Hey everyone, yet another COVID convert here. Here is my current track (my third, and most ambitious thus far), The Jörmungandr, named after the world serpent of Norse mythology, due to its twisting coils toward the end. Functional as pictured, and races well, but still not quite complete. Plan is to put a 90º two-lane turn going to the left up the wall at the current top using angled shelving supports, and then another 90º right so that the track should actually start around the top of that closet door and pass by John Wayne's eyes there. Originally had planned for six 90º turns winding back over the middle of the track before finally dumping into that first straight-away of two-lane Max Traxxx, but I think I'd have to cut into the ceiling to make it work. Either that or lower the angles, and it's running pretty perfect on speed right now, don't want it too slow.
Don't have a whole lot of build pics unfortunately, sorry. Kind of got lost in the activity, and didn't think to document well. Hopefully the build is fairly self evident. Track is a combo of Crash, Max Traxx, Hot Wheels orange track, and some 3D printed pieces from Slanman Customs (can be found on FB, reasonably priced, and very fast), namely the starting gate, two-lane-to-one adapter, and most of the connectors. Don't have exact measurement at moment, but think track is currently around 50' long, and features five turns, two 180º, one 225º hairpin, one 135º, and one 90º.
(View from top of turn 2, "Verdandi". Turns are named after the three Norns, Urd, Verdandi, and Skuld).
(View of Skuld and the rest of "the serpent". I'll explain).
Other materials used: 3: 8' 1by4's, cheap plastic shelving system similar to (if not exact same) 3D uses on some builds, and then those white strips that look like styrofoam are... well, styrofoam, but they happen to be pieces of this 1" insulation paneling we had laying around from a previous home project. Has a silvery, plastic type skin that makes it MUCH easier to stick tape to, and really easy to cut and work with (the skin helps keep some of the styrofoam "snow" from forming when cutting and snapping). Real rigid, and of course super light, so you can actually go ahead and just tape it level with the edge of a table, and it holds great. Oh, and of course tape. Lots of duct tape, but that mostly just to keep things stuck in place. Only have one spot I've needed to amend with electrical tape (so far).
So the "plan" is to eventually make a big Yggdrasil tree that will stand amidst the lower coils of the track (the serpents coils, if you will), possibly with the track tunneling through. (I say "plan" in quotes because I know absolutely nothing about making stuff like this, but now's as good a time as any to learn, I guess). Not sure quite how to do this and make it visible, but I'd like the last couple of turns to be part of the "body" of the serpent, with the cars ending up racing out of its mouth, with the one-lane run-off resembling its tongue. Not pictured here, but somewhere we have a little piece of track we got from McDonalds that's like a little lane director, but the main thing is that it's forked. I foresee some issues with filming, if it ever comes to that, with all this... stuff, I figure I'll cross that rainbow bridge when and if I come to it.
Ummm... that's about it for now. Wish me luck! Happy racing!