January 20, 2017

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F1 anglewinder ID?

Sold on eBay for $31.

 

What is it? Cobra? Phaze III? Ferret?

 

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Weekend chargé

Comme écrit dans le titre, ce weekend s'annonce chargé pour la petite d'ici, en commençant par ce soir et la course All Slot Car au club (Slot 4000 à Liège). Première manche du championnat 2017, en espérant que les voitures préparées cette semaine rouleront un peu mieux que lors de la dernière course en décembre dernier.

Puis demain le BPC (Belgian Production Championship) redémarre aussi avec la première course qui aura lieu au Merlijn à Wezembeek avec les essais l'après midi et course toute la journée du dimanche. Là aussi on espère que les voitures ne vont pas trop mal se comporter. On pourra déjà vous donner une petite impression après les essais, demain soir au retour à la maison. Et en attendant voici l'adresse du très beau site de l'organisation :

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Et enfin pour ceux qui en seront, c'est aussi ce weekend qu'aura lieu le premier rallye "Folm Dakar d'Autan" à Gennevilliers, près de Paris. Un chouette événement en perspective ce déroulant sur deux jours de course avec déjà l'arrivée des premiers participants aujourd'hui après midi et en soirée. Alors on vous met en photos les deux affiches, juste comme ça parce que ici on aime bien aussi ce genre d'événement-là.

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For Sale: Two Crutchfield-built JK X25R Can-Am chassis

First up is a JK X25R Can-Am chassis using a .055"/.062" rail combo and connected pans. Chassis has a Parma guide, BRP bearing fronts and threaded axle, Retro motor, and rear bearings. Chassis has been raced once and still like new.

 

$110.00 shipped OBO.

 

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Second is a JK X25R Can-Am chassis using a .055"/.062" rail combo and split pans. Chassis has a Parma guide, BRP bearing fronts and threaded axle, Retro motor, and rear bearings. Chassis has been raced once and still like new.

 

$110.00 shipped OBO

 

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Both chassis handle great and are very easy to tune.

[RSS] Vintage 1965 Revell Aston Martin DB5 Kit 1/32 Slot Car Complete

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1976 Speed & Sport catalog sheet

My local guy, who wound up with ex-Strombecker employee, Bob Von Stover's, old stuff, had a Speed & Sport "catalog" in the stash.
 
Here's a page from it.
 
I was totally removed from slot racing in the mid-to-late '70s, but despite not knowing any better, I was still kind of surprised to see Bill Steube involved this late in the game.
 
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For Sale: Mr. BB Design-painted Wing bodies

These bodies were painted by Mr. BB Design and they are new, never raced.
 
The Foxtail is winged 137x30 4x5.
 
The O/S Viper is winged138x30 4x5.
 
Asking $50 shipped each to ConUSA.
 
Take both of them for $95 shipped to ConUSA.
 
PM me with any questions or offers.
 
Thanks,
 
Eric
 
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Life-Like KickStarter Update...

Update #7 from Terry Flynn...
 
"Hi everyone,

 

We just want to let you know that we have shipped all of the rewards out so you should be receiving them shortly. If anyone has any questions or comments, please let us know.

 

Thank you all again for the tremendous support and thank you for making this program successful..."

Smith Speedway open house - Feb 5, Charlestown, NH

We are a family run raceway in Charlestown, NH. Classic oval divisions are replicated in 1/32 on our six-lane oval.
 
We race Modifieds, Coupes, Bombers, Sprints, and more. Racing is free, and we have loaner cars for you to try. Recommended ages are 8 years old (with accompanying adult) to 100 years old.

Call us at (603) 826-4242 to make sure that we have space left and for directions. See more at HERE.

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January 19, 2017

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Tire narrowing attachment for 2 True tire truer

Inspired by my new 3D printed, body pinning jig, I came up with this idea for convenient tire narrowing on the 2 True.
 
The 3D printed blocks are easily adjusted, and secured, by 2 set screws, per block,  to the plastic dust shield / switch plate.
 
