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dzadams

9 posts

Hello everybody.

I'm new to the forum and would like your views. I have nowhere to lay a permanent track. I have two young kids who love the small scalextrix we've just bought. I'd love to have a permanent track and scenery so I'm thinking of laying it on a 2m by 1.5M bit of ply to be stored upright in the spare room.  Do you think it would be too heavy to move once all the track and scenery are glued in place. Is this idea feasible at all.

Many thanks 

Davey

Andy P.

1536 posts


Community Moderator

Do you have a Micro (1/64 scale) or Sport (1/32) scale set?

dzadams

9 posts

@Andy P.

Do you have a Micro (1/64 scale) or Sport (1/32) scale set?

Hi Andy,

It's not even a real scalextrix, it's a cheap kids version. I don't know much about it at all.

 

dzadams

9 posts

@dzadams

Do you have a Micro (1/64 scale) or Sport (1/32) scale set?

Hi Andy,

It's not even a real scalextrix, it's a cheap kids version. I don't know much about it at all.

 

Which would you recommend?

gorp

608 posts

ok will try this to determine what you have

if track came in a box, does it have a name on it ?

how wide is a cars rear axle from tire to tire ?

how wide is a piece of straight track,  measured from the side, across both lanes ,to other side ?

 

as for mounting on a board, a flat track yes  if you can reach across it, scenery no way

dzadams

9 posts

Hi gorp,

I'm not planning on using the one we have, as I say it's just a very cheap set that my son got bought as a birthday present but it has got the kids interested and I have always wanted a top notch track. I plan on buying quite a large scalextrix but have nowhere to put it other than on a board than can be carried in to the spare room.

Cheers 

Davey

woodcote

638 posts

Hi Davey

 

That's brilliant you and your kids are enjoying your first set. Not a bad idea to test out their interest before you invest in bigger, more expensive stuff Smile

 

A 2m x 1.5m board doesn't need to be too heavy. If you go down the model railway route and build a frame out of strips of plywood (or timber) and then use a thin piece of ply on top, you should have a strong and portable table. Keeping scenery reasonably light and simple will help - as will having buildings you can remove when you're not using the layout.

 

On that size board, it is possible to have a small Scalextric layout that will be a lot of fun. There are some nice sets at different price points to choose from and track expansion sets to add some extra track. I'd always suggest building the table and then playing with some different layouts until you find one you're happy with. Then you can fix it down.

 

It may be worth having a look at Micro Scalextric too. It's half the size of standard Scalextric, so you can fit more into the same space and there's all the model railway scenery and building to use alongside. The downside is that there are fewer cars available and nowhere near the same range of track pieces and accessories to add, compared to the standard Scalextric range.

 

Have fun!

dzadams

9 posts

Hi woodcote,

Thanks for the reply. So rather than have one thick piece of ply lay a thin piece on a lightwood frame, makes a lot of sense. So once you have the frame is it then possible to glue the track to the board with bridges and elevations, certain bits if scenery can be moved and boxed up when not in use.

woodcote

638 posts

I've found a good adhesive for the track is running a bead of silicone sealant (caulk) along each edge. That also means the join is flexible if the board flexes. You can also run a knife under the track edges to remove the silicone for when you want to do a new track layout.

 

Any elevations and bridges will need to be well thought out and executed on a portable track. Using extra ply on the bridges will increase the weight. It should be possible just to use foam for the elevations/hills to hold the track and keep the weight down, but you'll need to take care, especially if the board is being stored vertically.

 

I'd be tempted not to use bridges on a portable track. However, with the relativey small space you have, you'll certainly get a bigger and more interesting track if you DO use bridges. That'll be something to play with Smile

dzadams

9 posts

@woodcote

I've found a good adhesive for the track is running a bead of silicone sealant (caulk) along each edge. That also means the join is flexible if the board flexes. You can also run a knife under the track edges to remove the silicone for when you want to do a new track layout.

 

Any elevations and bridges will need to be well thought out and executed on a portable track. Using extra ply on the bridges will increase the weight. It should be possible just to use foam for the elevations/hills to hold the track and keep the weight down, but you'll need to take care, especially if the board is being stored vertically.

 

I'd be tempted not to use bridges on a portable track. However, with the relativey small space you have, you'll certainly get a bigger and more interesting track if you DO use bridges. That'll be somet

 

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