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Re: Overlook Raceway Park - Composite Photo of Circuit

Postby dwdirks » Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:37 pm

Here's a pretty amateur composite photo of my basement slot car track, Overlook Raceway Park. I used PowerPoint to put together 5 separate photos.

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I used SCX Classic, Scalextric Classic and Scalextric Sport track, painted it gray with water based house paint and put copper tape on the rails for better conductivity. The copper tape works great. The best lap time so far is slightly under 6 seconds.
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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby arroldn » Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:01 pm

Looking good.


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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby Broman62 » Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:41 pm

WOW...how the help did I miss this one...very cool layout with awesome scenery!!
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Re: Overlook Raceway Park - New Safety Truck

Postby dwdirks » Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:40 pm

Overlook Raceway Park is getting busier and decided that a new safety truck was badly needed. So, I dug out an old 1/32 scale die-cast mid-fifties Ford pickup (cheap $5 toy store variety) and started working on tools, equipment and safety workers. Here are some photos of the basic raw materials near the start of this process:

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The safety workers are from a Marx toy set that were called NASA workers. I will restyle them to look like race track safety personnel. The jack and part of the fire extinguisher are from an old Scalextric pit box set. The light bar is from a rally slot car. The broom is cobbled together from bits of wood and a slice of foam sheet. The gas can is a rectangular piece from an electrical board with some wire insulation for the filler neck. The hose in the truck bed is some insulated wire with a scrounged metal fitting on the end that I thought looked like a hose end. Balsa wood push bars were added to the front and rear bumpers.

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The race flags are made from bits of stiff wire with shiny paper flags in red, green, yellow, black and white.

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The truck is getting pretty full of safety gear.

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Our safety truck is now nearing completion. Now we need to hire some workers to operate the truck.
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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby chappy » Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:39 am

Nice work DW.
Your attention to detail is really what finishes a traxk off , and you are
doing a great job of bringing it to life.
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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby BARC 1 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:42 am

The difference is in the details. Nice work
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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby ourwayband » Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:14 am

Great looking track and Truck.Some neat ideas too!!

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Re: Overlook Raceway Park - Safety Truck on Track

Postby dwdirks » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:46 pm

I got the safety truck finished up and hired a couple of crew members too.

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The truck is pretty much ready to go but the new crew members are still a little bit up in the air while their uniforms get the finishing touch.

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They don't look too happy right now.

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Some safety gear. Flags made of shiny paper and bits of wire. Safety cones made of bits and pieces of plastic and craft foam. The cone with the ridges is actually from an old window blind pull.

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Completed truck with lots of scratch built gear in the bed.

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The crew members are finally on the job.

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We hope they absorbed all of their training and know how to operate the truck and the equipment.

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Ready to go.

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Ready for action at the highest point of Overlook Raceway Park.

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The green flag is out and Trans Am historic cars are racing by.

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The no. 38 Mustang is leading the no. 88 Camaro as they fly by the Safety Truck and crew.

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Joe Safety has got the yellow flag and is ready to jump off of the tailgate as soon a trouble arises on the track.

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The no. 2 Mustang is gaining from the rear and when he catches the front-runners there might be trouble and Joe will get to use his yellow flag.

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Looks like trouble might be coming. Let's hope the new safety crew is ready for some real action.
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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby indybob009 » Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:35 pm

Excellent work and detail. You would be a great Train guy to. :text-bravo:
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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby dge467 » Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:36 pm

Nice job on the truck!! Track looks great too!!
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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby dwdirks » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:06 pm

Thanks for the nice comments, guys. It is fun working on the track and getting it to look better and perform better as well. Lots of good and inspiring ideas to learn from here on HRW.
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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby vonsirius » Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:04 am

Getting better each time!

A fantastic track :text-bravo:
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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby 73emgee » Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:27 am

Exceptional detail on the track and safety truck, Well Done!!!
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