List of retail finish lines and starting gates

redlinederby Tuesday, 5/8/2018
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Lets start a "definitive" list of available retail finish lines and starting gates. We've talked a lot about and referenced many of them throughout the years but never put together a solid list.

Add links to ones you know of or find that aren't already in the lists. And lets keep this limited to retail products, playsets and kits...for people looking to buy, install, and be done.

Combo kits

Finish lines

Starting gates

If you're looking for 3DBotMaker track accessories, please note that they have ceased production on finish lines and starting gates. Read the announcement.


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Chaos_Canyon 5/14/20

How about this one? How many have used this one?

  • I've seen that in a view videos and photos but never had a link to it - thanks for finding and sharing. — redlinederby
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Kevblokey 5/15/20

It's worth mentioning that 3D is taking a hiatus from producing his track accessories at present, I hope this is just temporary as his products are excellent for our hobby.


  • 3DBM does offer some of his track parts to self-print if you have a 3D printer, or you can often have a service print them too. But gates and finish lines will be unavailable for a while. — redlinederby

Anyone tried the race starter from this set?

Selling for $10 at Walmart

  • I have one like that but don't use it for my racing since I'm not sure you'd want a boost heading downhill. But for giving your cars a little push on a flat surface, it works okay. — redlinederby
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Leroy1 12/21/20

Our track .Wally Parks Race way , Home of the Pa Pa Nationals . We use New Directions Judge for our Finnish gate . AWESOME.!!!!!!!

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Charles 5/10/22

Hoping to find an affordable starting "christmas tree" for my track

Thank you forum

This is exactlly what I have been looking for as I plan my track! 

  • Make sure you do plenty of research and get advice before buying. Cheers good luck out there. — CutRock_R_Marc_D
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Dadvball 9/27/22

Has anybody started 3d printing start gates similar to the type 3D Bot maker used to build?  I'm planning on setting up a new track and would like to get my hands on one. 

  • Slanman Customs ....... I actually just got one of his two-lane start gates today. Check out his Facebook page. — SpyDude
  • I'll second SpyDude's recommendation. Slanman Customs is also on Etsy if you don't do Facebook: — H3zzard
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Dadvball 9/29/22

Thank you guys. I'll take a look.

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JBlotner42 5/9/24

Ok, I need Everyone's help deciding something important.

I have 3 choices for Start gates: Slanman Customs, PlayRobotics, Or JLH Krafts

All 3 are going to end up being about the same price.
PlayRobotics - Sale price $159.00 USD +$39 shipping = $198

Slanman - $205 but out of stock for who knows how long.

JLH is 4-5 week build and ship time at 216.79 with tax

I could try and build one myself but I want instant gratification here.

Leave a comment with your vote.

  • Slanman. Unless they can't get it to you soon enough. I'd see if I could ask. They have their own RLD acount — LottaSpeedRacing
  • Slanman is an official partner of RLD...for whatever that's worth. But the PlayRobotics system is more open-source and can be expanded if you're technologically inclined. I haven't used the Slanman system yet. — redlinederby

Slanman Customs' starting gate and finish line combo is well worth the money and the wait. It didn't come with any instrucions but it was easy enough to figure out. The overall finish is beautiful, the operation is simple and the timer has plenty of digits for timing. I've been using it for my short test track to tune my cars for mail-in races, so a 2.5 to 4 second run is common, but I could see every thousandth of a second I shaved off with weight, polished axles and graphite. The Crash Racers connectors that they make also work really nicely too.

  • It looks great and I don't doubt the quality. Slanman did post recently that he got more parts in for the gates, so hopefully soon. — JBlotner42
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