The unique feature is the ability for racers, who mount their own rubber, to narrow both the right and left side, without readjusting anything.
 
And, of course, you can narrow full width tires, on both sides of the unit.
 
$46.00 for set of 2, along with 1 "poker", and a double stick, plastic cushion, to bolt to.
 
Normal Backtrack discount available to raceways (payment by check or PayPal gift, only)
 
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Power converter to turbocharge 2 True tire truer

For racers who like to true their tires at a higher RPM, than the 2 True A/C motor provides, you can use the pictured item.
 
It would be what a European visitor would use to operate their 240V items like hair dryers.
 
Geary has been using one, for a year or two, and says it works great.
 
For those not wanting to look around for one, he is offering them at $30.
 
Normal Backtrack discount available to raceways (payment by check or PayPal gift, only)

 

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Bodies by Buster

Found these in the attic. New old stock. Purchased in the '70s in Howard Beach, NY, a the track on Cross Bay Blvd. (can't remember the name of the track/shop).  hey are a little worse for wear, I guess the heat and cold got to them. Had numerous more but they must have made it to the trash. Even had some custom ones done by Buster.

 

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[RSS] AMT Vintage Lola T70 1/24-1/25 Slot Car Unfinished

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[RSS] AMT Vintage McLaren-Elva 1/24-1/25 Slot Car Complete

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European slot car tracks

I'm going to Paris, France, next month and I'll also be in Amsterdam.

 

Anyone on here from overseas or know of any local tracks I could go check out?

 

I'm not taking any of my gear over but would love to watch some racing or just run some rentals cars if they do that over there. If I can take my Difalco controller and it will work I'll take that.

Hobby People stores closing

This was a SoCal chain of stores. 

 

Hobby People Closing

 

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[RSS] Aurora K&B Vintage 1/32 Red Mustang 2+2 Slot Car & Chassis

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Renault R5 Alpine Gr 2

Mardi après midi, de passage dans mon magasin de modélisme préféré ici en ville. Juste pour leurs dire un petit "bonjour hebdomadaire. Magasin qui a un département slot racing bien achalandé. Voilà dit-il pas que je remarque cette petite Renault R5 Alpine Gr 2 du rallye Monte Carlo 1978. Où elle y termina deuxième avec l'équipage J.Ragnotti et Jean-Marc Andrié (derrière la Porsche 911 de J-P Nicolas et Vincent Lavergne).

Et au vu du ruban rose attaché au socle et permettant de lever celui-ci. Je me devais de la prendre, c'était même un devoir pour l'écurie du "Loulou Racing Team" et cela tant bien même si une "Le Mans Miniature" n'est pas ce qui se fait de mieux en matière de roulage.

Au déballage, on peut tout de même se poser la question relative au prix de vente. S'il n'y a rien à dire sur la qualité des détails de la carrosserie très lourde au demeurant avec son habitacle complet en résine comme la dite carrosserie. Celle-ci est tout de même légèrement vrillé. En plus les chinois ne se sont pas trop tracassé pour le montage du châssis, un des point de passage d'une vis pour la fixation de la carrosserie (à l'arrière) est cassé. Le guide n'est pas adapté au châssis, il est difficile à tourner et surtout trop gros, cela fait remonter les roues avant d'un bon gros millimètre si pas plus au-dessus de la piste. La transmission est très mal montée également et très dur à faire tournée. Mais ça il faudra voir en piste et peut-être que cela donnera même un peu de frein à l'horrible petit moteur Slim qui équipe cette voiture. Bref beaucoup de petits griefs pour posséder une voiture unique dans sa collection......oui mais il y a le ruban rose, détail important pour la petite d'ici qui écrit ces quelques lignes, lol ! 

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IHSR season resumes Sat, 1/21, Montgomery County, MD

The IHSR racing season resumes in 2017 this Saturday, 1/21 in Darnestown in Montgomery County MD.

