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Old 11-23-2022, 08:42 AM   #1
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This is a project I have started and restarted several times.* The goal was to build a utah'esque setting with an old mining town. The first time I started it was in 2017 and it was a major fail, I used really old portland cement and logs as a base.* I than decided to re-concrete it all in 2018, it was going great, than at the end of the year my oldest daughter had some serious eye problems. So for the last four years it's been doctor, test, doctor, but I'm glad to say, knock on wood, she's doing well, she's on immune suppressants but hopefully as she ages her immune system will settle down.

So now I'm ready to not only build the track but get back into RC's.

Well this is my tiny part of the world,* I have two sections, one is the barren area with the cement rocks and the other is the wooded part of our yard behind our fence.

I've added a few bridges but no buildings yet.* I've decided to resurface all the concrete rocks and make a more cohesive scale truck trail over them, so I'm waiting for cool dry weather, we finally got some cool weather down here but november and december tend to be a lot of rain, no good for concrete.








My sons Boston terrier passed away last summer so we got him a pup from the shelter, so I added a security fence to the track.* You can almost see her watching over by the wheelbarrow.






Once the fence went in my termite problem stopped.







So I've been working on the wooded area.* I have no real plans or theme, my oldest wants gnome fantasy land, she's 21 going on crazy.

I'm thinking interconnecting trails that lead to truck trial destinations.* Lots of wood structures, maybe a few concrete boulders.

We also ride our mountain bikes back here, it's very small and technical, but good exercise., So some of the structures are for the bikes.





It stays shady and wet back there so everything I build has to be able to survive the climate of a swamp.** I may add some buildings,
but I'm not sure how many because of the leaf litter.* Of course I first have to learn how to build scale buildings...

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Old 11-23-2022, 09:11 AM   #2
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That's freakin awesome. I want to come play in your yard for hours, days even.
And glad to hear your daughter is doing well.
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Old 11-23-2022, 10:16 AM   #3
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Ah yes, I remember watching your YT channel back when you were building this. Awesome rock work and layout! I also remember you talking about making trails thru the woods behind the fence.

Glad to hear your daughter is doing better and on the mend.

Looking forward to seeing more of what you have planned for the course.
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Old 11-23-2022, 11:33 AM   #4
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Even if it's unfinished, it looks awesome. I'm looking forward to seeing more.
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Old 11-23-2022, 01:48 PM   #5
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It feels good to see that there are other people out there in the world making giant crawler courses in their yards-- and that they also love bridges. I think I might be up to eight?
We get a couple more and we can start a support group.
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Old 11-24-2022, 09:54 AM   #6
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Welcome back! Glad to hear about your daughter!

Good to see the course getting some attention again, it's a very cool design.
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Old 11-24-2022, 08:13 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone, yea family comes first.



Yea a Bridge support group, my wife would agree.


I got to do some driving and take some pics before the rain came in today.* This area is the first wood obstacle area I've built,
I plan to add more ground obstacles under the wood area.* I'm trying to keep it from just being bridges,
I want them to be almost impossible for my stock redcat.

I guess you can't embed videos, oh well I'll just use links otherwise there is pics.


This is a quick build montage of the wood obstacles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTklTrpwYjE&t=9s&ab_channel=RCGearheads




Our area is pretty flat so I'm digging holes to add variety to the terrain and of course building bridges.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuLQ...el=RCGearheads



I figure if a stock Redcat can do it, just about any scaler should be able to, as long as you aren't afraid to fall.















Taking the Yota out for some mudding.























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Old 01-13-2023, 11:01 AM   #8
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Well it's been busy here with the holidays and I bought me and my son Elden ring, so that's been our life for the last few weeks.* I hope everyone had a Great Holiday.

We've had a lot of rain so I've postponed the concrete work and gone back to bridges in the wooded area.

I want these bridges to have an old railroad look, I've always liked garden railroads, but I'm not that big into trains, so I'll use some of the fantastic garden railroad builds out there to help inspire me.

If anyone builds garden railroads, please excuse my engineering, I'm learning as I go.










Need some guard rails, I tried a couple of designs and settled on this one.








Time for a test fit.







Now it's time to distress it,* I liked the way it looked, but driving over a bridge with no obstacles get boring pretty quick.










This should be fun and challenging, and once the area is finished I'll spray it grey or something to look old.

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Old 01-13-2023, 11:36 AM   #9
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Long time follower/ first time poster. I've been enjoying watching this all come together. Very nice work and I love that back yard/ wooded area regardless of the off-road park theme. Really cool idea to add the train tracks and I especially like the look of the bridge supports. Just a great job on all of it.

Just an opinion but I like the thought of leaving the elevated tracks alone and letting them weather naturally over time. I'm sure it would look great painted grey but I love the thoughts of natural aesthetics... unfinished, weathered, maybe even a light white-wash or stain.... something to allow it to blend in rather than pop. Honestly, whatever you do it's going to look fantastic. Again... really great work all the way around.
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Old 01-13-2023, 11:38 AM   #10
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Awesome layout, coming along righteously!
I swear, I've never really had the desire to own a house, but I sure wouldn't mind a yard to make a scale off road park!
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Old 01-17-2023, 01:22 PM   #11
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A quick video testing the bridge, I think the obstacles were a little to passable.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6903...el=RCGearheads
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A quick video testing the bridge, I think the obstacles were a little to passable.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6903...el=RCGearheads
Nice execution on your build! The new old bridge is nicely done, it will look authentic with some weathering. Anyway, thanks for sharing this, it looks great and looks fun to drive through. win,win
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Bridge looks great! Can't wait to see more of what you have planned!
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Old 01-29-2023, 12:19 PM   #14
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Thanks and if I'm being honest, I don't have a plan or any idea what I'm doing so I can't wait to see what I build next either.

Well it's raining here, better than snow, but still hard to work in.

I have been getting some work done on the old railroad bridge, here's a quick clip of some of the progress.


[video=youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zybahZFQ1us&ab_channel=RCGearheads[/video]
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