Mister Coney has turned the Slot Car Museum logo into a custom made model slot car race track and an online slot car race track game.
Slot Car Museum Logo
Slot Car Race Track Model - Custom Made Display Case Front View
Slot Car Race Track Model - Front View
Track dimensions: 28 X 20-inch triangular (flat baseball diamond shape)
- Lay out the track design on rigid lightweight foam board (Sturdy Board) for perspective
- Cut out the pattern in MDF material
- Design wiring layout & track connections
- Design track landscape layout – house, Advertisement & Museum sign, tree & shrub locations
- Connect wiring, power & temporary controller block
- Test track operation
- Grass track area
- Remove track irregularities
- Build, paint, assemble & mount structures – building, signs
- Design, position & install trees, shrubs & ground cover
- Mottle & blend grass and ground cover
- Once the slot car is on the track, you are ready to race it around and around for as long as you want
Slot Car Race Track Model - Overhead View
The Slot Car Museum triangular track project was a unique challenge for Ray Langevin to create because it was based on a sketch by Bob Hardin which became the banner logo for the website. This 3-D representation was an artist’s rendering with no dimensions. It only supplied perspective and content. Great amount of planning was required before construction could begin in order to convert it into an actual racetrack.
Size and proportion for the structures had to be established to match the perspective depicted in the sketch.
The following issues had to be addressed: Atlas two-lane track which is 3 inches wide, had to go through the building thus establishing the width of the garage opening.
Since the large museum sign straddled the Atlas track, clearance height above the track was established by the height of an Atlas slot car.
Construction materials such as widow frames, shutters, lights for museum sign, porch railings, roofing and trees had to be located and purchased to match the drawing.
A complete mock-up track was built on rigid lightweight foam board.
All structures were scratch built in file folder cardboard.
This material allowed for easy adjustments to structures in order to match the sketch perspective and provide templates for final construction of the track.
Slot Car Race Track Model - 1930 Ford Touring Car
Slot Car Race Track Model - 1936 Ford 3 Window Coupe
Slot Car Race Track Model - Custom Made Building
All structures are scratch built using Evergreen Styrene based on file folder cardboard templates, which were designed, constructed, adjusted and rebuilt.
- Design & construct in file folder cardboard to be used as a template
- Construct from template in Evergreen styrene
- Cut & assemble dormer separately
- Install windows frames & shutters
- Cut & install opaque windows
- Cut & assemble front roof and island
- Cut & assemble rear porch, railing & roof
- Cut & assemble front doors with X framing pattern
- Paint and assemble structure
- Attach to track using a drill & peg mounting method which will allow for removal
Slot Car Race Track Model - Custom Made Advertisement Sign
- Design sign structure
- Scratch build sign & spray with concrete gray paint
- Apply detail Advertisement label
- Position and attach to track
Slot Car Race Track Model - Custom Made Billboard
- Design & construct cardboard template
- Build from template in Evergreen styrene
- Construct framing for sign label so it can be removed and changed
- Paint flat brown and construct label
- Mount structure to track using a drill & peg method which will allow for removal
Slot Car Race Track Model - Custom Made Trees
- Design, position and install ground cover, bushes, shrubs and trees
- Spray with a flat green to blend and mottle all landscaping features
Slot Car Race Track Model - Track Design Schematic
The museum track is triangular and requires two six-inch eighth curve tracks to create the figure. The following are the slot car museum track requirements.
- A - 1 nine-inch straight track
- B - 2 six-inch straight tracks
- C - 3 six-inch quarter curve tracks
- D - 2 six-inch eighth curve tracks
Since Atlas did not produce a six-inch eighth curve track, this is the first challenge to produce the museum track.
Cut a six-inch quarter curve into an eighth curve track. This is more complicated than it appears. Do not cut a six-inch quarter curve in half! That simply does not work. More than half of the track is required for a good connection to the straight track. First, have at least four six-inch quarter curve tracks so if the cuts are not accurate you can continue.
It is very important to connect the six-inch quarter track to be cut together with the other tracks pieces. Put the next straight track on top of it. Make sure the track edges line up and are in the correct direction. Then use an Xacto knife and scribe the cut line on the track.
Use a jeweler saw or Vintage Atlas Snap Saw since it will line up across the entire width of the track and is small enough to be able to use the scribe line as the beginning cut. A jeweler saw will cut through the plastic and the metal contact at the same time. It will give a very clean cut and require very little clean up.
Lightly file and sand the cut line until smooth. Test the join to the next straight track. (NOTE: Adult supervision required when using any sharp tools!)
The next step is to get power to the slot car museum track.
Atlas track and power connectors are separate units. Atlas uses a round metal male power connector. It is pushed onto the metal power pick-up strip found in the round female tunnel receptor molded into each track end. When cutting the track, the round tunnel receptor around the pick-up strip is eliminated on the cut end. Dremel the plastic from around the metal pick-up strip at least inch from the cut end. Attach the metal power connector and super glue the cut end to the next track. Also, screw down the track pieces on both sides of the cut piece. Check for continuity.
Repeat the above procedures for the second six-inch eighth curve track (D) of the triangle.
Slot Car Race Track Game - Choose a Car
When you choose a slot car, you will see it lowering down into position onto the track.
Slot Car Race Track Game - Ready to Race
Once the slot car is on the track, you are ready to race it around and around for as long as you want.
Slot Car Race Track Game - Realistic Action
Place & click your mouse over the Steering Wheel Controller located in the upper right corner to accelerate and decelerate.
The stick shift moves into drive from neutral and the speedometer needle moves clockwise to represent acceleration and counterclockwise to represent deceleration.
Realistic sounds as you travel around the track and puffs of exhaust smoke at various intervals.
Slot Car Race Track Game - Choose another Car
You have 13 vintage ho scale slot cars to choose from.
1930 Ford Touring Car - Studebaker Avanti - Buick Station Wagon - 1936 Ford Coupe
Place & click your mouse over the left or right arrows of the scrollbar located along the bottom and scroll the bar for cars to race.
As you are scrolling, the white tab and blue arrow will change to yellow and red.
Slot Car Race Track Game - Night Time View
Place & click your mouse over the On/Off light switch located in the upper left corner to turn the lights on and off.
With the lights off, the slot car headlights and taillights work.
The billboard has four (4) lights which shine, the building light over the scenery hedges is lit and the rotating sign also lights like a beacon.
Slot Car Race Track Game - Scroll To The Left
Pontiac Gran Prix Convertible - Ford Galaxie Convertible - Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible - Chevrolet Corvette Convertible - 1930 Ford Touring Car
Place & click your mouse over the left arrow of the scrollbar located along the bottom and scroll the bar for cars to race.
As you are scrolling, the left white tab and blue arrow will change to yellow and red.
Slot Car Race Track Game - Scroll To The Right
Chevrolet Impala - Ford Galaxie Hardtop - Ford Thunderbird Hardtop - Chevrolet Corvette Hardtop - Pontiac Gran Prix Convertible
Place & click your mouse over the right arrow of the scrollbar located along the bottom and scroll the bar for cars to race.
As you are scrolling, the right white tab and blue arrow will change to yellow and red.
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