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Old 07-18-2009, 03:17 PM
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Default I need experienced help with a 4x16 HO layout

I finally have the room to put a permanent track down in the basement. I am new to HO, so I don't have much experience in track design. I like the insane speed of modern HO, but I'd like a challenging track layout. I was looking at the Commercial 68 layout on hoslotcarracing.com. How is this layout? Is there anything you would change if it were yours? Would this be a good layout for your only home track? Are there any other layouts for the same size table I could also consider? I would design my own, but Id be flying blind.

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Old 07-18-2009, 05:16 PM
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Jeremy
You can do almost an infinite number of layouts. Where are you located? You should try to hook up with some locals, drive their tracks & see what you like or don't like about them. I am sure
there will be many willing to help.
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Old 07-18-2009, 10:16 PM
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I am kind of partial to this layout:



While only 4 x 12, it could be stretched out to 4 x 16.
And that chicane overpass would keep it interesting...
So it is not your average "4 drag strips connected by turns"...

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Old 07-19-2009, 08:49 AM
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I have always laid it blind!
takes a few tries to get the ends to meet, but it will be your design.

Some folks have programs that can help lay it out.

and for some ideas, here are some layouts, not sure if the plastic track will make all of the below turns, but it will give some ideas:




my track layout:


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Old 07-19-2009, 09:21 AM
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the commercial 68 looks like it would be fun. if you wanted to make it more challenging, it looks like there is room to add a bus stop on the inside straight.
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:41 AM
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personaly, I prefer noddaz 's one
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:17 AM
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This is a MaxTrax, it is a custom built sectional track made of PVC. MaxTrax have wider lane spacing than any other HO track, the layout is actually more challenging than you might think.

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Old 07-20-2009, 11:32 AM
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Let me know what you want by a rough sketch and I can draw it up for you.

Here are some samples:











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Old 07-20-2009, 04:54 PM
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eforce, cool stuff
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Old 07-20-2009, 05:35 PM
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Default very cool

cool e-force, what program did you use?We want to re-design our track and one of the above looks interesting to a few of us so far.
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Old 07-21-2009, 06:04 AM
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Tracker2000 is the program used
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:40 AM
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Take Tom's advice about trying different track layouts. Also depending on budget what type of track to use.
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:17 AM
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The main thing when building a track is to make sure you are happy with the end result. So definitely experiment before settling on anything permanent.

Also here are a few things that I always take into consideration when designing a track.
  • Is it fun to drive
  • Will it promote good racing
  • Is it easy to marshal
  • Lap counter location
  • Make each lanes lap time as equal as possible
In the end the important thing is always to have fun
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Old 07-22-2009, 01:55 AM
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Quote:
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  • Is it fun to drive
  • Will it promote good racing
  • Is it easy to marshal
  • Lap counter location
  • Make each lanes lap time as equal as possible
In the end the important thing is always to have fun

Very good points although I think differently on the last Dot Point re lap times (and lane lengths for that matter).
In a slot race, everyone should get a go on each lane, so I figure it doesn't matter if each lane is a different length/time. In fact, I prefer it!
Each lane is different to drive no matter what you do.

The centre lanes on any 4 lane circuit are always the quicker ones, regardless of layout.
Another good point is to build the track YOU want, not what you think others may want you to build
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Old 07-22-2009, 01:19 PM
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Fly blind and experiment... you may surprise yourself and come up with something no one else has thought of.
Varying radius turns are always fun.
Equal timed lanes make casual and crash and burn racing much more fun.
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