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Thread: Slot Car Racer Today

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    Slot Car Racer Today

    In my new identity, I am purely a slot car racer. I only post about what I am doing with my slot car racing program. My purpose is to discuss slot car racing as a builder and as a racer. This is about tire wrenches, comm truer, soldering iron, acid flux, axle spacers, guides, cans, magnets, motor spacers....you name it, if it has to do with slot cars, I am on it. I am Slotcar Racer.

    Yesterday I worked on three GT12 chassis I am planning to sell on ebay later this month, three Slick 7 "Hybrid" chassis. It's a lot like the Slick 7 GTX except it is a combination of brass and steel. I've tested these chassis before at SCR (my home track, Slot Car Raceway, site of the 2006 and 2008 USRA Scale Nationals) and they ran solid 3.7s, very respectable....and that was with a Red Fox Audi R10. I've reconditioned these three chassis, coated them with dicom where they are steel so they don't rust. All have axle bearings nicely aligned. One chassis will have a Cahoza 40T, another a 41T and the third an angled 42 tooth. Tonight I need to build some motors for these cars, and on Saturday when I am up at SCR racing with NORCAL, I need to pick up some bodies to squirt. I usually run a paint scheme on my own cars of silver front and orange back, but for the cars I sell I like the combination of silver front and Tamiya light blue rear. The blue is really a nice color, and it goes on the lexan really well. Well, I better get back to work.

    Slotcar Racer

    THE SLOTCAR RACER TODAY INDEX

    Pages 1-9 January 2011
    Introductory remarks and welcome by several OWH members.

    Numarc makes me concentrically ground sharp points on the ends of a 2mm axle to use in a magnetic balancer.

    Answers to Pilmat’s question about Bulldog chassis set up, rail sizes, rear steer, etc

    Introductory remarks about Proformance Racing, Inc. HOGGER diamond wheel for tire truing.

    DYKEM for preventing rust on steel chassis

    The NORCAL January race at Slot Car Raceway with 100 entries

    Richard Mack 1/24 scale F1/JRL chassis

    Koford products for unshunted motors M609 & M608 and Cahoza #255 springs

    Slick 7’s “Hybrid GT12” chassis RTR race cars

    Preparations for the race at TNT Raceway in Modesto, California

    Third Eye Technologies FETroller as used at the Modesto race

    Info on the Hakko 936 with the medium-sized 907 handle. A kit to convert the handle from medium to large tips.

    A number of questions from Dystyn Wade regarding arm size, airgap and gearing. Some great answers from Andy at AB Slotsport. SCR Q&A on post #98, page 7

    Q&A on Hawk motor specs

    Cahoza carbon fibre hubs, much discussion

    Pictorial tutorial on adjusting the Horky ES24 pan height page 8 post #110

    Received Camen single mag 480T X 300L set up

    Pages 10-16 February 2011
    Building motors with Cahoza parts (yawn)

    Difalco controller talk, Bugenis toroid choke for F1 racing

    Pat’s prep for the UK32 qualifications

    Working on a Tazer prototype, much interest in Tazer thru February

    Complaint about 70 degree heat in the Bay Area, 24 temp records broken in one day

    Cahoza 42T 16 deg spurs and various pinions, how they mesh

    Motor/gearing experiments, Cahoza set ups at .530” and 8T pinion

    Eurosport arms, lifting stack corners

    Race report from SCR 2/14/11, Eurosport & GT12

    Preparation for NORCAL race at TNT Raceway…gluing donuts and HOGGER

    New Horky ES24 build, 3.1s at SCR

    Tire building Q&A with Zippity

    The passing of Rob McQuiston

    16D info from Monty Ohren

    Pages 17-27 March 2011
    Pages 28-35 April 2011
    Pages 36-45 May 2011
    Pages 46-56 June 2011
    Pages 57-69 July 2011
    Pages 70-79 August 2011
    Pages 80-89 September 2011
    Pages 90-97 October 2011
    Pages 98-110 Novemeber 2011
    Pages 111-121 December 2011
    Last edited by Slotcar Racer; 01-05-2012 at 10:24 AM. Reason: Index Update

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    WOW George you really know what this forum is suppose to be about not beating the dead horse that has been beaten to a pulp then cremated and now is being beaten again GREAT TO SEE SOMEONE HAS DECIDED TO USE THE BOARD FOR WHAT IT WAS ANTICIPATED! Now im going to go tear down some 27lite motors to have rebalanced and build a couple new box 12 chassis to put in the counter. What an inspiration wish i didnt have to work all day so i to could just play with toy cars. Please pass the cheetos
    Give me my glue bottle!!!!!!!!!![B]

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    Who is this Slotcar Racer anyway?

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    Glad you are enjoying it Mike. Tell me about your 27 lite motors. Who do you use for balancing? You're building a couple of box 12 chassis for the counter, are you a track owner, or do you build RTRs for a local track? I know what you mean about work versus play. I had eleven days off from work and worked on slot cars for hours and hours. Like the Worlds in Chicago....set up pit space Saturday Sept 25th, take down pit space Oct 10th....work on slot cars all day from Sept 25-Oct 10. It's the most fun I've had in years. Some could say, "you have no life". I beg to disagree. If you are passionate about ANYTHING, you are doing better than most people. Well, I gotta get back to work and grab some more Cheetos.

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    How did you get Paul to allow you an alter ego? (You send him Viagra CHeetos to the Phillipines?)
    Guy Middleton
    Everything I was taught in Engineering school I had already learned from slot cars....

