the basic wires have been completed it is time to decorate your track.
Below is how we completed the track for the Gaydon Slot Car festival in
2019. It is by no means the best track ever completed, but it does show
how what is possible with simple equipment.
off the track to a high standard can take many hours. The first task
however is to fill in any holes, empty groove sections and visible indication of the track
wire. Do this with any ready mix DIY filler of car repair filler (bondo). You
don't need to plaster it all over the track. In fact this may harm
correct running of the cars. Apply it sparingly on the cut grooves only to
hide any blemishes. After this is dry sand it and apply a sealing layer
of emulsion paint. Don't paint this all over the board as it can be
very difficult to locate the wires (remember you cant see them after
painting!) Paint out to the edge of the track only as shown in the
image below. Do not use textured paint or very thick layers on
the track. We are trying to achieve a smooth track with the guide
wire as close to the underside of the car as possible.
Magnetic Racing young apprentice below is drying off the paint with a
hair dryer (which he no longer personally has any use for). He is also
checking that the guide wires are not visible. If any are showing a
little more filler and paint will mask them completely. If you take your
time here you will be amazed at how many people think the cars are
guided by magic!
can easily be produced as follows. First take some newspaper and roll
and glue it to the track, You can also use polystyrene, scrap card etc.
cover the paper with a couple of layers of plaster bandage. We used
"Modrock" (Modroc) This is applied wet. We also added a few stones out
of the garden glued to the base.
this we add on a layer of DIY filler where needed to give a more ragged
appearance. A quick spray with car primer helps us check for holes and
any areas we need to improve.
Here is a larger rock in the centre of the track completed in a similar manner.
There is much more work to do and we will add details as we progress. 13/03/2019
are many articles on finishing the track with terrain, but bear in mind
that unlike slot cars magracing cars can be driven back onto the track
only if they are not hung up on terrain. You may wish to keep run off
areas on fast corners clear of any decoration so the cars can reverse
and return to the track more easily. A painted on but otherwise smooth gravel trap looks most effective.
Check out the following links for further information on general scenery construction and track finishing.