I understand your concern, but I still agree with Taffy and Andi. A track is an important part of slot racing and there for it should be on this Forum.
But I think a few rules must be set up before this topic is started. What we want to see is actual track building.
What we don't want to see are endless track plans drawn by hand, or with digital Scalextrics- or Carrera- track planers. I even will go that far that we should ban these, in my eyes, ugly grey club tracks with no scenery around them, but that's an open point for discussion.
What I like to see are tracks, build in the spirit of F1 or GP style, not out of the box, although I would allow custom made tracks or buildings to be used, but they must be properly integrated and altered to blend in. The quality must be the same as the scratch build car we make, with a lot of love for scenery making, a with quality that if you put the car on the track, that it should blend in to it's natural habitat.
This new topic should also be about making small photo shoot dioramas, specific building techniques of scenery items and proper figure sculpting and painting, all in the spirit of F1 or GP racing. We even could consider putting transporters in this section.
So I do hope, we'll see this chapter appear on this Forum, but in a regulated form.
Last Edit: Nov 28, 2012 7:14:20 GMT -5 by nuvolari
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Nov 28, 2012 12:39:51 GMT -5
At present this forum is pretty much limited to my own preferred subjects.
Scratchbuilding 1/32 scale F1, Grand Prix, Indy cars and all open wheelers are the subjects originally covered, with the original eras covered now stretches a little in each direction (luckily for me), and it seems, comfortably settled.
I like the builds sections obviously, the past builds section seems a bit sparse, perhaps it would be a good idea to invite new members to post a thread on their past favourite build?
The reference section is great from my point of view, since my aim will always be to make ever more accurate models, whilst the technical side will always provide a good exchange of opinions and experiences to help with car builds.
The only area of less interest is the 'events'. Less interest, not zero interst.
Perhaps I would be accurate in stating that such subjects will not be found grouped together on any other forum. That is why I joined.
I think it would be true to say that the track/scenery side of things is quite well covered by Slot Forum International, though it is also true to suggest that the section on that forum does have a lot of what Danny suggests should be avoided such as track plans, and off the shelf items.
A well made scenic slot car circuit is something to behold and to be admired, but in my opinion, not on this forum unless it was based on an actual track, past or present with accurate replicas of the structures involved. Much the same rules as the cars?
Chris, you are right, I don´t want to expand this forum beyond the "open-wheeler-topics"! But, there is no use for a slotcar, if there is no track! Thats the reason, too, why I want to build my own track again, because my cars don´t have a habitat at the moment (Living in a box doesn´t mean living...)
There isn´t much to add to Dannis words, he says just what I want. But I think the regulation comes by the members of the forum. I don´t expect to find any timewasters here. We are members of the forum, because we love and build open wheeled cars, thats our common interest. I expect, that people, who do this, are interested in a "suitable environment" for their cars and so I expect to see tracks, that fulfill this requirement and not to see threads, that begin and end with a track plan.
Yes, Peter is right, there is a "tracks and scenery "chapter in the international forum, but there are many timewasters, too, and its is laborious to find the threads, that are of special interest for us. We could make this so much easier here in our forum. To see good scenerys, that are suitable for our cars could give so much suggestions for our own trackbuilding, as the other topics of the forum do for our scratchbuilding of cars, don´t you think so?