Track in Progress

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Track in Progress

Post by EdawgM1A2 » Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:17 pm

Pics of my Track in the first stage.

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Re: Track in Progress

Post by sidewinder » Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:44 pm

I love the oval with an infield road course option...it looks like its coming along nicely. Did you put a sealer over the particle board before you painted it or is it just a couple layers of paint? It looks pretty smooth, but I couldn't tell for sure.
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Post by payaso » Sun Jan 18, 2009 6:38 pm

That thing turned out great, Ed. Did you use a joint compound in the corners? Cool idea. And if you didn't, I bet it works pretty good and gives a bit of grippy texture.



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Post by payaso » Sun Jan 18, 2009 6:40 pm

sidewinder wrote:Did you put a sealer over the particle board before you painted it or is it just a couple layers of paint?



I had to look again, but it looks like he used news paper like you would with paper mache. If so, another good idea... :-o







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Post by sidewinder » Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:37 am

Now that you say it that does look like paper mache... :???: That does sound like it should work... :???:
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Post by EdawgM1A2 » Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:21 pm

Paper mache is exactly what I used. The banked turns and walls are made from sheets of 1.5-inch thick polystyrene insulation sheets. I sanded the foam into shape (I don't recommend doing that indoors, shit gets everywhere). The paint is just your standard all purpose Krylon. Two coats of primer and about seven coats of semi gloss black.

The track surface is really sticky. Paper mache makes for a sort of rough surface to start with. The paint smoothes it out a bit and adds some tack. The standard ZZ stock tires I've found work the best. They really stick in the turns.

I'm not really happy with the oval turns, I feel that I didn't make a steep enough bank. I'm also stuck and looking for ideas for any type of modeling.

Overall though, the track is a blast to drive. The road course is just technical enough to make use of the ZZSe's steering but not so difficult that it requires hours of practice to drive. The oval is just small enough that you can't run laps at full throttle so there's a chance of someone out-driving you even if you have the fastest car.
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Re: Track in Progress

Post by sidewinder » Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:26 pm

It looks great :-o , I'm guessing it's about 4x8ft since it looks like a full size piece of particle board. Very nice, I may have to build a track sooner or latter, I used to love working with paper mache'.
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Re: Track in Progress

Post by EdawgM1A2 » Tue May 26, 2009 8:30 am

Update on the track. I don't recomend using paper mâché. The primer didn't adhere well and I have some flaking. The Krylon cured to a hard shell and is a bit slick in spots (random spinouts are frequent). I'm still not happy with the turns.

I'll take some good pics of the flaws tonight when I get home.

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Post by VooDooMafia » Tue May 26, 2009 10:23 am

if you want alot of grip I found using skateboard grip tape in some of the corners worked well :)
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Post by betty.k » Wed May 27, 2009 3:33 am

EdawgM1A2 wrote:The Krylon cured to a hard shell and is a bit slick in spots (random spinouts are frequent).

try sanding the slick bits to roughen them up.
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Post by Sqwalerrr » Wed May 27, 2009 5:50 pm

betty.k wrote:try sanding the slick bits to roughen them up.

but wouldn't that just make the paint peel?
i would go with is the grip tape.
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Post by evil3 » Fri May 29, 2009 12:13 am

The paint will not peel if you sand it down. All that will do is make the surface ruff as you will cut small grooves into the paint with the sand paper. The only way for the paint to peel is if it didn't have a good bond, and something were to get under it like water, or something that could cause the paint not to bond.

However I don't know how good sanding the paint will do as it really it will be just as hard, so the car could still spin out.
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Post by Sqwalerrr » Sat May 30, 2009 12:17 am

i meant flake not peel
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Re: Track in Progress

Post by crazydave » Sat May 30, 2009 12:50 am

Black primer sanded with 400 grit gives my tracks almost too much grip.
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Re: Track in Progress

Post by sidewinder » Sat May 30, 2009 1:47 am

The textured paint works good too and it looks like asphalt. :-o
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