R/C Tech Forums

Go Back   R/C Tech Forums > General Forums > Electric On-Road

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-06-2013, 12:59 PM   #1
Tech Adept
 
cyclone's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 235
Default Indoor carpet - Track building materials

Hi guys, Sorry to repeat a thread that I know will of been run in the past, but I'm hoping I could get some advice on the materials used to build corners for indoor carpet track layouts.

We currently have used white plastic bent around on the edges of black drain tubing. The stuff we have is a really brittle and shatters too easily.

Is there a certain type of plastic to use that is much stronger than others, and what dimensions do you use?

Do people pack the corners with foam?

Any other types of corners made out of other material?

thanks a lot!

Andy
cyclone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2013, 02:17 PM   #2
Tech Elite
 
mkiiina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Frisco TX
Posts: 2,338
Trader Rating: 69 (100%+)
Default

We are currently using old plow disks to form corners and it has helped alot. Track changes are quicker and crashes are less costly (fewer broken parts, easier on the bodies).

Previously we had 90* wooden arches that worked pretty well but were harder to move around and more destructive on bodies.
mkiiina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2013, 03:34 PM   #3
Tech Master
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: New Bern, N.C.
Posts: 1,273
Trader Rating: 3 (100%+)
Default

if you look on the thread from the Halloween race from the Gate, their track boards and corners are terriffic. Very easy on the cars, they don't move, and the provide excellent visual definition for the track layout. I'm not the only one who attended that race who was commenting on how nice the Gate's layout boards and their soft corners were. Much better than dots and better even than the somewhat costly plastic clicktrack barriers.
vafactor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2013, 04:55 PM   #4
Regional Moderator
 
CarbonJoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 2,661
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by vafactor View Post
if you look on the thread from the Halloween race from the Gate, their track boards and corners are terriffic. Very easy on the cars, they don't move, and the provide excellent visual definition for the track layout. I'm not the only one who attended that race who was commenting on how nice the Gate's layout boards and their soft corners were. Much better than dots and better even than the somewhat costly plastic clicktrack barriers.
We use a stack of 2x4s laid flat for the boards, with 3" wide by 1/4" thick LDPE strips 8' long for the flappers. Be forewarned that a 4x8 sheet of 1/4" thick LDPE isn't cheap, but your racers will thank you. I seem to recall that it is about $130 a sheet, but the stuff is practically indestructible. We also use 2 wedge shaped shims (for shimming door frames, etc) from Home Depot covered with thin piece of aluminum sheet to ease the abrupt transition from 2x4 to flapper. Flappers are secured to boards using pre-drilled, countersunk drywall screws. Boards are connected to each other using overlapped ends, with 3/8" bolts and T nuts.

Wood Shims:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded...0#.UnrVp-IwIS4

I'll have to get a few pictures tomorrow night of the board ends to make it clearer.
__________________
*** The Gate - Celebrating 8 years at the same location ***
The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. - Albert Einstein
Understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of the car and oversteer is when you hit the wall with the rear of the car
CarbonJoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2013, 05:24 PM   #5
Tech Elite
 
howardcano's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Olathe, KS
Posts: 3,621
Trader Rating: 35 (100%+)
Default

Many years ago we used discarded escalator handrail. At the time, it was free for the taking whenever the local escalator service company replaced worn handrail (which was quite often). I don't know if they recycle the stuff now, or still just throw it in the trash.

The handrail was heavy, so it didn't move too much, but still had enough give to absorb some impacts. One nice thing about it was that it was easy to form sweeping corners, as opposed to straight lines and sharp corners like with 2x4's. But it did need to be faced with some type of thin plastic, since tires had good traction on it (when a car brushed the wall, it wouldn't slide off, it would just stop dead).
__________________
Howard Cano
When race results are re-calculated using the IOF (Index Of Fun), I always win.
1993 ROAR 1/8 Pan National Champion
howardcano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2013, 07:04 PM   #6
Regional Moderator
 
CarbonJoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 2,661
Default

Pictures of track boards


__________________
*** The Gate - Celebrating 8 years at the same location ***
The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. - Albert Einstein
Understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of the car and oversteer is when you hit the wall with the rear of the car
CarbonJoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2013, 07:13 PM   #7
Regional Moderator
 
CarbonJoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 2,661
Default

A shot of the track with multiple flappers

__________________
*** The Gate - Celebrating 8 years at the same location ***
The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. - Albert Einstein
Understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of the car and oversteer is when you hit the wall with the rear of the car
CarbonJoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2013, 07:28 PM   #8
Tech Champion
 
JayBee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: 12TH-MAN COUNTRY
Posts: 6,813
Trader Rating: 31 (100%+)
Default

Very nice!!
__________________
R C 3 G R A F I X _ F U S I O N . G R A P H I X _ S E A T T L E - R/C - R A C E R S _ E M E R A L D C I T Y R C . C O M

A E - 12R5.2 _ S M - REV8 PRO
JayBee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2013, 07:36 PM   #9
Tech Master
 
~McSmooth~'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 1,082
Default

Don't forget the 3-in-1 oil and gauze pads.
__________________
DeSoto Racing * Franchise * Pro-One * Team Scream * Power Push * Team Ass

Badly influencing a new generation of racers!
~McSmooth~ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2013, 11:20 AM   #10
Tech Adept
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Doncaster South Yorkshire
Posts: 115
Default

We use old fire hose filled with sand. It makes good flowing track as you can bend it curve to any line you like. But you need to seal the end's so the sand do,s not come out.
big paul is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2013, 07:27 AM   #11
Tech Regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 251
Trader Rating: 1 (100%+)
Default

CRC's Clik Trak works really well. It's light, easy on cars and clicks together fast for making quick but professional layouts. Used at the Snowbirds, IFMAR World Championships and other large events, Clik Trak is again back in production. We had a tooling issue, but now fixed with our first production due in stock in a few weeks.

Check it out here.

New 2014 pricing and kit sizes will be posted soon.

Quote:
Originally Posted by cyclone View Post
Hi guys, Sorry to repeat a thread that I know will of been run in the past, but I'm hoping I could get some advice on the materials used to build corners for indoor carpet track layouts.

We currently have used white plastic bent around on the edges of black drain tubing. The stuff we have is a really brittle and shatters too easily.

Is there a certain type of plastic to use that is much stronger than others, and what dimensions do you use?

Do people pack the corners with foam?

Any other types of corners made out of other material?

thanks a lot!

Andy
Team CRC is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. It is currently 09:38 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Powered By: vBulletin v3.9.2.1
Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Advertise Content © 2001-2011 RCTech.net