 

The schedule and rules can be found here:

 

 

http://interstatehomeslotracingclub.yuku.com

 

Host opens his home at 8 am for practice and bench racing. First of 4 classes go off around 10 am. Even with pizza lunch, everybody is usually on the way home by 3 pm.

 

Interested but don't have class legal cars? No worries, for new folks there are always class legal loaners.

 

Email me at tlbrace2008@yahoo.com for more information.

 

 

 

Dead strip/lap counter question

I'm putting together a club layout using 124 Scalextric 3 lane track. I will be using PC lapcounter. Laps will be counted by DS 300 attached to deadstrips, which then feeds the lap counts and times to PC lapcounter.

 

Knowing that a race day can quickly come crashing down with a RMS failure, I plan to use my 6 lane TrikTrax unit as a backup...yes it will mean recording laps and rotations on paper, the old fashioned way. But at least it would allow racing to continue in the event of RMS/laptop failure.

 

My question: what problem, if any will be caused by having BOTH the DS300 and the TrikTrax unit connected to the same dead strips. The TT readouts are larger, so of more utility to spectators and drivers during a heat. That said, both units are powered by wall warts, essentially doubling the low current going to each unit when a car crosses the dead strip?

 

Will that create issues for either/both units? Or am I better off just connecting some pigtails to attach to the Trik Trax if there is an RMS failure, disconnecting the DS300?

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Maserati 300S 1956 / FEIN DESIGN MODELL

New 1:24 scale slot car kit from the German brand Fein Design Modell that allows to make three different versions of this Maserati 300S of 1956. In red the car of Stirling Moss in the 1000 Km of Nurburgring of 1956 and the Tourist Trophy in Albert Park the Same year, and on the other hand the one of...

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JK C43 Aeolos chassis discussion

Let use this thread to share recent builds, tips and tricks for JK's new Chassis, the C43 Aeolos.

I'll start with the first thing I did which was checking how flat it was straight from the box. I'm happy to report I only spent around 10 seconds making a minor tweak to get it pretty much spot on.

The guide tongue needed a great bit of effort to get it bent a few degrees up. While I strained my way through this process I unfortunately tweaked my wrist a bit. This is definitely a testament to the quality of the stainless used in this chassis.

The pan movement built into this chassis is quite dramatic. It remains to be seen if this is a good thing or if the addition of pan restrictions are in order.

My first build was destined to be a Group 10 GTP for use on our ultra fast 220 foot Engleman. I did not have a motor prepped so I had to build something. I have a very large surplus of Kelly D-cans and Blackmax mags we no longer race so I built up a sweet G2 with Kelly handwound 16d arm.

I use Kelly bushings on all my builds. If you plan on using Kelly bushings please note that if you forgo the use of upright bracing your heading for a stuck axle. Kelly bushings have a wide footprint and are easily seized with a hard enough wallshot.

I mounted a used Redfox Starfighter Long, some of my homemade treated tires, a redfox guide and anxiously waited for my next trip to Speedzone to crack off some laps.

My first few laps quickly showed me I over shot with hub diameter but ran very fast laps non the less. I was able to get deep into the 4.6's within the first 10 laps. My 2015 Nat's winning Group 10 GTP qualified in the 4.7's so I'm very happy with he results so far. With proper tuning I expect this car to break into the 4.5's .

In the next week I'll swap a known good motor from a fast X25 car that's race prepped and setup impeccably and move it to this chassis. I'll spend a few hours tuning it with rubber, bodys, and bite bars to see if there is any improvement with the use of this chassis.

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For Sale: RTR GT Coupe with JK chassis - SOLD!

For Sale:

JK Retro four-rail chassis built by Chris Barnes.
Custom-ainted Koepp Parma Lola coupe.
Ball bearing fronts.
Parma low cut guide.
Alpha leadwire.
Kelly Wonder .815" diameter rear tires.
Parma braid.
Parma 28 rear crown gear.
Arp 9 tooth angled pinion.
Koford 3/32" axle.
JK Hawk Retro motor "R made in China."
Rear ball bearings.

