Slot Cars and Architecture: Track Design and Construction Insights

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It is a fair claim to make that, in the history of the slot car racing hobby, there has been nothing previously published that parallels this text. When the author set out on a journey to build a slot car track based on the Scalextric product, little did he appreciate all the considerations that this encompassed. It was soon realised that the building process involved considerably more than mapping out a design and assembling track pieces, for this alone did not assure a good outcome. Many choices needed to be made that together contributed to the outcome – a slot car track. Making a track was relatively easy. Making it to be ‘good’ was a different matter altogether. But what is it that makes a good slot car track, and how should its construction be approached? What steps can be taken to avoid a ‘pot luck’ outcome? This book, detailing the journey from conception to delivery, applies a methodical approach founded on architecture underpinnings to building a slot car track. It takes the reader through the many considerations and design choices in a narrative that describes what actually occurred and eventuated in the author’s 10 year journey. Contained within is a detailed slot car track architecture framework. Comprising over 62 aspects spanning 10 domains, the framework details the many hundreds of considerations that the budding track builder needs to work through regardless of whether the track is analogue, digital, set track or routed. Even then ‘good’ is not assured for there is no specific design formula, however the likelihood of achieving a ‘good’ slot car track outcome is significantly enhanced when the unique intellectual property contained herein is applied. Slot Cars and Architecture – Track Design & Construction Insights is an enjoyable and essential reference for those seeking to build ‘good’ a slot car track, and for those who enjoy the slot car racing hobby.

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