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  1. Thanks guys! Nothing slot-car related this birthday, as I've gone into a bit of a hiatus with this hobby since The Pretzel was dismantled . I only just saw these posts as I haven't been checking in here that regularly lately, but I'll make a post soon and give you an update on The Pretzel (it may be in bits, but IT IS NOT DEAD!) Thanks, Count
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    Senna - The Movie

    Yes, I watched it last week, Knoath. I loved it, but Ayrton has always been a bit of an idol for me, and I'll happily watch and enjoy anything Senna. I would have liked a bit more racing footage, but I found the insight provided by the almost endless stream of talking heads quite fascinating. During this period of F1 racing we were lucky to get the complete race on TV in Australia, let alone things like the after-race driver interviews! At the time I had no real idea of the level of politicking involved, and the deep rift between Senna and Prost. I think Prost's arrogance and animosity is still revealed in the interviews shown with him in recent times. In fact, if you had to identify the driving focus of the movie, it would have to be the relationship between these two. There are also some great on-track interviews, footage of the famous Senna walk-out at a drivers' briefing, and the coverage of Senna's first race at Monaco which he would have surely won (even in a crap car) had the race not been stopped due to rain and Frenchness, were intriguing and exciting. On a technical note, I found the sound mix bad, with some poor editing and very inconsistent levels. But overall, well worth watching, and re-confirmed my opinion of Senna as probably the most creative driver of all time! Count
  3. Yes, WD40 actually dissolves rubber tyres, so will quickly deposit a grippy surface on your track. As they dissolve they also get soft and stretch, so unless your tyres are well glued on, they can easily expand off your rims (especially troublesome for going around corners). And as Paulthetexan says, tyres go hard and crusty and don't last too long. I went through a phase of loving this stuff, and would spray a puddle across all lanes at the start/finish line before each race (makes for some hilariously slippery starts!). As each car did a lap and drove through it, dust would be cleaned off and a new coating of WD applied, so grip stayed on through the whole race. BUT it is messy - gets sprayed up inside the car, and ultimately attracts dust on your track, creating a kind of muddy gloop. I try not to use it now - got tired of re-tyring my cars so often! But it is fun! Count
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    Woodbrook Valley

    Shame to see it go, DIck! I love the audio for that video clip...did you recognise John Laws saying "Makes a man feel ten feet tall" half-way thru? Classic (audio and track!) I'm sure the next one, whatever size, will be also impressive. Cheers, Count
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    Casula Raceway

    An outdoor section - that's brilliant, Gazza! ...hmmm...I've got quite a big backyard... Count
  6. If it gets really cold do you call that snowboarding?
  7. Gazza, you b#%S&!! You just beat me to that! Right as usual, I'm sure: Count
  8. Here's someone who's tried asymetrical weighting: ...could be a load of bull, though!
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    Car Spotting

    I'd say they were unfairly gross! Count
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    Mt Panorama Track

    Good work! It's very good to see someone else also re-engineering their house to accommodate a track. I did a similar thing - check it out! Count
  11. I have just watched Talking Heads on ABC TV which featured Tony Gaze (of whom I was previously completely ignorant) - here is the blurb from the program website: "Tony Gaze is a fighter pilot and grand prix driver, whose life story reads like a 'Boys Own' adventure. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross three times, was the first Australian to fly jet aircraft operationally and after the war became Australia's Formula One driver". I thoroughly recommend this show, with some great footage of WW2 fighters (mostly Spitfires), and some great F1 & F2 racing footage as well. You can download the show from the program website as a video file (or probably catch it on iView). I just checked and they have already posted the file: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/talkingheads/video/ Cheers, Count
  12. Well done, Michael! (I wish i could understand that circuit diagram... ?) Count
  13. Happy Bithday Michael. I've sent you a note about the Comms port. Cheers, Count ....Bithday? I think that's really like a Birthday!
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    Woodbrook Valley

    I second that last remark! (...been going through Woodbrook withdrawl) Count
  15. I was away this weekend in Canberra getting a little culture at the National gallery (Masterpieces from Paris), and I also really loved the Aircraft Hall at The War Memorial... But next time you guys drive right past my place on the way to the Mountain, drop in for a few laps around The Pretzel! Count
  16. Spot on, guys! That's Sharon just before her 15 minutes...she did heaps of work as a session singer in those days. And yes, it's just the pic - she's wearing far too much clothing in that shot!
  17. This is what the rec area at my old studio looked like for a while ( quite a long time ago!) (anyone recognise the sheila?) closer shot of the pinny... ...which I eventually had to get rid of for 'professional' reasons - people make so much goddam noise when playing these things! producer at work (on Space Invaders)! Cheers, Count
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    Z1951 Leds

    You already know I want about 10 - just restating it here in case this is some kind of weird time-warp! Count
  19. wash your mouth out...no such thing as too big! My first layout I used 10 sheets of mdf and is 43 meters long. A hot Slot.it lap is sub 8 secs. Count
  20. Hi Michael, it's sort of a relief to hear you are also having problems! I have finally this evening successfully managed a second LPT port. The problem I was having was that I had presumed the second port would appear as LPT2, when in fact I eventually discovered (with some help from the computer genius son-in-law) that it was LPT3 !! The problem I am now having with refueling is that refueling is always ON - the car never runs out of gas! It is only when I park over the sensor that the refueling stops. This does not change when I check the 'invert' box in the hardware setup. I don't know if this is any help, but it's good to share... Count
  21. Anyone know anything about these babies? ....please explain? 1:1 slot car? Count
  22. Brilliant, Vinno. I really need this...thanks, and keep 'em coming! Do you make some kind of template to cut the odd shapes out of the PCB? and what do you cut it with? Count
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    Z1951's Anyone?

    What happened to that order you were hoping to get of 50? I still need at least 6. I tried the Z1950s from Jaycar as a stopgap measure but can only get them to work if the (supposedly matching) Z1945 is about 3-4cm from the reciever. Most of my cars wont fit under it!! Count
  24. almost exactly the same age as our F1-11s! both beautiful! - a great decade for industrial design...
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