Wednesday February 9, 2011
Well i’ve hired some new help 😉 (Thanks Jerry and Dennis) and have made some solid headway on the track today! We expanded the track quite a bit on the left side, changed up the jump section up front, and did a couple of jump tests to make sure they all worked. I’m not sold on our front section which is now a roller table roller. We will see if it stays or gets revised further. As always here is the photos of our current revision, now 4 photos as the track is bigger! 😉
Monday February 7, 2011
Took Sunday off to spend the day with the family and watch the Super Bowl eating homemade Nacho’s, Yumm!
Monday came around and it was back to the salt mines. It’s down to the point where it’s time to build jumps and figure out what on earth I’m going to do for piping. It’s hard building jumps without a roller. It’s dump the dirt, rake it into shape, and smack it as hard as possible a million times with a flat shovel! My hands feel it!! The meaty parts of my palms are tenderized I think!
Anyways progress was made and there are 4 jumps more or less complete and another one raked and ready to pack. The next challenge after the jumps is leveling out all the holes we made and all the hills just behind the track which are full of rock. That in itself is going to take a good amount of time. Anyways here is the progress below! It’s coming along. Took a couple test jumps with my Durango DEX410 today and the double was makable and smooth both ways, the kicker wasn’t quite done at the time. My brother in law brought out his Durango DNX408 and I can’t believe how small an 1/8th scale makes the track look. I tried to make all the lanes around 12ft but once a 1/8th gets on there it looks small. So if we can make the track smooth enough somehow hopefully it will be a decent test track for both 1/8th and 1/10th
Saturday February 5, 2011
Two more days of labor in the books and things are beginning to take shape. We haven’t put as much time into the track the last two days and what has been done isn’t as noticeable as the first two days. However I painted a layout on the ground today and we laid the dirt for our first two jumps. Also spent considerable time on the banked corner. It looked like a lost cause yesterday with the rocks and big clumps of wet dirt but today with a bunch of shovel packing and a little finesse it came together pretty well.
Keep checking back. Hope to have all the jumps built by middle next week. Don’t know what we are going to do for piping or barriers. May have to be on the ‘honor’ system for a while! 🙂
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Yesterday was a groundbreaking day. Literally! 🙂 Not only was it Groundhogs day (where Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow signaling an early spring), I have also broke ground on my new 1/8th Nitro practice track. Now I love winter, but only if there’s snow. Seeing as though there is no snow and i’m in the racing mood I’m ready for an early spring. Fortunately for us, unlike over 1/2 of the U.S., here in Northern California the last 2 days have been gorgeous, around 60* and Sunny. With a special thanks to my friend Carlos Macias for allowing me to borrow his tractor things have been much easier than when we were starting our electric track by hand! I was very excited to get started but things have gotten off to kind of a rocky start. By that I mean there are rocks…Everywhere! 🙁 Unfortunately the one area of land on our property that is open enough for a track is also where rocks have been dumped for quite some time it seems. It’s something we will have to deal with but we will do our best and hopefully it will all come together as good as it can! Below are some photos of what we started with and where we stand after 2 days of work. My brother in law Eric and I are putting about 5 – 6 hours a day in on the track and hope to have something resembling a track by next week! 🙂 Check back to keep updated on our progress and I promise some videos when it’s all done!