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About charlesx

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    Formula 3 Driver
  • Birthday 12/04/1945

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    New Plymouth, NZ
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    Slot cars 1/32nd and 1/24th metal; Family research/history and DNA; Neighbourhood Support; reading; Slot car proxies; slot car building/modifying and tuning; painting (art) not house. I am retired so plenty of time. Watching motor racing on TV.

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  1. Welcome to Alan's boss. No doubt you will keep us boys all in line. Regards Chas Le Breton (charlesx)
  2. Hi Mark. As you clearly did not like my suggestion to limit numbers of each type of car what about a 4 person team event (depending on the number of different prototypes at a given date) with each team having one of each model. To stop teams being loaded up and further even out base teams on qualifying times (genuine attempts only). Each car would be run individually but with the usual 1st, 2nd, 3rd but major competition would be teams event. I would happily put up $50 towards trophies for team event. Regards Chas Le Breton
  3. Policar Generic F1 - Stage 4 Review Somebody on Auslot or was it FB mentioned they thought Policar F1 went better with NSR F1 tyres. Tried this morning. No apparent difference so I decided to try the reverse. The NSR F1 maintained the same margin over the Policar. My theory is the NSR F1 is about 9gms heavier hence the better traction. I appreciate this is mainly down to the heavy FX180 motor but at this stage anyway I consider both tyres are very similar. At some time it might be interesting to try some Slot-it GP tyres. Hope this is of some interest. Regards Charles Le Breton
  4. Hi Shaynus. Yes I have met some of the Mandurah guys. Try to race at Syd's whenever I am over to see the kids/gks. Regards Chas Le Breton
  5. Great you were prepared to help Mac. I am sure it was much appreciated. I recall I came to last event totally unprepared and paid the price. My little brother finally got car going OK once back home and it was competitive with both the Taranaki drivers that also competed. On the day they were streets ahead. Interested you say it is all in tyre preparation or do you mean glung and truing and probably motor mount adjusting. Perhaps the rules changed this year but no tyre treatment was allowed previously. Admit if you have a flash tyre truer a good drivable car is easier to achieve but traction was certainly not my problem and I would not let my brother touch my tyres. Cannot say the same for my driving. All the best to everyone for the future though. I may see you at the 1/32nd RTR Nationals but no commitment at this stage. Regards Chas Le Breton
  6. Good report Mac. Sounds like you are the secret ingredient. Regards Chas Le Breton
  7. Sorry Shaynus but no car is that slow. You will live in 'Wait awhile WA" however. Mind you postage from God's Own is almost as slow. My car took a full 6 weeks but Mr. Virus has a part in it. Regards Chas Le Breton
  8. Good on you Shaynus. Are you in Perth or somewhere else. Do you race at Syd's. Excuse me if I have asked before. Regards Chas Le Breton
  9. Pity to hear that Phil. Always enjoy comparing my performance with your entries. Regards and best wishes from NZ. Charles Le Breton (charlesx)
  10. Hi Mark. Always interesting to try analysis. In hindsight why did you let weight be put in the Opal. They went really well without it. Other end of story - why regulate at all. Third option is if you put top drivers in potentially fastest car you are only every going to get one result. What could you have done with an Opal Mark. Perhaps we should make those Moslers go without weight. That would unset a few people - Haha. It would locally anyway. Slot-it are usually fairly good at producing reasonably equal cars. Look at Group C. Pity this has not worked out for DTM. While Opal's credentials are well established with the likes of the Nissan appearing perhaps this discussion is a bit premature. Thunderslot also have adapted their basic chassis to a number of different models to good effect. My thoughts for what they are worth are remove any weight restrictions or ban altogether. In full size racing everybody does not drive the same car with the same potential. I personally go out of the way to use a different car to the majority in all my racing. I do not own a Mosler but have tuned them for others. Another used previously (NZ Canam Proxy I think) we restricted the number of any one model. I thought that worked out reasonably well. Hope this is of some help. Pity there were no Taranaki entries this year but sometimes other things get in the way. Regards Chas Le Breton
  11. Hi Sports Racer. Also glad you are on the mend. My car is getting near completion. After failure of re-build last year and late withdrawal things are coming together much better this year. Also mindful of time required for postage with impact of virus. Grid must be getting fairly full. Regards Chas Le Breton (charlesx)
  12. Good on you Matt. I thought you already were. Regards Chas Le Breton
  13. Hi Oldskool62. Gave the Policar F1 tyres a bit more of a sand today. Hopefully will further improve. Also been busy working on my Touring Car Proxy car but more on this soon in more appropriate thread. Regards Chas Le Breton (charlesx)
  14. Well done Big Mac. Great photos. Good to see good representation there from across whole country and including some old faces. Hope you will all be at the NZSCA 1/32nd RTR/Hard Body Nationals near the end of May 2021 at Henderson. Sorry I could not be there. Too many other slot car projects Regards Charles Le Breton (charlesx)
  15. Apology/Correction re Policar review. SLOTSNZ/Mark Burgess has kindly corrected me on front wing fitting. You can buy the extra magnets or make your own as I did but more importantly there is a clip included in one of the packets that can be used instead. Silly me thought this was part of the drivers safety package. How wrong could I be. As I have fitted and glued in magnets I am unable to try. It is a little black 5 pronged piece which I thought would have been just as hazardous to small children as the magnets. If my magnets fail I will certainly try it. If anybody has actually used I would be interested to find out how it fared during racing. Regards Chas Le Breton
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