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  1. All the 2019 Australian Plafit Championship info is now here : https://www.acehobbi...ory/21-2019-apc Also here : http://ausmcr.com/forum/index.php?/forum/2-apc-australian-plafit-championships/
  2. ........Many thanks Peter. Almost 200 photos are also here : https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipN9qqOJRDz0uojj9XBBcp5RMx7BJzkCQmEEZ0oYjuJfTqzp3vDQQVEhlYX12mFtRg?key=a3lDMzBRY29zVmM5LXp4SzJVb0J4TlhzUjNZLURB Cheers Werner
  3. LATEST APC 2018 NEWS Please note : Plafit has just advised us that their current supply problem with the Fox 4 Motor will unfortunately extend to after the APC. It means that we will not have enough motors to cover the 1/24 GTJ Class which usually has hand-out motors included. We are fine for the 1/24 Formula 1 Class where the Cheetah 4 Motors are available as hand-out's. Therefore and for the first time, the 1/24 GTJ Class will this year be a non-hand-out motor class. One tech-check matter to be mentioned : With all motors used within the APC, "motors are not to be opened or modified an any way", this includes any chemical (liquid) treatments applied through the can openings to access the commutator. Oil can certainly be applied to both oilites however not after the car is tech-checked, in park ferme or during the race. The 2018 APC is returning to its beginnings 10 years after it was first held at Mobile Raceways in Dandenong. It was a huge combined event with the 2008 Speed Slotcar Nationals. A few images from way back then : Now at the new MrSlotcar Centre in Hallam everything is ready for the big weekend : See you all next weekend in Melbourne ! Cheers Werner
  4. Info about the 2018 Model Car Nationals for 1/24 cars can be found here : http://ausmcr.com/forum/index.php?/topic/86-124-model-car-nationals-2018/
  5. More event info here : https://www.acehobbies.com.au/galleries/category/18-2018-apc
  6. More info here : https://www.acehobbi...gory/17-2018asc
  7. 1/32 Plafit US Muscle Cars - No regulation changes. Body list updated. 1/32 Plafit Modern GT - No regulation changes. Body list updated. 1/27 Plafit Mini-Z GT - No regulation changes. Same as in 2017. 1/24 Plafit Formula LeMans (Team Race) - Head and tail lights are not allowed to be coloured. No additional lights. - Tech. includes a light function test. The driver will re-fit the body back onto the chassis after tech. - Using the Plafit Cheetah 4 Motor. 1/24 Plafit Historic's - The Plafit 1705GS T-Plate, blue with countersunk screw holes is now included as Plafit supplies the assembled chassis this way. - There are more new historic body types included for this year. 1/24 Plafit Group C (Team Race) - No regulation changes, Same as in 2017. 1/24 Plafit Formula 1 - No regulation changes at this stage. However there might be a new body set of a 2018 Formula 1 car available. To be adviced. - Using the Plafit Cheetah 4 Motor (hand-out). 1/24 Plafit Japanese GT (GTJ) - The minimum total car weight for the Honda NSX has been raised to 170 grams. - Using the Plafit Fox 4 Motor (hand-out). All 2018 car regulations are on our website here : https://www.acehobbi...om.au/galleries
  8. 2018 APC CLASSES Friday, 19.October 2018 : Official class specific practice sessions Saturday, 20.October 2018 : 1/32 Plafit US Muscle Cars 1/32 Plafit Modern GT 1/27 Plafit Mini-Z GT 1/24 Plafit Formula LeMans (Team Race) Sunday, 21.October 2018 : 1/24 Plafit Historic’s 1/24 Plafit Group C (Team Race) 1/24 Plafit Formula 1 1/24 Plafit Japanese GT (GTJ)
  9. The official results are now published here : https://www.acehobbies.com.au/gallery#nanogallery/nanoGallery/6374157863987150705
  10. ...........No, there are 6 coming from QLD. Me too.....
