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  • in reply to: CA/Superglue Fire Danger #15193
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    Mark

    I agree; that is crazy!  I have been using CA for 50 years and never heard this.  I did a search for “CA glue fire danger” and your post was the #4 result, after articles about California fires.  Further research also said in addition to cotton, it can react with wool.  I looked  it up on Wikipedia and saw that it was discovered at B.F. Goodrich in 1941.

    Russell

    in reply to: Schedule 2020 #15172
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    I had a post ready yesterday, but apparently did not hit SUBMIT.  I had proposed Group C for  the  next proxy race, but I understand Marty’s comment about continuing the tradition of Group C being the first race series each year.  I had thought that Group C might get the greatest number of entries for a proxy race.  We could  quite likely still be running proxy races in January.

    Between Slot.it McLaren and Group 5, I would personally prefer the McLaren.  I assume the Group 5 Marty mentions is the Group 5 in 2017.  Although technically not a Racer series, that was the car needed to be competitive.  Not having a Racer, I would rather not have to purchase one.

    I also  await member’s thoughts on what series to run and which series they have cars they would be willing to enter.

    Russell

    in reply to: Adjustable Voltage #14950
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    There will be an LED readout at each station.  Ary demonstrated at last video conference.  the assembly was 3 or 4 inches square, a couple of inches tall.

    in reply to: Adjustable Voltage #14948
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    I would think that some experimentation would be required on this topic.  It will be simple enough to try running various cars at different voltages (using the voltage adjustment on the Pyramid power supply) and comparing lap times versus drivability.  This will take some work.  Say with a Group C car, try it at 12 volts and see how it runs.  Is it faster?  Is it faster but much twitchier?  Put a numerically taller gear in it and see if you can get a faster lap speed than the baseline but still have it drivable.  Try it at 13 volts and test it some more.  I think we will need time to have everyone do this experimentation.  It looks like adjusting the voltage could be an easy fix to help a car with a weak motor but it might make setup more complicated because it could also work with a “normal” or “hot” motor but require different gearing, which would raise the bar and the “weak” motor would be outclassed once again.  If this is the case, we could  require a specific gear and let everyone choose their voltage.

    For this testing we may need to wait until safer track access is available.  It sounds like Ary’s voltage regulators would cost $30 plus for each lane, plus the time to install them.  With club dues now due once again, and the possibility that some members may be short on money, I don’t think we should spend the money for the regulators right now.  Except for the cost and labor I do not see a down side for installing the regulators, whether we use them, or limit their use, or not.  It does give us more options.

    in reply to: ASCC Monthly Meeting – March 14 2020 #14874
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    Ditto on the quick write-up, Mark.

    in reply to: 2020 Thunderslot Discussion #14856
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    Marty

     My bad for not getting Thuinderslot rules posted yet.  The rules will be the same as the 2019 rules except for allowing the McLaren M6A and the new, thicker wood guide.  The 2019 rules said gears were open choice.

    If anyone has already purchased an Elva please let me know.

    Russell

    in reply to: 2020 Thunderslot Discussion #14853
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    Marty reports that the new Elva being produced is a very fast car.  There is also no telling what may happen to slot car supplies with the Caronavirus outbreak and it is possible the Elva could be in short supply anyway.  Because of that, for right now I am inclined not to allow it in the series this year.  The McLaren has seemed to be very similar to the Lolas and several members have them so they will be allowed.  That should give us enough variation for this year and give us time to check out the Elva for the future.

    in reply to: 2020 Series Discussion #14773
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    I agree with completing/running Targa Florio and BRM1/24.

    If we are going to run Ford V Ferrari I think we should open it up to Scalextric Ferrari P4/412 cars with 3D printed chassis.  There are number of Ferrari liveries available.  Of course, they might find it tough against the Slot/it GT40s.  How does the Policar Ferrari run?

    I would also go for Thunderslot

    in reply to: Moving Out of Kings #14451
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    I did some checking on the rigidity of the track at King’s today.  I took a floor jack and lifted one end of the track.  With that end 3” off the floor, the center legs were just raised.  A string line confirmed that the deflection (droop) at the center of the track was 1 ½”.  I believe that the track is movable intact.  I have been thinking about what kind of casters, wheels, or dollies might be used.  A pair of wheels in the center of the track, with the track balancing on them, would be very maneuverable.  To start with, 8’ 2 X 12’s would be bolted to the inside of the central legs.  My first thought was then to attach a 5/8” axle between the 2 X 12’s with two wheelbarrow type wheels and tires.  Harbor Freight has a variety of wheels and tires, including solid rubber tires.  The difficulty with these wheels would be in having to raise the track to install or remove the wheels.  Another option would be boat trailer jacks bolted to the 2 X 12’s.  Harbor Freight has a 1500 lb. trailer jack with dual 6” solid rubber wheels.  The two trailer jacks would be swung into position and cranked down.  In order to load on a flat bed trailer an axle would be installed on the leading end of the track with two wheels mounted.  With enough manpower we could lift the rear end as the front end of the track was rolled onto the trailer.

