There was no progress in construction of the track for more than a year. Other things had become more important in the meantime. After all, in 2016, we held a “Vintage 32 Day.” race event. The event has shown again, that it needs a switch for the power interruption during the races. Wolfgang Krech, the co-developer of the racing software "Slotman", that I use with my track, will build this for me. This spring, however, a partial demolition of the track was necessary, because the roof should be re-covered, and the roof windows had to be extended, so also the inner window covering. The windows sit now a few centimeters higher because of the obviously counter-lathing required now, the previously exactly adapted window covering does not fit with it anymore. I had to remove parts of the landscape (pit lane and grandstand), and I could see, that it was a good idea not to build the rear parts of the landscape directly on the spot, but in terrain modules, which can be removed individually part by part. While there were fast progresses outside and a nice end result (in my opinion...):
it looks a bit desolate inside:
Now it is time to rebuild the inner window panels, this time I will do it myself with tongue and groove wood (I hope, Google-translator showed me the right word..). I deleted the expensive kits I had used before (per piece around 250, - EUR), which have also to be cut and adjusted, from the order list.
Finally I can tell you about some progress. After a long, long time I have again found time for my attic track. The partially dismantled scenic parts have been rebuilt, and I have rebuilt the window cladding using tongue and groove wood. Now, there is even more space for hanging racing posters:
This year's 3rd Vintage 32 Day is also history. In preparation of that day, the technology had unfortunately massively annoyed, suddenly one of the tracks was powerless, the race administration "Slotman", as well as the Racecontrol sensors used for lapcounting did not work. Something like this is very urgent in the preparation of a race day - but only if one suffers from low blood pressure. Then you will suddenly have a lot more of color in the face I was busy an evening with troubleshooting and troubleshooting.
A race day is, of course, always associated with some effort, even if it is "only" held among friends. The concentrated faces during the training session show that:
In the course of the race itself, well, there was also one or the other incident:
This vintage 32 day´s emphasis was on the time between 1968 and 1975, so we drove among others in the classes "Scratchbuilt: Penelope Pitlane chassis":
... "RTR: Scalextric": ...
... and "RTR: Policar"
A special race for each event can be determined by the respective organizer, this time it was under under the motto "70th jubilee of the international Jersey road race", because the first international post-war formula race of the European continent was carried out on the original Jersey Circuit in 1947. That was a good reason to put back on the track our old front-engine racers in 1:24 from the unfortunately long completeded VSC race series:
Although this was a break on the 32nd scale, it was huge fun to have the old crates once again on the track and especially cosy, of course, it was in the harbor chicane. There was announced clean and disciplined driving, but that was, in the circle of friends, no topic..:
To show some progress in the decoration, I began to build the "German Underground-Hospital", a popular sight on the island. Here is a view from the original:
I'm not quite ready yet, but I can proudly present:
I think, the similarity is recognizable. The Styrofoam rocks are integrated into the existing ensemble, the portal has been made from a plywood board, the printed graphics for the concrete structure, the more interior tunnel grilles and the red cross come all from the net. The wall structure and the base plate of the small pedestal, on which a cannon is still to be positioned, are from purchased graphic files from [scalescenes.com/] Scalescenes [/ url]. The further detailing now depends on the adjoining city and road.
In this nearly endless summer since April, it was always too hot to work in my attic except for a few days in between. Therefore, the “Jersey Circuit” rested in summer sleep. But in september it was getting cooler, and works on the track had a restart. Recently I had written that I wanted to take up work on the city. That´s, what I have done now. The buildings of the city must be created for reasons of space as half-relief houses. But because they are in the middle of the track, that's not ideal for the impression. I hope that it will be consistent when all work is done. First of all, I took a hotel in St. Aubin on Jersey as an example, the Old Court House Inn; there are photos of it all over decorated with red flowers in flower boxes in front of the windows. My base for the building is an old hard drive tray of an personal computer:
and the back of the "French Café" by MiniArt (diorama kit in 1:35)
I have used scaled files using Scalescenes kits for the masonry and roof printouts, and because I'll need a little more roof later, I printed an English-style tiled roof on DinA3.
Cut out, glued on strong cardboard, edges blackened:
already it looks like roof:
Curtains printed and cut out, pasted on the window crosses which are printed on transparent film. Chimneys made of straw. The door comes from an accessory kit for the “French Café” MiniArt kit, the flowers are from the range of Noch. Provisionally placed on the track, this will be the left boundary of the row of houses:
Bigger, because of the details ;-) :
The next building will be the right boundary of the row of houses, a corner house in which I want to house a drugstore / pharmacy. Again, Scalescenes has done a good job for me, I downloaded the "Corner Shop" in 1:87 and then scaled it up. Scissors, scalpel, steel ruler and paper glue are my main tool. As with my other paper houses on the track I glue the cut parts on architectural board, so that the building later will be stable enough.
