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Question Commercial HO race circuit scenery

It seems the 1:32 world of slot car racing has it all when it comes to race circuit scenery. The HO enthusiast is left pretty much with the option to scratch build, adapt model rail road products, or buy vintage Model Motoring products off of E-bay. I am just curious if, other than myself, if there is a market out there for new commercially produced HO scale race circuit scenery. Which HO scale race circuit scenery would you like to see commercially produced? Here is my wish list:

Grandstand (including skyboxes)


Pit Garage (Pit row props and accessories)


Media Tower (TV and media figures)


Pedestrian bridge (Goodyear or Dunlop)


Race track officials figurines


Pit row figures


Turn borders


Vendor booths


Flag stand


Scoring/event tower

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My list of what I would like to see (edited from what you posted).

Pit row props and accessories.

TV and media figures.

Race track officials figurines.

Pit row figures.

Scoring/event tower (Digital that would work in sync with cpu scoring system).

And of course spectors standing and sitting.
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You can also use Legos to make pretty convincing F1-style pit garages.




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racetrack buildings

I like the Lego's!!! I built these out of some scraps. The Media building with inspection center is made out of MDF. I sprayed it with some of the tectured paint, from a spray can, to give it a concrete look. The emergency building is made from an aluminum gate post. The top cap makes a good looking roof. The position tower is also an aluminum gate post. I put the triangle on top for sponsors. It is hooked up to a motor an acutally revolves. The Winner's Block is painted MDF block of wood. All the logo stickers were made on the computer. Just use your imagination!!! RLM
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Personally I enjoy the aspect of creating all scenery from scratch for HO tracks. Its wya more gratifying doing it yourself and showing people your creations. Usually you enjoy racing on the track more if you've done it all yourself from scratch. Just my opinion but Im an artsy fartsy person so I enjoy the crafts side of it.
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Personally I enjoy the aspect of creating all scenery from scratch for HO tracks. Its wya more gratifying doing it yourself and showing people your creations. Usually you enjoy racing on the track more if you've done it all yourself from scratch. Just my opinion but Im an artsy fartsy person so I enjoy the crafts side of it.
I am the same way when it comes to scenery but I have to admit those lego buildings look mighty impressive.
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There was a guy a couple of years ago doing 1/64 scale race stuff that was pretty basic but looked good. It was called "McKell Realistic Racing" but I think its gone now.
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My list of what I would like to see (edited from what you posted).

Pit row props and accessories.

TV and media figures.

Race track officials figurines.

Pit row figures.

Scoring/event tower (Digital that would work in sync with cpu scoring system).

And of course spectors standing and sitting.
You should talk to Mike Block with his SlotTrack timing software. He's a really clever guy. I'll bet he could help program something like that and make it a USB plug-in.

http://www.slottrak.com/

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Hilltop - What are you using for the white walls going around the curves I see in the pics? They look great.

All those pics look great from both of you.

I have to add that I would love to see decent looking pedestrian bridges and modern grandstands.
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That is 1/8 styrene plastic. I picked it up from a plastics distributor. Mine was leftover scraps. It also comes in 1/16. I know it doesn't look as nice as the curbing or the rummble edging, but when you go to wipe down the track, it sure is nice. It makes great retainer walls for racing. When your car rubs or hits the wall, you can see the marks!!! Check with plastics dealers in your area. You should be able to buy a whole 4' x 8' sheet for 30 or 40.00. Usually they will cut it in strips for you. I cut my walls on a table saw. You can score it, and it will break it, you can sand it. How big is your track? Hope this helps, Randy
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Hilltop - What are you using for the white walls going around the curves I see in the pics? They look great.

All those pics look great from both of you.
Both tracks do look amazing!
Hilltop your gallery pic's look great.
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I can;t believe how cool all these layout look
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Hilltop - You can't see me do it but I just hit myself in the head like the old V8 juice commercials.

Did you then route the table top with slots and "insert" the strips where applicable?

That is just a fantastic looking layout.

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Most all of the walls are nailed to sides of the 3/8 MDF board with very small nails. I predrilled the hole in the 1/8 plastic, so it would be easier to hammer them in. You can use cut off straight pins if the are heavy duty or glue, maybe Liquid Nails. The pit row wall is a routed slot. The pit area is a separate piece of MDF. I built it after I built the track. The track is banked on the front and in the turns. Tyco made some Pit Crew sets that look cool (Kelloggs). Winner's Circle Diecast also made some Pit Crew scenes that has figures ( Dupont). Again, just use your imagination!!! Thanks for the compliments!!!Randy
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Great looking track and scenery!

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