This car would could be great on a flatter King, Engleman, Hillclimb, or Paperclip.

$120 shipped USPS priority.

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Swap meet & racing - Feb 18, Fastraxxx, Fremont, OH

On Feb. 18, 2017, Fastraxx in Fremont, OH is hosting a regional Slot Car Swap Meet from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Exhibit tables are $5. Space is limited, thus we recommend early reservations. Open to all scales: HO - 1/32 - 1/24 - Retro.

All three tracks will available for testing and practice.

Scheduled racing on the 95' American black and 90' Gerding oval: GT1 (OCC rules) on the black and 4" NASCAR (OOS rules) on the oval.

Contact Chris Earnhart or Greg Krumnow for reservations or additional information.

Come visit us and enjoy our raceway.

Fastraxxx, where a race becomes an event!

Fastraxxx
2201 Commerce Dr
New Vision Building
Fremont, OH 43420
(419) 937-4108

[RSS] Vintage 1/24 MPC Mako Shark

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Reform school: 1968 Noose body saved from oblivion

This Dynamic Lola T70 body, painted by Joe Neumeister for the 1968 NY Arco race as a prize, was found in the basement of Bob Emott's house in Florham, NJ,  just hours before the wrecking ball demolished it. Bob likely won that body.

Unfortunately and over the years, it sat covered with something heavy and besides a couple of cracks, was pretty much looking as having been run over by a steamroller by the time it got to the LASCM.

 

What to do, what to do?

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Well, to save it, the best way is to... reform it! Fortunately I had an untrimmed Electric Dreams identical body made from an original mold, complete with a stiff base allowing it to remain stiff.

 

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So the old Noose body was simply wrapped around the new one, and can be displayed at the museum as is, even possibly inside a Lucite box.

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Now we await for Noose to tell us the story behind this survivor... :)

January 18, 2017

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Wire bender

Who/what makes a easy-to-use wire bender?

 

Or has a used one for sale?

 

Thank,s

 

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[RSS] AC Gilbert American Flyer Slot Car Corvette Set Orig Box

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Pro Slot Fantom 1/24 slot car motor dyno

We have a used Pro Slot motor dyno for sale. 
 
Fantom Racing Facts Machine dyno w/ case and Windows software.
 
Please call or email for more info.
 
(800) 258-7441
 scott@e-slotcar.com

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Lancia STRATOS / TEAM SLOT / SPORT

An exclusive Lancia Stratos, in a limited edition to 500 units goes on sale starting tomorrow exclusively through the Spanish sports newspaper SPORT. Team Slot has reached an agreement with this Zeta Editorial Group to publish through the newspaper, and coinciding with the start of this year's Monte...

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[RSS] 1/24 '66 Nova Drag Slot Car

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[RSS] Cox Lotus Chassis

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Sideways: la BMW 320i GR5 de la collection LImited Edition JPS

Sideways confirme et annonce la sortie de sa jolie BMW 320i GR5 dans la collection LImited Edition JPS au mois de mars prochain. Après la Ford Capri, la BMW M1 et la Ferrari 512 BB, voici la troisième voiture de la série Coffret LImited Edition JPS de Sideways. La marque française sortira un nouveau joli […]

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Hudy tire truer axles - several not straight

You might want to check your Hudy tire truer axles.
 
All you have to do is true a tire then turn it 180 degrees on the axle then observe and listen.
 
Keep in mind that the runout that you see is twice as bad when observed on the Hudy as it will be when the wheel is installed on your car's axle.
 
That's because when you true a tire on a crooked axle then turn the tire 180 degrees, the runout is doubled. When you put the tire on a straight axle (your car) then the runout will only be half as much.
 
I discovered the 3/32" axle that came with my truer didn't run as true as three other Hudys that other people have at my home raceway.
 
I borrowed the axle from one of the other guy's Hudy and put it in mine and it ran almost perfectly true, just like it did in their machine. So I knew it wasn't a bearing problem with my machine.
 
