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    Didn't know what to call my newly founded raceway, that's still in process of evolving, but came up with The Cat's Meow Carrera Raceway. First picture is Tinker and she's queen of the garage, even takes her choice of chairs while overseeing all garage mischief. I started with an HO layout but tired of over-priced unobtainable cars, meh track quality and small size, love 1/32 scale and miss racing at our local closed raceway!

    Started by building a new framework of 2x4s held together with #10x3 decking screws and covered with 5/16 sanded plywood attached with 1.25" course thread construction screws. As we installed table legs, leveled it.

    Please standby to standby as I get the rest of my progress pictures sorted.


    First picture on the left is it sits today, 8x14' except for the little 2x4' cut-out on the left which I think I'm going to build another bump out to complete the 8x14' that I shoulda started with! Picture on the right is the first iteration of a layout that connected. Table started as 6x12' to keep everyone happy, then got two bolt on bump outs attached with 4x1/2" carriage bolts, flat washers and regular nuts just snugged up. Super strong, stable, can remove table sections and easily reattached exactly the same every time. Table is currently 6x14' with a 2x8' bump out on front right of table, I'm thinking shoulda just built it 8x14' in the first place, ah hindsight.

    Track is Carrera plastic consisting of two Digital sets (Furore 1/32 Wireless Digital (7.3 meters of track) and GT Face Off non-wireless Digital (8.0 meters of track)), with two boxes of 2/30 turns, one box 1/30 turns, a box of full length straights, couple boxes each of 1/4 and 1/3 straights, and a bunch of inner and outer curve aprons. Buying a second set is the cheapest way to get more track, also get two more digital cars with lights, spare Control Unit, power supply, bridge supports and guard rails. I'm looking for good indoor/outdoor carpet for track underlay to deaden sound a bit, although it's pretty quiet as is imo. Going to install Carrera guard rails to the outside of the aprons to help stop cars going off the edge. Probably some plastic rain gutter leaf guard mesh at table edges in key spots as I've already broken the tail off my sweet Porsche 935.

    Pulled the rear magnet out of the Porsche and it's more fun, going to pull the front magnet too. Carrera cars are pretty, but dangit they are top heavy thick plastic compared to most others. Pulled second magnet, handles better and more fun! Un-mounted the tires, trimmed tiny plastic sprue off all four wheels, reinstalled tires, spun the tires on some sandpaper, rolled them with tape to removed debris...handling, smoothness and noise is much better as expected.

    Tires are stock and nothing is trued or glued yet (just little sandpaper trick for now), I've got adjustable power supply and Tire Razor ready and waiting. Looking at Paul Gage Urethane and Quick Slicks silicon tires for replacing the stock rubber for more grip and less maintenance. Bought several sets of PG standard urethane tires for testing.

    Control Unit (CU) is set to one red LED the minimum braking and still don't have hardly any roll when letting off throttle. Hopefully removing the second magnet helps this. Power is set to 6 out of 10 on the CU.

    I dislike thumb plunger controllers so I'm trying a TruSpeed and a RamJet controller, we'll see. Love my Professor Motor Professional Low Voltage from racing days. Feeling like I need to use my adjustable power supply sooner than later for track power, also adding regular driver stations with proper hook up posts will allow me to use my PM controller. So far liking the DRS RamJet controller much better than the TruSpeed.

    OK, been a long day, time to relax and play a bit. Thanks for looking and please make suggestions!
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  • #2
    Looks like fun!!!!
    Rusty

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    • #3
      House built in 1950s, garage was insulated but interior (walls only, not ceiling) covered with 1/4" plywood, there were also shelves on both sides of the window, everything old and yellowing. Couple coats of primer later, we decided to go straight to removal of everything, install new sheetrock and paint it. So worth it to just do it right the first time!

      With shelves and plywood. Then shelves removed.

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      Sheetrocked, electrical boxes replaced a couple damaged ones. Rocked, taped, mudded, ready for paint.

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      • #4
        Motivation! God I hate the warning stickers, it's well electric...be careful, duh lol.

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        Framed the window myself.

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        Start of table frame with first two legs attached.

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        Table frame stood up against the wall. Used short sections of 2x4 screwed to the wall studs to support backside, then shimmed behind table frame (no house/garage has perfectly straight, level or square walls and ceiling), then two 10-3" decking screws through table frame into wall studs just to keep it from moving. Support is on the 2x4" blocks and legs.

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        Random picture of clamping things together to pre-drill and then decking screw together.

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        • Model Murdering
          Model Murdering commented
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          I bought a new high quality penlite. The packaging advised me NOT to eat the batteries. I reckon I probably wouldnt eat'um, but ya never know; so it's a good thing our idiot Congressmen can find the time to waste a few more of our tax dollars and school me proper, before skipping out for an early Holiday break.

        • SlotCat
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          Idiocracy is rampant! lol

      • #5
        Looking good so far.

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        • #6
          Thanks for the comments, lots of work and thankfully my friend helped many hours with the work! Got one more and about a 6-7' section by the side door to tear out old wooden shelves and plywood sheeting, then sheetrock and paint, but it's so much better now!

