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Building our first (blu) track (Europe)

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72_Chevy_C10 2/17/18
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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 :)

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DDRacer 2/20/18

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!

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LeagueofSpeed 2/20/18
Event coordinator

Oh yeah....I'm all about the diorama!!!

  • Tobacco Road — LeagueofSpeed
  • Never tried it before, but there's a first for everything. So far so good! — DDRacer
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3DBotMaker 2/20/18

Looks awesome! What is your track timer running on? Arduino?

  • Thanks. And yes it is Arduino based. The housing is actually an old bookshelf and I ordered the electronics in one complete package. — DDRacer
  • And man, I keep on thinking about that video you posted. I think it was really awesome! — DDRacer
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LeagueofSpeed 2/22/18
Event coordinator

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..


  • Also, lighter tension on the wingnuts closer to the transition as well may help...or tighter? — LeagueofSpeed
  • ....and I'd make thre strips with the wingnuts longer on the drop, so you could have a wingnuts for tension closer to the transition. — LeagueofSpeed
  • You can put foam rubber under the transition to cushion it as well — 72_Chevy_C10

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