The linked video shows the runout of my original axle, the three replacement axles, and then the nearly perfect axle that I borrowed.
 

Race results from MVH - 1/17, Stock Car on the Figure 8

Retro Stock Cars on the Figure 8 – 1/17/17

 

It’s been just over a year since the Retro Stock Car Class started running the MVH Tuesday night retro series with tonight marking the fifth race on the Blue Figure 8.  Matching the largest field to date, nine cars were presented for tech inspection.

 

Cars in Tech:

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Shawn Emelian finished soldering his first stock car chassis together less than an hour before race time and managed to get the body mounted and do a little sorting before the race started.  Rolly LaPierre, Jr. and Peter Lentros were both lacking a car to race, so Dave Panich provided loners to both of them.

 

The race was run in 4/4 format which provided more than adequate marshals to cover the corners. 

 

Why is this man laughing?

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At the change from the outside to the inside lanes, the top three racers were separated by two lap as Peter held a one lap lead on Rolly with Bob Blanchette another lap back.  Dave trailed Bob by 4 laps with Rich Girvin an equal distance behind him while a similarly spread out Richard Payne, Dan Savage, Dick Griffin and Shawn completed the field. 

 

Peter and Rolly’s cars were an evenly matched and it was going to take a mistake by one of them to change the outcome of the race. Peter saw his lead either vanish or shrink when he incorrectly connected his controller at the start of one of the latter heats but after a hit early in the second set of heats Rolly’s car wasn’t handling the way it was in the first half of the race and he appeared to be falling off the pace. By the last heat, it was still too close to tell who would get the win from the lap totals. When time ran out on the last heat, Peter had matched Rolly’s lap total and rolled to a stop in Section 10. A heat earlier Rolly had finished in Section 11, thus claiming the win. 

 

Dave was able to close the gap to Bob but still finished 2 laps down and missed the opportunity to put all three of his cars on the podium. Rich G. tied for 4th fastest best-lap time but had to settle for 5th.  In another close race, Richard P. and Dan both posted 365 laps with Richard logging just 3 more sections to claim 6th.  Dick and Shawn finished out the field. 

 

Driver, laps completed, best lap time/lane:

1)    Rolly LaPierre, Jr.     386/11    3.508   BL

2)    Peter Lentros            386/10    3.569   OR

3)    Bob Blanchette         378/4      3.523   GN

4)    Dave Panich             376/8      3.515   OR

5)    Richard Girvin           370/8      3.569   BL

6)    Richard Payne          365/8      3.734   WT

7)    Dan Savage              365/5      3.570   YL

8)    Dick Griffin                356/10    3.617   BK

9)    Shawn Emelian         351/4      3.678   BK

 

Upcoming Events:

                    

     MVH Tuesday Night Retro-Racing Schedule for the remainder of January:

            01/24/17    F-1 on the King

            01/31/17    Can-Am on the Sovereign

 

     January NERR Race:

            01/28/17    Rapid Raceway in Plainville, CT

                              Stock Car and CanAm on the Grandstand

 

     Slot Car Swap Meet – All Things Slot-Car - from 1/24th to HO Scale:

It is less than two weeks until the Slot Car Swap Meet at Modelville Hobby on January 29, 2017. This is a great opportunity to find a deal or sell some of that stuff that has been cluttering your work bench. Vendor spaces are $10/table with set up at 10:00 am. The Swap Meet will end at 3:00 pm. If you have any questions you can contact either Richard Payne at 508-881-7616 or Bob Blanchette at 401-527-7454.

 

Cars on the Podium (L to R): 2nd Place –Peter Lentros, 1st Place – Rolly LaPierre, Jr, 3rd Place – Bob Blanchette

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Rolly’s 1st Place “Sledman” Chassis:

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Peter’s 2nd Place “Sledman” Chassis:

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Bob’s 3rd Place “obSCEne” Chassis:

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