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Thread: Slot Car Racer Today

  1. #16
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    Slotcar Racer, with all that heavy prep work, how do you find time for fishing?

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    Hi Slot car racer.

    I imagine you wear a mask and a cloak and leave copies of a Uk magazine as your calling card at every track you raid. Although with your waist line wearing the underpants over your tights must be a sight for sore eyes.

    So you race at SCR? I hate it when people post from California as I struggle through a scottish winter. No doubt after a suucessfull raid you get in your woody van and head to the beach with your surfboard having changed from your cunning disguise into a pair of flip flops and long shorts and a Worlds tee shirt and of course a cool pair of raybands.

    When your next at SCR give my regards to George and Paul.

    Well I've got to get back to my freezing cold workshop in the attic and finish off my 1/24 Richard mack anglewinder F1 chassis. My mission this year is to convert uk racers to this calss of racing. Can you ask George what motor he uses for this class the next time you see him.

    Pat

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    Quote Originally Posted by KVAN View Post
    Slotcar Racer, with all that heavy prep work, how do you find time for fishing?
    Slotcar Racer prepares slot cars with full attention to detail, except at The Worlds. A slotcar is only as good as the sum of CORRECTLY assembled parts. KVAN, I want you to remember that the next time you think you have finished prepping a slotcar and then head for the closet and grab your fishing pole. I am Slotcar Racer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patraceruk View Post
    Hi Slot car racer.

    I imagine you wear a mask and a cloak and leave copies of a Uk magazine as your calling card at every track you raid. Although with your waist line wearing the underpants over your tights must be a sight for sore eyes.

    Hello Pat, you are partially correct. I do manage to keep the waistline on the correct side of the underpants (is this too much information?) however I do not recommend letting women and children watch me race.

    So you race at SCR?

    There have been SCR sitings.

    I hate it when people post from California as I struggle through a scottish winter.

    Sorry to hear that. I better finish this message quickly, only 40 minutes left in my lunch hour so I can go out for a nice walk through the campus wearing just my shirt....

    No doubt after a suucessfull raid you get in your woody van and head to the beach with your surfboard having changed from your cunning disguise into a pair of flip flops and long shorts and a Worlds tee shirt and of course a cool pair of raybands.

    OK, did somebody get pictures of all this? Only me and "Surfer Dude" Tim Hould have been known to take off our disguises. No, wait, Tim you don't where a disguise, do you? Mike Who?

    When your next at SCR give my regards to George and Paul.

    They rarely talk to me, they know I am busy CAREFULLY prepping my slotcars....except at The Worlds

    Well I've got to get back to my freezing cold workshop in the attic and finish off my 1/24 Richard mack anglewinder F1 chassis. My mission this year is to convert uk racers to this calss of racing. Can you ask George what motor he uses for this class the next time you see him.

    I'll have George email you the details. Thanks Pat

    Pat
    Oh, Pat, one more thing, what motors are you running in those 1/24 F1s?

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    Thinking of using Horky 12 mag 18/24!

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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?
    you got really screwed all of my son's teeth have gone for 5 bucks each, and my daughter lost one a year or so ago and got 20 for it
    Give me my glue bottle!!!!!!!!!![B]

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    Road Trip! Piling the stuff in the car for a trek down to Lou's Grand Prix Model Raceway tonight and then off to The Race Place, NJ tomorrow for my first ISRA NE event. Yee-haw!!!!

    Hope I get to try the new .540 X12 arm I got from James...
    Phil Matthews

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    Last night I pulled THE HOGGER off the shelf. That's the super rough diamond drum Liebenthal manufactures from his Proformance Racing, Inc. These super rough drums became available late last summer. David makes a regular drum (like the Czech one that has been available for some time), a medium drum (Hermanator picked up one of those and loves it) and I have THE HOGGER which is the most coarse drum. I switched out drums from my Hudy tire truer...normally I keep the regular grade drum in it. The switch is very easy, most of the work is cleaning the machine before taking it apart...a sort of enforced cleaning program.

