Post by Mayhem Miller on Mar 23, 2008 13:48:31 GMT -6
I built a 35' test track last year, which turned out great, but was bulky, heavy and was a pain to try and store. I had about 150.00 into it. Well, when we moved to the county this last fall, the track got banged up a bit and I ended up using it for firewood....
I initially made my center rails out of regular pine lathe, and they were terrible. They were not smooth and the cars never had consistant times. I then had my local lumber yard mill me some oak lathe, and they turned out excellent. So, if your going to be building and testing cars all summer, its going to be difficult to do on a track that doesnt produce consistant results.
I really recommend buying a 2 lane Best Track, they run about $440 or so, but well worth it.
Thanks for the feedback and link to the plans. I just found some scrap 3/4" mdf or waferboard with plastic laminate on both sides. Pieces measure 18" by 8'. I plan to rip them down to about 9" or just wide enough for two lanes. Currently planning to use 3 pieces for a 24' setup, which will fit in the garage, then have an additional 2 pieces prepared to insert if I want to get up to 40' temporarily.
Planning to use hardwood strips for the center guides.
Probably be a month or two before I can squeeze in the time to do it, but I'll post pics whenever I do.