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Here is my home-made powered set-up plate.

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A cheap offcut of 10mm Perspex forms the base - very stiff and flat.  So this is good for making sure my chassis is flat and all 4 wheels in contact with the plate.

I routed the slot and applied adhesive copper tape (I like my front wheels to be only just touching the track so if it sits flat on copper tape, it is a fraction higher on SPORT track which is what I am looking to achieve).

The next step was to power it so I can use a mule chassis to true tyres (a mule chassis to avoid burning out my racing motors and frying my chips if I stall whilst truing).

The copper tape runs off the edge and down.  The plasticard stop fence is a few layers of thick plasticard glued together and then screwed into the Perspex.  The bars to feed in the power from my bench supply are short lengths of copper braid which the power leads attach to with crocodile clips.

If you try this yourself just make sure you cut Perspex as slowly as you can or you risk causing cracks and risk the heat melting it and jamming up your router bit or drill. You need to drill pilot holes for the self-tappers so they only just cut into the pilot hole - don’t force it or it risks cracks. If in doubt drill bigger and coat the screws in adhesive as you put them in.

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Simple and effective and probably cost around GBP6 all in.