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Game room Race track?

post #1 of 34
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So, I finished my basement this year, and I put in the theater, arcade, craft room, and kids play room, along with my woodshop...

But, my xmods are bugging me to run again, as I used to have a track in the unfinished basement for them that we set up for the winter (some people do trains.. I prefer to r/c race). The kids and I had a blast racing together.



My first attempt at a race track you can see above, it was ok, but not great. I used shipping L's as my guardrails, which were hard on the cars, and then I used chipboard for the track, which was pretty fun, but didn't give the grip I desired, plus it was very dirty on the cars... And pretty much impossible to break down and put away easily.



So, I've been thinking about it and last month I bought part one of the "new" track.

I picked up a large piece of vinyl flooring 15' X 5'. Which works great as a track, the cars fly, and grab really well, and when you flip it over you can use the other side as well, and it grabs the tires differently. Plus it rolls up easily and stores in a closet without taking up any space. I just made sure I got a piece without the dips that most vinyl has.

I've been thinking about the sides, which we haven't been using yet, we just go onto the carpet if we go off the track, (and since the burber really slows down the cars, it works pretty well).

But, I want boarders. So I'm thinking of getting some 1/2 inch pvc pipe, and then using foam insulation around it to keep it in place and protect the cars... I'm working on it and I'll post pictures when it is done.

Anyone else do this?
post #2 of 34
um. No I never did this but that's cool
post #3 of 34
dang this is a kick ass idea
post #4 of 34
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So here is the progress from today.

Bought pvc 1/2 inch and put it down, cutting the pipe to make the track I desired.



Then using pipe foam I covered the boarder.



I need to buy some more pvc... To finish it, but I put the whole thing away in less than 5 minutes. And it works great. If you hit the wall, the car will slow or stop depending on how you hit it. So it forces you to use throttle control instead of flooring the cars and wailing into the walls... Its really fun, and easy to change the layout if you want, since none of it is glued, just pushed into the joints to keep it all together.






Now, I just need to figure out an inexpensive lap counting system...
post #5 of 34
i want this badly
post #6 of 34
Man that is raw I would have never thought of that but now I am about to make one for my garage this summer.
post #7 of 34
it would be fun, i have a huge basement.
post #8 of 34
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Still not finished with it, but I had over a bunch of friends and they wanted to see it, so I put it down, and 5 minutes later we were racing!

In fact we had 5 different cars all running at the same time, and the kids had a blast!

When they were done, I took it back apart and put it away in less than 3 minutes. The kids loved it, and there was zero damage to the cars.
post #9 of 34
What kind of cars are those?
post #10 of 34
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Originally Posted by Stauff View Post

What kind of cars are those?

I would like to know this as well, looks like a lot of fun!

You said in your original post you didn't like the surface, what are you using now? Does it work better?
post #11 of 34
Thread Starter 
The cars are Xmods, available at radio shack. They have been out for about 4 years now, but the best part is, when they discontinue a car, they start lowering the price...

I got my last car (the police car based on the transformers movie) for $7.00 brand new this past summer!

Once they are gone, thats it... And there are companies that make all the parts in aluminum so if you break stuff on them, you can get parts for them. The newer style (evo, or evolution) are much better than the original xmods (gen 1). They just came out with the evolution 2 style, which I don't like as much because they eliminated the crystals from the radio and car... So you would have to be much more careful in choosing which cars so that you can run them together... I have 5 right now that I can run at the same time. I need another two crystals to be able to use my others. There is a big market for them on ebay as well.

I shot some video last night and I need to edit it and post it for you guys to see...
post #12 of 34
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post #13 of 34
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Originally Posted by FreeEnterprise View Post

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9odSKfNvimw

nice video...what scale are these?
post #14 of 34
Thread Starter 
1:28 scale.

Great inexpensive r/c experience. I used to race rc10's and then moved to nitro powered off road stuff. I sold all of that as my summers are really busy with kids and all...

But, these give me my r/c fix and they are a blast to use indoors when the weather is bad outside.

My kids had 3 of their friends over for races the other day. I bought some lap counting equipment, and I need to install that and figure out a way to do the multiple cars. I have some ideas, and I'll post when I'm done if it works. I got 4 inexpensive lap counters for $3.99 each... They count up to 6 laps, also keep track of highest speed, fastest lap, ect. I'm hoping I can put tape on the antenna's at different heights to trigger the optical sensors...
post #15 of 34
I watched your video... Looks really good. It takes some practice to get the cars around the track without hitting the wall. They look pretty fast.
post #16 of 34
can you make a track for us and we'll buy it off you
post #17 of 34
do you think you can keep throwing money at people and get them to make you things?














































I'll take one too I guess
post #18 of 34
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You guys are funny...
post #19 of 34
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well... Radio shack has a sale on these and I picked up two more. I'm not even sure how many I have now... I think I have around 10.

They are only $29.99 until the 24th. So if you want to make one of these it is a blast. I got my oldest a new car last night the Audi R8. It is sweeeeeet!

Some people set up trains for Christmas, not me, I set up the racetrack.

vrrrooooom!

I'll make a new video soon so you can see my upgrades.
post #20 of 34
Nice work! I always wanted to build a track that could be rolled out in the garage...

Any chance you are the same FreeEnterprise that rode flatland?
post #21 of 34
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Yeah, I rode flatland for years and years.

Today it would be called "old school"...
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post #23 of 34
wtf. i want that terribly.
post #24 of 34
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Well, last night I asked my kids if it was time to get out the racetrack, "YEAH!!!".

So we went racing till we used up all the AAA batteries in the house. Turning out all the lights in the basement and racing around with only the r/c headlights/tail lights is a blast. I can run 10 different cars all at the same time on this track. With how fast they are it takes lots of practice to maneuver around all the wrecks!

Too bad Radio shack stopped selling Xmods, but at least I picked up a bunch of the discontinued models before they were all gone. You can still get them on ebay btw...









post #25 of 34
I absolutely love this idea. relatively inexpensive and hours and hours of entertainment. Definitely going to do something very similar to this for the upcoming summer and will put in on my deck outside for when we have friends and their kids over for parties. Seems easy to disassemble and store away when they are done with it. Thanks for sharing FreeEnterprise, well done on your job there and you have given me a bunch of ideas on my own project.
post #26 of 34
I prefer slot cars. More expensive but I think it's more fun. I have a 6X8' setup for under the xmas tree that I leave up all winter. You can go over to www.slotcarillustrated.com to check out some incredible layouts and scenery. It's a great hobby.
post #27 of 34
Dude - that is really fantastic. I'm NOT going to let me son see those pictures tongue.gif
post #28 of 34
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I cleaned out my workshop, and I am thinking of setting it up full time, and doing banked turns and such... And maybe a ramp or two...
post #29 of 34
Just seeing this thread for the first time and I have to say, this is awesome! Can't say I've ever heard of somebody using foam for a home race track before! Now comes the hard part - keeping it from taking over your entire home, which it sounds like you may be about to let happen biggrin.gif

I see the tape on the inside divider - do you anchor the outer ring with anything too, or is it rigid enough all pieced together to not be an issue?
post #30 of 34
Great dad having fun with their kids.


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