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12/10/2014 8:19 am  #1

building track

Ive built a few 1/32 tracks but im wanting a 1/24 drag track now.
Where do i look for a nice timing system setup?How many amps and volts do i need for an official track?
What kind of bit is used to make the grove so the braid will be flush to track.Ive used copper before but not braid.Thanks for any tips and info.


12/10/2014 11:25 am  #2

Re: building track


I don't know all of the in's and out's but will answer a few you have.

I would use a circular saw with a strait edge and saw curf your main slot . It's quicker and your not breaking router bits . After that buy a fly cutting bit with a pilot the size of your slot , set your depth and cut your void for the braid .

Track Mate has timing sysems in different price ranges .

I'm not certain as to the voltage but I think the track I run on is 14 volts . Before that it was powered by tow 12 volt batteries wired in a series to produce 24 volts . The batteries worked well but you need to keep them in a strong box and a charger running when in use .

I'm sure there are others on here that can fill in the blanks I left .

Good luck on your track .



12/10/2014 11:25 am  #3

Re: building track

litnd1 if you use FaceBook contact Timmy Crosslin. He can help you with all your questions.
He drops by on this board once in a while.....


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12/14/2014 2:05 pm  #4

Re: building track

Normal voltage for drag is 16 volts. You can run less, but everything will be slower. Trackmate is a good computer based system. When I worked for American Slot Car Tracks we used to make dragstrips on a radial arm saw, 12 inches wide, with 2 slots 4 inches from the edge. we used 5/8" MDF, with a 1/2" deep slot. had a special router bit for the braid recess. 

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12/18/2014 11:47 am  #5

Re: building track

Thanks guys

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12/18/2014 11:49 am  #6

Re: building track

How much shutdown room do you need for 1/4 mile track¿

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12/18/2014 11:51 am  #7

Re: building track

How much shutdown room do you need for 1/4 mile track¿

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12/18/2014 11:53 am  #8

Re: building track

How much shutdown room do you need for 1/4 mile track¿

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12/18/2014 2:50 pm  #9

Re: building track

Most 1/4 mile trac ks are 80ft long, giving you almost 25ft of shutdown, minus the area behind the starting line. It can be shorter if you are running slower stuff like Bracket and Index cars. Really heavy cars may have some trouble getting stopped on a shorter track.

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