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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: 8795

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...
by Vitamin K
Mon May 20, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Cutting your own pine blocks?
Replies: 31
Views: 5622

Re: Cutting your own pine blocks?

I got my chunk of wood from Michael's craft stores. A fellow Derbytalker (was that you, Scrollsawer?) suggested nabbing one of the 40% off coupons that they run frequently.
sporty wrote:Where you getting good, true and square pieces of bass wood ? Id like to get a couple pieces to tinker with.
by Vitamin K
Mon May 20, 2013 10:13 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Cutting your own pine blocks?
Replies: 31
Views: 5622

Re: Cutting your own pine blocks?

Basswood should work fine, though I have never made a car out of it. I have used 1/32" basswood to cover weight pockets in some cars. Basswood is frequently used by beginning woodcarvers because it is so easy to work with. It is about as hard as most species of pine and is fairly stable. I agree wi...
by Vitamin K
Sun May 19, 2013 9:31 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Cutting your own pine blocks?
Replies: 31
Views: 5622

Re: Cutting your own pine blocks?

So I have a nice piece of Basswood that measures 1.75" x 3" x 7" that I bought from Michael's with a coupon, with the intent of using it to practice drilling axles. I just wonder, if I cut a really nice piece from it and drill some perfect axle holes...would it be wrong to use the basswood as my car...
by Vitamin K
Sun May 19, 2013 8:51 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Better, Worse, Or Just Different?
Replies: 24
Views: 5389

Re: Better, Worse, Or Just Different?

Sweet! Thanks for taking the time and trouble to put this tutorial together! Totally gonna try it for my next car. :bigups:
by Vitamin K
Sun May 19, 2013 8:30 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Pinecar axle cap question too
Replies: 12
Views: 2368

Re: Pinecar axle cap question too

Sorry for being so pokey about this. I found two sets of axles and caps, which I'll put in the mail tomorrow.

Hope they help.
psycaz wrote: I sent I info to vitamink if he had anything left.

If anyone had some they wouldn't mind sending, I'd gladly forward items along.

I'll post heaps of thanks too :D
by Vitamin K
Tue May 14, 2013 6:39 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Better, Worse, Or Just Different?
Replies: 24
Views: 5389

Re: Better, Worse, Or Just Different?

Another major thumbs up on the paint job. :thumbup: I would love to see a step-by-step with photos on how you did that color and texture. May have to try to approximate that next time is car-building season.
by Vitamin K
Sat May 11, 2013 7:41 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Additions to our 2013 line-up
Replies: 15
Views: 3714

Re: Additions to our 2013 line-up

Those are some sweet cars. I especially like the fender-work on the blue one. Are they balsa? How'd you get the body and the fender to 'blend' together like that?
by Vitamin K
Thu May 09, 2013 11:23 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Bang for Buck Tradeoff: Which modifications to go with?
Replies: 19
Views: 3058

Re: Bang for Buck Tradeoff: Which modifications to go with?

I suppose one might be able to buy a bunch of nails and sort through to find the straightest ones. The alternative is to use stock that has been machined. We have done both of these. We have an axle press and no longer use it. I discovered that it just didn't get the axles straight enough for me. W...
by Vitamin K
Thu May 09, 2013 4:00 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Bang for Buck Tradeoff: Which modifications to go with?
Replies: 19
Views: 3058

Re: Bang for Buck Tradeoff: Which modifications to go with?

What's the alternative to straightening with the axle press? Buying guaranteed-straight axles? Hmmm ... I've heard that those whose rules allow (and maybe some others, as well) and who want high performance do so. Because "my crowd" is supposed to be limited to BSA axles, I haven't paid a lot of at...
by Vitamin K
Wed May 08, 2013 11:20 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Bang for Buck Tradeoff: Which modifications to go with?
Replies: 19
Views: 3058

Re: Bang for Buck Tradeoff: Which modifications to go with?

Having a little trouble visualizing how this ends up looking. How deep would I make the pilot holes? Just far enough to break the surface a bit? 1/16" deep! D'oh. For some reason my brain processed this as 1/16" in thickness. Sorry. :oops: At what step in the process do you guys do the alignment te...
by Vitamin K
Wed May 08, 2013 8:04 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Bang for Buck Tradeoff: Which modifications to go with?
Replies: 19
Views: 3058

Re: Bang for Buck Tradeoff: Which modifications to go with?

Drilling straight 1/16" deep pilot holes before you angle the block of wood for can't helps immensely to prevent the bit from wandering. Having a little trouble visualizing how this ends up looking. How deep would I make the pilot holes? Just far enough to break the surface a bit? Still mulling the...
by Vitamin K
Tue May 07, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Rail Riding with Pioneers Rules
Replies: 15
Views: 2499

Re: Rail Riding with Pioneers Rules

Correct me if I'm wrong (seriously), but if I'm not mistaken, the point of narrowing the front end in a rail-rider is to make certain that the rear wheels stay off of the rail. To actually get the car to track towards the rail, you need to bend the axle of the front dominant wheel and adjust the ang...
by Vitamin K
Mon May 06, 2013 1:05 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Rail Riding with Pioneers Rules
Replies: 15
Views: 2499

Re: Rail Riding with Pioneers Rules

I checked the rules, only the solid axles can be used.

Now, if he trimmed the width of the actual axle and /then/ narrowed one side of the front end, that might do it....
Speedster wrote:Vitamin K,
Are you sure?
by Vitamin K
Sun May 05, 2013 6:45 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Rail Riding with Pioneers Rules
Replies: 15
Views: 2499

Re: Rail Riding with Pioneers Rules

I don't think narrowing the car body is going to help if he has to use the one-piece axle rods. They only contract the front track if you're using the nail axles. The only thing narrowing the body with solid axles is going to do is make more of the metal stick out. I read the rules but I don't see w...