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    1967 'cuda Dropped on Head as a Baby

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    One of the many projects that I've posted on my Barracuda restoration thread was a racetrack that I put together in our basement. I thought I'd transfer some of the pics here for anyone that might be interested. They are photos from when I bought the used set and how it progressed as I've added to it.

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    • GTXperience

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      Very cool. If the "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" technology was real, I'd say shrink me down so I could race on that track all day. ;)

      One question: Where's the FABO bar at the track? Need a pace to hang out and have a cold one ya know. ;)
       
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        Abodybomber Breaking street machines , since 1983.....:) Legendary Member

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        John,.....: Thanks for a full forum, of pictures.... Just, gorgeous....
         
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        • 1967 'cuda

          1967 'cuda Dropped on Head as a Baby

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          When I was a little kid I used to try to imagine tiny living people in my model cars. I went so far as to catch little toads, wrap a Wriggleys foil gum wrapper around them with rubber bands, and stick them in the driver's seats. They had a tendency to bail out as the cars rolled across the yard.

          The track spectators will have to grab their beer at that HOT ROD Cafe. I'll eventually be adding another 50 people. I'll have to make a few carrying six packs or downing drinks.
           
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          Wow super nice. I still have all of my model motoring stuff. Wish I could put it up like that. Keep us posted with upgrades!
           
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            1967 'cuda Dropped on Head as a Baby

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            Thanks bomber. I hoped that the guys that have maintained an interest in miniature modeling would enjoy the pics.
             
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              1967 'cuda Dropped on Head as a Baby

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              I've still got tons of the Aurora HO scale tracks at our farm. This was my first endeavor with 1/24th & 1/32nd scale slot cars. All of the street lights and trees pictured are what I salvaged from my supply of HO stuff. They're a bit undersized but I didn't want to fork out $$ for new ones.

              I've got the MP4 player that I set up by the HOT ROD magazine tent looping vintage NASCAR film footage and old car chase movies. The USB power cable runs through a hole in the table beneath it so I can keep it powered without needing a recharge. I really like the animated billboards. Still images don't do them justice.










               
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                I love it! And I have been getting rid of my stuff. One question ...how do you get a car that comes off the track in the back? I have a lead foot even in the small scale. Keep up the good work
                 
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                  wow that's so cool .
                   
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                    Looks great!
                    And looks like a lot of fun.
                    The scenery items are fantastic!
                    The Carrera track is the best track available and it has stainless steel to conduct the electricity.
                    I've had a lot of fun racing those 1/32 scale vintage NASCAR Mopar wing cars.
                     
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                      Friggin' cool!
                       
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                        That's super awsome!
                         
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                          Very nice set up!! The level of detail is truly amazing! I love the Ranier Racing Team No. 58 1969 Charger!

                          Like others, I still have some of my train and track from when I was young.
                           
                        • 1967 'cuda

                          1967 'cuda Dropped on Head as a Baby

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                          I realized that the size of the layout was going to be too big to reach across shortly after setting it up so I moved the supporting tables a few feet away from the walls. It's a bit of a walk around it to retrieve cars but not too bad.

                          I had trouble with some of the cars not gripping the track surface very well and it was a real headache trying to keep them on the track. I ordered some small neodymium magnets that I plan on experimenting with. Hopefully they'll aid with handling.

                          One thing that has really surprised me is how fast the tires wear on these cars. After about 30 laps you can actually start to see rubber building up around the rear wheel wells/quarter panels just like real cars. - Not much, but it's there. While building the track I did quite a bit of research on scale racing and found that some places where they compete guys will actually change tires in the middle of long races. I'll probably keep running mine 'til I'm down to the rims LOL.
                           
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                          Thanks guys. I must have motor oil running through my veins 'cause I'll always get a kick out of building stuff like this.
                           
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                          I'm hoping to add a few more after Christmas. - They're on my wish list. I'd like to get Charlie Glotzback and Bobby Isaac.

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                            1967 'cuda Dropped on Head as a Baby

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                            I don't remember that car that Randy Hampton raced back then but I was probably too focused on how Richard Petty was doing at the time. To me, the period through the mid-sixties to early-seventies was the best era for NASCAR. Being able to reproduce it has been a lot of fun.

                            I was tempted to build a4 to 8 lane oval instead of my current layout but after watching YouTube videos of people using those tracks, - they seemed sort of boring. NASCAR did run road courses so this isn't totally inappropriate.

                            It's time to dust off those old tracks you've held onto.
                             
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                              Love the large scale stuff. Lots of room for detail.
                               
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                                The only downside is the amount of floor space it takes up. I am fortunate to have a large finished basement. If I did the math correctly, I've only got about a half mile of 1/32 track distance. If I wanted to have a mile long superspeedway it would have to have straightaways that would be around 70' long!
                                 
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                                But your cars are 1/24. So which scale do you go by? LOL Model railroading has the same conundrum. We just call it all "G scale". From 1/32, all the way to 1:20.3......which is technically Fn3, though it runs on the same 45mm track as all the rest of G scale. There's 1/32, 1/24, 1:20.3 and even some 1/18 out there and it ALL runs on 45mm track. LOL
                                 
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                                  1967 'cuda Dropped on Head as a Baby

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                                  I do have a pair of 1/24 scale cars that will run on the track. - A Corvette and a Jaguar. - But all the rest are 1/32 scale. Originally I wanted to stick with the 1/24th but after seeing how limited the choices are for available cars I chose to scale everything I built for 1/32nd. The people are supposed to be 1/30th. They seem close enough that they don't look odd. When I took the dimensions for the buildings I built I ran the math to scale them down to 1/32nd also.

                                  Even though my layout has been built around 1/32, I really like the way the two 1/24 scale cars I've got look traveling down the course. I'm still kicking around the idea of building a couple of 1/24 (or 1/25) models and installing them on slot car chassis. The two I have in mind are these:
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                                  After 'Googling' those models I found some photos of them that others had built and they just plain look way too cool not to keep me interested. - But for now, I'm keeping everything else 1/32.
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                                  One of the nice things about the 1/32 &1/24 scale slot cars is that you have enough room to keep the interiors pretty much intact. I've even seen several slot cars that had detailed engine bays and trunks.
                                   
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                                    That is awesome !!
                                    I want to come over and play !!!
                                    Thanks for sharing !!
                                     
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                                      Yeah it's strange that 1/24 is by and large the most popular scale with models, but with slot cars, 1/32 won out. With trains, 1/32 is considered "standard" G scale and everything else is "different". LOL
                                       
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                                        1967 'cuda Dropped on Head as a Baby

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                                        Hey jimmer, you're welcome to come down anytime you want. - Looks like a pretty long trip though!
                                         
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                                          Ya, and the selection of 1/32 models to build is really small unless you look at some of the custom made bodies out there (and the detailing isn't as good). :( I really have had a hard time with determining scale that looks accurate for my setup. I've seen stuff advertised as O and G that is closer to 1/24th. I've learned to seek out true dimensions rather than rely on advertised scale.

                                          According to my research 1 Gauge is supposed to be 1/32, L Gauge is supposed to be 1/38, Q Scale is supposed to be 1/45, O Scale is listed as anywhere from 1/43 to 1/48, G Scale is listed as anywhere from 1/19 to 1/29, etc, etc...
                                           
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