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chenglaw last won the day on June 6 2016

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  1. Alexis, how do I make payment for the entry fee? Can't find it mentioned in the above rules unless I missed it.
  2. Thanks, Phil. I have also found a webcam not giving consistent results for lap timing due to its sensitivity to lighting conditions. But we have used it for Refuelling "In" and "Out" with PC Lap Counter and have not had any issues due primarily to the fact that the car had to slow down and be stationary when it reached the Hot Spot. We used the webcam because it saved us the bother of physically installing sensors in the track. With Webcam Zone Trigger, all I had to do was use the software to mark out the 2 Hot Spots per lane to run a command when activated by the car. OK, will give it a go on SF or maybe even contact Dave direct.
  3. This is a repeat of a post I made in another forum. Hope I can find some help here: I seem to have come across a rather odd issue with RC. In the past where I have used Ultimate Racer and PC Lap Counter with WebCam Zone Trigger, both software provided facilities for configuring usage for either Lap Timing or Refuelling Pitstops and all I had to do was to select the correct command. But when I chose Webcam as the Track Interface in RC and clicked on Configuration, it came up with an Error Message: "WebCam Interface does not need configuration within Race Coordinator" Maybe someone can tell me how RC knows what I want it to do with the webcam as I am completely clueless as to how to proceed. I want to use the webcam for initiating and ending Refuelling Stops in analogue racing using the Hot Spots of Zone Trigger. I am using RC Ver
  4. I guess the ex-CEO of PB has been hit with the realisation that this is a "FREE" world after all !
  5. Alan, please add me in for this one. Not too sure about bodyshell yet but will take #6 Thanks.
  6. https://www.dropshots.com/chenglaw/date/2017-10-16/16:22:52 Well, time really passes fast - 4 years ago. 2013, I was in Perth, having some slot racing fun with the guys of WASCRG. And now in 2017, I was back enjoying the hospitality of those same friendly racers who did their best to make me feel at home. Thanks to Syd and his bunch of merry men and gal, I had a great time racing on, not one, but 2 tracks this time. Also thanks to Peter, Mickey and Andrew for getting me to and from the tracks. Driving the cars very kindly loaned to me by Syd and my own ones quickly showed up the differences between the two types. Syd's cars, which were set up for their wood tracks were smooth and easy to drive with the right amount of grip. Whilst my own cars which were set up for racing on our plastic Scaley Sport track at home, proved to be a bit of a handful, slipping and sliding round the turns. And my insipid driving did not help either. But, no matter, I had a ball of a time renewing acquaintances and enjoying the camaraderie bantering that went on during and after the racing. SO, ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU ALL AT WASCRG !!!! LIM
  7. chenglaw

    Tyre Durometer

    " It always amazes me that people will go to such lengths to win. " Welcome to the club! This is why when I set the rules for our races here, I try to keep limitations to a minimum. It is nice to be idealistic and come up with a set of rules which will put everyone on the same level playing field but we have to be realistic and ask ourselves whether we have the means to enforce them. If it is "No" then it is pointless to have rules just for the sake of having rules. Better to leave it free and easy and let the racers come up with a car that will comply with a simple generic set of construction regulations so that everyone can get on with the business of enjoying their racing. No matter what rules we can come up with, there will always be that smart alec who will try to work his way around them - legally or illegally! "NO RULES" IS BETTER THAN UNWORKABLE RULES!
  8. chenglaw

    Tyre Durometer

    "No, I don't believe that we will have a durometer in use for the enduro this weekend, but, suspect tyres will be checked / banned if they are believed to be contaminated... This will not be a decision taken lightly by just 1 person. It will have to be unanimous decision with several key players including a minimum of the host and the head scrutineer for any action to be taken. Also, given that 'most' treatments are only truely effective for 20 laps, their effectiveness is reduced in an enduro anyway," Yeah, I believe that is a more realistic approach as you can usually smell/feel any addictive on the tyres. I can remember during my 1/24th raceway days back in the 60's, we used to rub in "goo" to our sponge tyres just before the start of our heat and they would be just about worn off by the end of a 30-lap race.
  9. chenglaw

    Tyre Durometer

    So how do you intend to resolve any disputes on the shore hardness when an entrant's car is shod with tyres which he has measured with another durometer which gives a result different to the one which the race organiser is using?
  10. chenglaw

    Tyre Durometer

    Quite honestly, if you are hosting a race, is it worth the trouble to specify the Shore Hardness of the tyres used? As I see it, it just adds to the complexity of policing the rules, a cumbersome specification requirement which race organisers do not need. We now have differentiation between Rubber, Urethane, Silicone and Sponge/Foam tyres which thus far have been quite easy to separate visually, so why make things difficult for yourself?
  11. It looks like PhotoBucket is out to get rid of users from forums who are freeloading off their system. I received this message today: WE NOTICED THAT YOU HAVE BEEN USING PHOTOBUCKET FOR 3RD PARTY HOSTING* PLEASE UPGRADE TO A PLUS 500 PLAN. I signed up for free about 10 years ago and have, on and off, been using them to host pics which I post on the forums. Haven't had much use for them lately, so was rather surprised to get their email. I don't have that many pics stored on their site, basically only those which I post on the various slot forums, so not really worthwhile to upgrade. Don't really think too much of their dumb excuse to get $$$ from users who had signed up for what was touted to be a free service.
  12. " Those pesky Grandkids have been at it again " Yeah, and they are leaving Gramps hobbling along on crutches!!
  13. Hey Phil, it looks like you are going to be upstaged by the Grandkids again this year! It's only Round 2 and you are already 26 points behind.!
  14. I think the current format of allowing to race whatever you can conjure up works well. I have never had any real issues with scratch-building a car even though the finished result is no work of art. I enjoy experimenting and trying out different ideas to see what works and what doesn't. That said, I'm not adverse to building up a car from a kit chassis and have done this with the PPL as well as using the BWA front and rear brackets. Both types of construction should be allowed to race side by side as it allows the not-so-experienced builder to test his skills against the old hands and learn and progress from there.
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