  11. .....Yes, they certainly do care about ground clearance in Europe..... Let me give you some further info on the cars I have built and tested to the suggested regulations I have mentioned a few posts back : This Z4 uses all chassis parts it came with as an RTR car. Obviously the RTR wheels/tires and the gear have been exchanged. Front tire diameter is 26.3mm, the size for the rears is 27.5mm. Front bearing holder are the 8mm and 9mm at the rear. Ground clearance front is 1.1mm and 1.2mm at the rear of the chassis. However a 1mm plastic spacer was required underneath the rear bearing holders. A correction to the body hight set up was done with a few M2 washers at the body mounts. As Scaleauto supply their new RTR cars and car kits with different sized chassis parts (bearing holders, t-plates and h-plates) which are necessary to fit all 8 body types, these parts have been simply added as alternative options to the SC8003 regulations. If Scaleauto would have designed the new chassis plate with longholes for weelbase adjustment, then a standard chassis with all the same parts could have been achieved. But this is not so. Therefore the different chassis parts for almost each body type. With the old SC8000 chassis and cars, I changed the ground clearance down to 1mm using spacers and smaller diameter tires for a performance test against the BMW Z4. This resulted in very similar lap times although the Z4 body featured all standard parts without any Lexan bits. Because of the superior new chassis design there is also no typical body rattle (what a relieve !). So, according to all this information from Europe, it would not be worthwhile to try and incorporate any new regulations for the new chassis into the old ones. Concentrate on the SC8003 format but include the old chassis cars in any race events under their existing rules with a few modifications in regard to the 1mm ground clearance and reduced minimum tire diameter. This would mean to have these cars racing together but with a different classification. Only my suggestion...... Cheers Werner
  12. wwwace

    Mini-Z Racing

    Kyosho introduced a new GT body for our Mini-Z GT Class, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS : Small wheelbase with 90mm, also it would have been better to produce a race version with wider flares and spur width. But then, the detail on these bodies is again of a very high standard.
  13. ......As the discussion has turned towards the 1/24 Scaleauto GT regulations, which are in need to include a new chassis system, I have been approached during the MCN and shortly after to provide some information on how the European and German clubs and event organisers are tackling this matter. To keep it short : - The SC-8000 chassis and its parts are out off all major and national events - The SC-8003 chassis is used only with a few basic selected part options - All eight 1/24 Scaleauto GT bodies are used in their "out off packet" form without any Lexan parts - In all major events and race series only one type of body is nominated as proper parity between them is almost impossible Based on this I have complied a new regulation proposal for the new chassis as well as a few adjustments to our existing 1/24 Scaleauto rules. After some testing with two cars featuring these specs. I found that the performance of both is close enough for running them together either in club racing or even in major events using a separate classification. I have put copies of these regulation proposals up on our website : https://www.acehobbies.com.au/gallery#nanogallery/nanoGallery/5756258116088291937 Maybe we can use this as a start to discuss the changes which are unavoidable. Cheers Werner
