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ahmedriad
2010.06.13, 07:35 AM
Dear All,

kindly i need small help. i want to build my own track, and i am new in mini-z, i would like to know what materials do i need to have to build my own track.

not ready tracks which is very expensive to imported to EGYPT...


Regards,
Ahmed Riad

LED
2010.06.14, 01:32 PM
short hair carpet or regupol is also used alot.

cosmicsoul
2010.06.14, 03:43 PM
You might find some one in Europe that has some RCP. Try TRP I think they are out of Spain not to far from Egypt. RCP is what most people run in the US.

If not I started off on commercial grade carpet at my office with masking tape borders and plastic plates turned upside down as corners.

I had alot of fun with several friends this way just using box stock mini-z's out of the box!

The sky is the limit! I would imagine you in Egypt you have alot of concrete and marble surfaces. With the right tyre combinations you could run on these surfaces with out to much trouble.

Have fun!

LED
2010.06.14, 04:22 PM
Problem with that is that RCP costs twice as much here in europe then in the US

wildthing
2010.07.01, 06:18 AM
you might want to consider EVA foam.

There are several grades of these ranging from soft to hard foams. The hard foams are best... then you can add the "rough texture" by sanding it with a rough sand paper.

I also have made me track using MDF (medium density fiber) boards painted with a flat wall enamel paint (sold at a local ACE Hardware). The good part with this is that you can make it look like a real looking race track.

The bad part is that the surface is not as rough and you will need to adjust suspension and match the tires so that the car will not spin out.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b371/2wildthing/Toys/P6300130.jpg
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b371/2wildthing/Toys/P6300134.jpg

I am condering the use of rubber paint also ... but that would be a new project... someday.

deloreanaka8
2010.07.15, 08:26 PM
Hi there, I left you a PM.
Check it out, might help you.
;)

jlieu
2010.07.15, 11:23 PM
Interested in see what you come up with Ahmed. I've been thinking about making my own track soon as well. :) More ideas and tips would be great...lots of ppl seem to be stuck on the RCP tracks these days.

HaCo
2010.07.16, 11:00 AM
Have you considered using chalk board paint like they use for slotcar tracks? I really like the concept of a wooden track.

mleemor60
2010.07.16, 11:17 AM
You might try using "sheetrock" panels. Easy to work with sizes. Paintable. Easy blending of seams. Cheap. And with a little bit of talent an carpentry skills you could build a framework for shaping the surface into hills and banked turns or whatever else you want to do. Not very portable though.

jlieu
2010.07.16, 02:47 PM
Have you considered using chalk board paint like they use for slotcar tracks? I really like the concept of a wooden track.

That is what I'm considering. Thinking of purchasing 4 pieces of those 4' x 8' plywood and set it up together for a 8' x 16' size track based on/inspired by the Tsukuba Circuit (seems likely that it will have to be a bit longer).

http://www.jaf.or.jp/msports/course/circuit/tsukuba/image/map.jpg

I was considering using that 'tar paper'/'roofing paper' or chalkboard paint; however, I have not been able to find anyone (in the past on here) that commented the effects either had on the tires long-term lifespan and traction. I'm guessing the tar paper may be more rough on the tires while providing more traction...and vice versa for the chalkboard paint.

Due to the size of this track, I'd like to be able to 'separate' the four pieces when I'm done so it'll be easier to put up. However, I have not quite figured out a way to do this seamlessly though. I've considered some hinges (on the underside) so far.


You might try using "sheetrock" panels. Easy to work with sizes. Paintable. Easy blending of seams. Cheap. And with a little bit of talent an carpentry skills you could build a framework for shaping the surface into hills and banked turns or whatever else you want to do. Not very portable though.

Hi mleemor60, I never thought of using 'sheetrock' panel nor have any experience in it, lol. Would you happen to have any photos of tracks made from it?

