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Old 02-17-2012, 07:26 AM   #31
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I bought our sections 100' at a time for $50/each at Home Depot. Some of it was donated from friends who work in construction.

Not sure what's happening with our track this year. There is probably 400 ft of it if you live close to red lion, pa pm me.

the 10" spikes are a great idea and we used 1/2 fender washers so that the nail wouldn't sink through the pipe when you install the nails.


Ramp - I never thought of that packing method. Sounds like it could work. Try it and let us all know
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:45 AM   #32
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I will. I figured an inch or two of stone dust packed down would be a nice hard surface to run on. And wouldn't erode or get muddy.
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Old 02-17-2012, 08:20 AM   #33
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We usually start with a few inches of cheap shell rock down here in FL before we add the clay.
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Yeah I may just use the stone dust as the main track. With dirt under it. It's pretty cheap at $25 a yard.
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:56 PM   #35
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A good base goes along way. I know some tracks didn't take into account how much clay to add when using a rock base and ended up having rocks come up through the track a few weeks later. Those tracks became nightmares to run on. Then again they didn't use stone dust. They used a random assortment of rocks that will crack wheels and make you hate driving on their tracks! Only truggies and monster trucks started showing up. Everything else was simply a waste of time.

I wish we would have used some kind of base. At the price of astro turf it's expensive to cover a back yard track.

It's a great option if you get a lot of rain or snow for that matter.

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Old 02-17-2012, 01:04 PM   #36
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I'm building a 42x70 six lane track right now.
What's your lane width? What classes do you plan on running?
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:57 PM   #37
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Kind of disappointed there's been no new photos since the bump!
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:51 PM   #38
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bump...

we build this track using our own muscle work (town council says no to escavators or backhoe or bobcat like backhoe) and lots of teamwork..

Phase 1 and 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...v=_QZ5zcD_YGM#!

driver stand and view from drivers stand - phase 1 & 2
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originally it was an abandon BMX track, we have gotten approval from the town council to use it as an RC track in a public park - good thing it is as the deeper end of the public park.... we did the track itself in 3 main phase progressively over 2-3 months period..we have major drainage issues initially but we build underground piping on some of the major spots that hold/overflow with water.

we also have a drivers stand using used scaffolding/welding to hold the foundation/structure in place...town council says no to 'container' as driver stand, no erecting building - not that we have the budget to do it either..

now only certain spots hold thin layer of water (where we don't have underground drainage)..which we are trying to think how to remove it...some say use back-pack skil air blower to push the water out of the track..its also too much if we build another few drainage piping as the water will be gone within 1/2 day leaving almost dry mud...but we wasted 1/2 day bashing at the track because of this..

anyone has any suggestion/ideas that normal RC speedways use to remove pots of water at their rc track?

Our club is now the talk of the town with this track in the local RC community...cuz - its FREE FOR PUBLIC TO USE.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:12 AM   #39
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Here are 2 tracks currently working on a third for 1:10 and bigger scales.
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this is my old track before i movedhttp://http://www.rctech.net/forum/m...-my-track.html
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This is what I did with a small area in the woods. 2 lanes, 3 ft wide (1/12-1/18), or 1 lane, 6 ft wide (1/10-1/12) seems reasonable, although it's tighter in some parts. I started by raking away the the leaves and debris, making an outline of where I wanted the track. After small adjustments for large roots and rocks, I walked the track picturing a table top here, a double there, etc.. while trying to stay with the terrain. I certainly didn't want to move any more dirt than I had to. I started going over the track with a garden weasel breaking up the first inch or two of soil for a few feet, then raking it around to smooth it, and tamped down the loose soil. It's not perfect but with time and work it'll get better. These pics are after about 5 hours of work (not including 3 hours of moving dirt).
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:37 PM   #42
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I'd like to expand off to the left in the last picture, get a few more feet of track and open up the banked turn a little. Going over the whoops and up the hill you can turn right, around that last tree and come back. That adds 30-40 ft to the track, but I will have to smooth it some and I can't build up there. I'm gonna draw it out on graph paper and get some more pics of the area... I'll be open to suggestions.

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Old 03-09-2013, 03:00 PM   #43
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I went out and drove the DTX VW Bug and the Rustler around the track. Definitely more smoothing and tamping to be done, tracks still real bumpy. I cant say enough about the value of driving your track as often as possible during your build. First, that's why you spent your money and time, to drive YOUR track. Second, layout issues, I wish I had pushed further up the hill to start with, so I''d have a slightly steeper and much shorter incline (maybe a jump) with more of the track being level. Third is perspective, my track looked pretty smooth.. till I started driving 3inch diameter wheels on it. I also saw some areas I thought were "level enough" that caused a definite side ways slide under acceleration. My tires weren't the best, the rustler is having issues, and the bug body acts like a parachute, but I learned what to work on.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:34 PM   #44
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Here's mine through the build for this year, and the end product, made one adjustment, the 8 pack was tough the first day--











Fun track to play on!!

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mines twice as small but 10 to 11 ft wide lanes and a crossover a lil more work needed to be a legit track think imma do an out door recycle carpet track. pics tmrw
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