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Thread: Shutdown Help

  1. #16
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    Larry,
    I guess we'll find out soon enough if they wilI/would go 50 ft.

    The shutdown at C/R will be 38-40 ft.

    I don't dispute some cars might make it to the end, but glue at the very end, as a last result, shouldn't need to be freshened up very often if cars don't reach it often, or aren't moving very fast.

    That's assuming some sort of electronic braking isn't effective.
    Last edited by swiss; 09-23-2015 at 01:35 PM.
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    The glue is so nasty in the shutdown end of a slot car drag strip that I have often wondered if some other method might be better. In the best of possible worlds perhaps some sort of electronically controlled reverse voltage to bring the car to a gentle stop would be best. Yeah right.

    I have discussed with some owners the idea of using those soft vinyl triangular shaped streamer pennants hung along the entire length of the shutdown with them increasing in number as you move towards the end. They would absorb the kinetic energy of the car and bring it to a stop. The objection to even trying it is that drag racers quite often go to great lengths to prepare really nice model car bodies for their cars and would not want to take any chance on damaging the paint job. Still, for what it would cost, I would like to see someone give it a try. I think bringing the glue from the traps back to the start finish line is one o the reasons drag racing meets seems to take so long to run. The lane prep time at the start seems to be all consuming.
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    Outside looking in

    I never was a slot drag racer, so excuse me if this sounds stupid. Is there any reason a 360 degree loop could not be used to stop the cars? Seems like it would take up a lot less floor space.
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  4. #19
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    Hi Gil,
    A local raceway had a ramp at the end, at about a 45 degree angle.

    I don't remember how it worked, but IIRC, Larry Kelley said it was not very successful.

    A loop probably wouldn't work well.

    Along with possibly tweaking the lighter, more flexible, chassis, depending on the car, I would think some cars wouldn't make it and drop out of the top.

    Also, the strip would have to be wider at the end.

    Unless I'm missing something, I would think simulating normal slot car braking at the end would be the ticket, with small gaps in the braid, to activate the brakes numerous times.

    IOW, pumping the brakes.
    Last edited by swiss; 09-25-2015 at 10:33 AM.
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    Swiss, Fugly, and Zip, enough already.
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