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    I use a secret balancer for all my arms and i build a lot of rtr cars for racers at my raceway I just got home from the raceway and now its time to box these arms up and ship them out to lee, then spend some time with the wife and kids my 5 year old who races too lost two teeth in the last 24 hours I think the tooth fairy is going to go broke. But now he has money to spend on some new slot car parts lol. Pass the cheetos back.
    Give me my glue bottle!!!!!!!!!![B]

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    Hey Mike What do teeth go for these days? Did I get ripped off when I only got a quarter?
    Why do I do this to myself?

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    George, from the photo of your Mack BD from the 2010 USRA Nats, it looks like you have soldered the rails in the rear. As you have also narrowed the pan side play, was the solid rear steer also to tighten the car?

    I've just built a BD2 and a Tazer and amazed in the increased rear bite on the Tazer.

    Cheers.
    Phil Matthews

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallbasher View Post
    Hey Mike What do teeth go for these days? Did I get ripped off when I only got a quarter?
    Yep...You got screwed.. My kids always got a $1.00. Your parents probably didn't like you, so when you lost a tooth they gave you a quarter and then gave your brother your other 75 cents.

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    ill take the cheetos . last night when i got home i went to my slot car room the room that house,s the heat pump noisy but like im in a diff. world . i worked on 4 cars for tonights race i installed the last 2 slick 7 chassis braces my track had that i bought into 1 turbo chassis and another one into a astro chassis and then i put new tires on another car and took the tires that where on that car and trued them up and put on a wedge car that has a super 16d in it also checked all the cars for axle play and adjusted them . oiled every car up and packed up for tonights race . i keep up 3 cars every week one for myself one that my g-f races and the othere one that my dad races. i got in the ole bed about 2am and was at wrk at 9am but its all worth it when we get to the track and myself my dad and my g-f all have cars all ready to go .. also this week i built my first brake box for my koford 558 controller ... and to my first sentence yes i still run astro chassis at my track they are heavy but take a beating and really hold up on our track (76ft modi. paper clip) . ok the bag of cheetos are empty so i bought a new bag who wants them >>??

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    Wish I had gotten more done last night. NuMarc, God Bless that man, sent me a new 2mm axle for balancing wheels. NuMarc is SCR's resident machinist. He concentrically ground sharp points on the ends of a 2mm axle to use in a magnetic balancer. Right now I am borrowing Alan Ohashi's, but I have one on order from Dave Harvey, Won O Won in UK. Dave sells a balancer and he tricks it out with microscope lenses covering the magnets, that way the pointed tip of the axle is against glass and less resistance. PG (Paul Gawronski) showed me how he grinds his wheels and balances the wheel by itself. With what little I have done with this, I have balanced the entire tire...hub, glue, rubber....and use very small pieces of blue masking tape as weight. It's pretty amazing that just a small patch of masking tape can make such a big difference, but estimating the rear axle speed of a eurosport at about 15,000 rpm, it makes a huge difference.

    Gotta mount some donuts tonight for NORCAL on Saturday, a bit low on 3/32" tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pilmat View Post
    George, from the photo of your Mack BD from the 2010 USRA Nats, it looks like you have soldered the rails in the rear. As you have also narrowed the pan side play, was the solid rear steer also to tighten the car?

    I've just built a BD2 and a Tazer and amazed in the increased rear bite on the Tazer.

    Cheers.
    Hi Phil, yes, I use .047" rails and solder it all solid. That's just my driving style and works for me. I know others employ rear steer. My first BD was for the last Cobalt 12 race at the 09 Scale Nats, the chassis was built with .032" wire with rear steer...worked great (won the race). I then put a G12 C Can motor in it. It was awful. Try different set ups, that's the cool thing about Richard's products.

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    Sitting in my car ,driving and thinking, I realized that I missed putting in the work to build and tune in a proper race car whether it be a Womp, Retro or Eurosport. I was for a while content with bringing a subpar car and tune it to be ok. Hanging out with my friends and just plain schmoozing had taken precedence. I really missed the podium celebrations and the victories that came with it. No matter what else is said we are all racing for that win. We are now in a new year so I have a new attitude and am “branding “ myself a little different. See youz at the Checkpoint

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mike1 View Post
    WOW George you really know what this forum is suppose to be about not beating the dead horse that has been beaten to a pulp then cremated and now is being beaten again.
    You forgot puree.
    Russ Toy
    I am team burrito and I approve this message.

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    Thanks for that Russ. Working on slotcars last night was quite brief, but fruitful. I went through all my Speedshop 3/32" hubs to check for run out AKA wobble. I'd say only about half of what I had were any where near true. This is from the bag full of hubs from The Flat Track Worlds last summer. I managed to find 8 pairs of hubs that were really good and glued them. Went to the refrigerator and looked through the bags of donuts and found some Piranhas I got from Paul last summer. This batch was pretty sticky according to my notes, so I glued up 8 pairs, let all this set for about an hour, then went to the garage for the stinky part....dip in lacquer thinner and join together. Wife hates the smell of the thinner, can't blame her. So, I left those in the garage and will drill the set screw holes tonight. Tomorrow night I can start grinding and truing.

    Sent Dave Harvey an email letting him know the 25t25 Valiko I ordered from him before Xmas still isn't here. Dave replied this morning that stuff from the Czech Republic is late too, and mailing around the holidays always makes him nervous. Dave's a great vendor. Hopefully armature in mail today. Gotta go, time to get to "work".

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