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by LightninBoy
Mon May 08, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: 2017 Northern Star Council race is OPEN TO ALL!!
Replies: 1
Views: 563

2017 Northern Star Council race is OPEN TO ALL!!

Folks, the Northern Star Council race has added an open division which allows anyone to race! This is not proxy, but it does allow anyone from outside the council to appear and race in the open division. The open rules are identical to the scout rules (the BEST scout rules in the nation). For all th...
by LightninBoy
Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: wheel source
Replies: 18
Views: 2202

Re: wheel source

Another NSC convert!!
by LightninBoy
Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: wheel source
Replies: 18
Views: 2202

Re: wheel source

Give Jewkes a try too. Jewkes and DE both make a great NSC wheel.
by LightninBoy
Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: First car sanity check
Replies: 28
Views: 1856

Re: First car sanity check

[ Some people are capable of routing out beautiful bodies and leaving a thin layer of wood below. I am not one of those people. :) You can indeed drill a thin body with the Bullet. Whether to do the weight pockets before or after the drill seems to be a topic of some debate. Do whatever Lightninboy...
by LightninBoy
Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: First car sanity check
Replies: 28
Views: 1856

Re: First car sanity check

I'm presently using LightninBoy's shape. How much does the wood weigh that was cut out of the large section? How much does the wood weigh that it will take to cover it up. I'd like to keep the car as strong as possible and don't really want to cut that section out. Will I really gain anything by re...
by LightninBoy
Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Rough track conditions...
Replies: 4
Views: 713

Re: Rough track conditions...

So apparently our pack's PWD track is in rough condition. (Aluminum track, non-smooth transitions) I've heard conflicting information on multiple websites regarding rail-riders vs. straight run cars. I would value the experienced competitors opinions about how to address this problem and still have...
by LightninBoy
Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: First car sanity check
Replies: 28
Views: 1856

Re: First car sanity check

Vitamin K wrote:
adayzdone wrote:
Do you have a link to a template I can use? Or some good pictures?

Thanks!
Here's my template...though it wouldn't be hard to just put your own lines down with a ruler. I can make a printable PDF if that's of any use.

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by LightninBoy
Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: First car sanity check
Replies: 28
Views: 1856

Re: First car sanity check

Good response VK. I just want to elaborate on a couple things ... - I bend axles with a pair of pliers and a piece of wood to brace the axle on. I would use one of those axle bender tools if I had one, but I am cheap so I don't bother. I would not recommend the DW tool that uses the hammer tap to be...
by LightninBoy
Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Found my 1st ever post
Replies: 2
Views: 503

Re: Found my 1st ever post

Well I never got that impression (that you were unwilling to do the work). In fact, I think I tried hard to convince you to do less work! ;-) One thing I try to remember, when helping others, is that we learned a lot by incrementally adopting new speed tips year after year. Had we jumped in year one...
by LightninBoy
Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Want to take it to the next level
Replies: 79
Views: 17478

Re: Want to take it to the next level

1) It is most important to extend the rear axle back as far back as you can (typically 5/8in from the back edge of the block). After that, opinions vary on where to place the front axles. If you want a more stable car opt for a longer wheelbase. If you want to maximize kinetic energy opt for a short...
by LightninBoy
Fri Apr 08, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: Air Guides.
Replies: 8
Views: 1617

Re: Air Guides.

Just for the sake of discussion. Regarding many divisions for the Mid America race. Under Wheels, Modifications NOT allowed. "No filling of any wheel surface with any type material". You have Air Guides in your wheels. Will you pass inspection? Properly installed, "air guides" should not contact th...
by LightninBoy
Fri Apr 08, 2016 4:50 pm
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: Air Guides.
Replies: 8
Views: 1617

Re: Air Guides.

If the wheel rides on it, I would say you are bordering on a washer. I don't know why they are illegal in so many rules, an easy mod for families. Easy and cheap. And often the washer rule will not be consistent with a rule often phrased like "other materials can be added to the car as long it meet...
by LightninBoy
Thu Apr 07, 2016 8:23 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: How to precisely verify alignment
Replies: 4
Views: 1231

Re: How to precisely verify alignment

Some time ago, I had a cheap 4" machinist square that I used a lot for various things. I trusted it because it was a "machinist" square, it had to be good. Right? Sometimes, though, I used it just to draw a perpendicular line across the block. And I'd look at the line and think "does that seem a lit...
by LightninBoy
Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:44 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: How to precisely verify alignment
Replies: 4
Views: 1231

How to precisely verify alignment

Folks, I posted another video describing an extremely precise way to verify your alignment. This video is targeted more towards the pro-style build, but since many here use some of those same techniques in scout builds, I thought I'd let people here know about it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmk...