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    Default My backyard rc play area

    I bought a Tamiya Frog a year and a half ago because it reminded me of being a kid. Then I made one dirt jump for it which was fun. I bought some more Tamiya kits. Then I made a double dirt jump, then a banked turn, another kit, then another banked turn. You see the trend here? This is my mid life crisis. This is my backyard rc area.

    The track consists of a couple of jumps, banked turns, and is mainly dirt, but the upper section under the trees is a mix of thin grass and moss and dirt. There's a short section that snakes through the double jumps and that's for driving my Tamiya Rally car. I call that the technical section which then ties back into the main track. I started to utilize one of the larger areas of track "infield" for a trail/crawler section. So far I've got a functional drainage pipe at the dry creek bed head, which snakes down the hill. I put a bridge over the two sides of the creek bed and planted some small dwarf spruces, some juniper, and other plants. I'm adding stuff and changing things here and there all the time. I love maintaining this area almost as much as I like racing my cars and driving my truck around on it.

    This is the newest area that I'm adding on to and adding a tight hairpin turn.
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    other side of the rally section that cuts between the double jumps and then merges back into the main track
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    Early this spring roughing in the rally/scale technical section whatever you want to call it.
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    this is what the infield trail section looked like a month ago
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    The old Unimog creeping around
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    My goal this year is to hide that eye sore of a propane tank. I'm working on it.

    Some humble beginnings!
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    Homage to the legends
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    Hope you enjoy!

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    Looks like a fun spot!


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    the Atari sticker brings back memories

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    I decided I need to make the crawler/trail section bigger. The jumps and stuff for the buggies are gone, and I've narrowed the track section up for more of a scale rally course. The trail section has been tripled in size (the dirt from the jumps came in handy) and I've got a long dry river bed, a new bigger bridge that spans it, and the ever popular faux mineshaft entrance with broken down bridge leading into it. I love tinkering with this as much as I love tinkering with the cars and trucks themselves.

    The past few weeks I've worked on it as much as the weather allowed me to.

    Digging the dry creek bed out with the Defender in the ditch to test out the width and depth.

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    Casualty of war:
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    Heavy equipment moved in to do some of the work
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    A couple pics of the rally car section from last fall. This is staying as is, its super fun to drive my rally car on drifiting through the turns and avoiding the guard rails! The rest of the rally section leads out under neath those trees in the background and loops back around.

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    Back to the trail section:

    New bridge made with a chunk of black walnut I cut into planks
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    That's where I'm at currently, with much more to come! Cheers!

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    Looks fantastic! Love the scale rally course as well as the cwarly stuff, the vw looks great on there!

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    That looks like fun! Nice and clean too.
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    Cool space for sure. Lots of neat elements to it.
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    Thanks fellas! I've itching all winter to get out there and play and build so now that spring's here it's game on!

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    wow that's a beautiful place! Looks like loads of fun.

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    Like the way you are combing a rally course and Scale truck trails, great idea. Great start!

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