Pre­par­ing the route

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Be­fore you rush into lay­ing your steel wire and get cars mov­ing around your lay­out, take a mo­ment to plan the route for each ve­hi­cle and draw it on your road. With the route drawn, try and add a few ob­sta­cles such as a parked car to add ex­tra in­ter­est and a more pro­to­typ­i­cal feel. When you’re happy you can be­gin to lay the wire. I fit­ted the steel guide wire and fed it in around the route, adding a drop of cyanoacry­late here and there to hold it in place. Once the wire is laid the filler is mixed to a creamy con­sis­tency (two parts filler to one part water) and then spread over the guide wire, seal­ing any gaps and leav­ing a smooth road sur­face. Once dry, it can be painted with the road sur­face grey paint and al­lowed to dry. When the paint is dry the pave­ments can be put in place and you’ll be ready to let your traf­fic loose.

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