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by Vitamin K
Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:23 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Critiquing a critique of rail riding.
Replies: 23
Views: 6347

Re: Critiquing a critique of rail riding.

Well, I have /now/. 8)
Stan Pope wrote:Did you try him at wayneschmidt@earthlink.net" target="_blank ?
by Vitamin K
Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:56 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Critiquing a critique of rail riding.
Replies: 23
Views: 6347

Critiquing a critique of rail riding.

So, there's this dude, Wayne. Wayne's a retired engineer (we know how dangerous THAT breed is ;) ) and he's got a website that's basically a brain dump of things he knows about. He has a section for Awana Grand Prix (and Pinewood Derby) cars. He does a lot of analysis of different speed techniques, ...
by Vitamin K
Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:48 pm
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Do you use aftermarket wheels or axles?
Replies: 6
Views: 2184

Re: Do you use aftermarket wheels or axles?

I advised a busy mom in our den that, if she wasn't able to do axle polishing with her kids' cars, the next best thing would be to grab some Revell axles at Michael's. Would that be 'aftermarket'?
by Vitamin K
Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:46 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2 years in a row - 1st place, fastest in the pack!
Replies: 2
Views: 1635

Re: 2 years in a row - 1st place, fastest in the pack!

What, no pictures? :mrgreen:

Congrats on the win!
by Vitamin K
Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:43 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Rail Riders: Drill DFW axle hole with positive cant?
Replies: 6
Views: 1268

Re: Rail Riders: Drill DFW axle hole with positive cant?

Quick, somebody find a cub-scout aged boy for Sporty's family to adopt, so the addiction can continue! :mrgreen:
sporty wrote:
Scrollsawer wrote::offtopic:

Sporty, you gonna enter a car in the Mid-America this year??
Im retired. No I am not. Sorry.
by Vitamin K
Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:25 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Alignment Tool Comparisons
Replies: 50
Views: 29276

Re: Alignment Tool Comparisons

It's a means of drilling a determinate angle by placing a block on your drill table and inserting a spacer between the bottom of your piece to drill and the block, so that the drilled piece is held at an angle. See here for an illustration and calculations, courtesy of Mr. Pope. Ok Guys, Just what i...
by Vitamin K
Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:22 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Rail Riders: Drill DFW axle hole with positive cant?
Replies: 6
Views: 1268

Rail Riders: Drill DFW axle hole with positive cant?

Just curious about how you old pros do your cars. Do you drill some positive cant for the DFW of your rail riders? Or do you just rely on the bend in the nail? If you do drill cant, how many degrees (approximately)? And do you reduce the bend in your DFW axle accordingly?
by Vitamin K
Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:58 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Going Fast
Replies: 9
Views: 1955

Re: Going Fast

I have to buy more sandpaper...I've got nothing higher than 1000 grit right now...though I am interested in how much it /really/ matters. I don't think I'll go higher than 5000 grit at any rate. Has anybody tried using oil instead of water to wet sand, btw? Interested in how well that works. That's ...
by Vitamin K
Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:16 pm
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: How to Choose Best Looking?
Replies: 15
Views: 5195

Re: How to Choose Best Looking?

I must respectfully disagree with Speedster here...I think awards for craftsmanship and/or design are a big part of the Derby. Some design for speed, and that's perfectly fine, but some people put long hours into developing works of art out of pine and paint, and that should be recognized, IMO. I do...
by Vitamin K
Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:20 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Feedback on my weight addition methodologies?
Replies: 21
Views: 3144

Re: Feedback on my weight addition methodologies?

Managed to steal a little time in the workshop this evening (not much, but a little). Weighed my pine chassis plank and was a little surprised to see that it only weighed 0.65 ounces. I guess this "clear pine" I bought from Michael's is pretty light stuff? At that weight, do I have much to gain by c...
by Vitamin K
Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:01 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: 2014 car 1950 Studebaker Champion
Replies: 4
Views: 1764

Re: 2014 car 1950 Studebaker Champion

Very, very impressive. That's a beautiful product. I wish I had half the woodworking ability of your son. :clap:
by Vitamin K
Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:43 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Retiring from Pinewood, Photos of 12 years of racing
Replies: 20
Views: 4542

Re: Retiring from Pinewood

Wow, that's a big crowd, TXDerbyDad. You definitely have a Pinewood Legacy ahead of you! You have some really impressive cars. That's some fine work you and your kids have done. I'm hoping to be like that as well. I have six sons. The oldest is about to make Star Scout in his Troop, and the next you...
by Vitamin K
Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: 2014 Den and Pack Champion
Replies: 12
Views: 3316

Re: 2014 Den and Pack Champion

Congrats! Nice to see people winning with "just" lead. ;)
by Vitamin K
Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:20 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Feedback on my weight addition methodologies?
Replies: 21
Views: 3144

Re: Feedback on my weight addition methodologies?

I'm starting to think you should change your name to "LawsOfPhysics", Speedster. ;) But seriously, the main reason I'm using lead is cost. I am well aware that tungsten is a denser material and that there are benefits to be had from concentrating the weight in the car to the smallest point possible....
by Vitamin K
Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:53 pm
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Pack Race, Check. On to districts!
Replies: 4
Views: 1688

Re: Pack Race, Check. On to districts!

Congrats! Bring on the pics! :bigups: