.
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Re: Tri Oval build is finally underway.

Postby Junior » Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:37 pm

What are the dimensions? Interested in seeing your build. Fred was looking at building an oval and it will be good to see how you do it, especially if you are planning to make it semi-portable.
Keep the pics of your progress coming.
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Re: Tri Oval build is finally underway.

Postby Tycosaur » Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:39 pm

I got the two ends done today and also got started on the straight sections. I marked the lanes to give me an idea how it would look, I am going with 3 1/2" lane spacing since I run mostly 1/32 cars.
I ripped some 2x4s to build the frames and to make each section lighter, since it will be a portable track.
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Re: Tri Oval build is finally underway.

Postby Tycosaur » Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:19 pm

Junior wrote:What are the dimensions? Interested in seeing your build. Fred was looking at building an oval and it will be good to see how you do it, especially if you are planning to make it semi-portable.
Keep the pics of your progress coming.
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Tom, each end is 4x6 the straight sections are 14'x8' and the tri sections are I would guess just slightly longer then the straights. I will be going with 3½" lane spacing with 7" borders around most of the corners.

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Re: Tri Oval build is finally underway.

Postby frank9129 » Thu Nov 12, 2015 10:27 pm

I have a 4'x16' routed oval track. It has 3.5" lane spacing. I found that to run my 1:25 cars I have to use lane 2 and 4. 3.5 is just very tight for most new racers. 4" would be best if you have new to slot car racers.
Just my 2 cents worth.
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Re: Tri Oval build is finally underway.

Postby Tycosaur » Sat Nov 14, 2015 7:22 am

I got the last sections done yesterday, it is temporarily together with quick clamps. I will be using 1/4" threaded rod with wing nuts to join each section and hopefully get started on routing today.

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Re: Tri Oval build is finally underway.

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Sat Nov 14, 2015 7:40 am

Looking really good. Well done.
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Re: Tri Oval build is finally underway.

Postby Junior » Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:01 am

Looking good!

See Fred, you could be building one also!
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Re: Tri Oval build is finally underway.

Postby oldtymer » Sat Nov 14, 2015 3:12 pm

Junior wrote:Looking good!

See Fred, you could be building one also!

Wont be long I hope....I might need a little help....hint....hint
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Re: Tri Oval build is finally underway.

Postby Tycosaur » Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:09 am

I'm joining the sections with ¼"x4" threaded bolts, fender washers, wing nuts and 5/16 nuts for spacers. Using the bolts was easier and less expensive then threaded rod.
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I also didn't get time to route today and hope to get it started tomorrow.
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Re: Tri Oval build is finally underway.

Postby indybob007 » Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:19 am

Looking good. Should be a very fun track to race. So those are 2by2s rip from 2by4s under the MDF. Do they even sell 2by2s. Good job Indybob
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Re: Tri Oval build is finally underway.

Postby Tycosaur » Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:04 am

indybob007 wrote:Looking good. Should be a very fun track to race. So those are 2by2s rip from 2by4s under the MDF. Do they even sell 2by2s. Good job Indybob

I believe they do, but there actually 1½x1½ and are rarely straight. I purchased the straightest 2x4s that were kilned dried.

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Re: Tri Oval build is finally underway.

Postby Tycosaur » Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:26 pm

I was able to route turns 1 and 3 yesterday and got the straightaway done today. After building my first deck this summer, I remembered that I had a few pieces of composite decking that I could use for the fence to route the straight section.
I attached a couple of pieces of scrap wood to the sides of the decking then clamped it down. This worked great as it can be moved easily if the slot lines are off. The picture looks as though I've made some routing mistakes, but there just lines from a sharpie as I was trying for some different lane paths.
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I got all four lanes routed quickly and straight doing it this way. I also couldn't decide to go with 3 1/2 or 4" lane spacing, so I routed turn 1 with 4" spacing, turn 3 with 3 1/2" spacing and turn 2, the tri will have 3 1/2" spacing as well.
I will be routing turn 2 tomorrow using the same type of jig I used that required no nails to route my first track.
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Re: Tri Oval build is finally underway.

Postby indybob007 » Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:42 am

Lookin good. What color will the track be. Indybob
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Re: Tri Oval build is finally underway.

Postby Tycosaur » Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:43 am

indybob007 wrote:Lookin good. What color will the track be. Indybob

I'm going with a grey color Indy, the same that I used for my road course.
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