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The arrival of a second Adventure Force Crash Racers set has opened up the possibility of a longer open track section. Still need to experiment with different configurations but today my son and I came up with this layout. Note the diagonal layout for more of a slalom vibe (although most of the turns are still 90 degrees so it's kind of an optical illusion). The final turn is 135 degrees - a handy feature of the Crash Racers curves being that you have various radius options.
Just ran a simple winner stays on competition, starting with slower cars and working up, but had some good racing. A couple of times even had two overtakes in the one race (i.e. two lead changes before the flag) and was nice to see the cars jinking left and right, appearing to block passes etc. I still like the purity of two lane racing but I must say the open track was a lot of fun.
Might need a third set of open track though as would ideally like a longer finishing straight for even more exciting finishes.
I may have come up with a solution to better support the straights without the need for elaborate carpentry (as I don't have the joinery skills of people like League of Speed).
Lightweight planks of pine (actually cheap shelves) and heavy duty velcro. This stuff is surprisingly strong and easily holds the weight of the shelves and track. Then when its time to put the track away, just pull it apart (hopefully not ripping off the adhesive velcro strips) and stack the planks up.
I've painted it green so that I can run orange track on it as is, or can put scenery boards on top.
Just sharing in case it helps anyone.
That looks great...love the progress photos...keep'em coming!!!
Ooh, I've just looked up the tables and shelves you're using. They are dirt cheap from Ikea! $2.49 USD for a shelf and $9.99 USD for a table where I live. If you hate carpentry and/or are running on a low budget like me, these might be the answer!
Have added some grey track from a mario kart set.
And the papier mache scenery boards that I discussed in another thread: www.redlinederby.com/topic/making-mountains-building-up-the-scenery/3927
Including narrow ones for the straights now.
And a bridge, using one of the shelves and laser cut mdf panels bought from ebay, stuck together with wood glue and painted with some grey furniture paint I had left over.
And I think that's me done!
I think I'm going to call it Duke's Pass, after a twisty Scottish road of the same name near Loch Lomond that is popular with motorcyclists and enthusiast drivers. I'll put an entry in the Track Directory shortly.
It has been a fun lockdown project and I couldn't have done any of it without all of the knowledge and experience shared on this forum. Thanks guys!
Dude, that is a sweet layout. Love every bit of it. Love that you modeled it but aren't trying to hide the real world, just makes it fun. Bridge looks sharp too. Just enough to be fun without going overboard.
Fantastic...enjoy the fruits of your labor...very sweet
Hola, soy Bernardo de Chile, Sudamérica, soy nuevo y he visto videos de carreras de autos a escala 1/64, son fenomenales, ahora estoy construyendo una pista para competir también con los hijos de mi esposa, muchas gracias por aceptar yo, les dejo algunas fotos anticipadas de la pista.
Or I quite like the juxtaposition of the "real" scenery with the orange track. If only roads were really made of orange plastic!
Note the "esses", which are challenging but fun.
Like you, I'm new to the diecast community as well as have young kids that got me started during the Covid lockdown. We broke out my collection of cars from my youth and it's been a wild ride from there. I wanted to mention that you really nailed that bridge! It looks spectacular and your course itself is an interesting and unpredictable path. I'll definitley visit your channel and subcribe. Mine can be found here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoBKEXvC2W1LrLLeyrXgEFg
And don't hesitate to share more about how you built your bridge. I'd love to try to make something of that sort and get my kiddo digging into a creative project. I'd be happy share the guts of my off-road track or anything that's helpful.
Be well, -LYDC Austin, Texas