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    Epic balsa wood grandstand

    Post  Fast Petey on Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:56 pm

    This week I started working on the track again with the cooler weather, and hacking at balsa wood until I can get to the hobby shop to get some plastic stuff.

    I did some K-Barrier in wood, sealed it and painted it yellow and white in scale 12' sections. The boundary of the pits is enclosed with that barrier now and I have a few extra for the infield emergency vehicles to hide behind.

    The big project the last 3 days has been what was intended to be the back stretch grandstands, press box and VIP seating. The problem is I was operating by my old diagrams measurement since my track was in another location, once I took the partially completed grandstands over, well, it was 1/2" too deep. Sad

    Instead of trashing it I decided to just go ahead and finish it. Here's how it looks so far, remember this is 100% balsa wood at this point, unfinished and unpainted, it will be either gloss white or the same light beige that the existing plastic grandstand on the layout is.



    The piece is 24" long, 4" deep and currently 3" high. The structure in the center is a small press box with an access door and the VIP section above with angled glass area. There will be windows on either side of the door on the lower press box and the full length window in the VIP section above. Once completely painted those windows will be simulated using gloss black contact paper. Other windows will also be simulated the same way. All the windows will be framed.



    Here is a true HO (1/87th scale) figure for scale. At 3" high it's a scale 21' high, not enormous by any standards but for a small fairground track plenty high. The VIP section is about 7 1/2' total in interior height, slightly out of scale but not exceedingly so. Scale length is 174' long, depth is almost 22'. Seating capacity could be close to 300 on a good night.



    The back has a small "smokers" balcony with 2 doors leading out from the VIP box. There will be a really nice photo etched metal fire escape down from this balcony when it's done. There will be plastic railing around the balcony and safety cage ladders leading to the roof, which will also be railed. The roof can be used for spotters, camera crew or just to watch the race. I will probably do a couple of windows on the back of the box as well.

    I haven't decided where the bathrooms will be located on this piece, but entrances will be represented by simple doors. This piece is hollow but it does have a sealed bottom. Not sure what I'm going to do with it since it won't fit on my track but it will be finished.


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    Re: Epic balsa wood grandstand

    Post  Dave on Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:25 am

    That's really something. I'm a little surprised that a big guy like you could do such delicate work. I can't touch balsa or I'll break it.


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    Re: Epic balsa wood grandstand

    Post  Fast Petey on Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:14 am

    This is 3/16" thick so it's a bit more sturdy than you'd think. It will dent if you hit it with anything but once painted that will give the surface a bit more toughness. I'm going to hit it with sanding sealer today and finish up the fine sanding, then another coat and probably paint it tomorrow. It'll be a week or so before the railings arrive, then it should be finished.


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    Re: Epic balsa wood grandstand

    Post  kiwidave on Sat Sep 11, 2010 5:28 pm

    Very cool Pete!!

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    Update on Fast Petey Grandstands

    Post  Guest on Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:55 am

    After Three Palms Speedway's issues with zoning, Fast Petey found a new home on the east coast in North Carolina for these awesome grandstands.
    They are now the Main Grandstand & Tower serving the Grand Prix on the Cape Fear on the AFX 4-lane 49' "DRAGON". I still have other work in progress involving these grandstands and will post pictures displaying the total package.

    Again thanks Pete,
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    Re: Epic balsa wood grandstand

    Post  Dave on Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:38 pm

    Welcome to the club Ovalhead! That Dragon sounds like a great track to run on!


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    Re: Epic balsa wood grandstand

    Post  Fast Petey on Tue Oct 19, 2010 3:14 pm

    No problem Ovalhead, glad they worked out well in your facility. I'm in the middle of a harvest right now, rolling up my raisins and shaking walnuts, as soon as that's all done I'll be getting back to working on my own track more and making stuff for others.


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    Re: Epic balsa wood grandstand

    Post  Guest on Tue Oct 19, 2010 3:18 pm

    Thanks Dave, I like what y'all have here, thanks for the membership. Looking forward to relearning my first class of cars in HO. I'm sure I'll learn & recall many good memories. I was blessed to run the Aurora Pancakes between 1966-1973. This is the time period this addiction started. Rehab just don't work in HO !

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    Re: Epic balsa wood grandstand

    Post  Guest on Tue Oct 19, 2010 3:30 pm

    There you are Fast Petey, walnuts, raisins & pancakes ? You are a racer of all trades it seems, I hope your ready for Thanksgiving. Smile

    Thanks a million,
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    Re: Epic balsa wood grandstand

    Post  Dave on Tue Oct 19, 2010 3:50 pm

    Ovalhead wrote:Thanks Dave, I like what y'all have here, thanks for the membership. Looking forward to relearning my first class of cars in HO. I'm sure I'll learn & recall many good memories. I was blessed to run the Aurora Pancakes between 1966-1973. This is the time period this addiction started. Rehab just don't work in HO !

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    Your very welcome! I'm re-learning a lot. Pete is really the brains around here.


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    Re: Epic balsa wood grandstand

    Post  Fast Petey on Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:10 pm

    I thought I was the good looking one. Damn.

    9 acres of raisins are up and off to Sunmaid, and this afternoon it's off to shake the trees and vacuum up some walnuts. Now, all I need is some maple trees, a wheat field, a grist mill and a bakery and I can do some cookies.


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    Re: Epic balsa wood grandstand

    Post  Grampa Ho on Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:01 pm

    Ya got the elf's already?
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    Re: Epic balsa wood grandstand

    Post  Fast Petey on Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:58 pm

    Have you seen me compared to my in-laws?



    Everyone is an elf to me.


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    Re: Epic balsa wood grandstand

    Post  Guest on Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:34 am

    We know who everyone looks up to now ! The BIG COOKIE ! Smile

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