  14. Hi Richard, The Plafit 1300 Excel chassis system went out off production officially in June 2012. No complete chassis and only a few spare parts have been available from Japan since then. Within the 1/24 Plafit Historic's Class 2017 regulations, the Excel chassis is still included and probably will remain there for years to come if racers prefer this. So, I do not understand why you could not, as you state, enter your car "at the last model car race at Mr.Slotcar" (are you referring to the 2017 Model Car Nationals ?). The Plafit Historic's class is one of the longest running formats we have here in Australia, established in 2004. In fact, it put 1/24 model car racing on the map here in OZ and it still is one of the most popular classes. Of course with the production stop of the 1300 Excel the move to the 1700 PLAFIT3 chassis series was unavoidable. Therefore together with Plafit we introduced the 1700C, a chassis especially designed for our 1/24 Historic's class which even found its way into the Japanese model car racing scene with the use of Aussie made Can Am and Sports Car Lexan bodies used over there. The 1700C chassis regulations have been limited to a few selected parts out off the vast 1700 chassis system to keep things simple in this class and also to keep in line with the old 1300 Excel. This format has certainly worked now for many years and will continue to do so. Cheers Werner
  15. Official APC Information 2017 1. Event The 1:32 & 1:24 Australian Plafit Championship (APC) is this year celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary. It is held using the famous 6-lane “Webber Track” in Adelaide, AUSTRALIA which is 42.5m in length with a 105mm lane spacing. Available power will be 13V / 55amp. Controller connection is via 3 flat pin female plug. Races for 8 National and International Plafit Car Classes will be held. Classification will be split to A + B driver modus in 3 classes. (1/32 US Muscle Cars, 1/27 Mini-GT and 1/24 Historic’s). 2. Race Schedule Summary - Thursday, 28. September 2017 Official scheduled practice for all classes. First tech check for 1/32 US Muscle Cars, 1/32 Modern GT and 1/27 Mini-Z GT - Friday, 29. September 2017 Official scheduled practice for all classes. Final tech check for 1/32 US Muscle Cars, 1/32 Modern GT, 1/27 Mini-Z GT and 1/24 Group C. Qualification and races 6 x 3 minutes. Qualification and race for Teams 6 x 6 minutes. Prize presentations. - Saturday, 30. September 2017 Tech check and Concourse 1/24 Historic’s and 1/24 FLM. Qualification and races 6 x 3 minutes and day and night race for teams 2 x 6 x 3 minutes. Hand-out and tech check for 1/24 Formula 1 and 1/24 GTJ. Prize presentations. - Sunday, 1. October 2017 Qualification and races 6 x 3 minutes and 6 x 5 minutes. Prize presentations. 3. Participation - The competition is an international event open to race for all domestic and foreign drivers. - Only cars matching the actual technical regulations of APC 1:24 GTJ, 1:24 Formula 1, 1:24 Group C, 1:24 FLM, 1:24 Historic Can-Am and Sports Cars, Mini-Z GT also 1:32 US Muscle Cars and 1/32 Modern GT Cars are allowed to enter the competition. All car specifications and regulations are available on the organizer's website : https://www.acehobbi...157863987150705 In all races all participants race with the same type of motor and rear tires. - In the 1:24 Historic Can-Am and Sports Car Class the concourse competition is part of the overall race result. - The 1/24 Group C Class will be a team race for two drivers, one car only, 3 lanes per driver. The 1:24 FLM Class will be a team race for 2 drivers, one car only, 3 lanes per driver. This race is divided in a day and a night section. Head and tail lights are required for all cars in this race event. 4. Registration Registration is open to all racers by mail or e-mail info@tbirdslotracing.com.au on a first come basis. NOTE : Entry registration will end at midnight 28. September 2017. Late entries will pay the late entry fee. Late entries may be refused if increased numbers cannot be scheduled. 5. Prizes There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finish podium for all APC Classes. There will also be a split A + B driver classification in 3 APC Classes (1/32 US Muscle, 1/27 Mini-Z GT and 1/24 Historic’s) with six podium places each. Prizes will be trophies as well as Plafit merchandizes and accessories. 