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by SirStorm
Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:08 am
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Best Track -- "Click, Click"
Replies: 10
Views: 4016

Re: Best Track -- "Click, Click"

So we got our Best Track assembled, same type of issues as you described. I even had some test cars jump out of their lanes. I disassembled the entire coasting section and got out my micrometers. While most of the section guides measure 1.625 inches, about 20% of my track measured up to 1.632 inches...
by SirStorm
Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:43 am
Forum: Tracks
Topic: How many lanes should I get?
Replies: 18
Views: 9466

Re: How many lanes should I get?

Hmmmmm, AHhhhhhh!

I see what your getting at.

Well, I'm going to have to kick that around with the staff and see what they think.
by SirStorm
Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:38 am
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Prayer Request
Replies: 4
Views: 2509

Re: Prayer Request

Thanks Guys, it means a lot.

Track is sorted finally. I had to take the coast sections completely apart, measure with a micrometer the center rails, size match and reassemble. No more cars jumping out of the lanes.

Volunteers seem to be materializing.

Setup on Friday, push push push to the end!
by SirStorm
Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:10 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Prayer Request
Replies: 4
Views: 2509

Prayer Request

I have a prayer request of my fellow Christians and Brothers in Pine Derby. Our Pine Car Derby is March 3 2013. We are expecting 400 entries. We have 17 clubs confirmed. As the Race Director, I am stressed. Volunteers have been hard to find. Conflicts seem to continue to rise even though the venue h...
by SirStorm
Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:16 pm
Forum: Software
Topic: RaceReplay w/ USB 3.0 cameras
Replies: 7
Views: 2562

Re: RaceReplay w/ USB 3.0 cameras

Just because you have a 3.0 port does not mean you need 3.0 camera. We have been getting HD with 2.0 USB just fine for years. You limit is going to bee the 16 foot max length of USB cabling. 3.0 ports are backward compatible with 2.0 and 1.1. Logitech has nice HD web cams for $40-$80 depending on th...
by SirStorm
Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:30 pm
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: 4 wheels do not touch the ground
Replies: 18
Views: 4978

Re: 4 wheels do not touch the ground

Another approach would be to expand the rule. The rule would stipulate no axles may be glued in. If you can't dump the bad rule because of politics, then maybe fix it from the inside. I do not see a way to fix a glued axle. Has anyone tried to bend an axle with MaxVeloc axle pliers? And after bendin...
by SirStorm
Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:51 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Triggering a Light Tree or Solenoid from a USB Port
Replies: 2
Views: 1959

Re: Triggering a Light Tree or Solenoid from a USB Port

I would also suggest a possible solution-work around. Build a relay with supplement 12v power for the solenoid. The draw on the USB power could overload the motherboard. It would be safer to isolate the computer USB in any case. If your PC has a serial port, the specs for that were designed to drive...
by SirStorm
Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:16 pm
Forum: Tracks
Topic: How many lanes should I get?
Replies: 18
Views: 9466

Re: How many lanes should I get?

I would like to put in my vote for 6 lanes. As a Cub and later a Pathfinder (ages 10-16) I always enjoyed more trips down the track. In those days we did double elimination, no timers just judges. Now as an adult, I still believe the kids get more enjoyment seeing their car race more times. I unders...
by SirStorm
Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:32 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Cant and Toe
Replies: 2
Views: 920

Re: Cant and Toe

I'm not sure why the toe would change on the slope vs the flat. The same surface of the wheel is touching the track, and the alignment has not changed. Your concern is not an issue as far as a "changing toe" goes. Canting the axle does not introduce toe. It does encourage the wheel to ride on the in...
by SirStorm
Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:35 pm
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Improving the stop section
Replies: 25
Views: 7146

Re: Improving the stop section

An interesting note about "memory foam". It has been found that memory foam absorbs energy in relationship to speed. The motorcycle industry uses it as flexible armor in protective pants and jackets. At high velocity it becomes ridged an yet softens as the velocity slows. I have tested this in relat...
by SirStorm
Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Solenoid Start Gate Circuit
Replies: 81
Views: 25489

Re: Start Gate

I am holding off on investing in a solenoid starting gate until I see the plans for the car return and the automatic car loader.
=)
by SirStorm
Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:34 pm
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Best Track Storage Box
Replies: 17
Views: 8714

Re: Best Track Storage Box

We bought the 6 lane. I used the website plans as the start and built 2 boxes as suggested. I am great for "overkill" but I am planning on driving the track to other locations in a trailer and need to be sure it is protected. I built a "crate". The edges are wood reinforced and the two stack. I boug...
by SirStorm
Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Cool Websites
Topic: Adult derby
Replies: 1
Views: 3583

Re: Adult derby

This is now a dead link
by SirStorm
Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:15 pm
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: WANTED: Recommendations for Derby Award Ribbons
Replies: 3
Views: 2111

Re: WANTED: Recommendations for Derby Award Ribbons

Thank you for the suggestion!!! That is a great sight for custom ribbons at a reasonable price.

I recommend anyone that is in charge of ordering ribbons to bookmark the sight as a strong contender.
by SirStorm
Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:45 am
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: WANTED: Recommendations for Derby Award Ribbons
Replies: 3
Views: 2111

WANTED: Recommendations for Derby Award Ribbons

Specifically looking for acknowledgment of CRAFTSMANSHIP in quantities of 200+

So far the best I got is $0.29 per after s&h and the ribbon says "I take Pride in my work!"

Any better ideas/sources?

Thank you!