May consider it as well. Thanks.

mleemor60
2010.07.16, 02:57 PM
I have never done anything with this medium. If I had a large space to set something up permanently I would condider using sheetrock as a base. You could build nearly a perfect parabolic banking with it. If you dampen it it becomes quite pliable within reason and when it dries out it will hold the shape. For a surface I would consider using a driveway sealer. Some of it has grit in it for traction. As it wears away it can be re applied. After all is said and done though it is very difficult to beat RCP.

JuniorWKR
2010.07.16, 03:37 PM
use mdf and bedliner by herculite... this will most represent ashpault without all the bumps... you can run the tires that comes with the bodies...

mikedw
2010.07.16, 04:01 PM
I've had a tar paper (roofing paper) track and wouldn't recommend it. Every bit of dust, hair, and Cheetos that fell on it would stick. I had to wash the track once a week with hot water to get it sticky again. It smelled bad and would bubble on hot days. The only good thing was that you can use the box stock tires because as the layer of tar builds up on them they stick better.

jlieu
2010.07.17, 12:39 PM
use mdf and bedliner by herculite... this will most represent ashpault without all the bumps... you can run the tires that comes with the bodies...

Hey Junior, where can you get Herculite bedliner at?

herman
2010.07.19, 03:58 AM
wow tar paper... i haven't heard that since... 2002... dang has it been that long??? actually the track that i used to race on was made from tar paper...

connecticut speedway (circa 2002) (http://mini-zracer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3379&highlight=connecticut+speedway)
http://mini-zracer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=1978&d=1025843175

http://mini-zracer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=1979&d=1025843220

http://mini-zracer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=1980&d=1025843513

http://mini-zracer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=1985&d=1025858356

http://mini-zracer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=1986&d=1025858482

http://mini-zracer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=1987&d=1025858669

traction was so so... i guess because it got covered with dust... but it was pretty cool just the same...

ThackeG67
2010.08.04, 01:35 AM
Usually, in a track like this, how much does it cost and where to purchase the best ones?

color01
2010.08.04, 04:26 AM
The tar paper track? http://www.tileshop.com/product/productdetail.aspx?familyID=1891&recordID=264751 Here you get 432ft x 3ft for $31, if there are no typos on that page then tar paper is one heck of a deal.

RCP is the standard racing surface for Mini-Z's nowadays, you can get almost 100 sq. ft for $200. High quality racing surface, but for larger tracks the cost adds up.

Regupol and Ozite (rubber and carpet, respectively) are also good racing surfaces at a similar cost per sq. ft.

Once you go cheaper than RCP, Regupol, or Ozite, the choice is really up to you since you'll be sacrificing track quality or having to spend a lot of your own time into making the track a good quality. I've made fun track layouts on a concrete or linoleum floor before, it's nearly free (just need tape and some corner dots) but you'll need to be careful driving because traction is low!

Hope that helps a little bit -- it's been a while since most of us considered anything other than RCP for a track. :)

daviidwilson
2010.11.08, 09:40 PM
Have you considered using chalk board paint like they use for slotcar tracks? I really like the concept of a wooden track.

You might try using "sheetrock" panels. Easy to work with sizes. Paintable. Easy blending of seams. Cheap. And with a little bit of talent an carpentry skills you could build a framework for shaping the surface into hills and banked turns or whatever else you want to do. Not very portable though.

welshtony
2010.11.18, 10:55 PM
Hey im Tony and im from South Wales UK.

Iv not long known about Mini Z cars (just under 2 months) but since I found
out about them I have bought 2 cars lol.
A MR-01 and a MA-010 AWD
Iv only just recieved the AWD yesterday and cant wait to have a go.
Now my problem is I can only race it once every 3 weeks as thats the only
time I get off the same time the club runs so I can race on a RCP track.
I want to make up my own track but streched for cash ATM so im looking
for a cheap alternative. Would raceing on concret be ok? If so then I can run
my cars on the floor in work just need to sort something out the make barriers.
Would blocks of wood be ok for barriers?