With the holidays approaching, we do not have a ton of time for racing on the weekend. Cookie baking and other special projects are the center of attention. Thankfully today I had a chance to do some experimenting and building.
My parents sent AB a big present (Hot Wheels!) in a large Amazon box. It gave us two generous sides of cardboard, so I grabbed the duct tape, ruler, pencil, and the razor to see what could be made of them.
In this house we are fans of Beaverworks and the Chaos Canyon. Both make great videos of their DIY tracks. Thought I could make a hairpin turn like the ones they have.
Take 1: My first attempt was to small. I cut out a few semicircles, glued them together, and taped on a big wall. They attached to my fat track without a problem, but the cars that didn't like the setup.
The turn was too sharp. The cars (including the duck) crossed from track to cardboard no problem, but ran right into the wall. None of them made it around the horn and out of the turn. As you can see, ole Duckie made it to the edge but had already lost all momentum.
After watching a couple more videos I decided to build a new, wider turn.
Take 2: Improvement. The new turn did not have the same shortcomings as the first. If a car hugged the outside wall (right side) it would pop out the other side. If it came on the inside (left side) it would run right into the wall and stop.
While I'm happy with the second turn, it still needs a little more work. We are going to do more research and hopefully post a few videos later this week.
Let me know what you think of the track and if there may be a better way to go short building a track out of cardboard. Thanks!