6. Location The race event will take place at Thunderbird Slot Racing, Unit 6, 91 Research Rd, Pooraka SA 5095 AUSTRALIA. Ph +61 8 8262 2262 For further information on locations in Adelaide, transport and accommodation please consult the organizer's websites : https://www.tbirdslotracing.com.au or e-mail info@tbirdslotracing.com.au https://www.facebook...63720770585821/ https://www.facebook...Racing/?fref=nf http://www.auslot.co...t-championship/ 7. Organisation - The responsibility for all APC events has the race organisation. - 2017 Australian Plafit Championships 1:32 & 1:24 race organisation : - Thunderbird Slot Racing (contact: Chris Osborne info@tbirdslotracing.com.au - Ace Hobbies Import & Export (contact: Werner Wittsack acehobbies@bigpond.com ). - The APC is sanctioned and supported by official approval of Plafit (Ban Project and Sigma Hobbies, Yokohama, Japan). Status: March 2017 / Subject to alterations. RACE SCHEDULE - TIME TABLE Thursday, 28. September 2017 13:00 Raceway opens 13:15 Thursday Briefing 13:30 Scheduled Practice 1/32 US Muscle Cars + Modern GT 13:45 Scheduled Practice 1/27 Mini-Z GT 14:00 Scheduled Practice 1/24 Historic's 14:15 Scheduled Practice 1/24 Formula LeMans 14:30 Scheduled Practice 1/24 Group C 14:45 Scheduled Practice 1/24 Formula 1 15:00 Scheduled Practice 1/24 GTJ 15 minute break 15:30 Scheduled Practice 1/32 US Muscle Cars + Modern GT 15:45 Scheduled Practice 1/27 Mini-Z GT 16:00 Scheduled Practice 1/24 Historic's 16:15 Scheduled Practice 1/24 Formula LeMans 16:30 Scheduled Practice 1/24 Group C 16:45 Scheduled Practice 1/24 Formula 1 17:00 Scheduled Practice 1/24 GTJ 15 minute break 17:30 Scheduled Practice 1/32 US Muscle Cars + Modern GT 17:45 Scheduled Practice 1/27 Mini-Z GT 18:00 Tech. Check 1/32 US Muscle Cars Tech. Check 1/32 Modern GT Tech. Check 1/27 Mini-Z GT (All cars to remain in parc ferme overnight) 18:30 Scheduled Practice 1/24 Historic's 18:45 Scheduled Practice 1/24 Formula LeMans 19:00 Scheduled Practice 1/24 Group C 19:15 Scheduled Practice 1/24 Formula 1 19:30 Scheduled Practice 1/24 GTJ 19:45 Track is closed (Note : Scheduled Practice durations are depending on driver entry numbers) Friday, 29. September 2017 08:00 Raceway opens 08:15 Friday Briefing 08:30 * Scheduled Practice 1/32 US Muscle Cars + Modern GT 08:45 * Scheduled Practice 1/27 Mini-Z GT 09:00 * Scheduled Practice 1/24 Historic's 09:15 * Scheduled Practice 1/24 Formula LeMans 09:30 * Scheduled Practice 1/24 Group C 09:45 * Scheduled Practice 1/24 Formula 1 10:00 * Scheduled Practice 1/24 GTJ 10:15 * Scheduled Practice 1/32 US Muscle Cars + Modern GT 10:30 * Scheduled Practice 1/27 Mini-Z GT 10:45 Tech. Check 1/32 US Muscle Cars Tech. Check 1/32 Modern GT Tech. Check 1/27 Mini-Z GT 11:00 * Scheduled Practice 1/24 Historic's 11:15 * Scheduled Practice 1/24 Formula LeMans 11:30 * Scheduled Practice 1/24 Group C 11:45 * Scheduled Practice 1/24 Formula 1 12:00 * Scheduled Practice 1/24 GTJ 12:15 Tech. Check 1/24 Group C Lunch Break 13:00 Qualification 1/32 US Muscle Cars, one minute on one nominated lane 13:30 Race starts Heat #1 6 x 3 minutes 14:00 Race starts Heat #2 6 x 3 minutes 14:30 Race starts Heat #3 6 x 3 minutes 15:00 Race starts Heat #4 6 x 3 minutes 15:45 Qualification 1/32 Modern GT, one minute on one nominated lane 16:15 Race starts Heat #1 6 x 3 minutes 16:45 Race starts Heat #2 6 x 3 minutes 17:15 Race starts Heat #3 6 x 3 minutes 17:45 Race starts Heat #4 6 x 3 minutes 18:15 Trophy presentation for both 1/32 classes 18:30 Qualification 1/24 Group C, one minute on one nominated lane (1 team driver only) 19:00 Race starts Heat #1 6 x 6 minutes (each team driver has to drive 3 lanes) 19:45 Race starts Heat #2 6 x 6 minutes (each team driver has to drive 3 lanes) 20:30 Race starts Heat #3 6 x 6 minutes (each team driver has to drive 3 lanes) 21:15 Race starts Heat #4 6 x 6 minutes (each team driver has to drive 3 lanes) 22:00 Trophy presentation 22:15 (approx.) Raceway closes * Interstate drivers have priority use of the two Friday morning scheduled practice sessions. Saturday, 30. September 2017 08:00 Raceway opens 08:15 Saturday Briefing 08:30 Tech. Check and Concourse 1/24 Historic’s 08:45 Qualification 1/27 Mini-Z GT one minute on one nominated lane 09:30 Race