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  1. tifosi12

    tifosi12 Four Time F1 World Champ
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    I'd like to build a nice slot car track, kinda like a diorama or model train.

    What is the best/easiest way to get the terrain (grass, sand) to be level with the slot car track?

    My Scalextric tracks are about 1/4 inch (5 mm) above the ground, which makes the scenery look a bit toyish. Any recommendations?
     
  2. Mule

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    There certainly are a lot of websites that could help. One of the best sources I have seen is RC Model magazine (at Barnes and Noble). They had an article this month on a rally track landscape that looked great.

    Also, if there is a local hobby shop that sells trains, they should have some landscaping books and materials.
     
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    Actually I went to a couple of hobby shops, even got a model train landscaping book. Also bought a slot car book that talks about building your own track. However I seem to fall here into a black hole: None of these books discuss this particular problem. It seems, that slot car folks just slam the track onto a table and put a grandstand next to it and call it a day. Also model train folks don't have that issue as railroad tracks are elevated in real life.
    :(
     
  4. Michael RPM

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    Andreas: It would be somewhat time consuming, but try laying out the track on plywood, and then trace it with a pencil. Then use a router to remove the wood inside the pencil marks. That would leave you with a nice groove to insert the track.
     
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    Mike, thanks. I thought about that. Time consuming is the right word...
     
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    At one point in my life I was a world class scale model builder.
    We would use celluclay to construct ground areas and then use random sand patterns adhered to the dry celluclay airbrushed appropriately.
     
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    Easier than the router, trace your track on a 1/4 sheet of board, cut it out, mount it near the outside edges of your track.
     

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