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 Post subject: Blackpond racetrack
PostPosted: Sat 26. Apr 2014 02:31 
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This is the first (real) track I've built and all things considered it went fairly well. I need to do some more experiments with the lane changes to get them right, but I see that as part of the experience :)

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Since this track was used for a competition at my work I needed some kind of lap counting system. I haven't had time to look at building one into the track yet (though I've got some ideas for a home built system that should be fairly cheap to build) so I decided to go for a simple "click the button" solution using a couple of controllers from the playstation game "Buzz" to control the score board. That worked well, but the person counting can neither participate in the race nor look at anything but the finish line to make sure laps are counted correctly.

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Please note that the names shown above were some I put in after we had finished racing. I didn't really want to use either my coworkers' names nor things like "Driver 1" and so on. I hope the people listed there don't mind. If you do let me know and I'll remove the picture :)


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 Post subject: Re: Blackpond racetrack
PostPosted: Sat 26. Apr 2014 22:32 
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I was pleased to see my name at No. 1! Well done and I hope all the cars performed
well. I know from experience that you can get everything working well beforehand
but when several people are racing, it it hard for one person to keep several cars
charged up and all running properly. Congratulations on your excellent English also!


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 Post subject: Re: Blackpond racetrack
PostPosted: Mon 28. Apr 2014 13:16 
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Thank you, Wes. The cars performed really well. The only real issue was that one of them must have had a few crashes too many so the cables from the controller board to the engine got twisted off. But that's nothing that can't be easily fixed once I figure out where I've hidden my soldering iron.

Oh, and I'm sorry to say that the '1' next to your name is the car number and not the position. But with 20 laps remaining of the race anything can happen ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Blackpond racetrack
PostPosted: Mon 28. Apr 2014 16:43 
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I am glad too bee in that position,
the meaning with a race is too drive as slow as posible,
and still win the race, soo i am coming after the pitstop.


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 Post subject: Re: Blackpond racetrack
PostPosted: Tue 29. Apr 2014 07:30 
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The video below was filmed with a handheld phone so it's a bit shaky, but it should be possible to see the track in action. The feet belong to a coworker's son. I think he was about five years old and while he didn't really grasp the concept of the racing lines and the lane changes he quickly got the hang of controlling the speed.



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