          Working with lumber is not like metal, nothing is quite straight, level or square. Even using the level and square I needed plane a few spots and shim some. Found my 1960s American made Craftsman plane came in very handy! Cereal boxes when cut up and folded over a time or two as needed make great shims for when a paint stick is too thick.

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          • waaytoomuchintothis
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            No man should ever die having missed the absolute pleasure of a good plane. I collect them and restore them when I come across the oldest ones.

        • #7
          My kitties love slot cars also. Nice

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          • #8
            Silberpfeil, yes it is lol!

            Indybob008, yes mine love to watch, but are not allowed on the table, I've got multiple old office chairs so they've got their spots to watch from and keep things running smoothly.

            Here's a couple random pictures that I like, love the Porsches, wish a nice 1970s-1980s 911 Carrera model with the smaller tail was available. Pretty much all Fly stuff and over-priced, needs work and difficult to find one I like the paint and wheels. Ford GT in there too.

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            Where two turns came close to each other I was going to cut some wood and paint for aprons, but gotta add second layer to get proper 5/16" thickness, then paint, so I tried something else. Carefully marked Carrera plastic aprons, cut with small (10") bandsaw, trimmed couple spots tiny bit more with Dremel sanding drum and got a pretty quick and easy interlocking apron setup, works great!

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            Bought a section of TrafficMaster, Elevations, Sky Grey (N66), 15oz weight, solution dyed polyester indoor/outdoor carpet to put under the track. Will staple it at back wall, put light stretch on it, roll under the table edges and staple in place. Cars paint getting scuffed here and there from the table.

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            • #9
              While I appreciate ingenuity I think your shared apron might be an issue, unless you have close racing where they won't be on the opposite sides at the same time.
              Dave
              If you're racing the right way they do take up all the apron and then some.
              (3) Carrera 1/24 slow motion car slide - YouTube
              Dave
              Saginaw Valley Raceway
              Only Rule: Just enjoy who you are racing with.

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              • #10
                Dw5555, thanks and you're correct about the possible interference of cars on the two sections lol. Finished adding in bits and table is now full 8x14", new layout connected and carpet initial install done with more gutter guard around all corner areas.

                New layout, lengthened front straight, moved things around a bit. Swapped corner lane change at right side of layout for straight double lane changer just before the turn (did this after the picture), they seem to have less de-slot issues than the turn ones when running magnet free. Finger on left side of layout got moved, lengthened and a 1/4 straight added into first corner to connect the layout, but it also makes the turn different from all the others and a little more challenging. Picture from directly above to get better idea of what's going on, hard to get photo of full layout in one shot...really need to build a longer grabber for cars!

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                Full new layout with carpet and more gutter guard installed, will do final stretch on carpet, put in a few more staples under table edges and trim excess after it lays flat few more days. It's definitely nice and flowing with higher average top speed now. Although it was pretty quiet before, we noticed that carpet on the table has made it super quiet and the garage as a whole has a better and quieter feel to it. Put leftover carpet scrap under couple large rubber door mats for drivers area.

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                Bought another Carrera Porsche 911 RSR (different livery) and Scalextric Ford Mk1 that I've been looking at for awhile, beautiful paint!

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                Carrera MBZ DTM that I mostly setup couple years ago, just needs glue and true front tires and install digital chip. I'll use a little E6000 or something to secure the chip as I've cut off the screw boss for it's mounting since I was only racing analog before.

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                Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and Ferrari 365 P2.

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                • Slotspeed
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                  Digging the look of your layout.

                • SlotCat
                  SlotCat commented
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                  Thank you! It's a blast to drive, but after a couple iterations and driving on a couple friend's tracks, I'm mulling over a re-do...again. Multi-radius turns add a lot to the challenge and flowing experience, less point and shoot in and out of the corners. I want some elevation changes too.

              • #11
                Looking good..
                Dave
                Dave
                Saginaw Valley Raceway
                Only Rule: Just enjoy who you are racing with.

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                  • #13
                    Some kind of skyline poster/wallpaper across the entire back wall would be cool, any suggestions where to get/make something like this? Thinking southwest desert or western mountains scenery. Not sure where to buy this, aquarium store or?
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                    • #14
                      Oh man. That is nicely done Slot Cat!

                      I got new digs with way more room. Im starting to weaken.

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                      • #15
                        Thanks ModelMurdering, lots of fun racing and just doing laps! I’ll cheer you on to build a larger track!

                        We had a good Christmas, wife gave me a several slotcars, really enjoy the large NASCAR. Cleaned out an old toolbox to make dedicated slotcar workstation and storage. Set up Tire Razor on top with power supply. RC battery chargers will go in this toolbox too.

                        Things I’d like to change:
                        Move the power plugs down the wall under the table, shoulda done before I finished sheetrock and paint.

                        Multi-radius turns, ran on friend’s track and even though it was smaller, almost every turn was multi-radius and really like it!


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