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(4 replies, posted in Cars)

I have the Ford Escort, but I've seen a couple. I think Kouba and Petrolati.

I plan on getting the Alpha as soon as they come out, then maybe a mini just to make it a 3-some.

Wow Rico we are tied for second.

Now if Zack could miss a race or two we could still be tied for second.

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(16 replies, posted in Modifications)

Well now, I've always been a rather ham fisted guy. Before I got a real tire truer I used sandpaper and a file on a powered up tech block.

I've not only melted quality rubber tires, I've also smoked more than one motor.

Eventually my truer may actually pay for itself.

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(16 replies, posted in Modifications)

Tom,
  I have both a Hudy and a Tire razor. The Hudy is great for after market wheels of all sizes including the 1/24 scale cars. I even had a machinist mill down an old 5/40 threaded axle to fit into the machine so I can do the old cars. What a difference that makes. Some guys will pop off the plastic wheels and use a small drop of glue and turn them on the Hudy then break them loose to put back on the car. I've personally had issues with breaking the plastic wheel and with getting the wheels mounted straight again.

  I bought the Tire razor to true some of the plastic wheels/axles. I'm still in the getting use to it stage at this point and prefer the Hudy.

  Al and Zack have the Scaleauto version which is different yet. I haven't used either one.

As for truing itself, you can look at a tire and it looks perfect but when you put it on the truer and give it a touch then stop and look at it you can see that it really is not. Truing the tires is the best upgrade you can do. Just yesterday I trued all four tires on an old Revell 1/24 cars with threaded axles. Before you had to push it to get it below 8 seconds, now it cruises at 7.2 seconds.

Some of the guys at Howies change tires for every race. Buy giving my tires the lightest touch on the truer I have tires on their third season that grip as well as new tires. It also turns out that those foamies/fish rubber/natural rubber tires aren't perfect either.  You can also turn down the fronts on any car the get the guide height exactly where you want/need it to be.

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(15 replies, posted in Slot Talk)

Mt Goat wrote:

I’m with you Stan. It couldn’t hurt my driving either!

You might be surprised at the little things that might affect your driving.

Sometimes it's something as simple are a prettier car than yours going by on the track... Ooohhh, look at that...

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(26 replies, posted in PASER)

Many of us raced with him just a few weeks ago, he was still fast.

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(15 replies, posted in Slot Talk)

Mine has the traction control. For me that makes all the difference.
Rather than using two or three controllers I use this for everything.

I'll just stick with my Lotus 40.

There's just something about those curves.

Yeah,
What he said.

When we started F1 it was cars from the 50s, Ferrari 312s, Coopers, Maserati 250s, ect. 18K motors. Then the Gurney Eagles and Lotus 49s showed up with their tiny bodies and 22K motors. Now these are wonderful cars with true 18K motors but almost undrivable that way they come.
  But that still wasn't fast enough for some so more and more modern cars kept appearing until we got to modern F1, however most of us still had the older controllers which made the cars...difficult.
  I did at one point built a brass chassis for a Strombecker Maserati 250 and powered it with a Slot It 20K long can motor. Is was capable of going around as fast as any of the newer cars but I found driving it full tilt for 9 minutes to be stressful.

Personally I'm looking forward to what NSR is coming out with.

I wish I had a meeting so I could miss F1.

Mt Goat wrote:

Thanks guys. I’m not discouraged, just wanted to acknowledge there were a lot of wrecks.

Wrecks and Breakdowns, there are always a lot of them whether you're there or not.

The only exception was a couple of races where Howie was having issues with his power supply and was stuck at 10 volts. Those guys bitched for 4 hours over how slow their cars were.

Terry and I on the other hand ran the best we ever had, and nothing broke.

About an hour or so. For the racing part, now the BS-ing, that's another story.

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(8 replies, posted in Cars)

It's great Doc. A nicely trued tire feels like it is glued to the track.

BTW all three lanes are taped now thanks to my wife Chris.

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(8 replies, posted in Cars)

Thursday we are running a proxy at Al's

Saturday there is a race at Howie's Rapid Raceway

If that's not too much racing for the week I'm planning to have our track open Sunday afternoon (say 1-ish)for some testing/tuning ect. Basically just to run some cars and get some rubber on the new surface.

If you don't have any cars handy there are plenty here, as well as controllers.

http://www.naste.org/members/bill/mitchlmp.jpg

I'm spending time rebuilding old cars, probably my favorite part of the hobby.