     

     

     

     

     

    The 2 X 12’s would be permanently installed.  The trailer jacks would be left in place for further use.  The 1 X 4’s (if necessary) could be removed.  I believe everything else on the track could be left in place including the shelving for the computer and the computer itself.

    I also did some checking to see if we could roll the track out the storage area through the overhead door.  The overhead door is at an angle.  I used a laser pointer with a board the width of the track to see if the angled door and storage area width would have enough clearance and I believe there is.  It is hard to tell for sure until more of the storage area is cleaned out.   If the clearance is tight to get out the door, the driver’s station and tape dispenser could be removed.

    in reply to: Moving Out of Kings #14425
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    Moving the big track intact is a possibility, but it will be very heavy.  There is not a lot of structural bracing holding the three tables together, but each table is fairly rigid.  There are 1 X 4 braces underneath the lateral 2 X 4’s and the track sections are screwed to a 1 X 12 brace underneath each joint in the track surface.  We would need additional bolts fastening the tables together.  The strongest place for these bolts would be through the tops of the legs.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This would necessitate cutting off the remainder of the legs once the table is on its side.  (If we separate the three tables, the legs could be unbolted to remove.)  I think that with these bolts the table would be rigid enough to move, but would need a big trailer/truck.

    I have removed my two electric heaters, DVD player, some cables, and loose pictures.  I may remove the  amp and speakers later in the week.

    in reply to: 2019 Gumball/Christmas Run #14408
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    Mark

    I don’t think we should use a grabber during a “hot track.”  The primary concern for marshalling, especially for this race, is to pick up the de-slotted car as quickly as possible.  The other cars will be coming very quickly and travelling very fast.  We want to avoid an unnecessary crash.  If it takes longer to re-slot the offender, that is on the driver for de-slotting in the first place.  The grabber should only be used during a button caution.

    in reply to: BRM GROUP C DISCUSSION #14379
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    When the decision to go to foam tires was brought up last year, I appeared to be in the minority in opposing this change.  My criticism was two-fold: first that the change was unnecessary.  We had a problem with Revo Slot tires last year but a different rubber tire could have been chosen. We ran the ScaleAuto cars with rubber tires and they ran fine.  They were slower than other series cars but were controllable and we had no issue with tire wear.

    My other criticism with foam tires is one of principal.  I did not participate in the Thingie/wing car racing of the 70’s and 80’s so I have no nostalgia for foam.  My love of scale slot racing is centered on scale.  Regular rubber (and urethane) slot tires correspond quite well to 1:1 tires, even to different tire compounds and grip/wear compromises mirroring their real-life counterparts.  I have never seen foam rubber tires on a real car.  The foam tires are dependent upon tire treatment.  While the “tire cleaner” may not be as messy as other tire goop/glue, it nonetheless leaves dark streaks on the track.  These streaks detract from the scale look of the track (this would be mitigated if the track surface was black).  There is nothing wrong with wing cars, black streaks on the track and super-fast lap speeds but to me this results in a more toy-like sport rather than one based on scale racing.

    Now, my above philosophical comments do not address the issue at hand, and I am not recommending a return to real rubber for this series.  The different ScaleAuto wheel/tire may prove to work well enough.  The BRM and RevoSlot foam tire series to be run later this year may well prove to be provide worthy variety for ASCC racing series, as the rally track (and the unlimited Christmas race) already does.  I am merely stating my personal preference for real rubber and true-scale racing.

    in reply to: Results WorkBook Template – Group A Results Issues #14293
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    Thanks, Mark.  I have corrected the Group A results.

    in reply to: My 1/43 Hillclimb #14185
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    Wow, Marc, that is a really cool layout.  I think I would buy a 1/43 car or two to run on it.  I recognized “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1956) and “Them” but I don’t recognize the one with the cabin and COE truck.

    in reply to: 2019 Thunderslot #13824
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    For newer members, or anyone interested, I recommend going back through the Thunderslot discussion forum for last year: https://www.austinslotcarclub.com/forums/topic/thunder-slot-discussion/

    This was a separate thread from this year’s discussion.

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