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  • 73emgee
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    After a long delay from Summer projects and finding an error in my worksheet used to scale down the dimensions from the full size survey drawings I'm ready to start routing. The error affected all turns that have compound radii, causing some to the MDF to be re-cut.

    Setting up the flexible fence to locate the center slot for routing. Once cut the center slot will be used to with a 1/8" width fence to locate the inner and outer slots.

    WP_20170731_008 by 73emgee, on Flickr

    I mounted a turned down pencil in the router to mark the slot this allowed me to visualize all the slot locations and make any adjustments before committing to routing.

    WP_20170731_007 by 73emgee, on Flickr
    WP_20170731_010 by 73emgee, on Flickr

    As you can see it took several tries to find a raceline that I was satisfied with and would fit the track width.

    WP_20170801_019 by 73emgee, on Flickr

    Some of the track joint screws had to be relocated because of the raceline.

    WP_20170801_001 by 73emgee, on Flickr

    Routing the center slot, I will continue around the track routing 8' at a time (length of fence) until I have a continuous slot, then I can start the inner and outer lanes.

    WP_20170801_014 by 73emgee, on Flickr
    Last edited by 73emgee; 08-04-2017, 09:09 AM.

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  • modernslots
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    I may have lead under my foot, but google says we can get to New York city in 8 hours and 41 minutes, so I think we can get to NW Va in less than 8

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  • sacesta
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    Originally posted by modernslots View Post
    Love the Glen as well! Your track looks like its going to be really good and a challenge. Sacesta said 8 hours, but we live almost next door and I say less than 6! Hope we can make the trip up one day.
    That must have something to do with all the lead tape that's found it's way to the sole of your right shoe.

    I have to be careful, you know. I'm still paying bloated insurance premiums for that last ticket I got!

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  • LegoPete
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    Also like the real course - been there many times. Looks like you have done a good job of replication. Great to see that you did NOT put a "bus-stop" along the back straight.

    Peter

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  • 73emgee
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    Originally posted by modernslots View Post
    Love the Glen as well! Your track looks like its going to be really good and a challenge. Sacesta said 8 hours, but we live almost next door and I say less than 6! Hope we can make the trip up one day.
    I've been to the Winston-Salem area for the annual International Custom Rod Building Expo, easy day trip. Hope to race with you someday.
    Last edited by 73emgee; 08-04-2017, 08:06 AM.

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  • modernslots
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    Love the Glen as well! Your track looks like its going to be really good and a challenge. Sacesta said 8 hours, but we live almost next door and I say less than 6! Hope we can make the trip up one day.

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  • snorkel54
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    My favorite track. My favorite race. I'm inside the Beltway and have often thought of doing the same thing, with a sprinkling of Lime Rock thrown in.

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  • k0z0oo1
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    Very cool project! I look forward to seeing your process. The Glen is a favorite or mien as well.

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  • sacesta
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    Cool. I used to live in Alexandria, when I was stationed in DC. That was almost 15 years ago. You're probably about 8 hours from Winston-Salem, but you never know, maybe one day we can get together for a race.
    Merry Christmas,
    Steve

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  • 73emgee
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    Northern VA., 45mins. NW of DC

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  • sacesta
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    Looks like you're off to a great start. I'm looking forward to watching this build.
    Where are you located?
    Steve

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  • 73emgee
    started a topic Wooden Watkins Glen in Northern VA - Update

    Wooden Watkins Glen in Northern VA - Update

    In 2008 after many years of enjoyable T-Jet racing my AFX plastic track was disassembled. During the intervening years I was drawn to the prototypical detail and realism of 1:32 scale racing. I like the design flexibility offered by routed wooden tracks, and not being restricted the turn radius and racing line of plastic track. I’ve always enjoyed attending the annual Fall Vintage weekend at Watkins Glenn, NY; great track and town. In 2011 I started on a quest to recreate the 3.4 miles Watkins Glen in the available real estate in my basement. I was able obtained survey drawings of Watkins Glen track from the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen. The first challenge was to convert the surveying annotations and terms to something I could draw on MDF. I developed an Excel worksheet to convert the full size track to a scale that would fit in my available space. I had to learn about survey Stations, Bearings, Deltas, PT (point of tangent), POC (point of curve), and PCC (point of compound curve), etc. Finally after many years of thinking about actually constructing a routed track, I took the Excel worksheet and starting cutting some MDF. Here are some pictures of the cut MDF temporarily positioned on the bench work. The final track will use scaled down elevations taken from the actual survey drawings. Only one joint has been completed and none of the supporting joists are in their final position. All MDF cuts were made using the actual scaled down radius taken from the track survey. I’m encouraged thus far but much to do before actually running laps.

    [IMG]WP_20161227_001 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/IMG]

    The "Boot"

    [IMG]WP_20161227_004 by 73emgee, on Flickr[/IMG]
    Last edited by 73emgee; 09-14-2018, 07:29 AM.
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