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    I did a search. Didn't find anything. If I missed it, please point me in the right direction.

    Let's see your race boxes. I'm interesting in what you take to the track, how you organize your stuff, and what you use to carry around your tools & cars.

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    Scott.....War Eagle River......Tampa, Florida, USA


    • #3
      I used to use Plano boxes in a reusable grocery bag. Then I threw this together one weekend. It's not perfect - dado cuts showing through - but it does the job. These pictures are old - the box is now covered in racing stickers. Knobs are plastic wheels.

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      It holds 8 cars - enough for 2 of each class for a 4-class racing outing, pieces, parts, 2 controllers and tools.

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        I don't have anything near as slick. My one box is a Stanley rolling tool box like so:
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        My other "slot box lite" is a converted Craftsman tool box:

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        Neither one is ideal. But they were cheap!

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        • #5
          Simple Plano tackle box. I travel light to races, lol. Just take what I need for the day. Very light weight case.
          I pulled the plastic cases and made acrylic car holders as shelves. They are magnetic to hold the cars in place and lifted slightly to prevent tire flat spots.
          "Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool."

          Zen Raceway
          Severna Park, MD


          • #6
            Thanks, everyone. I'm currently using a Plano box and trays. What do you guys take to the track? Tools, supplies, spares, etc?


            • #7
              I use my former 1/24th pit box for my 1/32nd scale cars, controllers and tools.

              For my HO stuff I use this large Plano tackle box.

              I bought the wood box at my local commercial track in the '90's. I am not aware of anyone making wood boxes today.
              Last edited by RichD; February 3, 2021, 06:25 PM.


              • #8
                There is a guy in New York who make pit boxes. His name is Bernard Dengler Phone 518-794-7219 . I have 2 of his boxes.
                Last edited by REL13; February 3, 2021, 06:32 PM.
                Robert- Shoreline Model Raceways Club
                Connecticut, U.S.A.


                • #9
                  I bring just enough to service the cars/class we are racing that day and an extra controller just incase. Maybe, a few sets of tires to see what works on the host track. Most hosts will have extra tools and stuff if we need them.
                  I travel light, lol.
                  "Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool."

                  Zen Raceway
                  Severna Park, MD


                  • #10
                    I started with a box from Harbor Freight, then made mods and added purchased, machined and printed parts.

                    The car cradles were printed in TPU (ThemoPlastic Urethane). The dividers are acrylic sheet. There is space for 10 cars!

                    The tool tray has had some pockets removed to make space for printed holders -- stopwatch, allen wrenches, X-Acto knife.

                    The plastic bottles are from They hold wheels and tires. Them and the parts boxes are Velcro'd to an acrylic sheet that fits behind the tool tray.

                    The box came with a shoulder strap -- very handy!

                    Ed Bianchi

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                    Ed Bianchi
                    York Pennsylvania USA


                    • PetesLightKits
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                      I like those car cradles.

                    • noddaz
                      noddaz commented
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                      Very efficient Ed! Can you share some information on the car cradles?

                    • SlotCat
                      SlotCat commented
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                      Very nice setup thanks for sharing! I use the same HF briefcase, but have been wanting to improve the dividers, lexan great idea! i use scrap peices of foam to keep cars from rattling around and getting beat up.

                  • #11
                    I use a Flambeau tackle box. There are fat and skinny drawers, so plenty of room for tools, parts, cars, controller. I keep all my tools in it so when I'm not racing I keep it on the work bench and use tools as needed. Then when I race, I know I 'll have just about anything I could possibly need. I got this one at an estate sale for about $20. Got another for $15 which I use to carry all support tools for my radio control airplanes...
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                    • #12
                      Noddaz asked, "Can you share some information on the car cradles?"

                      Sure, happy to!

                      They are my own design, printed on my Creality Ender 3 Pro in TPU (ThermoPlastic Urethane). They were specifically designed to fit the divider spacing of that Harbor Freight "Voyager 18 in. x 6 in. x 13 in. Black Aluminum Case". The 'wings' deflect to fit just about any 1/32nd scale car, with just enough 'touch' to keep the car in place without damaging it. The base opposite the wings is thick enough to keep the guide and tires clear of the acrylic divider. There are features at the far side of the base that clip under the acrylic divider, to keep the car cradle in place. Those features are designed to accept a divider up to 1/16 inch (1.5mm) thick.

                      I once offered to sell them as a set of 5 for US$45. Never got any takers. The offer still stands.

                      Ed Bianchi

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                      Ed Bianchi
                      York Pennsylvania USA


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                        I thought I'd share some detail on the "Wheel & Tire Caddys" that sit behind the tool tray in my slot box.

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                        The plastic tubes are by Professor Motor -- "Professor Motor PMTR1300 Small Size Tire Tubes with Cap". The self-adhesive labels were printed on a Dymo Label Manager 280. The white bar is polyethylene plastic from McMaster-Carr, bored on opposite sides to accept the bases of the tubes. That bar is fastened to a piece of clear acrylic plastic sheet with a pair of screws. That acrylic sheet has been slotted to accept O-rings which hold the tubes in place.

                        There are a pair of self-adhesive Velcro hook strips stuck to the acrylic. They are used to attach the caddy to a larger sheet, which holds a pair of caddys and two parts boxes, all of which fit behind the tool tray.

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                        Making those caddys was a bit of a project, made easier with my benchtop mill. But you wouldn't need a machine tool to make your own. They have turned out to be an excellent solution to keep all my wheels and tires sorted.

                        Ed Bianchi

                        Ed Bianchi
                        York Pennsylvania USA