I also found a sign of a pharmacy on Jersey and printed it out, here already with the pins, with which it is fastened on the house wall:
A quick look at my workspace, then it goes on:
From the net, I have accordingly appropriate 1960s advertising downloaded, reduced, combined, printed and designed the "display" of the pharmacy. Both for the photography needs of the tourists who visit the Underground Hospital, as well as for those on the rough seas cooled by the crossing here:
The walls finished and put together, this time I experimented with the hot glue gun, because that eliminates waiting. Works amazingly well, I was afraid the Styrofoam layer of the architectural box might melt through the heat, but that did not happen:
The roof has been built after finishing the other houses, because the shape of the roof depends on the final location of the house.
Interrupted by my this years holiday in Italy, the town had to be built “ready” until the end of october, because I had promised the racers of the "Vintage 32 Days", to present a full-coverage landscape at this year's race, and with the exception of the harbor, which needs special attention, I have succeeded.
The semi-relief row of houses, which essentially should represent the city, is ready. The “parking lot” with the four racecars in the right foreground will later be completed with a complete building. But I was not able to make it until the last race weekend. Well, after all, the landscape is pretty much "done". Rock representation with Styrofoam, lawn with lawn carpet, hedges with Iceland moss or with black painted pond filter wadding, with flocking material glued on, pavement / sidewalks printed and glued with spray adhesive to the plates, curbs painted with enamel paint and black permanent marker, "straw bale" in race-critical areas made of foam, you know all this from my previous presentations. Zoomed closer to the city:
Now in detail:
In addition to the already presented "Old Court House" are two "brick buildings" from the range of Scalescenes. In the “light blue painted" brick building there is a small shop (I found the shop front in the internet), and a post office. The house next to it from "natural" bricks houses the branch of "Mc Fisheries", a (formerly?) well-known English chain of fish shops first, which were later expanded to other ranges. The fish display in the shop window, as well as the matching awning are also found with some searches in the internet.
Here is just a fish delivery unloaded, the boxes of chilled fish are still to be made, and of course, the suppliers must also fall into the paint bucket...
Next to it is an Irish pub, again with a real model from Jersey, which I also approximated in color. Unfortunately, the pub on Jersey has been closed some time ago and now there is another restaurant in it. It did not bother me, because I had already downloaded pictures of the "Ha'Penny Bridge". The building is made of the front of the already mentioned "French Café" by MiniArt. For the flowers I used the same material as the "Old Court House", the interior is again printed from an Scalescenes-kit, the dispenser was done with wire, a piece of polystyrene and bare metal foil.
Next in line is a formerly more posh building, which now has a Woolworth branch down below. The upper half of the building was designed according to a template from the net, the ground floor is completely "constructed" by myself. Window crosses and door again Scalescenes, and it was quite a fiddly job for me to cut out the white window crosses out of paper with a steel ruler and scalpel and especially then without tearing clean and just stick to cling film to represent the windows with it. My friend Peter, an experienced paper model maker, said: "Kinderkram" (“childs can do this”), but for me that was a bit more difficult. At least the end of the row forms the Scalescenes “little corner shops”- building with the drugstore, now finished with roof and built quite tight in the rocks. On the roof therefore security bars are mounted (from the MiniArt kit). Even the customer's own parking lot is offered by the druggist.
The chimney pipes are all made of black drinking straws, as written above, so that the inside of the pipes are already natural colored, painted on the outside in different shades. The whole thing as simple as possible. Should be done as fast as possible.
Whilst browsing, looking for ideas for my new track in the room that my wife has given over to me as a "hobbies room" I saw Taffy's updated track on slot forum and wondered why it wasn't on here, hooray Taffy, fantastic work to see it on our forum. More wonderful additions to an already splendid circuit, keep up the good work. Regards Nigel
Thank you, gents, for your kind comments! No, I will be not unfaithful to this forum, I only forgot to enter the penultimate update... It´s right, scenery will never be finished and I have more ideas, than I can realize. Next is to put the streetlights in their position. When that is done, the next big step will be to build three complete buildings: a town house, a farm house and a garage. And the harbour is still waiting... Hm, yes, I think, there will be more updates (from time to time)
Matt and Andi: thank you very much for your kind comments!
In the recent weeks, I have been busy with the painting of a number of figures for my track. In doing so, I have found a very practical way to quickly and easily create the eyes in the faces. I use three different "tools".
- A white paint crayon - a permanent marker with a fine tip - a pin, which I glued in a sawn-off paintbrush and minimally shortened at the top.
When painting the eyes, I proceed as follows:
with the paint-crayon I dab the white in the eyes. Then I paint the eyebrows with the permanent marker. Finally, the pin comes with a small dot of black color for the representation of the pupil.
The result looks like this:
If you have to paint dozens of figures, that's a pretty quick way...
For some time I had planned to populate the roof of the pit building. To do this, I had ordered a whole lot of painted and unpainted chinaware a long time ago. These were painted or repainted now and then assembled together with other characters to a lively crowd. Thus, except for little things, now the start-finish area is quite complete.
Here again in the overview:
Of course, there is also a lot of interest for the races in the harbour city, so there were also some characters left:
Now I need supplies, because except for a few single standing figures and the whole squad of "seating people" everything I had boxed is painted and placed now...