Re Slim-can motors:
The Scalextric slim cans turn about 24K, the MRRC/ Monogram/Revell motors turn about 20K. The aftermarket motors like Minnow are 18K but very low on torque. I found that the SLT-2 motors that we are using in the F-1 proxy are 18K but with more torque and are snappier than the minnow.
Another option to make these cars run well with the stock motors is to use a smaller pinion and larger Crown gear. But these are all mods to the cars, most of which I learned from Goose.

For our discussion here turning down the voltage a volt or two would probably be best, easiest, and cheapest.
These cars all look small, but the Chaparral has the same footprint as a slot it GT-40. I have one that is capable of running in the 6s on Al's track. Fun cars to play with, learn on and experiment with.

All that being said I have to also agree with Doc. The Carrera DTM is an affordable beast that is bullet proof, and all we need to do is sand the tires.  It is also still in production and readily available. It just happens that The Goose wasn't a fan so MR Bill probably doesn't have two or three boxes of them. But who knows what is waiting in those unopened boxes?

As someone past 60 I prefer the look/style of the older cars, but if we are trying to entice newer (AKA Younger) racers the DTMs with all those graphic liveries may be more appealing to them.

Coffee cup is empty, see ya.

docdoom wrote:

I do believe there  is handling  kit that is brass pods that bolt onto the chassis. I think saw them on professional motors.

I think the point here was to not have to modify it Doc.
Great idea but Like Chris said lets do anything other than F-1.

We could expand our LeMans class in some fashion. Most of us have gravitated to Fly, but the class is also open to Scalextric, Ninco, Spirit, and Revell/Monogram. We just need to make sure it has a black stripe motor in it per the rules.

TRANS-AM   Bah Humbug...

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(12 replies, posted in Cars)

HRW has a great video on tuning these exact cars.

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(5 replies, posted in Modifications)

I did a bit last night on my TR-2. Finally it flows the way I thought it should. I may get the hang of this yet.

Now if I could just find my wind shield...

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(2 replies, posted in Allenbrook Speedway)

Racers,
Just a reminder and notice to those who were not racing Thursday evening, we will be running round three of the GT-3 2020 proxy on our track in Tigard this Sunday the 19th at around 1:00.

These cars are very fast and smooth, they are a blast to drive.  The slowest qualifier was faster than any car I owned.

Before running these cars I didn't have a car that could have qualified for this proxy. Afterwards I retuned a couple that now may have been able to qualify near the back of the pack.

http://www.naste.org/members/bill/mitchproxy2020.jpg

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(148 replies, posted in Slot Talk)

I don't remember ever not having some kind of set around. I do remember that there was a track in a strip mall behind our house when I was about 5 (1963). Dad had some kind of open wheel car and he and his co-workers would race at various tracks in southern California.  The first set I remember by name was a Motorrific set that let you race your Matchbox cars by dragging them around the track with a spring, very noisy.  1967 brought in an Eldon Demolition Derby set. I loved this set but by design the cars got destroyed.
Christmas of '69 brought in a Strombecker modified figure 8 with the Porsche RSK and the green Lotus both with working headlights. Oh the hours I spent on my knees running those cars.
About 1971 Mom came home from a garage sale with my first HO set. It was huge. it wound uphill around a mountain then ran downhill into a loop, but I usually set it up as a dragstrip running diagonally across entire length of the basement. The braking area was two pillows.
Dad used to take me to Hillsboro Hobbies to race on their big track. by the time I was old enough to drive myself there was only one track left, it was on SE Stark. I went a couple of times. About the third time I went it was gone.
Other than a small HO set for my daughter in Central Oregon and a large HO set for the boys here I didn't do much until they built the drag track in Vancouver.
I met Terry through a craigslist transaction and visited Monty's and Howie's tracks once each.
Somewhere I met Bill Bostic in some kind of online chat thing and the pusher man made some kind of junky out of me.

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(12 replies, posted in Events)

I still have a box of those. Any rules/specs as to tires, running gear ect?

Guys,
Due to a cancellation We've been asked to host round three of the GT3 proxy here at Allenbrook.
The cars are currently in Tacoma after completing round two.
I'll post when they get here so we can run these cars probably within the next couple of weeks, then get them sent on to round four.

Thanks
Mitch

eBay is loaded with them Doc.