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by Vitamin K
Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Live-Chat Derby Talk?
Replies: 7
Views: 1551

Re: Live-Chat Derby Talk?

A lot of developer communities that offer both forums and IRC channels for support will implement (via a bot) logging of IRC sessions, so that people can go back and browse the chat archives for a given day, if they so desire. Also, I'd never want to see this /replace/ the discussions we have here. ...
by Vitamin K
Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:01 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Live-Chat Derby Talk?
Replies: 7
Views: 1551

Re: Live-Chat Derby Talk?

I'm willing to lend whatever technical expertise I can to the endeavor, if the mods like the idea.
sporty wrote:I like the idea very much, But its something Randy will have to think about.

Sporty
by Vitamin K
Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:11 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Help selecting straight BSA axles?
Replies: 4
Views: 1156

Help selecting straight BSA axles?

Howdy folks, another question from a n00b. So I'm running with angled axle holes, meaning that I need to select straight axles to get good alignment. The rules for the Pack say "Only Official BSA Pinewood Derby Kit wheels and axles will be used." Now, I could use the axles that come in the Revell tu...
by Vitamin K
Sun Dec 29, 2013 5:38 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Live-Chat Derby Talk?
Replies: 7
Views: 1551

Live-Chat Derby Talk?

So, earlier this year, I tuned into the live stream of the Mid-America Derby, and the flash-based player had a neat feature in where the people watching could chat with each other via a chatroom sort of interface. I got to chew the fat with folks like Sporty and Speedster and a few others. Anyhow, I...
by Vitamin K
Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:52 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: A Tale of Three Cars
Replies: 16
Views: 3941

Re: A Tale of Three Cars

Those are beautiful. I hope my kids' paint jobs turn out half as nice.
by Vitamin K
Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:26 pm
Forum: Derby Products and Services
Topic: One Day Sale at Michael's: 12/26
Replies: 3
Views: 1320

Re: One Day Sale at Michael's: 12/26

I looked for some enamel paints, but those had all been snatched up by the time I got there. Ah well. Ya win some, lose some. :) Thanks for the 'heads up'! I went to Michael's, and bought Revell enamel paints, primers, and clear coat polyurethane for the kids' pinewood derby cars. Also picked up som...
by Vitamin K
Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: Derby Products and Services
Topic: One Day Sale at Michael's: 12/26
Replies: 3
Views: 1320

One Day Sale at Michael's: 12/26

Might be posting this a little late, but Michael's has a coupon available on their website for 40% off your entire purchase today only (12/26). I snagged some pine wood pieces, two tubes of Revell BSA wheels and axles and a paint sprayer handle. Might be worth the trip for some of y'all.
by Vitamin K
Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:07 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Critique my wheel spin/wobble?
Replies: 21
Views: 2508

Re: Critique my wheel spin/wobble?

Very interesting conjecture there.

I am curious though...how big of an issue is the wheel wobble from standard BSA wheels/axles, if I've got canted rears so the wheels should migrate out to the axle-heads? If it's a non-issue, I'll move on to the next building challenge
by Vitamin K
Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:55 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Critique my wheel spin/wobble?
Replies: 21
Views: 2508

Re: Critique my wheel spin/wobble?

You intrigue me. Assuming that I have to run stock wheels and axles with no modifications other than polishing out irregularities, I'm not certain how many options I have at my disposal, though. Also think about how you might reduce the amount of play (difference in diameters) between the bore and a...
by Vitamin K
Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:18 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Critique my wheel spin/wobble?
Replies: 21
Views: 2508

Re: Critique my wheel spin/wobble?

I would prefer to see the spinning done with the car body "belly up" and level. That way, the gravity holds the wheel bores against the axles and tending toward the axle heads. The amount of play suggests typical BSA wheels and axles. Is the underside of the axle head cleaned up yet? It looked like...
by Vitamin K
Sun Dec 22, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Critique my wheel spin/wobble?
Replies: 21
Views: 2508

Re: Critique my wheel spin/wobble?

A different video would be better. If you could video the wheels while holding the car vertical and on each side while spinning the wheels it would be better. The way you were holding it allowed the wheel to go to the body and did not show how it would spin on the axle head. Something like this, pe...
by Vitamin K
Sun Dec 22, 2013 6:52 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Critique my wheel spin/wobble?
Replies: 21
Views: 2508

Critique my wheel spin/wobble?

So, I'm building cars with my kids and this is the first year that I'll be attempting to do some serious axle/wheel work on the cars. Gotta do a little better at Districts this time (if we make it!) So here's the base car (this one's mine -- once I get this where I want it, I'll be helping the kids ...
by Vitamin K
Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: They handed out the car kits at tonight's Pack Meeting!
Replies: 23
Views: 2477

Re: They handed out the car kits at tonight's Pack Meeting!

I'm anticipating this years' derby season eagerly. I plan to obtain extra parts and build two cars for each kid...one that I build and the other that the child builds after watching me do it. Of course, I'll be assisting with the gnarly stuff like power tools and anything hazardous...but I really wa...
by Vitamin K
Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:47 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Cover the car with Plastic
Replies: 7
Views: 2381

Re: Cover the car with Plastic

This is similar to how I plan to help my kids build cars for this year's Derby season. Wafer car base with a hollow CA-glue-reinforced balsa shell for looks.
by Vitamin K
Sat Nov 23, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Just ordered my first set of supplies for this year!
Replies: 5
Views: 1195

Re: Just ordered my first set of supplies for this year!

Keep us posted on the building progress. Sounds good! I'm especially interested in information working with balsa wood.

Speaking of Arduinos, I saw this advertised...good for a PWD sized project? http://www.femtoduino.com/" target="_blank