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by Speedster
Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:46 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Unlimited class next year- what are my opions since I'm new
Replies: 22
Views: 2715

Re: Unlimited class next year- what are my opions since I'm

Cubmasterbob, you build the chassis. It consists of 4 pieces. There are 2 pieces of 1/4" brass tubing and 2 slot car motor mounts that also hold the axles. That's the chassis. You make the length to fit the wheel openings on whatever body you are going to attach to it. The body is for looks. You cou...
by Speedster
Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:37 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Unlimited class next year- what are my opions since I'm new
Replies: 22
Views: 2715

Re: Unlimited class next year- what are my opions since I'm

Beware of the width. You don't have much room before you interfere with the car next to you. I use Channel 5 - Green, in McDonalds and I can't get it out without tearing the car apart. Perhaps you could choose another channel. I sense a trip to Illinois in my future. Ha, Ha. Good Luck. Cheers Speeds...
by Speedster
Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:32 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Unlimited class next year- what are my opions since I'm new
Replies: 22
Views: 2715

Re: Unlimited class next year- what are my opions since I'm

I can't make out the name on the motor but they're all fast. Winning usually depends on reaction time when you're racing another one of these. The car covers the track in about a second. Overall length of tubing is 4 3/4", notched in about 1/2" from the end to bolt motor mounts. Motor mounts were us...
by Speedster
Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:04 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Unlimited class next year- what are my opions since I'm new
Replies: 22
Views: 2715

Re: Unlimited class next year- what are my opions since I'm

If you have a Mini-T with a modified motor, You Are There. Those are the expensive parts. You won't lose the car. The electronics are all held on the chassis and roof of the Dodge with double face tape. When your derby is over simply take the electronics out of the drag car and put them in your Mini...
by Speedster
Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:48 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Unlimited class next year- what are my opions since I'm new
Replies: 22
Views: 2715

Re: Unlimited class next year- what are my opions since I'm

The RC parts which are the radio, speed control, modified motor, 7.2 volt Nickel Metal Hydride battery are from a modified Losi Mini-T RC car. The chassis was built from square brass tubing to fit the Revell Funny Car Body. Front wheels were Awana on McD's and BSA on the blue car. Slot car parts wer...
by Speedster
Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:07 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Unlimited class next year- what are my opions since I'm new
Replies: 22
Views: 2715

Re: Unlimited class next year- what are my opions since I'm

cubmasterbob, Nothing can beat the McDonalds car in the picture, certainly no fan powered vehicle. It is basically a Radio Controlled slot car. I've raced numerous fans, including my own. McDonalds will cross the finish line as the fans are reaching the horizontal run. The longer your track the more...
by Speedster
Sat Mar 10, 2012 4:23 pm
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Adding a Friction Brake to an Old Track
Replies: 48
Views: 12126

Re: Adding a Friction Brake to an Old Track

I have seen this type of stop and I have been the victim of one. The cars shoot 2 feet up the hill, smash into the end, fall to the ground, break a wheel, and you're out of the race. A lot of hard work down the drain because of a lousy braking area.
by Speedster
Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:12 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: 2009 to present
Replies: 2
Views: 998

Re: 2009 to present

WI _Dad Beautiful cars !! I notice this year and last year you used the long end for the front. Good decision. Another thing you can do is cut off the back of the car behind the rear wheels and move it to the front. This will give you an advantage regarding the "Front End Extension" effect and a Hig...
by Speedster
Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:02 am
Forum: Tracks
Topic: wood track resurface
Replies: 12
Views: 4540

Re: wood track resurface

cubmasterbob, This would be my suggestion. Remove the guide strips and wipe the track a couple of times using an automotive pre-cleaner. Water sand the track smooth using 800 grit paper and a sanding block. The most important part is where the cars travel. You do not need constant running water. Fil...
by Speedster
Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:34 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Any Civil War buffs on DT?
Replies: 1
Views: 2041

Re: Any Civil War buffs on DT?

Make the car as wide as you legally can. Separate the car in half, top and bottom. Paint "Pickett's Charge" as if viewed from 500 feet in the air. Carve the terrain in the car.
I'll bet you can do it.
by Speedster
Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:18 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Painting experiment
Replies: 15
Views: 2834

Re: Painting experiment

#2 Looks good to me. Make sure there is no wood grain showing in the primer and I know It will come out beautiful. Best of Luck.
by Speedster
Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Inserting axels
Replies: 7
Views: 1362

Re: Inserting axels

Our axle slots and axles must be clearly visible so we don't have much room to use glue. I use drathbun's technique. I cut a hole through a piece of wood to protect the wheel and also use the axle insertion tool. I remove the gauge on the side of the tool and clamp the tool to the car. I do not remo...
by Speedster
Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:22 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Importance of balance point
Replies: 10
Views: 2912

Re: Importance of balance point

Ballboy, you're teasing me like I do the young scouts. The car was made from a BSA kit. I built the car, cut it to get a wrecked shape, and glued it back together. I then final shaped it using auto body filler (Bondo). I refinished it with automotive Basecoat/Clearcoat paint so it would have a shiny...
by Speedster
Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Importance of balance point
Replies: 10
Views: 2912

Importance of balance point

In our workshops we stress the Importance of the balance point. In a test run in 2011, this car left the track at High Speed. The heat from the friction skidding across the floor caused the car to burst into flames. Fortunately, no one was injured. After the scouts see what horrendous damage an impr...
by Speedster
Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:19 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Sandpaper Grits for Axles
Replies: 9
Views: 2413

Re: Sandpaper Grits for Axles

FWIW. This is a true story. A man got caught at the inspection station at our District races 2 years ago with bent axles. He had built a rail rider. He won the District the year before. He was told he had to change the axles. I know the man and offered him the nails out of a kit I had. He took the b...