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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:28 pm 
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A friend of mine just sent me this:

https://www.linearedge.com/products-pag ... nte-carlo/

One of the coolest F1 memorabilia type things i've ever seen, Im defo going to get the shanghai one!




Just thought I would share it :)


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:32 am 
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They are pretty cool, I can see me putting a couple on my wall in the spare room, though I'm not entirely convinced by the price.

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How big are they and what are they made out of? Pretty sure I could knock one up out of wood to a nice finish for very little money.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:53 pm 
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Well they seem to be about 3 foot wide, and varying heights depending on track configuration. but the actual cost to make one I would expect to be far less than the selling price. I used to work in sign and house furniture manufacturing and was responsible for the laser cutting of objects such as those (far less interesting in design mind you) and laser etching... the labour cost is minimal unless designs are complicated and time consuming, the machine set up was minimal in time, and people could do other work whilst watching the machine for safety purposes, again reducing labour costs, so the cost really would only come down to the wood and finishing, which would vary greatly depending on the quality. But then the selling price will depend on how much margin the seller wants to make.

Bearing in mind my previous experience, I may just write to my previous company and ask them to make one of each for me. :) Much cheaper.

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The wood is Baltic Birch sheets laminated together by the looks of it, something we rarely used in old company.

Baltic Birch or Russian Birch is a popular panel best known for its strength, attractive light colour and affordability. Often used for the following:

Drawer sides and bottoms, table tops, desk sides, die cutting, cabinets, book cases, exhibit displays, picture frames etc.

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They might look cool but they are a bloody rip off.

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Woah check out the prices! I'm pretty sure I can have a bigger one made in the local furniture shop for a much lower price.

I noticed there's no Spa in there. Must be sold out?

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They are reasonably cool, but in my head not worth that price. Not by the longest of long shots.

It'd be cool but also very clunky and unless you had a room to display all of them in together, seems a bit off to me. If you had them all in an F1 shrine/museum, that would be cool.


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beyamei wrote:
Woah check out the prices! I'm pretty sure I can have a bigger one made in the local furniture shop for a much lower price.

I noticed there's no Spa in there. Must be sold out?

https://www.linearedge.com/products-pag ... corchamps/

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beyamei wrote:
Woah check out the prices! I'm pretty sure I can have a bigger one made in the local furniture shop for a much lower price.

I noticed there's no Spa in there. Must be sold out?



I dare say with a good printout some MDF and a router table you could knock these out handily enough.

Gives me a good Idea for when it's dry and warm enough to go back out to the shed.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:59 pm 
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Well if tomorrow goes to plan I'm going to knock up an A4 size Spa. If it looks good I'll perhaps make a bigger one. Got as good space for it at home. I'll post pics as and when I have a go.

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Question is, would it be better to include the pit lane?

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Asphalt_World wrote:
Question is, would it be better to include the pit lane?

Nah. Keep it one clean line.

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If I do Brazil, do I have to do the extra bit of circuit Kimi uses?!

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Do it and send it to Lotus :lol: :lol:

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lol nah that bit was closed off anyway

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Put a wee gate at the end of it. Like the ones you get in a kids farmyard toy set

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OK. only just got round top having a go at this today.

Decided to do a small practice in thin MDF and below is a rough cut example I produced. Next I'll sand it down neatly and I'm considering painting the side white and the track surface black. I'll post updates and if it works OK I'll perhaps make a bigger one out of some nice wood.


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Asphalt_World wrote:
OK. only just got round top having a go at this today.

Decided to do a small practice in thin MDF and below is a rough cut example I produced. Next I'll sand it down neatly and I'm considering painting the side white and the track surface black. I'll post updates and if it works OK I'll perhaps make a bigger one out of some nice wood.

Was that cut by hand with a jig saw/coping saw or machined? Should look good sanded and painted though (even if the track is a little wide at La Source ;) )

I think the only difference is the expensive sculptures are actually bent wood rather than cut to shape. I was just thinking of the prices the other day when I had to get a joiner to cut a 2' spiral banister end and got charged the best part of £500 for the work. So although the prices seem expensive for a piece of art, it's not that much really for a professional workman!

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The originals look like cut ply

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Probably loads of veneers glued up.

One made out of Wenge could look cool.

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Coping saw and yes the width of the track is not consistent. It felt about minus 10 in the shed so I cut it in record time..... It's just to see how it would look as a concept.

I've just painted the edge white and I'll do the track surface black later or tomorrow.

If its got potential I'll spend more time cutting an accurate model out of some pine off cuts I have lying about.

I may even build up a few thin layers of light and dark wood for a different appearance.

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Look forward to seeing it.

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Johnston wrote:
The originals look like cut ply

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Probably loads of veneers glued up.

One made out of Wenge could look cool.


looks like 3x layers of 12mm and a top of solid core laminate (formica or polyrey)

Its nice. But a wee shadow gap detail on the reverse edge would set it of nicely.

MDF doesnt stack quite as nice - you get the stripe effect with ply which is lovely. my studio has furnitre based on this.


what mdf is good for is glue laminating into awesome shapes, though i imagine the restrictions on the radius of the bends would mean this method would make the track about 1:50 of the size!


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Asphalt_World wrote:
Coping saw and yes the width of the track is not consistent.

I don't think the actual width of the track is the same everywhere. From memory, I would say the run up to Les Combes is wider than the Virage de Bruxelles, though I did manage to spin there and not run off the track.

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