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  • #15627
    porsche917porsche917
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    Things are looking good.  I am enjoying watching the track progress.  Thanks for sharing.

    Marty

    #15944
    DattoDatto
    Participant

    Some progress on the track Track surface routed and cut out (four pieces) There is some rabbeting I want to do on the edge of the trackway, so I can have a recessed notch to attach landscaping materials (latticework and paper mâché). I used some cut ends of braid to test routing depth of the gains to come close to the track at HQ. I think I am in the neighborhood. Also trie paining the lane/slot color with an airbrush. That seemed to go okay, so I did a full-up paint test with some flat latex I had bought last year.

    Track

    You can see my big mistake to the left of the frame. Did plunge cut too far back with circular saw. Patched up now.

    paint

    Paint test with one coat flat latex & primer. Needs at least one more, and a light sand. This was applied with a foam brush. Thinking of foam roller for the actual track. Thoughts?
    -Marc

    "Enjoy every sandwich"
    -Warren Zevon

    #15945
    porsche917porsche917
    Moderator

    Marc,

    That looks amazing!  I love the original design of the track and the execution looks fantastic.  The track color looks great.  Rolling it on will help give it a little bit of texture.  I can’t wait to see the first laps being run on it.

    Marty

    #16194
    DattoDatto
    Participant

    A much overdue update to the track (no name yet)
    Major carpentry, I think is done barring any delayed stress fractures, or things like that. The three tables have been separated, at least the track itself has been cut, using a Japanese dovetail saw, to ensure the thinnest kerf. The track is a complete circuit the final bridging piece having been cut and routed. Tinned copper braid is in from Slot Car Corner. The Magnetic braid in the size reel I need has disappeared from their website. But I don’t run magnets, it was intended for my father in law, but variable track voltage will have to do. Track construction went mostly as planned, but I did end up with a little hump, jut before the overpass bridge. Do I dare to try and sand it down, and re-rout, or chalk it up to “Technical”? Ideally think trying to use a router on a compound curve is asking for trouble. Here (I hope) are some photos.

    "Enjoy every sandwich"
    -Warren Zevon

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    #16196
    DattoDatto
    Participant

    complete circuit. Bridge piece is now routed

    Here is the rise just before bridge

    "Enjoy every sandwich"
    -Warren Zevon

    #16201
    AutoramaAutorama
    Keymaster

    I was imagining driving through it, and it seems very fluid. I can’t wait to see a video recording of a run. As aways, incredible workmanship.

    #16220
    porsche917porsche917
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    What a great looking track.  Thanks for the update.  It is coming along nicely.

    On the “hump”.  It depends if it will cause the cars to de-slot as they go over it.  The typical rule of thumb is:  The track can not cause a de-slot due to a construction issue.  If you can drive over it with just a bump and no de-sloting I think you are ok.  If not, you may want to think about sanding it down.  I had to do that on my home track.  I did the re-routing with a hand held router that was easier to control.  I would wait to hear from Russell to see what he thinks.

    Marty

    #16221
    DattoDatto
    Participant

    Images linked from IMGUR, as opposed to uploaded to ASCC. Which do you prefer, guys?

    Track overview

    Routed bridge piece being aligned
    Bridge alinment

    Bit of a hump before the bridge.
    Bit of a hump

    "Enjoy every sandwich"
    -Warren Zevon

    #16222
    DattoDatto
    Participant

    What a great looking track.  Thanks for the update.  It is coming along nicely.

    On the “hump”.  It depends if it will cause the cars to de-slot as they go over it.  The typical rule of thumb is:  The track can not cause a de-slot due to a construction issue.  If you can drive over it with just a bump and no de-sloting I think you are ok.  If not, you may want to think about sanding it down.  I had to do that on my home track.  I did the re-routing with a hand held router that was easier to control.  I would wait to hear from Russell to see what he thinks.

    Marty

    It would be preferable to find out before paint, braid, etc. if I have a problem. Not sure this will work, but I threw together a self-powered test car. Super mild motor, short gearing, and 9v. I will try it on the bare wood, and see what I can learn.

    Mule

    "Enjoy every sandwich"
    -Warren Zevon

    #16224
    BarkingSpyderBarkingSpyder
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    NAME: suggestion – “Mermaid” since the upper loop kinda looks like a woman’s head; then the straight with esse looks like a mermaid’s tail.   [Circuit de La Sirena]
    Marc Tylers Circuit de Dame le Mar

    -or-  “Mobius Prime” – the continuous eight is a mobius, but since its L-shaped maybe add the ‘prime’ from the Transformer movies.

    "I cant drive 55!" Sammy

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    #16340
    DattoDatto
    Participant

    Thinking of names. Considering the cat puked on the esses after routing, but before paint, causing some…. “surface irregularities” I was thinking maybe:

    Hauskatze erbrechen Laufbahn

    Circuito del vomito di gatto

    Progress is progressing. 2 of 3 tables are braided, leaving the hard one for last. It has the bridge, and the timing gear. Waiting for my Trackmate package to arrive.

    Hitchpin-turn-crop

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    -Warren Zevon

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