Sunday, 18 January 2015

Repositioning the Big Screen

 A couple of years ago, I modified a digital photo frame to act as a big screen on the layout.

The location looked good but it's always partially obscured the far corner.  This weekend I finally got round to moving it to the background.

I removed the screen and replaced it with a marshal's hit, and fitted the screen to a new stand.

I also added a Big Red Button (TM) for starting the races.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Boars Nest Cup

Andy and I met up last night for the inaugural Boars Nest Cup featuring:

  • Luke Duke in the Dodge Charger "General Lee"
  • Daisy Duke in "Dixie", her AMC Golden Eagle
  • Sheriff Rosco P Coltrane in his Dodge Monaco "hot pursuit" police car
  • Deputy Enos Strate chauffeuring Boss Hogg in his Cadillac Eldorado

Highwood Circuit had been temporarily redecorated to double up as Hazzard County.

Twelve races provided each car the opportunity to race against every other in both lanes.  The General Lee is a Scalextric model with the magnet removed; the other three are all scratchbuilt cars.  The big American cars swing all over the track making passing a challenge.  Daisy's car was fast but its high centre of gravity meant it had to really slow for corners or else it might topple over.  I will add some lead to it for next time.  "Dixie" wasn't the only car to leave the slot though...

The lap times were pretty close but Enos in the Cadillac was the clear overall winner, taking first place in each of its six races, with the General Lee getting into second place just ahead of Rosco, and Daisy firmly in last place.  I was disappointed that the Cup wasn't won by a Duke but it was great fun.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Swindon Swapmeet 2015

Andy and I went along to Swindon Oasis today for the annual Scalextric Swapmeet.

We had a table where I laid out a number of cars for sale, with some scratchbuilt cars and a tablet showing some of my videos to try and attract the punters.

One of the first items to be sold was to a lad called James.  A photographer from the local newspaper spotted this and took a photo, which appeared in the Swindon Advertiser afterwards.

I sold getting on for half the cars I took with me and restricted myself to just one purchase - a scratchbuilt Lotus garage.  It will be a tight squeeze to fit it onto the layout but it was really nicely done and well detailed.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Carry On Nurse

This trio of nurses make a small but colourful addition to the layout.  The figures were manufactured over thirty years ago (1983) by Britain and they are in excellent condition.  Bought from an eBay seller in Italy for a fraction of what UK sellers want for them.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

LA Slot Racers

This is unusual... a pop music video that is a part-documentary of the lives of slot car racers in Los Angeles.  Interesting though and the tune isn't too bad either.

It's been over two months since I last posted on this blog.  Slot car effort mainly been on helping Andy set up his big digital track for last weekend's racing session - of which photos to follow I hope.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Pro Karts - finally in the right scale!

Back at the Slot Car Festival in May, I bought a couple of pro kart kits from Steve Ward at Penelope Pitlane.  Go Karts have been available for slot car circuits for fifty years but never in the correct 1/32 scale.  Steve Ward has managed this with a tiny motor driving the rear wheels with a belt rather than usual cogs.  The kit comes complete with everything needed except paint and decals.

It's all fits together well.  I sprayed one in black to go with Lotus decals, and the other in yellow to go with Shell.  I made my own decals and printed them out on clear and white decal paper, depending on the background they were going on to.

Here's how they turned out:

Andy confiscated my 1/14 scale Ninco Go Karts so that I couldn't practice before his Grand Prix in a couple of months.  Consequently, I can't do a comparison photo, but here they are on the track.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Daisy Duke's Jeep 'Dixie'

Catherine Bach was a formative influence on many of us growing up in the 1980s.  I think it was the shorts.

I'd already built Rosco's police car and Boss Hogg's limo from body shells produced by Chase Cars to accompany my Scalextric model of the General Lee.  And back in January, I bought Chase Cars' jeep bodyshell, ready to convert into Daisy's AMC Golden Eagle.

It came with a windscreen and some large tyres, which I used with a PCS chassis with some wheels painted gold.  I didn't need the supplied male driver but found a female driver from Le Mans Minatures who I turned from a blonde to a brunette.

The body shell was primed and sprayed white and then I constructed a roll cage from thick wire.  The final step was to source some graphics from the web to make my own decals.  You can print onto white or clear film using a standard colour printer so it's now pretty straightforward to make your own water slide transfers.

The car had Golden Eagle decals along the top of the wings when it was given to Daisy in the series but it was called Dixie and so, just like the General Lee, it had its name added to the bodywork.

Overall, not a bad match to the real thing...

And here it is with the rest of the cars from Hazzard County...