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I didn't realize I was mentioned in this thread :) Yeah, if you look at my videos, you'll see that my hill is aluminum. It is a piece of .125" x 6" 6061 aluminum that is about 6' long.
The reason I use the aluminum is because it bends into a nice arch and gives, and gives a little as the cars go down the hill...making for a nice, smooth transition to the flat.
I really like the way the track reacts, but that's just my two cents :)
It's been quite a busy weekend, but still managed to get some work done (trackwise).
First of all, tried something with plexiglass for the transition, simply because i had some lying in the old shed. Didn't work exactly as i hoped for (thickness of glass creates too much of a bump in the road), so next try will be with aluminium (I'll take a look at your videos first Chevy).
As you can see, i had some fun with grass (not that kind) to make the track look a bit more exciting. Want to make some scenery for the transition too, but first it has to work properly.
And last but not least, tried to create a decent starting gate. Although it's made of leftovers, i'm pretty happy with the result (it works lol).
With some luck (and if the lady let's me) i can do some proper testing this sunday. Hopefully the results will show some consistency!
Oh yeah....I'm all about the diorama!!!
Looks awesome! What is your track timer running on? Arduino?
I think a solution would be to get a wooden dowel whose circumference/thickness would slide under the track where the two pieces of MDF meet aka the Drop and the runout.....and removing the plexiglass..