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    Default Broken Compass ORV Park

    Hello everyone! I bought a TRX-4 Sport back in January and I quickly became fascinated with the scale building aspect of rc crawlers. I landed on this section of the site via Google search and was amazed, inspired and just generally blown away at the cool stuff you guys have created.

    We have a nice wooded hillside behind our fence that is becoming our playground. We have plenty of room to expand as well. I decided to name it Broken Compass ORV Park after visiting a brewery called Broken Compass up in Breckenridge, Colorado. Beer and crawlers go hand in hand.



    I haven't done much yet, but will document everything in this thread.

    Chris

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    Looks like really cool place for scale park!

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    Default Park Entrance

    After mapping out the general layout of the course, the first step was building a park entrance. I like the ranch-style gates so I made one out of poplar.



    I stained it and made some fake metal plates out of balsa and brass nails. Made the sign on Illustrator and printed it to adhesive vinyl and attached it to a piece of lexan and hung it from brass hooks. Hobby Lobby has become my adult Toy's R Us and I stumbled across the perfect horseshoe with a star in it. Right size for the top of the gate.



    I thought I was done until I saw some stacked stone work on a diorama site. I decided to try it out with some floral foam. It cuts easily with a miter saw and I used a Dremel to dig the rock shapes. Coated with a wood glue and water mixture, primed and then painted with various colored washes until they looked how I wanted.



    I cemented it into the ground and Broken Compass ORV Park was finally born!



    Chris

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    Default Starting Gate

    I intend to build a registration building after entering the park, but I wasn't ready to tackle that yet. I wanted a motocross-style starting gate with the aluminum truss towers. I knew there was going to be a ton of dowel cutting, so I made my favorite purchase so far with a Proxxon hobby table saw.



    Painted my start sign with stencils and coated in matte UV-resistant clear. The trusses took a painfully long time, but I was very thankful for the table saw.



    Painted them with metallic silver paint and they resemble aluminum trusses that I wanted.



    Bridge assembly in progress. Loving the Gorilla wood glue and good clamps!



    Added a couple colors of stain as well as an oil trail with black spray paint and called it done.



    Here it is in the wild. I plan to create a dry riverbed underneath it eventually.



    Chris

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    Default Dead Man's Curve

    After taking off from the starting gate, there's a neat sharp right-hander that goes naturally between two trees. Feels like it should be called Dead Man's Curve, so I've named it Dead Man's Curve.





    It's a perfect fit for a 1/10 scaler. I hope it still fits when I bump up to 2.2 Pit Bulls soon. I've been impressed with the TRX-4 so far. My 7 year old did manage to destroy the steering servo after only several runs, but I'd heard it was weak to begin with. Upgraded to the 2255 and a BEC and hope that will hold up. Putting heavier springs on it now to handle the roof rack and winch weight.

    More coming soon...

    Chris

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    This is really cool man! Your use of wood and weathering is turning this wood into something amazing!

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    Thanks! I'm excited to see how it naturally weathers out in the elements.

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    Awesome start to wat im sure will end up a sweet park! Definantly watchin this one. Fantastic work!

    Sent from my SM-J327VPP using Tapatalk

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    Very cool. Nice work. Keep it up.

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    Wow! Nice job with that starting gate. And everything else too actually. You really hit the ground running with this one

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