I wanted to share the new wood track I built out here in Calgary.  I’d be honored if you
would post it up on your website.

Here are the track details:

o        Track Name: Tanglewood Targa
o        Track Type: Routed 3/8” MDF (4.5 sheets of 4x8’)
o        Elevation change: lowest point to highest point is about 20” (followed your
undercutting tutorial on ‘how to bend MDF’)
o        Track Length: 63 ft (red and green lanes); 57 ft (yellow lane) ~ all lanes drive
approx. within 1/10th of a second of each other
o        Average Lap Time to date: 8.8 sec
o        Best Lap Time to date: 8.114 on middle lane (Racer Ferrari 250LM – David Piper)
o        Controllers by Professor Motor
o        Driver Stations by Steve Sawtelle (www.slotcarcorner.com)
o        Power Supply by Pyramid PS26
o        Track Lighting by Model Power #’s 6081/6082 (approx. 30 lights in total)
o        Track Lighting Power by Powertech 2 amp power supply
o        Track Timing by Trackmate (Slot Car Timer for Windows v5.5)

The track started conceptually with Spa, and then took influences from Targa Florio and
Le Mans. Eventually, it took on more & more modifications to maximize the track length to
my available space.  Total track construction time was in the neighborhood of around 500
hours (over an elapsed period of about 9.5 months), which consisted of late nights after
the kids went to bed.

The track (see the gif file) was constructed to be ‘modular’ (per wife’s orders), meaning it
will break down for storage into 5 tables, using the techniques in your DVD. The overall
foot print is about 10.5’ wide by 7.5’ deep (plus the Murphy table in the back corner)

The ‘scenicing’ was pretty much all by scratch:

The pond is EZ water (Woodland Scenics) and yes, it was so easy that a guy with no
artistic skills could manage.
Guardrails are 1” tall cut from ¼” sq. balsa wood sticks painted white with glued on ¼” x 4’
wood strips.
Moss/lichen for track foliage
Heaps of Styrofoam I had laying around were chipped, painted and spray coated with
granite speckle to make the mountain and various other ‘rock’ formations (if I never see
Styrofoam again, it will be too soon!)
Tunnel siding was also Styrofoam, the ‘stone’ was etched in with an X-acto knife, then
painted with diluted black paint, then painted over with the ‘stone’ paint
Trees were made out of twigs from the green space behind my house, sprayed with
adhesive dipped into ground foam and/or lichen (using the method from www.sanphoeno.
com) and then glued into pre-drilled holes in the ‘landscape’
Signs were adapted and converted from various eps and jpeg files off the Internet and
glued down to balsa wood and mounted into the landscape just like the trees
The backdrop was a roll of ‘cloud’ wallpaper picked up from the local home improvement
store.
Hills were made out of fly screen mesh, which was ‘molded’, tacked down with a stapler,
covered with plaster cloth, painted & then layered on with scatter flock (as in your DVD)
The avalanche netting was made of out spare fly screen mesh attached to balsa dowels
hot glued into the rock (Styrofoam)
The oil drum/barrels and tire barriers were new-old-stock Strombecker I had laying
around, which I painted.
Hay bales were cut from Cocoa mat (that lines hanging baskets)
The main ‘hedge’ was also made from Cocoa mat, which was cut to length wrapped
around and hot glued to a 1.5” tall by ½” thick by 28” long piece of cut Styrofoam, then
glued to track module siding

More scenery to come – working on scratch building a quasi-replica of the old Maison
Blanche house (aka the 'Martini' house in the Le Mans movie) plus maybe a TV/camera
tower.
The track driver stations are also wired each with a directional switch through the driver
station to run in both directions.  The stations also contain a push button reset fuse,
adjustable braking dial plus a track call button which is wired to a central (single pole
single throw) switch to be either set to on or off (where a race director/marshal can have
their own track call button to prevent abuse of the system – i.e., turn off the driver station
track call buttons). Also, with my kids & nephews, I wanted to disable the track calls just so
the kids could run on it.

Each lane drives differently (and differently again when running in the opposite direction)
and the elevation changes require some …well lets just say the guardrails have been
replaced a time or two :O)
Please contact Tom with any comments or questions
Counter