I've been without an active race track since this past Spring due to a basement flood. And sadly, it's taken this long to get things repaired and ready for living. Of course, there's that little COVID thing going on which threw everything out of whack too...but now that school's back in session and there's a little more schedule to everyday, my track work is slowly starting back up in a quest to rebuild the Redline Derby Speedway, my shelf track drag strip.
The walls got a fresh coat of paint, as did the track boards, and so now it's time to rethink the track at large. What do I want to change? What should stay the same?
All in all, the track will be very much the same as it was before. The wall and space lends itself to a classic drag strip, so I just can't do much more there. I was able to acquire another roll of seamless orange track, so I'll be happy to see this thing with 4 lanes of consistent track...should provide for some interesting races down the line.
The one thing I wanted to focus on was the transition, aka, The Whump. The previous version of the Speedway had a pretty hard transition coming out of the hill and into the straight. In many ways I thought it gave the track some character but it could also be hard to deal with in terms of providing reliable races.
My first plan is to see if I can put together a longer slope for the hill, more like a pinewood derby style hill of sorts. I wasn't sure how to go about such a thing (and still aren't) but when I was doing some prototyping with cardboard to see what type of curve I want, I'm thinking that might be the solution. The cardboard has a good, natural sag to it that makes for a track line I like. I'm gonna try to add in some sort of support (probably styrofoam or wood) under the cardboard and that might be enough.
I might also lower the height of the drop a few inches. It might not be needed if I go with the pinewood hill but it might make for some better video angles given how my basement is setup. We'll see.
I guess there's not too much to share or discuss quite yet...again, a pretty simple build to get things started. Once I have the drag strip operational, I'm going to explore building an open track so I have some options.