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Old May 22, 2015, 09:29 PM
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What is the best way to make "Dots"?

Hello,

I was wondering how to make "Dots". I have been using red plastic cups for practice.

Thanks
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Old May 22, 2015, 09:48 PM
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Have you searched online for corner dots?
Get the soft low profile kind because they dont upset the cars and bikes as much.
Go to Pegasus Hobbies in Montclaire or Ultimate Hobbies or PCH Hobbies. You have about 6 good hobby shops in SoCal to find them!
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Old May 22, 2015, 09:50 PM
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Awesome! Thanks
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Old May 22, 2015, 09:58 PM
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https://www.google.com/#q=soccer+field+marker+discs
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Old May 22, 2015, 10:02 PM
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Have to have the thin edge not the blunt thick edge!!
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Old May 22, 2015, 11:12 PM
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The creator of Dots Had the best material, it was a type of flat vinyl. It was heavy enough so the wind would not move them and the bikes wouldn't either. They also would not disturb your bikes if you ran over them. Stubby was the first to come up with them in our groups we loved them. You could lay them out anyway you wanted and then you could picked them up in ten minutes. Thank you Stubby the creator of our beloved DOTS DAYS.
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Old May 23, 2015, 12:33 AM
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Still need to be careful hitting those head on, they make for nice projectiles. Also do not stack the excess dots on each other as they will spew out like shotgun shells with one nice hit.

I'm still in love with these, sure you can't see the far ones from ground level well, but both 1/8th and 1/5th can run over them no prob and the rubber material sticks to the asphalt like glue.
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Old May 23, 2015, 05:17 PM
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Like DLAWW says the problem with most dots is the wind blows them around. We are still looking for something good.
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Why don't you guys just zip tie some bean bags to them?
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Old May 24, 2015, 01:23 AM
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The soft dots I have never moved unless you dragged them. No worries but the edges are super thin and never caused any problems. The harder dots with about an 1/8in edge did catch and cause issues.
Another trick we used was to buy a couple rolls of blue or green masking tape and draw a track out plus use dots.
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Don't forget the awesome idea of used sliding glass door blinds. They make great visual track and you can space them apart and still have your visual track. I'm looking on craigs list currently for a set or two.
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Or cheap IKEA door mats.
That's what I use for a temporary track.
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I bought a bunch of 'poly spot markers' a few years ago: http://www.tpesonline.com/poly-spots...d-9-poly-spots

At the time, they were the least expensive way to get a durable, high color marking that would not blow away, not easily moved by a bike, and not likely to cause a heavy crash for 1/5 scale should you run over one. I think I paid $1.70 each at the time (6 years ago). The yellow really pops against black asphalt. 75 markers will make a reasonably large track layout, but 150 gives you much closer dot spacing which makes it a little more track like, as well as easier to see.

I haven't used them for at least 5 years, but the material hasn't degraded. They're available for sale if anyone is interested.

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Not dots but did a thread on a makeshift track awhile back...
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1571810
Worked out really good. The 1/5th bikes ran right over the cord no problems. Don't know bout 1/8th though.
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