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by Vitamin K
Tue Jun 18, 2013 5:58 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: New tools!
Replies: 3
Views: 1467

Re: New tools!

Stan, didn't you have a guide somewhere for drill press calibration? I could benefit from this as well... Just bought a drill press, router table w/router, and a band saw. The scroll saw wasn't cutting it, literally. Looking forward to playing with my new toys. Drill press should make things much ea...
by Vitamin K
Tue Jun 18, 2013 5:55 am
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Who sells the best block?
Replies: 8
Views: 2209

Re: Who sells the best block?

I don't know about wood grain (though peep this thread on cutting your own), but I'm never going to bother with pre-cut axle slots again, if I can avoid it. Since you've got a drill press (saw your other thread), why not just drill your own axle holes? Even if you're required to use the existing slo...
by Vitamin K
Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:12 am
Forum: Scheduling Methods
Topic: Fairly basic question about race divisions
Replies: 23
Views: 8381

Re: Fairly basic question about race divisions

If you're using an electronic finish line, I would imagine that your risk of a tie is no higher for running a points-based race than an elapsed-time race. I have no problem with using technology to determine the win order. I would encourage it, even. We all run against the #1 car so we're not faced ...
by Vitamin K
Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:10 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Vertical Weight Placement
Replies: 6
Views: 1102

Re: Vertical Weight Placement

Chalk it up to being cheap. I want to build decently competitive cars without breaking the bank. In my mind, at least, tungsten seems like something best reserved for running in the "big leagues." Vitamin K, Why just lead and not tungsten cubes ? You could use tungsten cubes in the back pocket and l...
by Vitamin K
Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Vertical Weight Placement
Replies: 6
Views: 1102

Vertical Weight Placement

So, a lot of the discussion weight placement seems to be in regards to the horizontal, that is, where the COM lies for the car. My question is, how big of a factor is a the vertical placement? Am I correct in understanding it is advantageous to get as close to the track as possible? In my case, I wi...
by Vitamin K
Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:16 am
Forum: Scheduling Methods
Topic: Fairly basic question about race divisions
Replies: 23
Views: 8381

Re: Fairly basic question about race divisions

Stan, do you mean a separate PPN chart for each division, or a single PPN chart and then just see which in each division has the most points at the end? Stan, I align with a lot of your views on scheduling methods. So, assuming you had a pack of 60-70 boys to run a race for, and it was desired that ...
by Vitamin K
Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:39 am
Forum: Scheduling Methods
Topic: Fairly basic question about race divisions
Replies: 23
Views: 8381

Re: Fairly basic question about race divisions

Stan, I align with a lot of your views on scheduling methods. So, assuming you had a pack of 60-70 boys to run a race for, and it was desired that there be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards for each scouting group (Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webs), plus a 1st, 2nd, 3rd overall, what method of scheduling wou...
by Vitamin K
Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:48 pm
Forum: Scheduling Methods
Topic: Fairly basic question about race divisions
Replies: 23
Views: 8381

Re: Fairly basic question about race divisions

It's different because in heat based racing, your car's performance only matters in that particular heat. If your car does 2.94 seconds down the track and wins the heat, that's cool. But if somebody else's car wins a parallel heat to yours at 3.1 seconds, you're still equal in standings until your c...
by Vitamin K
Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:56 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: My atempt at a Nellie Faye style clone..
Replies: 14
Views: 3942

Re: My atempt at a Nellie Faye style clone..

Lookin' nice! I see that you're setting it up for rail riding. So this beauty's for speed too, yes? Looking forward to more pics!
by Vitamin K
Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:12 am
Forum: Scheduling Methods
Topic: Fairly basic question about race divisions
Replies: 23
Views: 8381

Re: Fairly basic question about race divisions

I would point out a slight correction here. When you run a non-time system, you really are racing the other cars, because the only thing that matters in terms of your score/standing is where your car places in the heat. Obviously, your car's speed down the track matters, but so does the performance ...
by Vitamin K
Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:05 am
Forum: Scheduling Methods
Topic: Fairly basic question about race divisions
Replies: 23
Views: 8381

Re: Fairly basic question about race divisions

A few reasons: 1) It requires a reliance on hardware. There's a certain monetary hurdle that you have to get over before you can accurately run a race by time. You need an electronic finish gate that's tied to an automatic start mechanism. And if it breaks down, you're in trouble. 2) Timed races (in...
by Vitamin K
Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Cutting your own pine blocks?
Replies: 31
Views: 5847

Re: Cutting your own pine blocks?

Went to Michael's today and found some pine boards for sale that measured 1/4" x 3" x 10" (I think). For $1.99, you get two pieces. Bought two packs and brought 'em home. I checked them with a t-square and the squareness is good. :thumbup: I think I've got my wood for the car bodies I plan to build.
by Vitamin K
Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:03 pm
Forum: Scheduling Methods
Topic: Fairly basic question about race divisions
Replies: 23
Views: 8381

Fairly basic question about race divisions

So...one thing I can't quite get my head around is how to have a race that awards prizes based on certain divisions (e.g., den, age-group), but still has awards for the top performing cars across all divisions. I mean, I can see how this would be done if you were running on times, but I'm not a fan ...
by Vitamin K
Thu May 30, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: Do-It-Yourself
Topic: Building a 32ft single lane track - COMPLETED
Replies: 9
Views: 4167

Re: Building a 32ft single lane track

I love home built stuff, so I say go for it! I think if I were building a test track, though, I'd make it two lanes. Doesn't seem like two lanes would require all that much more in the way of space and materials, would it?
by Vitamin K
Wed May 29, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Do the "wafer" cars always win?
Replies: 35
Views: 9224

Re: Do the "wafer" cars always win?

So, CA glue is what superglue is, right? How did you manage to 'paint' it without having the brushes bond to the wood? Thanks for sharing this, though. Have been struggling with getting test pieces of balsa to 'seal' well for painting. So far, I've tried multiple coats of primer and spray shellac. W...