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Cheap Slot car track Answered

I LOVE using slot cars. I HATE the price of them. Does anyone know where I can get some cheap slot car track. When I say cheap, I mean less than $60 for a good bit of track. I plan on slowly building up my main straight away(s) to be long so I can test speed. Any site or info would be nice. But' I'm also considering build the track myself. Meaning, I use a router and and a couple pencils and string to build it out of wood. I know it takes time but I'll have 2+ hours a day with nothing to do. Help? Anyone?

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Harkb
Harkb

2 years ago

Are you still at this. If so my one and only question is what scale is you setup. I have both 1:32 and HO. Had my best success with buying cars and track on eBay. But I did find two whole HO sets on Craigslist really cheap. Both sets needed cleaning and were missing stuff but it was ok. Almost 300 HO track pieces later and still going.

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MDheliMech
MDheliMech

6 years ago

The biggest problem you may encounter is that different companies seem to make thier track a little different. I have track from two different 1:43 scale sets. They are basically the same size. However the slots in the two different brands of track are misaligned.

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ry25920
ry25920

11 years ago

oh man, I don't care if there is an inch of dust on them, i'll take.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

11 years ago

. I'd use a metal (eg, steel) for the conductors, instead of pencils (graphite and clay). Pencil leads have too much resistance, which will lead to voltages drops, which means less speed/acceleration. Polish the edge that the shoes ride on to cut down on wear and sparking.

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Reply 11 years ago

I think that by a couple pencils and string he was referring to using them as a compass.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 11 years ago

> using them as a compass . heehee That makes a lot more sense, doesn't it?

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Patrik
Patrik

11 years ago

I often see slot car tracks at flea markets or garage sales - might be worth a look.