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Old 03-22-2005, 06:40 AM
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Thanks. what's nice about it is you can run it in either direction and if you put the timing loop on the long straight, the hairpin could be the site of some very exciting last ditch passing maneuvers
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Old 03-22-2005, 08:33 AM
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Too tight - your lanes would end up being extremely small for the space you're using.

go back to MisterCrash's designs - they're much more open while still giving variety in elements.

They're driveable
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Originally posted by Boomer
Too tight - your lanes would end up being extremely small for the space you're using.

go back to MisterCrash's designs - they're much more open while still giving variety in elements.

They're driveable
Thanks for the honest assessment amigo. I decided to make my box a little bigger to allow for a faster more driveable track. I ended up with this
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Old 03-24-2005, 08:46 PM
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Anybody else got some wares?
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Old 03-24-2005, 09:40 PM
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Your boxes are the same size. . . you just have more of them.

Think OPEN. . .think WIDE LANES. . .
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Old 03-25-2005, 06:13 AM
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Big track (roughly 125'X61'). Total size depends on how wide the lanes would be. In here the lanes are 8' wide. Which I think is a strict minimum.
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Old 03-25-2005, 06:52 AM
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well, I thought I'd post our last 2 layouts. Our track runs Oval, onroad and carpet "offroad" all in one night. Our layouts have to be semi-simple to make the conversion simple and fast. We use 2x4 boards w/ steel connector pieces to connect the 2x4's together.
The circles on the ends of the boards are "weighted" to keep the boards in place when they are bumped.

The circles in the middle of the track are plow disks used as offroad obsticles

The rampls are color coded so when we change track over, the racers know which ramps go where so the track stays the same throughout the night.

for some pics, see www.michianarc.com
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Thanks for sharing this with us. I like it when people post pics and plans of the layouts they use at their RC clubs. Details of what the tracks are made of and how they are put together is cool too.
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See how open that layout is? How uncomplicated, yet with tricky elements?

How he doesn't crowd it with everything that he can think of?
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Old 03-26-2005, 04:46 AM
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Space is hard when using the program that trackdesigner does. If you make a layout that is less complicated, then due to the program originally being written for mini-z's they look incredibly small. I tried to design mine from my local track and it looked retarded because of the scaling. I wish I could just get open tiles with and go back and just add the barriers.
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Old 03-26-2005, 06:42 AM
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Yeah it does make it kinda tough. Sometimes you have to decide whether you want a track that flows with a lot of high speed sections, or a track with a lot of tight techinical sections where your driving skill shines through. Of course you could always find a happy medium between the two, like this
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Trackdesigner, your tracks look cool, but they look hard to actually make, everytrack ive been to uses wood or pvc or something to make tracks so all those cool curves you have would be a square with a board sticking out the wall to go around
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Originally posted by primusblowsgoat
Trackdesigner, your tracks look cool, but they look hard to actually make, everytrack ive been to uses wood or pvc or something to make tracks so all those cool curves you have would be a square with a board sticking out the wall to go around

Thanks for the compliment. I really wanted to make something that didnt look totally and completely square. There is a way to make those sweepers using those particular materials. If you look at the areas where turns come together, you can actually connect the pipe or wood to allow for those turns to be used.
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I wish there was a pgm that used 4 and 8' lengths since that's fairly standard. People just don't have PVC benders or whatever. . . sweepers are made by making a 45deg corner, no pretty curves. Chicanes are made by sticking a board out into a lane. . .
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Originally posted by Boomer
I wish there was a pgm that used 4 and 8' lengths since that's fairly standard. People just don't have PVC benders or whatever. . . sweepers are made by making a 45deg corner, no pretty curves. Chicanes are made by sticking a board out into a lane. . .
Yeah, it certainly would be a lot easier.
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