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    Hey guys.
    New to this forum but not to the site. Been toiling away over in 1/43 for years to no avail. Got tired of the manufacturers giving us nothing but Spider-Man and Mario Brothers. So I gave up. I went out to the attic in the garage drug out the HO scale. I dusted off the Tjets and bought a few more cars. So anyway this is what I've come up with so far. 16 x 5 four lane with a lot more Landscaping to do. I should have done this a long time ago. It has put the fun back in it for me.

  • #2
    That's a nice looking track!

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    • #3
      That looks like some serious fun!!!!!
      Rusty
      Humboldt ,out in the country in west Tn...

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      • #4
        Looking good, Grasshopper!

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        • #5
          Nice work TA6870. Glad you decided to get into what makes you happy with this hobby.
          Wish I would have had a four laner when I still ran HO. I had more friends back then to race against.
          Scott C.
          Amherst, WI
          Just "a simple kind of man".

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          • #6
            I love what you are going
            Austin
            Merrimack, NH

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            • #7
              GREAT looking track and landscaping! Always great to see another HO track coming into the mix!

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              • #8
                nice track and nice deco

                Sylvain

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                • #9
                  Thanks guys.
                  I have probably routed a couple dozen 1/43 tracks but they have always been more concrete-ish, so this is my first real venture into Landscaping. But it seems now I am running into the same problem in HO scale as far as figures are concerned. I am sure you all know but what I have found is all 1950s train figures. I have purchase some of the Preisers but I don't want to have to take out a loan to populate the grandstand. Know what I mean?

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                  • #10
                    Looks awesome! Keep sharing these, it helps inspire folks like me!
                    Bill
                    Eugene, OR
                    Thingiverse stuff

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                    • #11
                      Wow. Gorgeous track! Can't wait to see that when it's 100%! You should join the next HO Proxy. Your track might be a nice addition!
                      "Stay off the wall and out of the infield...and wheels down."

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                      • #12
                        Thank you. But I got a long way to go before I can think about that. The Taps are in but none of the other wiring. And I will be asking what you guys are using for timing System . And I've just now got the legs underneath it. When I started this track I laid hit out on 2 8 ft folding tables and started laying out track. Things kept progressing and I kept telling myself I need to put legs under it. So I finally got that done this weekend. I have borrowed cues from several tracks that I have seen. Kastleburg Raceway in particular. That was an awesome track. I am working on the tunnel right now and trying to get it landscaped.

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                        • #13
                          Track has a nice flow to it and i like your scenery.
                          What is your method for cutting the foam ?

                          In response to your question on people , there's a whole new vice you can get into with 3D printing.
                          Plenty of figures in a variety of poses to choose from !
                          They can be scaled from 1/87 to 1:1 .

                          Mike

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                          • #14
                            Nicely done, I look forward to seeing the completed project. I like the circuit design and the use of the foam for the elevation changes. Thanks for the photos, and... Enjoy! -- Ernie

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                            • #15
                              Thanks guys. I have looked at 3D printed figures, but I absolutely loathe painting figures and I don't want to be well into my retirement by the time I I'm done painting The Hundreds that I would need so going to by the standard figures and sprinkle in some preiser and 3D printed ones that way I don't have to paint so many of them. My methods for cutting foam are very simple. Really big sharp knife, Hotwire, or score it a little bit and snap it over my knee LOL. Any of the leftover foam by the way was ground up in a blender with water a little bit of alcohol and varying shades of green and brown resin casting dye. All the grass, some of the trees and 90% of the bushes Are All Made of This ground up foam. I saw that trick on a YouTube model train video. Works really good. And a hell of a lot cheaper. The grandstands and the pit garages or made from a 4 x 4 sheet of .125 styrene. The Kastleburg Clubhouse area that I borrowed from is made from 2 Atlas Roadside restaurant kits.

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