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  • thatguy01
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    Man, at least don't buy that plastic grass stuff. :-)

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  • b.yingling
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    Bought mine at Home Depot/Lowes. Green. Doesn't look like real grass, but it's good enough for me. They both had 6x9 rolls for ~$20.00. Last I bought was about a year and a half ago.

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  • MrFlippant
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    Hop right off and go to Home Depot or wherever. You don't need putting green, just cheap indoor/outdoor carpet.

    Sometimes big box stores will even have a 6x9 or larger rolled up and ready for sale for like $40 or so. There's almost always a green color that is an acceptable grass substitute.

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  • Freekyzilla
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    Yikes. To cover my table with 3 remnants, it would cost me $250. Firmly on the fence now...

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  • MrFlippant
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    If the price is right, sure. I've seen people use that a bit. It's easier to lose screws and small parts in that kind of stuff, though.

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  • Freekyzilla
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    I was in a local hardware store yesterday, looking for material for my table top and came across some very high quality synthetic putting turf, which seemed ideal - 1/2" pile, very realistic. The price was prohibitive though - $5/sq foot. However, went on FB Marketplace and found a few ads selling offcuts for $2-3/sq foot. I could put 2-3 pieces together to cover the table.

    What do you guys think?
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  • MrFlippant
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    As long as the carpet is closed loop (like berber), which is common for indoor/outdoor carpet, it's fine. Lots of plastic tracks I race on use it to cover up the plywood, and fuzz/lint is not a problem. "Shag" style carpet, even if it's really low pile, is where the risk is, which is pretty common for living rooms/dens, and so where lots of plastic tracks go, and where lots of slot cars pick up terrible nests of fibers on their axles.

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  • thatguy01
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    Carpet fiber gets into axles and motors. It's harmless, but cleaning it out becomes a regular maintenance task. The last time I used it, the store had big rubber backed pieces for use as runners.

    I like Homasote as a table surface. It's a pressed paper wallboard that usually has a grass/linen texture on one side You can simply soak it in one color of paint, or create as complex a surface as you want by painting ribbons of different solid browns as an underbase (start with two shades of brown paint and keep randomly changing the mix) and then brush green across the texture to create grass(again randomly change the green shade as you work). Homasote can be carved to create ponds or creeks that run under the track and stacked to create hills.

    It's probably easiest to do basic painting of the earth/grass base before the sheets go on the table top. You can always repaint spots you hate when it's on the table or when the track is on it or wen you install other scenery as easily as if it hadn't been painted.

    There's a WHOLE lot of information about Homasote in the model train community.

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  • MrFlippant
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    Higher. That's low enough for cars to flip over fairly easily.

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  • Freekyzilla
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    Track update! Dry fit the facia to see what it looks like. Thinking I may want to give it a few coats of lacquer to prevent slivers. The tables are amazingly stable, given I used 2x2's for legs and 2x4's for supports. I will bolt the tables together tonight as well then test some lacquer applied to a piece of facia to see how it takes.

    The green grass mat is temporary but I really don't like how its shiny under the light. I do like how it stays in place nicely with the rubber backing though. Should I go get some carpet like Frogman did?

    I'll mount an old 32" flat screen on the wall adjacent to the left side of the table for Smartrace. Any thing else i should consider at this stage?
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  • thatguy01
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    Old billboards:

    www.billboardsofthepast.com

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  • thatguy01
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    These are links to paper buildings:

    www.carrera4fun.de

    Click Gebäude & Deko in the sidebar menu.
    Last edited by thatguy01; 09-14-2021, 01:33 AM.

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  • thatguy01
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    Targa Florio photos:

    https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/targa-florio



    Klementaski photos of racing:

    https://www.gettyimages.com/search/p...rt=mostpopular


    Bernard Cahier photos:

    https://www.gettyimages.com/search/p...rt=mostpopular
    Attached Files

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  • thatguy01
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    Remember that you need either guard rails or clearance to swing the tail around corners, even without outside border pieces. A standard Carrera border is 10cm/4in, which is appropriate for big 1/24 cars.

    Don't forget to do the graffiti on the buildings and the roads. Big white paint pen on the road.

    "Nino" is Nino Vaccarella, local hero.

    Forza Ferrari, Forza Bandini, Go Gurney, Porsche Kaput . Or modern drivers and cars.

    The overlapping V symbol is like "viva"




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    Last edited by thatguy01; 09-13-2021, 07:43 PM.

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  • Wet Coast Racer
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    Yeah, that was a fascinating look at the Targa. I enoyed that fabulous mini-movie in the middle!

    I just checked, and it appears that Luf's website is still being maintained, so google oldslotracer and you'll find some great content there, too.

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