First I have to have a place to put the track. My basement room is unique in that it is directly under the garage (notice the big steel beams on the ceiling), so it is as big as a 2 car garage. The track has been designed to fit just right. I'm using mostly steel studs to build the walls which should help prevent any moisture or mold in the walls next to the concrete. Hope to be finish the room in a month or two.
I flushed out the details for building the legs of the table. I wanted them to be cylinders so I had to design an internal structure to support the outer cylinder and of course the weight of the table. I plan on using cardboard concrete former tubes for the outer cylinders. I'm thinking I can use my CNC machine (if it's done in time) to cut out the wooden 1 3/4" thick discs used to make the legs. This'll be a good first project for the CNC.
I was inspired to build something like this from seeing some of David Beattie's work (owner of Slot Mods) on his slot car tracks. I believe his tracks start at $70,000 and he has sold them to people like Jay Leno.
I always wanted to build a more scale like track for 1/28th scale R/C Mini-Z cars as these cars are very detailed, scale like models, unlike larger 1/8 or 1/10 scale R/C cars. Mini-Z owners will appreciate having a scale track to run their scale cars on. I've always liked building train sets, and this will be a similar type of project but on a larger scale (larger than my n-scale train set that is)... and this will be fun to actually use and race on, not just watch like trains.
If this project turns out well, I will most likely start racing again in my basement with a group of people here in Atlanta. If the track is well received, this could play into my bigger goal of eventually opening a hobby shop which could be centered around this type of racing.
This is the 2X6 base frame. It is designed to be very rigid to support the upper frame and track, and possibly support lifting the track to the ceiling (wench system). You can also see how it is designed to be separated into 3 parts for removing the track from the room when necessary. The legs are round (blue).
This is the track framing. This will provide a platform for the plywood top and racing / scenic surface. It's also designed to be split into 3 parts with the base.
Here is a 3D Rendering (using Sketchup) of the track that I intend to build in my basement. This track will be a scale-ish track for 1/28th scale Radio Control Mini-Z cars to run on. The track will feature elevation changes, landscaping ,buildings, people, lighting, etc... It will be built on a wooden base and designed to be broken down into 3 pieces so that I can get it out of the basement when necessary. I may also add a wench system to pull it up to the ceiling.
This is a sketch I made of some track details that will be added. Details include rails, rumble strips, run off areas, street lights, structures, etc...