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  • Wet Coast Racer
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    Originally posted by wrangler#3 View Post
    Just fantastic work, particularly on the railing, so creative!
    For sure, eh? Great elevation changes and sightlines.

    If you like clever scenic work, go to Boone's Slot Car Garage! Some fabulous stuff there.

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  • wrangler#3
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    Just fantastic work, particularly on the railing, so creative. Late to the game in seeing your build, I'm in 'track build' mode so now I get to experience everyone's woodworking long after, but had to comment here!

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  • SlotBoys
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    W0W very nice

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  • Rick F.
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    Bob,

    Wow, your Glen circuit looks fantastic! You've captured the key elements of the actual track very nicely--really, the best I've ever seen among tracks designed to emulate the originals. I am very much looking forward to racing there once we're all back in business.

    Rick F.

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  • 2FER SLOTS
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    Thanks for the update, lookin' great

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  • 2FER SLOTS
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    Originally posted by MrFlippant View Post
    Try not to use the center lane so much when running cars by yourself. One of the club tracks was a 3 laner and the center lane was so well rubbered in that the other two lanes had no chance. We rotated, but it was still annoying.
    "Any love is good love"

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  • MrFlippant
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    Try not to use the center lane so much when running cars by yourself. One of the club tracks was a 3 laner and the center lane was so well rubbered in that the other two lanes had no chance. We rotated, but it was still annoying.

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  • knoath
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    That's cool!

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  • 73emgee
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    Originally posted by 2FER SLOTS View Post
    Looking good ! I'm ready for an update.
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  • 2FER SLOTS
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    Looking good ! I'm ready for an update.

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  • geno
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    Very nice work!

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  • 73emgee
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    Greetings JEL

    Larry Priore introduced me to IHSR several years ago, in fact he is responsible for me building a track. I attended a couple of the IHRS events, but quickly found that I needed a track for testing and tuning. I'm located about 40 mins from Larry and hope to someday get back to racing with IHSR.

    Bob

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  • JEL
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    Very nice work. If you ever decide you want to do some raceing, our group Interstate Home Slot Racers ( check us out in the club section) is relatively close. It is a great group of guys, and we are always looking for new people to join the fun.

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  • Pal-Al
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    Modelling the Glen !

    Lovely work, you have definitely chosen a great track to model ( I did the same with a go kart years ago ) and I agree with you that NASCAR is at its best on road circuits, very exciting and challenging !!

    Al

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  • 73emgee
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    Wooden Watkins Glen in Northern VA - Update

    It's been a while since i've updated the Watkins Glen build. All routing, painting and wiring has been completed. I'm now starting to work on the scenery and perimeter fencing. I always knew that being able to replicate the miles of blue Armco railing used at the Glen would be a critical component of the build. Because of the quantity of Armco needed, I decided to attempt making my own railing. The first step would be to make a set of dies for my small bead roller. This became a time consuming trial and error process trying to get the correct spacing and depth on the dies to create a believable Armco railing profile. After several failed attempts I was able to get a somewhat close representation shown below. This was going to be a very slow process, and the resulting rail was too rigid to conform to the undulating track elevations without kinking. I reluctantly abandon this approach.


    IMG_20180316_125234 - Copy by 73emgee
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    My second attempt was to find wire that had a reasonable profile of Armco railing. I eventually settled on UF-B outdoor cable. The 14 gage size gives a likeness to scale Armco railing. This cable is formable, but will hold its shape well. It will easily conform to track elevation changes with long runs of railing. This photo shows a 55" section of the UF-B cable cut for the first rail on this section of scenery, wood Armco posts that have been pre-drilled to fit the pop-rivets, and gluing jigs made on my small CNC mill to facilitate gluing the cable to the posts and to maintain proper spacing. The yellow caps in the photo are to protect myself from being stabbed by the pop-rivet nails.
    IMG_20180809_125411 - Copy by 73emgee
    IMG_20180809_125555 - Copy by 73emgee


    Joint posts that will be used to join Armco sections.
    IMG_20180809_130238 - Copy by 73emgee


    Installing the first rail using the gluing jigs. The jig is clamped to the post after applying a small dab of CA gel glue to the face of the post.
    IMG_20180809_132950 - Copy by 73emgee


    First rail completed.
    IMG_20180809_185752 - Copy by 73emgee


    Second rail being clamped and glued.
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    IMG_20180810_101103 by 73emgee


    Third rail.
    IMG_20180810_102856 by 73emgee


    Removing and painting the completed section on some scrap MDF. This first section of three rail fencing is 55" long. I could easily construct, remove, paint, and reinstall this length. Longer runs should be no problem. I wanted to be able to remove the fencing section as one piece so as not to get paint on the static grass.
    IMG_20180810_122302 by 73emgee


    Reinstalling the painted section.
    IMG_20180810_172331 by 73emgee


    Installing the catch fence posts. These are made from 1/8" steel rod formed with a wire bender.
    IMG_20180808_162319 by 73emgee


    Installing the painted plastic mesh with wire retainers, these will be trimmed later.
    IMG_20180811_081402 by 73emgee


    Catch fence completed.
    IMG_20180811_133634 by 73emgee


    Glamor Shot - 1964 E-Type Jag Lightweight Competition Coupe at the Glen on Turn 1, "The Ninety", with Armco and catch fencing in background.
    IMG_20180811_101949 by 73emgee
    Last edited by 73emgee; 09-14-2018, 07:39 AM.

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