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by Mr. Slick
Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: 2012 Revised Rules
Replies: 82
Views: 13711

Re: 2012 Revised Rules

Been away awhile and as the Northern Star Council race chair I should probably answer ... how about the most recent... The 5 minutes was historical from the council's rules and the next race limit was added. The 'next race' that the car is scheduled to race in can be delayed until the car is repaire...
by Mr. Slick
Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:42 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Digital scale?
Replies: 28
Views: 9778

Re: Digital scale?

I use a 1" x 3" piece of foam wrapped with some duct tape to hold the cars.
by Mr. Slick
Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: Tracks
Topic: "Bounce" on Spring OPen Gate
Replies: 5
Views: 2356

Re: "Bounce" on Spring OPen Gate

I went the other way.... strong springs and 5/8" dense foam from a door insulation kit. The start drops and stops on the foam.
by Mr. Slick
Sun May 23, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: CBD GO! One takes a Flying leap!
Replies: 3
Views: 1080

CBD GO! One takes a Flying leap!

CBD GO! One takes a flying leap after passing the Max-V Turbo Fan car at about 120 feet. (Turbo Fan did finish in about 30 seconds.) AWESOME! http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii222/PwdRacing/BSA/StarCamp2010/th_100_8353.jpg There are some other car/track/people photos from the NorthernStar Council...
by Mr. Slick
Tue May 18, 2010 3:27 pm
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: Allow Lightened wheels?
Replies: 21
Views: 6862

Re: Allow Lightened wheels?

Until your favorite tool vendor comes out with a $12.95(affordable by most) tool that allows 95% of kids(almost every YOUTH) to perform the task, don't allow it. As I once heard, "Using lightened wheels is an attempt to buy your way to the trophies." and that is not in any of the purposes of that I ...
by Mr. Slick
Mon May 03, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: What's the plan for timer failure?
Replies: 9
Views: 2672

Re: What's the plan for timer failure?

I have the spare timer(s).... just in case. Never needed to use it in 16 years of racing, but I have it just in case.... the motto of a good scout. ;) I actually go over board and bring an entire electronics system with me: pc, wires, and timer. I have had issues when running with other timers and h...
by Mr. Slick
Mon May 03, 2010 9:09 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Geocaching with Pinewood Derby Cars
Replies: 3
Views: 1439

Re: Geocaching with Pinewood Derby Cars

Yep. The helpers at my workshop made one from NorthernStar Council. I'll see if I can get a photo of it.
by Mr. Slick
Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: Just need to vent...
Replies: 14
Views: 3190

Re: Just need to vent...

Bouncing floor by the finish line can make it sway/vibrate enough to cause the early finish too. We have one site with a floor that bounces lots and we have to remind the boys not to jump up and down by the finish line. We have them move towards the start gate if they want to jump up and down. :D
by Mr. Slick
Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:36 pm
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Not stopping!
Replies: 5
Views: 1750

Re: Not stopping!

The accumulation of graphite will cause the stopping material to fail. . . also it seems to basically dry out or develop a slippery surface. I have used some 220 grit sandpaper and a tack cloth and to "refinish" the surface. It probably needs to be either cleaned or replaced. BestTrack does sell the...
by Mr. Slick
Sat Feb 27, 2010 8:16 pm
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Best Track question . . .
Replies: 8
Views: 2269

Re: Best Track question . . .

Thank you. I did remember to get the tape measure out while the track was up. The curve is about 41" long o the racing surface. The length from the start to the bottom of the curve section was about 114" on the floor. I need to bring a plumb bob next time to get a better measurement! :scratching:
by Mr. Slick
Sat Feb 27, 2010 12:16 pm
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Best Track question . . .
Replies: 8
Views: 2269

Re: Best Track question . . .

The bottom picture of the "Council Track" is one of my tracks at the Mall of America last spring. :thumbup: The sections are made by BestTrack but has had several modifications to the assembly, support, and stop areas. The elevation/supports are braced and equidistant(42" between) the entire "flat" ...
by Mr. Slick
Fri Feb 26, 2010 6:56 pm
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Best Track question . . .
Replies: 8
Views: 2269

Re: Best Track question . . .

The 35' length INCLUDES the stop section. The curve PLUS the stop section add up to 7 feet. 7 foot slope, ~4ft curve, 3x7' sections, ~3ft stop section = 35' add another 7' section for the 42' length. If I remember, I'll get a tape out tomorrow at one of the races to measure the actual length. :think...
by Mr. Slick
Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:58 pm
Forum: Derby Products and Services
Topic: Revell Pinewood Derby Products
Replies: 4
Views: 1706

Re: Revell Pinewood Derby Products

CONGRATS! BTW, the radicals up North are ahead of the game as usual. ;) http://www.northernstarbsa.org/Forms/Activities/PinewoodDerbyRules.pdf" target="_blank Body: The main body structure must be made of wood. Cars that were purchased completed may not be used. If the builder lacks the resources to...
by Mr. Slick
Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:11 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Old Timer Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1880

Re: Old Timer Questions

just a wild guess.... 960 samples = 9600 baud (10 bits x 960) seems like it could be a simple character stream reporting device status . . . time for each character is constant - no need to worry about "timing" with windows. . . just read the characters... each character is 1/960 second (~0.00104166...
by Mr. Slick
Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Test Track Plans
Replies: 4
Views: 1914

Re: Test Track Plans

Sure can help out! :D I have some that you could even borrow. I'm in Apple Valley.

I'll have a big track and a small test track at the upcoming StarCamp in May at Stearns Camp if you want to stop by and check them out.