I'm Brady, 41 yr old father of 2, Jack (8 yr old wolf scout) and Abby (4 yr). I am the wolf den leader (17 boys) as well as the Pack 13 committee chairman. Jack and I got first place in our den last year and just missed top three in our den this year. I decided after racing this year that we put too much time in our cars to just race for an hour (and some people only 2 races). I decided I wanted to build a track. The pack leader and I were getting something out of our storage closet and he pointed out the packs old wooded track (we have a nice 4 lane aluminum track now). So at the next committee meeting I asked if I could buy the old track to set up once a month for open racing. They just gave it to me . So I started researching timers and am assemblig the parts to make an arduino based timer. But I just got the track last Saturday and I am thrilled!
It looks to be homemade out of 1/2 plywood. 4 sections, with 3 lanes. The first section has 2 fold out legs and the start gate. The last section has a pretty interesting timer. Its basically a cut down hinge, that the cars knock over, when the hinge falls it completes a circuit and I think lights a light. It looks like the sections are held together with 2 1 by 2s and wood screws.
So my plans on rehabing it included:
A new stop section (current one is too short)
Paint it black with colored lanes (timing displayes to match lanes)
Rework the start gate to either use a spring opening with a latch or solenoid
re work the section connections to use bolts and wingnuts
Any ideas and help would be greatly appreciated.
Also I found out from out church I can have our open races there anytime for free . I plan on opening the track 1-2 times for tuning next years cars with out the timer or other cars just so that all the cars can make it down the track on the day of the big race. Also I was wondering what you all thought about charging 1-2 dollars admission for the open races to help pay for the track rehab/timer/software?
Thanks in advance!
- Stan Pope
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I missed this the first time ... The 2 or 3 inches of rail cut-out, leaving no sides to constrain the wheels, would cause a rail guided car to veer into the notch and hit the face of the rail continuation. The resulting derails and/or flips would be too exciting for most of us.Speedster wrote:... You were suppose to notch out the guide strip for the hinge and the cars would pass over it and stay on the track. ...
A simple fix is to cut two narrow strips for each rail and tack/glue them in place so that the car wheels see no interruption in the rail!
Of course, your plan to replace the finish gate/electronics fits this plan well, too. You can plug in a full width rail section instead of two side pieces.
For connecting sections, think about 5/16" dia dowel alignment pins in the section ends and a pair of trunk latches, mounted either on the sides or bottom, to hold sections together.
(Brady, you will find my email there, too, on Monday!)
"If it's not for the boys, it's for the birds!"