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I've seen that there are few model builders on this forum,
when someone puts up a “what are your hobbies?” type of post.

I am in need of a material that meets this shopping list of features...

Styrene ONLY, smooth. Not sheets, strips.
Between a 1/16” and 1/8” inch thick,
1 1/2 - 2” wide,
In long lengths, like 6 or 8 feet.
Clear, white, or black, no patterns.
This will be glued to the edge of the track.

I am guessing that this material exists in some trade, or craft venture,
but Google is not forth coming. (so I'm posting this in a few forums)

Does anyone have any knowledge of such a material?
Bonus points if there is a Canadian supplier.
Thanks in advance, bob
 
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Not sure if this helps.
Strips

I have a two old Stromberg slot car sets (60's) in my mother's basement.
I'd be interested in knowing what you've got going on.
 

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Thanks laristotle for the link, but I am looking for six or eight feet lengths.
I have a two old Stromberg slot car sets (60's) in my mother's basement.
I'm guessing you mean "Strombecker"sets?
(unless Stromberg or Stromberg/Carlson made slot cars as well as radios and amps)
The hobby has evolved into digital, and boy is it something.
My buddy and I will be done around end of May.
If you're interested, I'll post a picture here around then.
 

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What gauge are you talking.

I had an HO track and I had the one and only Cherry bomb Mustang! That was fun! It was a permanent fixture in my brothers den for awhile!

After Sunday family dinners we would all head over to race cars!
 

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How about the laminate edging they use for kitchen counter tops? Comes in rolls and is pretty sturdy.

When my dad (and me for my kids) built our HO tracks we used 12" sheets of plastic from the local hobby store, cut into strips with a paper cutter and epoxied to dowel "posts". Sure would have been nice to have 8' strips though!
 

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when I was a kid.......I was crazy into 1/32 scale. We had Eldon track & cars, heavily modified of course. I used to get mail-order slot car parts, big motors, and sponge tires, everything 12 volt of course, (Eldon stuff was only 6 volts - Strombecker was 12 volt) run off a car battery. Lots of commercial slot car tracks around in those days, it was a big thing. So hard to find a space you can have a nice track in......they take up a lot of room. I think that's what has stopped me from getting back into it. I gave HO a whirl when I first got my own place, but again, you still a ton of space to do it up right.
Good Times
 

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cool project!!

good luck and I hope you find the stuff.

I used to race 1/24, 1/32, HO scale cars a few years ago with some buddies who all had massive tracks in their basements, I will hit them up for advice on your fence material

actually I found this on youtube, we did this at The Phoenix nightclub

 

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ps a lot of these guys don't use side rails as it gives the outside lane too much advantage: you can keep the throttle pinned as the rail holds the car on track, unlike all the inside lanes

so they will make a shoulder instead, same level as the track, that the car can slide/drift out onto as it corners

actually you can see that in the vid I posted

anyway I asked for material ideas & will post a response
 

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What about UMHW or Delrin? Windsor Factory supply or Checker industrial supply, or Graingers, KBC would be a place to start.
 

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ok got a response:

"Some guys use clear plexiglass but you have to get it cut.

He could also use white extruded plastic door jam material available at Home Depot or other hardware stores.
I think it comes in 8 foot strips about 1/8th inch thick and about 11/2 inches wide. May not be wide enough for 1/32 but will work for HO.

Much better idea is to make flat aprons out of cork or rubber so the cars can drift though.
Send him to

slotcarillustrated.com

if he needs more info. There are lots of people who probably have lots of other solutions"

 

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A well stocked hobby shop should have a Styrene center for scratch model building. Max 3-4 foot lengths though.
 

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Google 'Plastic Supplier' on Chesswood Dr, North York.
I bought some specialty plastic a while back.
 

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There's something called Cheng's Countertop Edge Form Liners, but I can't tell what material they are.
Thanks for that- they look promising on line.
"Concrete Exchange" has them, but will not ship to Canada. I don't want to do the "ship to the border thing)
I'm in Regina, I see you are in Wpg, do you know if I can get them there?
 
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