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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby ShotgunDave » Sun May 29, 2016 5:30 pm

Bravo gents! You guys are doing a fantastic job!

It's great to see another track coming to life.
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby 2FER SLOTS » Sun May 29, 2016 5:31 pm

Looks good sitting there :handgestures-thumbup:
Good job getting the garage cleaned up,would not make points tracking MDF residue into the house.
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby DrumPhil » Mon May 30, 2016 10:22 pm

Lots of other jobs demanded time today, but did get the track screwed in place and spackled. Also glued down a remnant of MDF under the overhang in one spot where space for tail sliding was a little tight.

Ready to cut spots for wiring and then paint the roadway.
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby SLOTTING SINCE 1963 » Tue May 31, 2016 6:38 am

Looking good ......... keep going.
Painted and copper tape.....soon!!!!!
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby DrumPhil » Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:35 pm

Put down the first layer of concrete, er, paint on the roadway tonight. It's actually a paint/primer combination. How many paint layers do you experts recommend on the road surface?
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby slothead » Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:46 pm

I only did one coat of paint over the primer and regret it now - my Bondo repairs show through. Couldn't see them or that I didn't get them sanded smooth till the paint fully dried. Now I have to pretend not to notice.

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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby dreinecke » Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:09 pm

I did two if it needed it. The track looks great!
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby buspor63 » Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:56 pm

slothead wrote:I only did one coat of paint over the primer and regret it now - my Bondo repairs show through. Couldn't see them or that I didn't get them sanded smooth till the paint fully dried. Now I have to pretend not to notice.

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Have you ever seen a glass smooth paving job? I wouldn't worry about texture.
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby Z-carfan » Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:14 pm

I'd do two coast minimum. My test track isn't much smaller, and it holds up well unless you use it as a table. :)
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby 2FER SLOTS » Thu Jun 02, 2016 5:09 am

I concur, 2 be fine.
This really makes it look like a roadway,will be fun to watch you paint in the details.

Remind me to go look for some blue foam chunks I think I saved. :think:
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby DrumPhil » Sat Jun 04, 2016 7:32 pm

Taping and wiring are done. It's alive!
Derek's homemade taping tool worked great - no breaks, and both taps worked the first time. :P
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby 2FER SLOTS » Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:05 am

Fun driving slot cars isn't it. :lol:

Looks real good ! Would you recommend building wood tracks to your friends ?
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby DrumPhil » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:50 am

2FER SLOTS wrote:Fun driving slot cars isn't it. :lol:

Looks real good ! Would you recommend building wood tracks to your friends ?


Now, there's a leading question! But seriously, I am amazed at how smooth this track turned out on the first try. It really is a testament to great help and plenty of solid advice here and on a few additional sites.

My cars are new - they have been lubed but no real tuning yet. But they already drive very nicely on this track. The wood is so quiet! I can enjoy the sounds of the motor, gears, and the tires on the road. And the ability to craft whatever curve shapes you want is awesome. Using the flexi strip produced very flowing curves that feel natural but still challenging. I can't wait for you to try it. :music-rockout:

So the short answer is, Yes! Building from wood is fun and the results are very rewarding.
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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby slothead » Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:04 pm

For a small footprint, that's a great track. I've been following this since you started posting about building a track, and even copied the original plan for this track on graph paper to see if I might use it too. In my version the left hand turn is a sweeper with a somewhat consistent radius, though I imaged cars going clockwise so it opens up a bit going into the back straight.

Is that a lap counting and timing gantry on the front straight? If so I hope you'll post lap times for your cars. If I go ahead with an indoor-outdoor 4' x 8' oval it will be one lane too and the fun will come from recording lap times for similar cars then simulating multi-car races on the computer. There are many ways for solo racing to be a lot of fun.

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Re: Building Prairie Winds Test Track

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:10 am

Just a great effort.

You will certainly have many hours of fun on it.
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