Our New In-store Demo and Testing Track

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It’s not finished yet, but our store’s 2-lane Scalextric Sport demonstration and testing track is operational.  The track will also serve as a portable track for our booth at trade shows and exhibitions beginning with the Northwest Home School Convention in mid-June.  We designed it to split into two modules just by undoing two wing nuts and disconnecting track sections where they cross between the two modules.  In the photo above you can see the line where the two modules meet.  This makes it possible to transport the track easily in our trusty GMC Safari van.

We really wanted to have a larger 4-lane track in the store, one big enough to run organized races on, but that will have to wait until our business grows into a larger store space.  However, we will have not one but two 4-lane tracks for racing at other locations.  More about those in a future blog post.

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The two modules are designed to rest on either a single 8×3-foot table in the store or on two 4×2-foot tables with folding legs, which we will use in off-site locations because they are light and easy to transport in our van.  In the photo above you see the basic structure sitting on the 8-foot table.  On the floor below it you can see the circular miter saw we used to cut many of the parts for the modules.

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This is how it looks from the bottom..  The understructure, made from 2×2 lumber, holds the assembled modules securely in place on the table.  When we use the two smaller tables  they fit transversely, one under each module.  The understructure also provides attachment points for the side walls.

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This photo points out some of the layout’s features.  The areas marked A through F have been filled in to the level of the track surface or slightly above with pieces cut from plywood.  #1 is the DS sensor track we decided to use instead of a light bridge.  It is much less likely to be damaged in hard use or transport.  #2 is the “old-style” C8217 round-plug power base.  We used it instead of the current-production power base with rectangular plugs because it allows the use of two transformers for separate power to each lane, and accepts many different aftermarket controllers, which the newer power base, at least for now, does not.  #3 is the Ninco #10220 crash wall and catch fence we place between the two adjacent straight sections to prevent head-on crashes and to show off the crash walls, which we really like.  #4 is the DS2000 2-lane lap counter/timer system we will be using on this track.  DS systems are not cheap, but they do everything most hobbyists will ever need a timing/scoring system to do and they are highly durable and reliable under heavy use.

#5 marks the two gaps in the side walls to be filled in during final finishing.  #6 is a pair of sturdy “super-resistant” cars from one of the two C1319T Continental sport Cars race sets that provided most of the track sections to build the layout.  We’ll be using these cars and similar ones in the store and at public events.  I’ll write more about the C1319T set in a coming post.  #7 is a section of fill-in on which we sloped the edges down to track level to provide a bit of extra driving challenge.  A car’s rear tires can slide onto the sloped area up to a point, but take it too far and you may upset the car enough to deslot it.

This would make a really fun layout for anyone who wants to race 1/32 scale but has very limited space.  It uses almost all radius 2 curves with just one rad 1 turn to keep drivers on their toes.  Except for a long straightaway it has everything you need to explore all aspects of your cars’ performance and challenge yourself as a driver.  there’s even enough room to add scenic details, as we will be doing.

Watch for more posts about the building of this track in which we will go into the process in greater detail.

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