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  • Watkins Glen in Wood - Update

    Here’s an update of my attempt to build a scaled down version of Watkins Glen International in my basement. This topic was originally started on the old HRW site. You can reach the old site here
    https://www.homeracingworld.us/viewt...p?f=22&t=15767 . It contains the build history and construction photos from the very beginning, to the start of adding grass and Armco fencing.


    I have now completed all of the foam terrain work on the track perimeter and infield, and all fencing is installed and painted. This was a major milestone in the construction timeline; finally, it’s starting to look a completed track. Next task will be permanently routing all the TrackMate, power, and flat screen monitor cables to a “race control” area. Future plans include pit boxes, spectator stands, flagging stations, signs, billboards, and trees.

    Here are some photos of the current track.


    Overall aerial view

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    Pit area
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    Pit out

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    Back straight and drivers stations

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    Catch fence at end of back straight

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    The "Boot"

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    On duty

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    The finish line and pedestrian bridge

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    Bob Edwards
    Northern VA

  • #2
    Hi Bob, Great job all round !!..........it would appear that you have modelled the track on its more recent appearance, as the "bog" is clearly missing

    Again, great job

    Cheers
    Chris Walker

    I was there !!!....this was taken before the bus was pushed on to its side.

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    Last edited by chrisguyw; April 26, 2020, 02:29 PM.

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    • 73emgee
      73emgee commented
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      Hey Chris, I thought that was you in the background holding a lighter!!!

    • chrisguyw
      chrisguyw commented
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      I really don't want anyone to know that......!!

  • #3
    Really nice Bob.
    Matt B
    So. In
    Crashers

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    • #4
      Really nice layout and cool with elevation changes. Bravo!
      Lance Sofa racer

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      • #5
        Great job approximating the Watkins Glen configuration!

        Val

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        • #6
          that came out really really nice. so when can you make it out west and start on my pdx track???

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          • 73emgee
            73emgee commented
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            Thanks for the comment, but what is "pdx" ???

        • #7
          Glad to see you bring your Watkins Glen to the new board, Bob. I followed your old thread and borrowed your guard rail idea for my own track. Your step by step instructions were valuable. Though the process was very time consuming, the result was worth it. Thanks very much.
          Attached Files
          Last edited by Rleog; April 26, 2020, 08:50 PM.
          Bob G. ..... Boston, North Shore

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          • slothead
            slothead commented
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            What did you use for the blue strips on the guard rails? My oval will have a PVC 'concrete' wall around the outside, but something like what you have will look great in the infield.

        • #8
          One of my favorite tracks. Thanks for sharing
          Tony

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          • #9
            Excellent work. Great to see some further progress.

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            • #10
              The Armco rails are composed of 14 ga UF-B outdoor cable. On Bob’s original thread, linked in the first entry of this thread, construction of the Armco is covered beginning on page 7.

              (I tried to comment in post #7 above but couldn’t get the “comment” function to work. I must be missing something.)
              Last edited by Rleog; April 28, 2020, 06:16 AM.
              Bob G. ..... Boston, North Shore

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              • #11
                Looking good! Someday I will undertake a build like this!

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                • #12
                  Is there video of cars in action on this track?

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                  • #13
                    What is the size of the whole table

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                    • 73emgee
                      73emgee commented
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                      19.5' x 8.5', see page 1 of the link to the Old HRW Forum provided in the first post of this thread.

                  • #14
                    Whoa! Fantastic looking track! Looks like fun!

                    Scott
                    Why doesn't my car run like that?

                    Scott

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                    • 73emgee
                      73emgee commented
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                      Hey Scott, I remember you from the old VHORS t-jet days. This is Bob Edwards (Thunder Engineering) as you can see I've gone to the dark side (1:32). I occasionally race with the local IHSR group. If your still in the area you should join us sometime.

                    • noddaz
                      noddaz commented
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                      Yes Bob, I do need to get out more. And all slot cars are good!

                  • #15
                    Originally posted by QARAD4 View Post
                    Is there video of cars in action on this track?
                    If you go to link to the Old HRW Forum I provided in the first post of this topic, there is a short video of the first laps on this track. It is on Page 5, under 11/8/17 post, "First Laps" just click on the picture.
                    Bob Edwards
                    Northern VA

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