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by Vitamin K
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Testing your car on a guided track,when racing on a lane track
Replies: 41
Views: 2073

Re: Testing your car on a rail track,when racing on a lane track

My test run track has center guide strips. I call it rails. The track my son will race on is a wooden track that has lanes. Test track = inside of wheel touches guide. Race track = outside of wheel touches track. Ahhhh...I really dislike the "lanes" style of track. I have heard some ideas for how t...
by Vitamin K
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Testing your car on a guided track,when racing on a lane track
Replies: 41
Views: 2073

Re: Testing your car on a rail track,when racing on a lane track

By rails, do you mean the sidewalls?

Most conventional Pinewood Derby tracks use a center guide strip. Is this what your actual race will use?
by Vitamin K
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Vintage Semi Truck.
Replies: 5
Views: 439

Re: Vintage Semi Truck.

Very nice! I love seeing your builds!
by Vitamin K
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Homemade track
Replies: 3
Views: 350

Re: Homemade track

I would post a pic of the car and track, but I don't see any way to attach a file here.. I like to use Imgur as an image host and paste the bbcode link for the image to the post. That said, it is very hard to say what a "good time" is for any given track. Tracks vary so much, it is very hard to mak...
by Vitamin K
Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Software
Topic: GPRM: Disqualify after scheduling?
Replies: 5
Views: 449

Re: GPRM: Disqualify after scheduling?

Would you want the races that include those absent cars to only have 3 cars in them (assuming a 4 lane track)? What's wrong with unchecking the pass inspection box for the cars that don't show? Can you unpass a car after the schedules have been built? Otherwise, we have to print out new schedules t...
by Vitamin K
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Software
Topic: GPRM: Disqualify after scheduling?
Replies: 5
Views: 449

GPRM: Disqualify after scheduling?

Is there a way to disqualify a car after the schedules have been built? For our DIstrict race, we should be able to get the pre-registration information prior to the race day, which means we can go ahead and build the roster and make the schedules and have all that ready to go before the event. Howe...
by Vitamin K
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Best placement for 3/8" lead wire weights
Replies: 15
Views: 1225

Re: Best placement for 3/8" lead wire weights

Hi, VK, How did the workshop go? Went pretty well, all told! I guess we had something like 35 cars or so come through the workshop? We'd look over their design, make any necessary suggestions or modifications, then drill out the weight pockets, drill the axle holes, cut the profile on the bandsaw a...
by Vitamin K
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Powering timers with USB
Replies: 6
Views: 1118

Re: Powering timers with USB

Cool stuff! This should get pinned somewhere.
by Vitamin K
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: Design Judging Article
Replies: 7
Views: 994

Re: Design Judging Article

I would hate to see design judging go away.

I sort of like the compromise where a winner of both categories can choose which he wants to win.

I think Scrollsawer(?) had a kid who REALLY wanted to win the design category, but his car was just a little too slippery and he won speed instead. :D
by Vitamin K
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Brand new to forum and pinewood derby
Replies: 15
Views: 1155

Re: Brand new to forum and pinewood derby

This is stuff you got at Lowes or Home Depot or similar? Finding 1/4" sheeting has been elusive for me.
by Vitamin K
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: Design Judging Article
Replies: 7
Views: 994

Re: Design Judging Article

Maybe this is just my bias as one of the dads whose kids usually lead the pack in speed, but I think disqualifying speed winners from design judging is kind of wrongheaded. Yes, I get that you want to distribute the trophies to more kids, but really, if the kids won, they won. Why penalize them arti...
by Vitamin K
Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Brand new to forum and pinewood derby
Replies: 15
Views: 1155

Re: Brand new to forum and pinewood derby

http://i66.tinypic.com/jq6o83.jpg Above is the track I just built. Cost me about 80$ in materials, and about three hours of time. Never built one and seems to work good. Just need to add starting gate and timer. As you can see my basement is a war zone of kids toys. Pretty cool! I envy your basemen...
by Vitamin K
Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Best timers for use with GP Race Manager
Replies: 7
Views: 616

Re: Best timers for use with GP Race Manager

Our Pack Timer (an aging Smartline) has fritzed out on us in the middle of a race again (reported accurate finish order, but not accurate times), so I feel like it's time for our Pack to consider a new timer. That could have been a start switch issue. The SmartLine\Champ timers will provide times r...
by Vitamin K
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Best timers for use with GP Race Manager
Replies: 7
Views: 616

Re: Best timers for use with GP Race Manager

Howdy, Of course, Micro Wizard and the Champ are wonderful timers because they have all those really neat areas where they show the Elapsed times that people love. They're probably not going to go out of business real soon either. However, I also know what they cost. The Judge timer might be your b...
by Vitamin K
Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Aggressive COG limits
Replies: 11
Views: 854

Re: Aggressive COG limits

Hi Vitamin K. I'm restricted to 4 3/8" wheelbase and using stock slots. Car ran 2.533, and 2.516 on a 35' best track with champ timer. No wiggles in those two runs. Aluminum track seems to be the track we are and will be using. Given the previous stats and measurements from the previous posts I gav...