View Full Version : Trackbuilding specifics?

09-18-2006, 12:09 PM
I understand the stuff about banking and routing and the more general things, but I'm looking for something on what size router bits, how deep of a slot, cutting the braid recess, where to get braid, what kind of braid glue and where to get it, how are the powertaps installed and with what materials, how much banking can you get easily with 1/2" MDF, how much hp for the router, wall material?, i heard outdoor acrylic latex enamel is a good paint, glue differences and which to use?, and attaching the track segments? which methods are there? and how do you cut them?

Multiracer II
09-18-2006, 12:55 PM
for a paragraph or two...... anything else ?

09-18-2006, 12:58 PM
I think that's about it :D

Bill from NH
09-18-2006, 01:17 PM
Do a Google search on "Building Slotcar Tracks." You'll find a wealth of information.:)

09-18-2006, 01:19 PM
or get ahold of GaryG... he can tell you anythinng you want to know... But dont forget John Ford... he is also very knowledgeable about the subject

09-18-2006, 01:54 PM
Here's a link to Ray Gardner's very detailed Track Building Manual on Scale Auto Racing News Online:

Track Building Manual (http://www.gofastest.com/oldnslo/track/)

Here's some more:

Slotmaker - Track Building (http://www.24scale.com/slotmaker/track_building/track_building.htm)

Building & Maintaining Slot Car Tracks (http://uk.geocities.com/slot_racing/trackbuild/index.htm)

BSCRA - Track Design (http://www.bscra.fsnet.co.uk/track1.htm)

Track Wiring (http://www.slotcarcorner.com/articles/wiring/Track_Wiring_Disclaimer.asp)

Building your own 1/32 Track (http://home.cogeco.ca/~amcewen2/Trmanual.html)

Track Plans (http://www.lattermann.com/raceplace/)

Building the J&L Raceway - Part 1 (http://www.oldweirdherald.com/techtips/J&L_Raceway/J&L_Raceway1.html)

Building the J&L Raceway - Part 2 (http://www.oldweirdherald.com/techtips/JLRaceway2/JLRaceway2.html)

How to Build a Slot Car Track - Video or DVD (http://www.oldslotracer.com/How-to.html)

AccuTech Track Wiring 1 (http://www.oldweirdherald.com/techtips/ho_atw_1_2004a.jpg)

AccuTech Track Wiring 2 (http://www.oldweirdherald.com/techtips/ho_atw_2_2004a.jpg)

There were others that were good also, but have moved or dissapeared. I will have to see if I can find or repost some of those sometime soon...

But the above links should get you started! :D

09-18-2006, 06:44 PM
Check here if you remember the old web page names.
Way back machine (http://www.archive.org/web/web.php)

It's kinda neat finding old web pages!

Take Care,

09-19-2006, 12:18 PM
What is considered to be the best braid width? what do they use on all the fast king tracks.

and where can I get power supplies?

09-20-2006, 02:55 AM
Braid width - there was just another thread here recently about that.

The answer was 1/4".

If you want to be able to also run 1/32 home type magnet traction cars, or even 1/24 with magnets, then get MagnaTech braid. It is available from Jim "JimHT" Honeycutt here on OWH, of MagnaTech Raceway.

If you have no plans for magnet racing, then copper braid can be bought from most slot car distributors.

For Power Supplies, Raymond "Slapshot" Batchelor has been supplying power for several of the fastest tracksaround. He also hangs out here on OWH.

09-20-2006, 02:58 AM
I heard magnatech lasted longer too.
any website for the powersupplies?

and what's that one eagle place called? like eagle industries or something and they have a lot of slot car stuff.

09-20-2006, 03:05 AM
Eagle Distributors - in Enid Oklahoma.

I'm on my laptop now and don't have the phone & address...

MagnaTech also on desk PC...

"Slapshot" is Ray Batchelor's OWH ID - you can PM him from any of his posts - or find him on the Member's list. Raymond lives near me - in Auburn WA near Seattle. He does not have a web site - his power supplies are built custom per order.

Both JimHT and "Slapshot" (Raymond) frequently posts here in the Track Owner's forum, and have always been very helpful in sharing their knowledge and experience.

Floyd at Eagle has not posted here, but he is always extremely helpful by phone.

I'll go crank up the desk pc and fill in those contact numbers....

OK - back on desk PC now... here's more info:

Eagle Distributing
1010 N. Van Buren - Unit B
Enid, OK 73703
Floyd Guernsey

Magnatech Braid
Magnatech Raceway
7702 Briaridge
San Antonio, TX 78230
Jim Honeycutt

Custom Power Supplies
Raymond "Slapshot" Batchelor
PM link to Slapshot (http://www.oldweirdherald.com/slotcartalk/private.php?s=&action=newmessage&userid=56)

09-20-2006, 11:45 AM
aren't the powersupplies used on slot car tracks like switching or pyramid or something? so they only give out the amount of amps the car pulls?

09-20-2006, 03:06 PM
Power supplies for commercial slot car tracks is a whole combination of science, voodoo, & theories. At least it seems like that to me.

Switching is a type of power supply and Pyramid is a brand of power supply popular for home track use.

The hotter the cars you plan to run, the more amps you need available... basically, but there's much more to it then that.

Get ahold of Slapshot and he will either enlighten or confuse you more. It's way over my head. :p

Where's Raymond when you need him?