For teams that have built a Rough Terrain to practice on, have you been keeping true to the Team Version measurements, who did you alter its construction to make it more similar to the official version? Do you believe there is a noticeable difference?
We plan on adjusting the team version slightly. Making the correct spacing for the squares (3x3 1.5 inch apart) but keeping it 48" long. The team version is shorter then the real deal so that part of it is fine.
Thanks for sharing this, just knowing there’s a big difference is a big deal … any chance you guys could post a video without giving away your secrets? I’m going to see if I can get our guys to swap our materials around tonight.
edit - any by ‘swap around’ I mean we’ll form 1/16" aluminum sheet metal around the moat wood pieces.
The 1" gap (team) vs a 1.5" gap (official) is brutal, given how many 1" wide wheels there are out there. Having a wheel fall between two blocks could have terrible ramifications for some drive trains–whether it jams, or you try to turn while it’s in there.
The smoothness issue is a big concern. The same thing occurred with the coopertition bridges a few years ago. Teams built wooden bridges and field dividers that were no problem at home. The real bridges had a smooth plastic surface and the divider was metal. The difference was huge for teams.