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  • Targa Newfoundland - landscaping after a 12 year wait

    Was contemplating building a new track but after returning from my winter break and giving the twelve year old a run, I said to myself, ``I still enjoy this track``. What's been missing all these years is landscaping, the feature I so admire in other tracks.

    Over the years, I`ve had the pleasure of running thousands of laps on Luf`s, a fellow GVSCC member, track creations. My favorite was the long gone upstairs Targa Burnaby, so that was my aim, a compressed three-lane version on an 8`x 12` foot print.

    I really appreciated the elevation changes on the original Targa, so that was going to be a feature of mine. Lane squeezes were also in vogue at the time at Luf`s so thinking the inner and middle lanes were fastest, I routed slots for the cars to get in each other`s way.

    Today, in preparation for landscaping, the track and table were given a good vacuuming and cleaning.



    My favorite part of the layout is running anti-clockwise, from the bottom sweeping up the hill, a two foot rise over a ten foot length, with a small jog to the right into a corner and back down.









    With the theme of Targa Newfoundland, a mix of sea, coastal shoreline and stone cliffs seems appropriate. I`ll throw in some buildings here and there for some contrast.

    This will be all new to me so fortunately, I`ve got advice and techniques from scale rail roaders and of course, the internet.

    Really looking forward to trying new things and hopefully getting a pleasing scenic outcome.

    Dan
    Last edited by vtecfour; July 10, 2020, 02:35 PM.

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    Pictures are not showing up Dan

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    • #3
      Yep no pic here either dan.

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      • #4
        Hmmm. Shows up for me fine.

        Can you see this pic?

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        • dinglebery
          dinglebery commented
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          Yep, this one. Not the ones in your first post.
          Very cool layout!

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        Originally posted by vtecfour View Post
        Hmmm. Shows up for me fine.

        Can you see this pic?
        I can see this last one but I cannot see the pictures in the original post either. One possibility: I have found that if you are using hosting you have to make sure that the image is available to the public?

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        • #6
          I only see this last one too. Love that track, got a picture of it stashed here..
          what is an average radius in the lower serpentines..?

          Cheers,
          Paul

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          • #7
            @ FC47 - the serpentine radii from inner to outer lanes are approximately 7, 10 and 13 inches. They're slightly banked so have a nice rhythm driving back and forth.

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            I seem to have a problem in editing the initial post with pics so I'll try in this one.

            "My favorite part of the layout is running anti-clockwise, from the bottom sweeping up the hill, a two foot rise over a ten foot length, with a small jog to the right into a corner and back down."

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            The rest of the track is pretty curvaceous with less dramatic elevation changes but challenging and fun.

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            The hard part begins.

            Dan
            Last edited by vtecfour; July 10, 2020, 02:34 PM.

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            • #8
              Thanks Dan for the radii,

              as for the hard part-I’m sure you can do it!

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              • #9
                I can definitely see Luf's influence on that track in the squeeze sections and the elevation changes. He influenced my Woodland Trace Raceway too. Looks like that's going to be a fantastic ride! I can't wait to see it landscaped.
                Team SCANC
                Woodland Trace Raceway - SlotZuka - Bent Tree Raceway
                OFI - Buena Vista Motorsports Park - Slotkins Glen
                Leadfinger Raceway

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                • #10
                  How much of an elevation is that in the highest corner?
                  Team SCANC
                  Woodland Trace Raceway - SlotZuka - Bent Tree Raceway
                  OFI - Buena Vista Motorsports Park - Slotkins Glen
                  Leadfinger Raceway

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                  • #11
                    The top of the hill corner is 24 inches above the table top which in turn is 24 inches from the floor.

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                    Most racers stand at the three driver stations at the bottom but because of the low table height you can sit on a chair or stool for a reasonable view.

                    Dan

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                    • #12
                      Beautiful track, Dan. The uphill sweep sure would be fun. Looking forward to scenery. Knowing your builds, I am sure it will be fantastic!
                      Come Race at The Trace!
                      Timberline Trace International Raceway - SW of Mpls, MN

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                      • #13
                        how do the middle-to-inner chicanes work racing?

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                        • #14
                          The chicane/squeeze sections make for interesting racing. You've got to be patient if you're behind a slower car and wait until you can safely pass. Not easy when you're all side-by-side as we all seem to go for it, not letting up, in hope of getting through first.

                          It does make for some laughter but frowns too.

                          Dan

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                            First progress has been installing proper guard rails.

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                            Ron J, GVSCC clubmate, created, molded and installed these on his Pandemic track looking quite realistic and functional.

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                            The profile is realistic and they're flexible, apparently composed of gypsum, linseed oil and other materials.

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                            They're flat on the other side, brush paint well and were easily glue epoxied with clamping to my mdf material posts.

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                            The continuous guard rails provide a better background to see the moving cars compared to my previous foam guards.

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                            Really pleased with this change, visually and functionally.

                            Dan
                            Last edited by vtecfour; July 18, 2020, 03:00 PM.

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                            • dinglebery
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                              Looks great! Can't wait to see your progress.
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