I understand that Carrera used to offer free of charge their own track designer program. But the designer is no longer available. I believe both Scalextric and SCX offer track designers free of charge. Do you know why Carrera pulled theirs and whether they will be offering one in the future?
I down loaded the slotcarmanager. It's a great program and work very well. I all so have the Carrera Program. No 4 lane Carrera Go :-(
•I need a planner for my new Carrera Go setup, So far these are the track peices I have
•35 Straights 342 mm
•12 Straights 114 mm
•24 Curves 1/90°
•4 Fly Over sections with supports
•2 Connecting track section
•12 High banked curves 1/45° I don't want to use these
•2 Lane change sections
So these are the track peaces I will be getting. I know I need to get the #2 curves. Could some one plan out a 4 lanes track ?
I've decided on a Carrera Digital 132 set. I downloaded Ultimate Racer 3.0 and started to design a track, using the correct track library. Well, after more then a couple of hours I've discovered I think I'm missing some very basic knowledge. I'm very new at track design and I've been spending quite a while with my friend Google.
I am struggling mightily getting a track to work. By that I mean I can' seem to arrange the pieces in such a way to line up. I'll add straights, curves, etc. but when I get to the last piece invariably either the track is misaligned or there is no size piece to fit the remaining gap.
Seems I may have been asleep during the wrong classes in school
Here's something using just the track pieces you show in your image.
The small, offset gap at the top right will close when building the track. As Dave pointed out while I was posting- it isn't easy to get anything other than simple ovals and figure eights to join nicely w/o using some 1/4 and 1/3 straights.
I'd recommend starting with something that works, say, a design from a set or the Internet, and extending/shrinking it in different ways. You'll soon learn some of the tricks of designing with Carrera track.
I just realized you were using three lane changers in your picture. I only plotted two. Here it is with the third lane changer:
Last edited by b.yingling; 04-17-2011 at 08:35 AM.
Thanks guys. I started with the Digital 132 Ferrari set which is about 10.5'. Since I will have an 'L' shaped platform (the 'L' is rotated left 180 degrees in my picture), I chopped off the top and wanted to add a bank and then extend the track in the short leg of the 'L' and back.
As I thought about it last night, I wondered if once I laid the track out how much flexibility there would be to overcome the small offsets.
The concept of curves is one my brain is struggling with, i.e. the number slash degree, 1/30 or 1/60 or 3/15.
I think of track design as a fun challenge like putting together a puzzle. LIke the guys have said, having some 1/3 and 1/4 straights on hand is pretty much a requirement -- especially when you start adding any curves other than R1. I try to picture which direction a section of track needs to move, and then look for a straight or angled spot where to insert a short straight will help close the gap. Sometimes it takes adding 1/4 one direction and 1/3 another direction to get it together. Or try replacing a 1/3 with a 1/4, or vice versa. Or replace a full straight with two shorts ... well, you get the picture.
Anyway, don't get frustrated -- just have fun with it!
Don't forget there's always some flex in the track to get those small corrections to line up. With Carrera track there's a bit less flex than others but often you will be able to coax the track into lining up.