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Old 03-14-2008, 02:17 AM
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Default Wood HO Track

Hi,

I know most of you are into 1/32nd on this forum, but I thought I'd post my HO scale test track which I recently completed. If you've got a question, it's probably answered on the site where I wrote construction details: http://routedtrack.hobby-site.com/

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hey thats pretty cool dude,how big is it,being a small scale can have its benefits ay
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Hi,

This test track was routed on a single piece of 1200 x 900 x 18mm MDF - this was to get the jigs and the techniques right. The final tack (Marathon Raceways) will be about 4m x 1.2m x 9mm and follow this design:



This is following a guy in the US's design, which looks like this:





There is also a 1/32nd rally track I'll be building sometime in the future which will be a watered down version of this on 2.4m x 1.2m MDF:



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You'll notice that the inside lane is always the inside lane...not sure if that's deliberate
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There is also a 1/32nd rally track I'll be building sometime in the future which will be a watered down version of this on 2.4m x 1.2m MDF:

Cool, this is actually an early design of mine. I never built this track and it crammed a little too much into a small space, but it had the elements of scenery that I wanted to do. I'd love to see someone try a version of this! But, as the oldslotracer pointed out, one lane has a clear advantage. To be honest, I planned it as a digital track, and this problem isn't paramount.

Here's a later version of this track plan with the digital elements incorporated. But I miss the hill climb. I eventually built a very different design, but I never lost my affection for these early musings.

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Many clubs use lane rotation during races....so equal lenth lanes isnt required....everyone runs each lane during the race...
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Many clubs use lane rotation during races....so equal lenth lanes isnt required....everyone runs each lane during the race...
Yep, that's exactly what we do ...
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Cool, this is actually an early design of mine. I never built this track and it crammed a little too much into a small space, but it had the elements of scenery that I wanted to do. I'd love to see someone try a version of this! But, as the oldslotracer pointed out, one lane has a clear advantage. To be honest, I planned it as a digital track, and this problem isn't paramount.

Here's a later version of this track plan with the digital elements incorporated. But I miss the hill climb. I eventually built a very different design, but I never lost my affection for these early musings.
Hi,

Thanks for letting me know - the hill climb was kinda what attracted me to this design, and I saved quite a few to my computer in the 'research' stage - so I never knew who did the design.

I'll be simplifying the design and making it a 'rally' type track - I wish I had the extra couple of feet, but I believe I can shrink it down, retain the hill climb and make it a good wood track. It's going to be a bit further down the line (possibly next year) after I get the wife settled in with the HO track, then tell her another is on the way ....

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BTW: Did you intend it for a 2 lane or 3 lane?

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Wow that HO track looks really nice the track looks like a blast and the craftsmanship is very clean looking. I used to be into HO for a long time but sold it all to feed the 1/32nd monster LOL. That rally course looks like a pretty technical course. Keep up the good work.
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Cheers, but I think you may be talking about the track I haven't built yet (mine is the small one at the top of the post). That's by a guy in the states who has now retired; his website is here: http://www.fulltiltspeedways.com/ - he does some high quality work. Mine is still amateur by comparison, but getting there slowly

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Your smaller track looks pretty good too.
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Thanks, the nephew was over yesterday turning a few laps, for a test track, I'm pretty proud

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Default Hmmm, a thought on the process...

It seems the "standard" for lock wire is coated copper wire.
Of course part of the reason for coated wire is to use it as colored lane markers also.
So what if bare, solid core copper wire was used? You could then apply power to the lock wire instead of the rails improving the connection all the way around the track. . Then use a pinstriping tool to color code the lanes by painting the copper wires....
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Hi Scott,

Thanks, it's an interesting idea; I believe the plastic around the wire provides elasticity to help hold the rails in place, as it's squeezed in there - not sure that solid wire would provide that, and the connection is pretty constant on my track (with one power tap per rail). The lock wire I used was provided from 4 core telephone cable, which is easily obtained for about $au0.50 per metre, but I might see if I can dig up some sold core and do some testing on that!

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