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gargoyle7642
2002.08.19, 04:27 AM
Well, today's the day I start my track. I have all the components gathered. I'll try and post pics when I can. I am going to make it so that you can make numerous tracks out of the pieces I have, and it will be portable. Don't want to give all my secret ideas away yet! I'll keep ya posted.

gargoyle7642
2002.08.19, 10:36 PM
Well, after spending most of the day working on the track, I'm pretty satisfied so far. I have everything done on the test 4' x 8' sheet, except the guiderail. I am scraping my plans for using masonite. My mom is getting me plastic banding from her work. They scrap the stuff and it should be perfect for what I need. Plus she can get different colors. Sorry I can't post a pic yet, but my brother is on vacation and I use his digital camera. I may try taking a polaroid pic and scanning it. I have decided on using 4 - 4' x 8' sheets and plan on being able to use both sides, for a large number of track variations. I drew up a scale model of each sheet and I haven't had time to count the number of variations I came up with. Some of them are really cool though. The track width is 20". I am using foam for the grass and curbing. On the sheet I got done today, my Ferrari F-1 stuck like glue around the turn! Now I can't wait to get them all finished.

mini-z
2002.08.20, 03:02 PM
Cool, keep us posted!

ScottMcLeod
2002.08.20, 05:04 PM
Less talk, more pics! ;-)

Remember, Picture = 1000 words...

gargoyle7642
2002.08.24, 01:29 PM
My brothers home. I should have pictures by tomorrow! I have 3 sides of 8 done. My Jordan F-1 handles great, Ferrari - so-so. My regular min-z's are gripping too much and rolling in the corners! I'm using flat paint, maybe I shoulda used a gloss? I may try using only 2 cells in the regular z's. I read somewhere guys were using less cells. Guess I'll use the old search engine!

ScottMcLeod
2002.08.24, 11:15 PM
hehehe... "Clear coat".. a wonderful product that comes in a can, and you paint it on... nice HIGH GLOSS finish for the corners...

gargoyle7642
2002.08.25, 06:07 AM
1st one

gargoyle7642
2002.08.25, 06:08 AM
2nd one

gargoyle7642
2002.08.25, 06:09 AM
3rd one

gargoyle7642
2002.08.25, 06:10 AM
4th one, what do you think of the gravel traps?

gargoyle7642
2002.08.25, 06:11 AM
5th one

gargoyle7642
2002.08.25, 06:14 AM
OK, I guess I'll attach it this time. Give me a break, I've been up all night working on the track, plus trying to getting my brothers friggin camera drivers to work. Finally got it figured out!

gargoyle7642
2002.08.25, 06:14 AM
6th one

gargoyle7642
2002.08.25, 06:18 AM
7th one, and I think my favorite pic. Good pic, plus the McLaren is where it should be, trying to keep up with Ferrari!!! Right West.F1?

gargoyle7642
2002.08.25, 06:21 AM
8th and final one for now. I have 4 of 8 sides done so far. Now I start the more complicated pieces! Wish me luck. Maybe I should get some sleep first.

gargoyle7642
2002.08.25, 06:22 AM
Let me know what you think. Also, I haven't gotten the guiderail on yet, but will be adding that soon.

le-manz
2002.08.25, 07:05 AM
looks very nice gargoyle, enjoy your racing :D

it looks like your mirrors on the f1's are still intact. i'm sure the guiderails will take care of that;) well mine did anyway, along with the rear wheels. btw make sure that you design them in such a way, that the f1 doesn't get stuck underneath. it doesn't take much of a gab for the f1 to wedge itself underneath the barrier, so make a design that goes all the way to the track surface. Also avoid a curvy profile like waterhoses and the like=f1 trap

ScottMcLeod
2002.08.25, 09:32 AM
Questions:

What is the surface made out of?
- Also, how is the grip on it?

It looks like your track is modular... is that what i'm seeing?

gargoyle7642
2002.08.25, 10:03 AM
Le-manz, I made the grass out of foam that is thin enough not to grab the F-1's. Scott, the grip is great. The regular mini-z's roll in the turns. Yes it is modular.

gargoyle7642
2002.08.25, 10:16 AM
Le-manz, I made the grass out of foam that is thin enough not to grab the F-1's. Scott, the grip is great. The regular mini-z's roll in the turns. Yes it is modular.

mini-z
2002.08.25, 05:07 PM
gargoyle7642, looks great!

ScottMcLeod
2002.08.25, 06:22 PM
What's the driving surface.

What's the cost per peice?

gargoyle7642
2002.08.26, 12:46 AM
Driving surface is hardboard. Cost per piece - priceless. Sorry, couldn't resist! I probably have around $20 in each piece. Saved some money on the guiderail by getting it for free!

ScottMcLeod
2002.08.26, 07:57 AM
How did you get grey-colored hardboard?

gargoyle7642
2002.08.26, 10:17 AM
I have some contacts in the underground and black market who were able to secure me a load of these new and extremely rare, foreign import sheets of gray hardboard. I could refer you to my contacts, but I would fear for your safety. So what I'll do is tell you how I THINK they were made. Take a normal sheet of hardboard and flat gray paint. Paint the board with the paint. Now again, this is HOW I THINK THEY WERE MADE.

ScottMcLeod
2002.08.26, 01:07 PM
*rofl*

spray or brush paint?

if so, how much area did the paint cover?

gargoyle7642
2002.08.31, 02:02 AM
I rolled mine. Gives it a nice texture. (Read better grip!!!) I bought a gallon of paint and I don't think I used half of it for 4 sheets of hardboard, front and back. I only put on one coat, and it seems fine.

While I'm at it, I need some help. If anyone has any old mini-z tires that are no good and they are going to throw them out, I would love to have em. Working on a little project for them. If anyone has any to donate let me know. Thanks in advance!