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From the pictures i have seen so far the support blocks aren't made of wood. What material is this? Foam?

I expected the support blocks to be made of some solid material.





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I could have sworn I heard on a podcast that the blocks were made of foam.

The picture sure looks like Styrofoam. It seems like this expansion should be fairly easy to make if you have access to a table saw.
 
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TGov wrote:
I could have sworn I heard on a podcast that the blocks were made of foam.


This means two things:

1. The supports will be very lightweight - how are they supposed to keep the elevated track in place without tumbling down with the slightest push?

2. They can get damaged easily.
 
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From one of the designers over at BGN...

> So what materials are the supports made of?

We use polystyrene (a very hard one, not easily friable) .

> is there a weight estimate on the expansion?

~ 1,2 kg.



I'm sure they must have been tested for stablity.
 
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I imagine that the joints themselves are pretty important, but there's nothing stopping you from using block of wood (or ANY materials for that matter) to keep the tracks elevated. Especially if you want something less obtrusive, something that won't block the track as much, as in the pic above.
 
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After seeing the picture of the supporting blocks and tracks i am really disappointed:

The supporting blocks are made of foam which is very light and prone to damage.

The angled tracks do not snap in place, they just rest on the wooden blocks.

I light push of the elevated track will result in the whole thing going down! I think that i'll pass on this expansion as i expected something much more stable considering that 6-8 people will move constantly around the track flicking their cars...



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You're right. That's styrofoam that you could get...anywhere. They could have at least coated it with something. Look on the bright side though. If it gets damaged, it'd be easy to replace.
 
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Well, that looks like job for the chopsaw. I bet I could even manufacture the rest of the pieces in there with a quick jig on the tablesaw and a spare copy of the base game for the track.
 
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Driver 8 wrote:
If it gets damaged, it'd be easy to replace.


Not so easy because if you make a custom supporting block with even 1-2mm difference in height the track will not lay completely flat.

For 35€ it should contain wooden supports.


 
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Yeah...those support blocks look cheap...luckily I have a friend with power tools and woodworking skills to make blocks for me. Advantage is that he can make more than the amount of styro blocks in this expansion, to allow for a longer 2nd tier. Plus it does come with the transition pieces. Still...pretty expensive...
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It's really not as bad as all that. I set up a reasonably large track on my table and my 8 daughter and I were able to play several games with no more track bumping mishaps than normal.
 
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