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New to slot cars and tracks

Postby rcheli » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:56 pm

Pulled the trigger today. Going to extend the AFX HO Infinity track by 30" into an oval for starters. Plan to expand from there and create a scale layout with greenery, buildings and such.

Been flying 700 sized rc helis for 20 years with a few rc planes and an rc car or 2 mixed in. This perfect for an rc guy during bad weather days. I'm not much for video games. I like something a bit more tangible that has no reset button...

Going to start on a 3x6 table then go from there. I'd prefer high speed on this project and figured oval would do it if the straights are long enough. Then perhaps integrate a road course portion with quick change from oval to road course. It's interesting.

Tips and advice is welcome.
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Re: New to slot cars and tracks

Postby TuscoTodd » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:28 pm

If you aren't going to screw the track to the table, you may want to consider picking up some of the AFX track clips -
AFX track clips
They do a very nice job of keeping the joints tight when running high speed / high force cars. (you don't need to do the whole track - just primarily the corners and the lead into / out of them.
Sounds like it will be a fun project!
I am still in the process of mounting my 4 lane oval on a hollow core door the dimensions are similar (3' x 7') - and can tell you, it is hard to beat an oval for fun factor!
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Re: New to slot cars and tracks

Postby rcheli » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:13 pm

Thank you. I will get the clips. May screw down at some point. Just ordered a 5 amp 12-24v power supply for $13.00 from ebay for upgrade. Glad to hear it about the oval.

Hopefully all will be here thursday or friday. I've been reading and watching videos. I should have done this years ago.
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Re: New to slot cars and tracks

Postby rcheli » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:50 pm

Look like I'll actually start with a 13 foot x 3 foot oval, then go from there. Will eventually mount to 2 hollow door cores with felt and ground covering that separates and have handles for easy moving. Lots of ideas on scaling out the track and infield. 13 feet should wind'em up pretty good. Track will be 24 volts. Higher than the stock power supply. Cars are AFX Meg G Plus, newest AFX controllers. Fairly cheap to get going. Lots to learn. More technical than I thought which is a good thing. Always room for a little more power....
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