Introduction: Scalextric / Slot Car Replacement Crash Barriers

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While packing away the scalextric track we found quite a lot of the crash barriers where broken and needed replacing, so I was looking around the garage to see what I could use and found that cable trunking may work so I gave it a try and here's how I did it.

Step 1: Materials and Tools Required

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Materiels and Tools

50 mm or 25 mm wide cable trunking (white)
150 grit sandpaper
Pliers
Stanley knife or sharp knife
Junior hack saw blade or hack saw
Scalextric crash barrer
Scalextric corner piece
Loctite superglue

Step 2: Measuring and Cutting the Main Crash Barrier

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Using an existing crash barrier as a guide slide it along the trunking so that both the crash barrier and trunking meet at one end and saw until you have created a score mark or more, bend til it snaps off.

Step 3: Removing Both Edges of the Main Barrier

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Using a stanley knife or craft knife score along the channel / edge and once scored over a few times bend back with the pliers and snap off.

Step 4: Sanding the Main Barrier

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Use the 150 grit sandpaper to take any rough edges off and round all the corners.

Step 5: Cutting the Tabs That Hold the Barrier

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Cut another length of barrier and split it down the middle along the length.

Measure about 10mm wide and cut with a blade of junior hack saw , score with a stanley knife or craft knife and snap off. You will require two tabs to hold the barrier.

Step 6: Bending the Tabs

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Take a plastic tab and click it into place along the outer curve and then using your finger and thumb bend the tab over so that it sticks up.

Step 7: Finished Crash Barrier

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Using the red crash barrier as a guide, roughly position the tabs and glue them to the main barrier.

Comments

machinecrafted (author)2015-11-08

It's the tab you slot the barrier part into that's key, find a decent tab and away you go.

skydreams (author)2015-11-08

This is a great idea. Would it work if you just kept the original trunking, slicing the channels top and bottom so that they can bend, then just cutting a section in the channels to glue the tabs?

machinecrafted (author)skydreams2015-11-08

Thank you. Yes that would work too.

Since I made these barriers I've invested in some scalextric sports track off ebay which came with some grey coloured barriers and they have little black tabs with slots.

http://www.scalextric.com/uk-en/barrier-and-clips-pack.html

tomatoskins (author)2015-08-03

I loved slot cars when I was growing up! So many great memories!

How's this for a memory, back in the mid to late 1970's my brother and neighbors joined all the scalextric track they had together to make a really long dragster strip and large circuits really good fun. hehe.

Still got most of the track left so built one recently please see youtube clip below.