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Taking your HO scale slot car track to the next level cheaply

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So you have a bunch of slot car track, its a fun little hobby, fast challenging and relatively cheap.

In this instructable, I show you how I took a pile of track and a door and made it into a great looking raceway that can be set up in a few moments

Its a technical track  for the racers having high speed straits and tight curves.

Its also a good track for the non magnetic cars, it has skids around the curves to make the outside lanes more like the inside lanes. 

This track has a little under 40ft,  and my Wizzard brand cars can pull 3.5 seconds laps!

You can of course make your own layout, with more lanes if you wish and use a different brand of track, though the AFX track I used here is sold in more sizes and shapes than any other brand of HO scale track. 

I also use an AFX electronic race controller, you can simply use the cheaper mechanical lap counter or build your own as documented here:

All and all if you already have the track you can make this system for under 100.00, even lower if you have a door already, 


 

 
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Step 1: Part and materials used

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Track:
AFX (new style used here, any can be used but the layout will need to be changed)

Base:
1-36x80" slab side flat door,    27.00 at home supply store
3-8'x 2"x3" pine wood stock
1 pair of folding table legs (optional I sit mine on the coffee table)
3 yards of felt I used green
3 yards of 1/4" astro turf
miscellaneous wood scraps to make bridge supports and spacers
1/4" thick cork
3" wood screws
small nails

Power:
2 AFX standard 22v power supplies

Tools:
Screw drivers
Soldering iron
small chisel or scraper
drill
staple gun or allot of carpet nails
hammer
heavy duty scissors
circular saw or other means of cutting wood.
spray paint
spray adhesive or upholstery glue
testers paint pens


michaelko2 years ago
you have a bunch of slot car track