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Old 10-22-2006, 08:05 PM
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I recently built another road course track for a new track. I used the materials they provided this time, so it doesn't look quite as nice since it's mostly 2x4's. However, I did add a dozen soft corners, which helps. Low res pictures:
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http://www.rndracepark.com/images/100_2198.jpg

The owner's did not want me to use velcro, so we need a lot of weight. Does anyone know where to buy bags of stones? Another track used the bags of stones, and they worked beautifully. The only downfall was the choice of stones they used were very dusty. But that can be easily remedied.
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How about some more input fellow R/C racers.
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This is a cool thread!

I'm making an offroad track for 1/10 and 1/8 scales. What is the best/cheapest material to make the barriers from? I've seen wood and PVC piping mentioned. Is there anything else? What size PVC works best? Thanks for any input!
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Originally Posted by stitchy View Post
This is a cool thread!

I'm making an offroad track for 1/10 and 1/8 scales. What is the best/cheapest material to make the barriers from? I've seen wood and PVC piping mentioned. Is there anything else? What size PVC works best? Thanks for any input!
Corragated black drainage pipe is cheapest and easiest to use.
You can get 100 ft at Lowes or a similiar store for less than $50.
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Originally Posted by James35 View Post
I recently built another road course track for a new track. I used the materials they provided this time, so it doesn't look quite as nice since it's mostly 2x4's. However, I did add a dozen soft corners, which helps. Low res pictures:
http://www.rndracepark.com/images/100_2197.jpg
http://www.rndracepark.com/images/100_2198.jpg

The owner's did not want me to use velcro, so we need a lot of weight. Does anyone know where to buy bags of stones? Another track used the bags of stones, and they worked beautifully. The only downfall was the choice of stones they used were very dusty. But that can be easily remedied.
For weight, you can also use bags of sand. Like play sand you get anywhere... Double bag it in plastic the size you want and bundle it with duct tape to keep it from leaking out or puncturing.
Place it in non critical areas to back up the boards.
Another way to make a great track is to use 1"X4" outer boards with small sections of 2"X4" in side. Put a finger out of one end, then inset the 2"X4" other end so you can lock them together when ever possible.
Make sections different lengths 10Ft and 5FT for many track possibilities.
You can also get some 1/4" flexable plastic cut it into appropriate width strips and to screw into the tops of the joints to help secure them. Triangle pieces in the corners also.
I have attached some pics to show you some examples.
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Thought Id give this a bump because I was just asked to submit a couple designs for a track out in Minnesota. I'll have what I drew up posted once I get to a scanner
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here is the design I mentioned
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Love this thread. I've been doing layouts for the past 3 years for on and off road. Great ideas from everyone.
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any ideas for rally tracks? not crazy jumps but maybe good for hardpacked dirt. not too big either.
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Originally Posted by rexvirtue View Post
any ideas for rally tracks? not crazy jumps but maybe good for hardpacked dirt. not too big either.
Im guessing you want a rallycross style track? Drop me an email with your specs and I can put something together for you
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I see alot of discussion of track layouts, but not track materials. Where do I get soft corners?
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I've been thinking about redoing our club's indoor track for 1:12 (35'x70').

I was going to use 9' vinyl downspouts for the boards since they are flat sided compared to rouned pipe. I would stuff each end with a short piece of 2x4 and screw in two button head screws vertically down the center of the 2x4.

To connect the boards I was going to take a 4" PVC pipe and cut 2" wide rings. I would keyholes to match the screws in the 2x4 stuff in the downspout.

The idea was simple about the rings. Key the holes the holes at, 0, 90, 112, 120, 135, 150, and 180 (as viewed on a compass). That should make any bend possible from the slight 22 degree to a very sharp 90 degree.
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One of the easy parkinglot track systems I have seen, 2x4's on end with hold drilled middle of each 3 inches back, use u bolt sitting through the top with overlap in direction of travel.
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Originally Posted by ammdrew View Post
One of the easy parkinglot track systems I have seen, 2x4's on end with hold drilled middle of each 3 inches back, use u bolt sitting through the top with overlap in direction of travel.
That sounds interesting.
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so it turns out my new house has a strip 20 ft by 60 feet to make a small outdoor rally track. ideas are apprecited. pics as events warrant.
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