    So I had eight pairs of 3/32" hub tires to grind down from raw donuts. First step was taking a nice fresh Xacto blade and slicing off the excess rubber from the sides. That took about 15 minutes. I only screwed up one...cut in too far. I hate that. That one is a practice tire now. After the sides are trimmed, time to put THE HOGGER to use. Turn up the Hudy a little higher voltage than usual, 6 volts, and then just let it rip. It takes only about 20 seconds to take it from a rough donut down to .690". I have a table with a rectangular hole cut in it and a frame where the tire truer fits....the rectangular hole in the tire truer positioned over the hole in the table. Below the table is just a cardboard box....the rubber dust falls like crazy. After only about 25 minutes I have all eight pairs down to .690".

    I'm going to let them sit like that until I get to SCR tomorrow where I will use the regular drum to finish off the tires to whatever I need, usually between .650" - .670" gives me .032" clearance.

    Tomorrow is LMP and GT12 on the famed Testarossa at Slot Car Raceway. CRASH is saving pit space for me, I plan to come up after the banked track racing.....probably later in the afternoon. OK, gotta go now, back to "work".

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    Slot Car Racer
    I'm surprised you weren't arrested for only wearing a shirt. Guess what just as I received your reply we had another 2 inches of snow!

    What is Dicom? Richard and I have looking for something to stop rusting for ages.

    Pat

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    Quote Originally Posted by patraceruk View Post
    What is Dicom? Richard and I have looking for something to stop rusting for ages.

    Pat
    Pat, I think I spelled it wrong. All it is is armature dye, like Lucky Bob's arm dye. If you apply it to these bare steel chassis, it greatly protects from oxidation....same reason we apply dye to an armature, to keep it from rusting. Why do we prevent bare steel armature stacks from rusting but not the chassis? You might give it a try.

    Right now, Slotcar Racer is packing for the race today. Finished the 8 pairs of 3/32" tires, so I will have plenty to choose from. I'm not sure how competitive the cars will be today, particularly the LMP (flexi with Koford Competitor motor), but when the race starts, all I can hope for is wring everything I can out of the car and try to miss as many wrecks as possible. The organization I am participating in today does not qualify for semis and/or mains. It is always run as a huge double (out after white AND purple) round robin rotation. The races are well run, however racing in the traffic is the most challenging I have ever encountered. Race report will follow....gotta go.

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    Yesterday's NORCAL Slot Car Racing Assn race was their best attendance of the season so far, well over 100 entries for four classes. Slotcar Racer raced the two classes on the Testarossa road course, LMP and GT12. I wasn't expecting great results with the cars I brought although both the LMP and the GT12 chassis had won multiple races. The motor rules for this series are much less sophisticated than many of the series discussed on this forum. For C Cans the largest arm diameter is .518", and they have devised a special device to police this at tech inspection, some little electronic looking gadget with a green light. No shunts and insulation on the brushes. It pretty much points out that it is more difficult to go from .540 arms with shunts back 2-3 years to the smaller arms, and take off the shunts. But, the regulars in this series have found ways to make these motors really fast....so much easier for them to go the other direction (add shunts and large arms) I think. Therefore, I am very impressed!

    My motors for both classes were definitely underpowered. The chassis were great as usual, Cheetah 11 with 030 center, 025 outers and a body that created a few double takes....JK Products BMW. GT12 was my old faithful Trench Car recently rebuilt and really smooth...it's the 2009 Mack Bulldog that I won the last Cobalt 12 Eurosport championship with.

    Both motors were Cahoza UL cans and Koford magnets (shorter version) honed to 535, and both motors used Koford arms at 40 degrees (Competitor for LMP). Both geared 8:40.

