Originally Posted by jedsled
i'm going to be building an outdoors track, for my gas powered revos and 1/10 scale electric stadium trucks, on my property and own 30 acres (so i shouldnt be limited in size at all).
how wide would you suggest it should it be? are national rc tracks wider than local club tracks, and if so, what is the difference in width?
how long in length do you guys think is the average outdoors rc track?
if anyone could give me ideas on track layout (putting in pit lanes, how far to space double and triple jumps apart, etc), dirt composition (should i use clay?), and how big of a space (overall track dimensions) i should be using, it would be great.
any other ideas and info, such as how to make a stand for drivers, track grooming equipment needed, and how-to advice would help as well.
it'd be great if you can include pics or drawn layouts of your tracks!
I will try to go one question at a time.
usually 8=10 ft. IF you are going to have a bunch of large Nitro vehicles run at the same time, you can go 12 ft.
Track Length and space.. for outdoors. 500 -700 ft. 150 ft back straight at the most for a combo track for electric and Nitro. I would suggest you go no deeper than 75 ft from the drivers stand. Any farther than that and a 1/0th scale vehicle gets hard to see.
Drivers stand. At least 4-5 ft above the track. As long as you want it.... An easy way to make it is modular. Make a platform frame with 2" X 6" or 2" X 8" and use two joices down the middle for support then top it off with 3/4" plywood or particle board. THEN make 2 stand offs approximately 2'X 45" that fit in underneath with 4"X4" corner posts that fit up into the platforms about 4 ". tUse a 2"X6" header on each stand off that the platform will sit on front and rear. Do not have them sit on the 4"X4". You do not have to tie the stand offs together, the platform does that.
This makes an extemely stable drivers stand. We have 4 sections at my track that make up a 32ft drivers stand. You can add to it as you need it. And it stacks and stores very well if you need to put it away for the winter.
Check out pics at http://www.rcproductdesigns.com/washtenaw_track.htm
Track Design.. What ever you want!!!! Make it fun. Time jumps as you are making them. that is part of the fun of building a track. Make the technical stuff closer to the drivers stand... make the fast stuff away. I always make the straight at the back of the track.
Make some areas easy to drive.. and some a little tougher.
Track equipment. How much money do you have??? LOL!! A BobCat would be nice!! LOL!!
My first track was cut thru the grass in my back yard with a rototiller. I did not need pipes. By the time I got thru the grass and cleaned it all out... I had a nice 2-3" barrier to define the track. You will need shovels, rakes, tampers for compressing your jumps. Wheelbarrow, sledge hammer if you are using pipes and stakes.
Hopefully you will have water to keep the track moist.. if not it will dry out rock hard.
If you want to keep it nice.... Try to get some huge tarps to cover it when you are not using it. That will help with weeds and erosion.
Because you have a lot of space... Another thing you might like to try is a ROVAL.. that is a nice size OVAL on the outside and then in a selected place, you can turn in off the OVAL on to the rest of the Off Road course then back out on to the oval. You have the best of both worlds.
You don't want pure clay... It will soon turn to concrete like surface. Top soil, sand, clay mix is nice. Something you can work with but will hold it's shape fairly well.
Hope this helps get you started.
Be sure to post some pics when you get going and when you are done.