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I want to make a custom 1:64 scale track, but I need help with getting some ideas. What should I use for walls, fencing, ect? I want it to look as realistic as possible. When I am finished, I will post pictures!
 

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Ok, This is what ever you want, I would use construction paper for the surface, A balck or greyish black will do or greay if you want a concrete surface. For walls I use paper for the turns and styrafoam for the straights. Make a victory lane and a garage, Use a small box like smaller than a 11 in by 4 in. And Scoring pylon try to make a custom one, On my youtube account I have some stuff that you can get like wall banners and pit banners, Its Bru1nsFOX2433 so if you want the stuff, If anything else you need customized just get me.
 

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If you want realistic look at scale model builders and railroad modelling for ideas.

What is your budget?

How large can or do you want to make the track?

Do you want to store the track or just build it and leave it where it is?

For realistic road surface sandpaper is a good start. You can actually weather it a bit if you like, and paint it with rattlecans and brushes (drybrushing with a big brush for highlights etc)

I do advise to use a piece of plywood or similar as base to build the rest on.
You can use and cut sheets of styrofoam to create banked turns. Those can be block sanded to shape, and covered in PCA glue to glue the sandpaper or coloured bird sand on it for the road surface.
 

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I only have a track section of Twin Ring Motegi but its all wood construction. The catch fence is made up of window screen and coat hangers to form the poles. Below is a picture of it...

 

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"For once, just shut up"
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I want to say Krylon also makes a 'textured' paint that would give you a one step racing surface...though I know styrofoam and spray paint don't generally play well together. Plenty of options and let creativity be your guide. I've seen people use screen material for catch fence and paint soda straws for the posts..plenty of options that can be cheap with more work than money.

***haaa....window screen...that's classic, see above as we had to be posting within seconds of each other. BAM.
 

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Camaro Crazy
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If money is no issue then here´s a list with ideas and materials:

1: as mentioned before, start with a sturdy base to work from. Plywood or similar. You can make 4 pieces that slot together for easier storage or stick with one big piece.

2: Styrofoam. Cut pie sections out of 1" thick styrofoam for the banking and check the banking angles. Glue the pie sections to the wooden base along the lines of the racetrack. Space them at 2-4" intervals.

3: track surface. Start with a layer of styrofoam. If you can find 1/2" thick styrofoam, go with that. It´ll follow the curves of the turn better. Best cut sections as large as you are comfortable with, but don´t worry about a perfectly smooth surface yet.

After glueing and fixing it all together take coarse sandpaper to smooth the turns.

You can use the sandpaper to create some wear on the track. If you decide to paint the styrofoam surface the way it comes out after sanding use latex paint and latex paint toner found in DIY stores. You can mix in birdsand to cover some of the unwanted irregularities you got in the foam when sanding it.

If you wish to apply sandpaper as a road surface you can apply a layer of PVA glue on top of the styrofoam instead after sanding it. Glue a layer of the sandpaper of your choice on top of that.

4. For the concrete and safer barriers you can cut strips of the 1/2" styrofoam. For the rounded sections use a wooden or plastic roller (kitchen equipment, ask the wifes permission or make sure she doesn´t find out you used it) and roll them on a hard and smooth surface. Use little pressure, and you´ll see the sections curving a bit. Once they have an initial smooth curvature, just glue them in place and fix them with toothpicks or similar.

5. Catch fence, see Danicafans´ post. That´s a brilliant and simple idea. It works.

6. For the infield and grass sections, first apply the same textured paint you might have already mixed up for the road surface. Best mix in some coarser sand to get a bit of structure. Paint this in green, then apply static grass which you can buy from model stores.

That should give you a good start into the project. I can provide more detailed instructions if you have specific questions
 
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