    Results: 3rd in LMP, 2nd in GT12. Chris Chakires left us in the dust in LMP, won by 19 laps over local friend racer Ryan McDaniel, Ryan beat me by 2-3 laps. Ryan won the GT12 race by a wide margin, his car turning consistent sub 4 second laps...I had trouble even breaking 4 seconds at best. I would say in both races I did a better than average job of avoiding wreckage and wringing everything I could out of subpar motors. Back to the drawing board before I race in NORCAL again, I need to find a lot more horsepower.

    Howard Smith had some good results yesterday, and after the races I borrowed Fred Hood's Third Eye Gold Crown and tried it out with my Horky eurosport. There was too much rubber on the track, but I still managed low 3.1s, AND I liked the feel of this controller. Then Howard hooked up the FET controller and it felt very different. I only tried these two controllers for the first time for perhaps 15 minutes, but I am going to get a hold of a demo FET and play with it. Howard only lives a few minutes from the track, so we'll get together again, I have many questions.

    Fred, Howard and I then went to the Black Bear Diner where Howard ordered a massive door stop of bread pudding. Fred and I ordered the "sane portion" of tri tip with mashed potatoes and veggies. The minestrone soup was decent, and the coffee was quite good. The meal was a nice topper to the long race day. Fred's motor home blew it's engine, so he had driven up from Fresno in the Go Kart and stayed at Howard's. Next Saturday is a NORCAL "test race" at the new TNT Raceway in Modesto, I'm going to try to get out there, maybe even prepare a 4" NASCAR!!!! We were there before in November to do a chassis/motor building clinic and only ran 15 minutes on the Corkscrew...what a COOL track. Oh, gotta go, time to do the weekly food shopping.

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    Good turnout yesterday at skidmarks in flint mi for a exciting day of racing, we raced one motor gp12, pro box, I15, and 27's day started out as the race went from 8 cars to 4 in the first heat but by the I15 race the racers had calmed down and uncle spove came out with the win usuing only 1 motor and Dave w was close behind in second then, now on to 27's it was my race until the 6th heat when i lost a endbell bearing and had to go to the third motor and change a gear, but thats racing and sponge bob won with larry langdon came in second,jeff got third and i ended up in fourth.

    Then there was 11 of us who went to dinner and had some good talk about the div.1 nats this year at chicks hobbiz in va. looks as if at least 8 michigan racers as of now will be attending thats up 6 from last year. Now its time to go get some motors tore down and shipped out for balancing so i can have them ready for the 22nd at TR Motorplex.
    Give me my glue bottle!!!!!!!!!![B]

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    Thanks for that update Mike, it's always good to hear about a day of slotcar racing even if you lose half the field in only the first heat!!! Of course the dinner out after the race is what it's all about. You're going to love that King track at Chick's, it is incredible.

    I pulled the motors from Saturday's race cars and removed the pinions. Didn't get to rebuilding them yet because I need to rethink my whole NORCAL motor program. I seem to be faster than about 22 guys, but there are 2-3 others who have monster motors I just can't keep up with. There was good timing when I got an email from Jim Radford up in Seattle, he just got in a large shipment of BOW motors and armatures. I ordered a couple of G12 arms at 45 degrees and they had a 46 degree Contender....these are all .516" diameter so legal for NORCAL C Cans. I think I will also need to install some new T5 magnets for these three armatures and then I might have something for my 2-3 racer friends in NORCAL.

    There's a NORCAL practice race at TNT Raceway this coming Saturday. I'm thinking 6T pinion on my GT12 for the Corkscrew!

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    is them BOW motors still legal for NorCal?
    Russ Toy
    I am team burrito and I approve this message.

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    Sounds like you had a great days racing Slot Car Racer. Over 100 entries is seriously good. Wow!!!

    Finished the Mack 24th F1 yesterday. Installed a BSP prepared super wasp c can I had kicking around my workshop. Hope to try it out later this week. An article on the build will be in the next issue of SCRN

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