This project is a little over a week in the making thus far. I have 2 young boys who love playing with cars. I stumbled across die-cast racing on Youtube and thought what a great project for us to do together. They get to race their cars and dad gets a little more of his big kid energy out as well. We already had lots of orange track we bought years ago from thriftstores and a Crash Racers figure 8 set from last Christmas. I have a 3D printer as well to help out. I mocked up a couple of tracks with what we had and after a few mini tournaments, I decided this would be worth doing.
I'm always on a budget, so I started with building a table from pallet wood from work, which makes up about 95% of the table. I wanted to have a back wall with studs so I could screw in peices of wood at any height to work as brackets that support the elevated straights. What I like about this is that when we decide to build a new track we can easily take down the old one and re-use parts. It got me to thinking all three sides with a pegboard may not be a bad idea. Overall dimensions are just under 8ft x 2.6ft.
This is in a spare bedroom so keeping the table compact as possible, but also having good speed and as much track as possible was important.
This is the current mockup with (2) Crash Racers sets and orange Hot Wheels track. This isn't a very original layout as I sort of pieced together ideas from this site using the limited amount of track on hand. I 3D printed a start gate and (2) SR1 flat 45° curves from Spool Heads.
I will be augmenting this track with more 3D printed parts. I worked up some pre-visuals in 3D Builder to guage how many peices of each type of track I would need and how well they would fit together.
*The purple piece will not have a divider, I used it for dimensioning only.
I'm currently printing the green banked 180° turn by TBTech which will replace the Crash Racers parts. I hope this will allow the cars to perform a little better in the first turn and gain a little more speed for the rest of the track. I think the lane divider will end after the second blue SR1 45° turn, but I may toy with it being the first 45°.
The boys love sharks so I had an idea to possibly try a shark catchbox at the end of he track. I'm not sure how far i'll get on the theming portion once the track is finished, but I like thinking about the possibilities. I have other ideas as well for additional features, whatever is built has to withstand the rath of small kids. At the very least I am planning on using cardboard to "skin" the wood structure once the track is finished which we'll then paint as a rocky beach scene.
Here is a little test video I did in slow-mo (sorry first few seconds are blurry), was able to catch a sweet pass on the back stretch.
Shark Track - Test Footage