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So I just ordered a 25' blutrack for drag racing but I noticed their walls are not that high so it causes cars to crash. Any idea on how to make blutrack walls higher?
One suggestion would be to buy a quantity of the plastic clips used to bind papers together, I think they are called spine bars. This would give you the advantage that they can be removed afterwards. For any transition from ramp to the flat, tape would probably suffice, you'll reduce the width of the lanes slightly but they're wide to start with...
I've not tried this as I haven't encountered the issues you have, but I see no reason for it not to work.
Interesting that your cars are crashing so much. Yes, the walls are shorter but I wouldn't think that would make that much difference to the point of being unreliable. Got any photos on how your using the Blutrack?
Are the wheels coned???
Interesting... I have been reading all the reviews etc on blutrack, as I would like to convert my sectionalised 4 lane 1/4mile to seamless. (Yeah HW 50ft track on Amazon is like $144 + $77 shipping ((x2)) so that aint going to happen) Blutrack the other option, but... yeah the width is reported by some? as an issue. Hmmm
Quick question, what drop and angles are you using?
I will be interested to see how your blutrack works out.
Not my channels but both use blutrack
In the RLD Track Directory...the High Tech Redneck Track is Blutrack...check it out.
Indeed...Blutrack is sort of a red-headed stepchild it seems but in the Archive there is a collection of Blutrack discussions. Not much but worth checking out.
I've seen some awesome Blutrack builds though...long ones. If you can wrangle the stuff, I think it's just as good as anything else.
This is the setup I have. Very traditional style drag racing but I'm not using anything to support the slope. I just stretched it as long as I could and then glued it on the floor. It gave it more stability. Cars still crash but not as often as before. Width of the track still seems to be an issue. I will try using plastic straws to reduce lane width and see if that works. I'll keep you posted
Almost three years ago i build a track with BluTrack, you can read all about it here:
I recognize some of your problems, because I had some of these too. It took some time, but over time I got the track pretty consistent with very little wrecks. BUT it came with a high price.
Because of (already pointed out) track walls are really small and low + the track is really wide + blutrack stays not as smooth as orange track, cars tend to bounce/wreck or at least have a really bad run quite regularly.
Summarized: Lowering the starting point (thus lowering the speed) really, really helps out here. I know it hurts, but for me it eventually gave me consistent results and a lot of fun with racing and last minute passes. Also creating a smooth transition is more important with BluTrack than with orange track. (Slowmotion capturing gives you a lot of good information)
So, I think BluTrack and orange track both have their pros and cons. I use them both, but for high speeds I prefer orange track (or older matchbox track) with higher walls and smaller trackwidth.
Oh, and I think the EDU series and 2.0 BluTrack series have wider walls between the tracks. But i've never seen it in real life yet...