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Old 07-18-2009, 11:12 PM   #1
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im building a 8 scale rc track in my back yard for use of atleast 3 buggys on it at once, but where can i get ALOT of dirt to do this with
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Look around your area for land development, those guys remove dirt in big quantities and have to use their fuel,labor and equipment to take it to a suitable stock yard if you are closer than their stock yard chances are you can buy it from them cheap. I do it all the time I have gotten it for free a lot of times.
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Those little free ad books they have at liquor stores usually have ads for free dirt U haul.
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I see free dirt ads in craigslist all the time. Check that out.

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I see free dirt ads in craigslist all the time. Check that out.
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Also, the deeper you dig, the more dirt you have to make jumps. Elevation changes, under ground tunnels, and wooden bridges make for interesting races!
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Also, the deeper you dig, the more dirt you have to make jumps. Elevation changes, under ground tunnels, and wooden bridges make for interesting races!
What ever you do, do not dig!
- You loose vision of you're car
- Where you dig, water seems to really like it

We had the oportunity of a lifetime, we had army engineers shoving up with some heavy machinery. The guy on the ground pointing out the track didnt have a clue and told them to dig so- and -so.

Two days later a worthless track - never in use. Sad story.

Dont dig, build!
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would building an rc track with mostly top soil and then make the jumps out of clay be good enough? even though it would be more maintaince to keep it up?
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What ever you do, do not dig!
- You loose vision of you're car
- Where you dig, water seems to really like it

We had the oportunity of a lifetime, we had army engineers shoving up with some heavy machinery. The guy on the ground pointing out the track didnt have a clue and told them to dig so- and -so.

Two days later a worthless track - never in use. Sad story.

Dont dig, build!
That is a good point! Another consideration...the whole jump doesnt need to be dirt. When we built BMX jumps and tracks, the jump had a lot of filler material, like old tires, large non decomposable objects, etc etc. Took much less dirt that way.
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When we built BMX jumps and tracks, the jump had a lot of filler material, like old tires, large non decomposable objects, etc etc. Took much less dirt that way.
For sure! To build the largest you'd really need some tonnes of material, and it needs to be treated and compressed. My next combo will be filled - definetly!
(yeah, I have my own track as well )
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For sure! To build the largest you'd really need some tonnes of material, and it needs to be treated and compressed. My next combo will be filled - definetly!
(yeah, I have my own track as well )
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is there a thread about track building anywhere? this could be a really useful resource, i'm hoping to do the same thing eventually, and it'd really be nice to have some RCT help
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another thing to think about is the hair that will grow on the track. i built mine this spring and i have a grass problem. round up has helped a little bit. but on a 170x80 track, it has gotten to be an expensive problem. it would have been better if i was ready for it, and i should have been. i was just excited about playing on it.

i had to get one guy out here to blade it all for me. and another with a bobcat. now i have to see if one of them can come out and drag it again. and im now waiting on them.
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another thing to think about is the hair that will grow on the track. i built mine this spring and i have a grass problem. round up has helped a little bit. but on a 170x80 track, it has gotten to be an expensive problem. it would have been better if i was ready for it, and i should have been. i was just excited about playing on it.

i had to get one guy out here to blade it all for me. and another with a bobcat. now i have to see if one of them can come out and drag it again. and im now waiting on them.
You need to get hold of consentrated roundup or even better: MCPA 750. Only a fraction of the price.
Mix it and spray it in large scale.

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