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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby Half Fast Slotter » Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:27 pm

I love he way the pedestrian overpass and the stairs tie all the various levels together. Great!
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Re: Overlook Raceway Park - more photos of scenery

Postby dwdirks » Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:18 pm

I've added some more details to my basement slot car track. The layout is about 18 feet long by 4.5 feet wide. I used a combination of classic and sport scalextric track with copper tape on the rails.

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New wooden overlook platform on top of cliff next to bridge.

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Cobra Daytona crossing bridge while cobra sports car negotiates corner next to new overlook.

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A little picnic going on right next to the main straight.

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Helicopter view of new wooden overlook area.

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View of layout from south end.

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A couple of climbers are trying to scale the cliff in order to get a better view of the race course.

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A mountain goat has commandeered the highest spot at Overlook Raceway Park.

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Mountain goat view of climbers and passing cobra daytona coupe.

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The new wooden overlook platform with protective chain link fence.

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View from behind main grandstand with pedestrian bridge and winners podium in background.

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Cobras speeding past the overlook platform.

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Pit row and main straight.

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New communication tower on top of race control booth.

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Joe is watching the cobras scream past.

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Joe is peeking through the cutout in the Sunoco sign as the cobras roar around the corner leading up to the highest point on the race course.
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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby chappy » Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:59 pm

Only word that comes to mind dw is Awesome.
Thanks for the post and all the pics. It is definitely an inspiration to me and i bet a few others too.
Well done sir.
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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby ourwayband » Wed Nov 02, 2016 6:24 pm

What Chappy said!!
Well done sir.

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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby Z-carfan » Wed Nov 02, 2016 6:42 pm

That is simply a beautiful and well conceived layout! kudos!
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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby dwdirks » Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:40 pm

Thanks for looking at my posts and for the kind words. Seems like there is always lots more improvements to be made - more coming soon. This hobby is a great way to be creative and it's a good stress reliever too.
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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby Flounder » Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:22 pm

A couple of questions. First, how do you support your bridges, and what do you use on the edge? I'm looking all the way back up at the top to the "under the bridge "picture.
Second, how do you keep all of this dust free?
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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby Dundee Denny » Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:53 pm

just glued to the screen scrolling back and forth.

Tons of ideas abound on your post!!!

Appreciate all the photo taking to let us come see your track, sort of!!

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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby dwdirks » Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:15 am

Flounder, the bridge on my track is supported by a bunch of wood, metal and plastic scraps that I had laying around in my basement. I used the metal uprights from some adjustable shelving for the main supports (u-shaped metal with slots for adjustable shelf supports), some wood scraps for cross pieces and plastic 'I beams' taken from a window shade. The window shade material was also used for the bridge arch support - just warmed it up in some not quite boiling water and bent it to shape. The side rails are made from plastic, corrugated sign material.

Most of my scenery, buildings and structures are scratch built from left over stuff I have collected in my basement. Only exception to this is the Scalextric grandstand.

Keeping it all dust free is a bit of a chore. I used a shop-vac every once in a while but have to be careful to not suck up some actual scenery.
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Re: New Race Truck at Overlook Raceway Park

Postby dwdirks » Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:11 am

A new race truck just arrived at Overlook Raceway Park. I'll post some photos of the race truck build soon.
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I added a bunch of build photos in the HRW All Scales Build-OFF section: viewtopic.php?f=58&t=15982#p188206
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Re: TV Tower for Overlook Raceway Park

Postby dwdirks » Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:01 pm

I added a TV tower to my basement slot track. After you speed past turn 1 where some construction work is going on you drive behind the new tower.
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Felled trees are being chopped into kindling. The axe man began life as a plastic soldier. The safety fencing is plastic netting from a mandarin orange box.
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Tower is made from bits of wire, balsa wood, plastic stairs and paper cut out signs.
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TV camera is made from plastic and wire scraps - it rotates on it base and pivots up and down so the cameraman can cover all of the race course from his perch atop the tower.
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Now we need some kind of broadcast van to compliment the TV tower.
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Re: Broadcast Van for Overlook Raceway Park

Postby dwdirks » Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:45 pm

I bought a cheap ($5) 1/32 VW bus toy and converted it into a broadcast van for my slot race course. I took the toy apart and then added bits and pieces of plastic, wire, odds and ends from the inside of an old laptop and stereo receiver and ended up with this van.

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The satellite dish is a clear plastic suction cup painted flat white.
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The interior control center is cobbled together from more odds and ends from all over my basement.
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The van is now parked next to the TV tower and we can start to broadcast live from Overlook Raceway Park.
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Now it's time for some real racing so we have something worthwhile to broadcast to racing fans.
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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby Dundee Denny » Tue Jan 24, 2017 8:05 pm

WOW, just when I thought I was totally impressed, I become even more impressed with your workmanship!!

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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby chappyman66 » Tue Jan 24, 2017 8:12 pm

I was thinking the same thing. ...wow.
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Re: Overlook Raceway Park

Postby TuscoTodd » Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:22 am

Absolutely LOVE the scratch building you are doing and the GREAT looking finished pieces!
WOW!!!
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