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    New to carrera 1/32 &1/24 scale track . I have been working in the autorennebahnplaner software trying to come up with a decent track. I want something more interesting then a oval but not something so difficult that Lewis Hamilton couldn’t finish a lap. Right now I have 5 4’x8’ tables which I could configure in any possible way. Any ideas , pictures of your layouts, things to avoid, all info would be helpful. I do also have room for two more 4’x8’ tables if needed. This is all the track I have right now , but plans to purchase more after Christmas. Like to be in the 100’-150’ layout.
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    I like the course curves to be different. Mix up the radii of the track sections that make up the total curve. Strategic placement of lane changers seems to get more important with 124 cars. Making a pass and blocking the opponent makes for exciting racing. Make sure you have enough straight lead in to a lane changer so there is enough time for the car to straighten out and be able to make the sensor.
    Have areas for your buddies to put their slot stuff when they come over to race.

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    • #3
      I’m trying to make off track space available selves, tables or what not for guests racing to put the slot stuff and I have a general repair desk anyone can access also. Would like to invest in a tire truer in the future. For now I use a piece of spare track hooked to wall charger and different grades of sand paper. It’s low budget but makes a huge difference in handling

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      • #4
        Completely irrelevant, but your photos remind me of the story about the HO magnet car that flew off the track and couldn't be found, until it started to stink -- stuck to the side of the wood-burning stove.

        All those tables will offer you lots of opportunities for installing shelves and/or plastic sets of drawers under the track. One of the contributors here on SCI installed home-made cabinets underneath. Stunning.

        As for layout design, the watchword is "flow". Can be achieved by creating sections where the car's speed can smoothly increase, or smoothly decrease. Like coming off the main straight onto a large radius curve and then through a series of curves of decreasing radius.

        Ed Bianchi

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        • #5
          What state are you in T?

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          • #6
            Big T

            Divide the track into three 'zones'.

            One will include the main straight, which should run the full length of the area for the layout, and should be all about speed, with wide turns that increase in radii. Another should be very technical, mostly curves - and some of them tight, whilst still having 'flow'. The third should be some of each.

            Be prepared to tweak dozens of times if need be.

            The end results should be a track that is easy enough to get around, but one where you feel a real high if you nail a stonking lap.

            Good luck.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by HO RacePro View Post
              Completely irrelevant, but your photos remind me of the story about the HO magnet car that flew off the track and couldn't be found, until it started to stink -- stuck to the side of the wood-burning stove.

              All those tables will offer you lots of opportunities for installing shelves and/or plastic sets of drawers under the track. One of the contributors here on SCI installed home-made cabinets underneath. Stunning.

              As for layout design, the watchword is "flow". Can be achieved by creating sections where the car's speed can smoothly increase, or smoothly decrease. Like coming off the main straight onto a large radius curve and then through a series of curves of decreasing radius.

              Ed Bianchi
              :-) this is a gas stove so the out side doesn’t put out any heat to speak of , and due to my need for more track I’m already looking to move that out and replace with some of those room heaters that are more efficient. But that was a funny story with the melting car.

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              • #8
                Hey Dave I live in milwaukie Oregon , just outside of Portland. By now we’re famous for Portlandia tv shows and the never ending riots , oh don’t get me started :-)

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                • #9
                  Ah too bad. I think a get together would be a hoot.

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                  • #10
                    Where you from dave ? Seems like I already know but I have the memory of a new born puppy.

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                    • #11
                      Mid Michigan..Saginaw.

                      What Nico suggested is exactly how I planned out my track. I build the 3 sections separately how I wanted them to look (straight, esses and mini esses) and put them where I wanted them on the tables. Then it was just a matter of connecting all the sections together. Quite fun doing it that way actually.
                      Dave

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                      • #12
                        Hey BigT!!
                        Here's a temporary layout I did for an event a few times, no need to watch the whole video because it's pretty boring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf4D...index=91&t=48s

                        But the idea is that something fairly simple can be a lot of fun!! What made it fun and challenging is what the guys above said; turns with varied radii, long fast straight, and some technical areas. The major problem with that layout is that it's basically all right hand turns, an "inner-loop" tack. So the right hand lane has a big advantage. It's a good example of a lot of good things and one big wrong thing...LOL.

                        Like my signature says I'm in Seattle, so hope to swap paint with you someday. And Monte from Digital Racing solutions is based in Portland. DocDoom is based in Vancouver, WA; he's mainly a SSD guy. And Mr. Flippant is here too along with another 10+ digital guys, some on the boards and some not.
                        Last edited by carlosinseattle; 12-15-2020, 04:30 PM. Reason: spelling

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                        • #13
                          Nice layout Carlos , and it’s nice to know that the Great NW isn’t completely dried up of slot car guys .

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BigT View Post
                            Nice layout Carlos , and it’s nice to know that the Great NW isn’t completely dried up of slot car guys .
                            Or slot car websites ... or slot car stores ...

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                            • #15
                              Ikr...It seems like ya'll have most of the activity out your way. Been tryin for years to get something together up here but other than 32LbKing pickins are slim over here.

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