starts Heat #1 6 x 3 minutes 10:00 Race starts Heat #2 6 x 3 minutes 10:30 Race starts Heat #3 6 x 3 minutes 11:00 Race starts Heat #4 6 x 3 minutes 11:30 Race starts Heat #5 6 x 3 minutes 11:45 Trophy presentation 11:30 Tech. Check 1/24 Formula LeMans Lunch Break 12:30 Qualification 1/24 Historic's one minute on one nominated lane 13:15 Race starts Heat #1 6 x 3 minutes 13:45 Race starts Heat #2 6 x 3 minutes 14:15 Race starts Heat #3 6 x 3 minutes 14:45 Race starts Heat #4 6 x 3 minutes 15:15 Race starts Heat #5 6 x 3 minutes 15:45 Trophy presentation 16:15 AUSTRALIAN PLAFIT ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP 16:15 Qualification 1/24 Formula LeMans One minute on one nominated lane (1 team driver only) 16:45 Day Session Race starts Heat #1 6 x 6 minutes (each team driver has to drive 3 lanes) 17:30 Day Session Race starts Heat #2 6 x 6 minutes (each team driver has to drive 3 lanes) 18:15 Day Session Race starts Heat #3 6 x 6 minutes (each team driver has to drive 3 lanes) 19:15 Night Session Race starts Heat #1 6 x 6 minutes (each team driver has to drive 3 lanes) 20:00 Night Session Race starts Heat #2 6 x 6 minutes (each team driver has to drive 3 lanes) 20:45 Night Session Race starts Heat #3 6 x 6 minutes (each team driver has to drive 3 lanes) 21:35 Trophy presentation 21:45 Hand-out for 1/24 Formula 1 and 1/24 GTJ 22:45 Tech. Check 1/24 Formula 1 and 1/24 GTJ (All cars to remain in parc ferme overnight 23:15 (approx.) Raceway closes Sunday, 1. October 2017 08:00 Raceway opens 08:15 Sunday Briefing 08:30 ADELAIDE PLAFIT FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX 08:30 Qualification 1/24 Formula 1 3 x 1 minute per driver 09:30 Race starts Heat #1 6 x 3 minutes 10:00 Race starts Heat #2 6 x 3 minutes 10:30 Race starts Heat #3 6 x 3 minutes 11:00 Race starts Heat #4 6 x 3 minutes 11:45 1/24 Formula 1 Final 6 x 3 minutes 12:15 Trophy presentation Lunch Break 13:00 Qualification 1/24 GTJ 1 minute on one nominated lane 13:45 Race starts Heat #1 6 x 5 minutes 14:30 Race starts Heat #2 6 x 5 minutes 15:15 Race starts Heat #3 6 x 5 minutes 16:00 Race starts Heat #4 6 x 5 minutes 17:00 Trophy presentation 17:30 End of APC 2017 TECH. CHECK After Tech. Check all race cars stay in Parc Ferme (impounded) until race end. Any maintenance or repair work can only be done under green flag situation (qualification and race). No tire and/or braid cleaning during lane changes. However this can be done before qualification and before the start of each race (heat + final) but only in the official Parc Ferme area which will be nominated. 1/24 FORMULA LeMANS Team Race This event features a day and night session. Therefore all cars must have head and tail lights. The motor allowed in this class is the Plafit Cheetah 4. HAND-OUT 1/24 GTJ - one marked Plafit Fox 4 Motor per driver. 1/24 Formula 1 - one marked Plafit Cheetah 4 Motor per driver. All motors are rpm dyno checked and pre-run in for 60 minutes at 2.5 Volts. Only these hand-out motors are to be used for qualification and races. No modification of these motors are allowed. No additional run-in on power supports allowed. QUALIFICATION 1/24 FORMULA 1 Each driver has 1 minute on 3 nominated lanes. The average of the three best lap times is the official qualifying time. There will be six cars on the track at the same time. Status: March 2017 / Subject to alterations due to the number of entries as well as the time necessary to correct any tech check queries and/or any track problems.
  16. Hi Jason, Can you please update as these are not the current ones ? Thanks. Cheers Werner
  17. Hi all, Please note that it has been decided to add one more race day to this year's APC due to a possible high number of participants. Therefore the official practice day is now on Thursday, 28.09. The Friday, 29.09. will already be the first race day followed by two more days, finishing Sunday, 01.10. late afternoon. A detailed schedule will be published in a few weeks to come. Cheers Werner
  18. Thunderbird Slot Racing Unit 6, 91 Research Road, Pooraka SA 5095, Australia +61 8 8262 2262 info@tbirdslotracing.com.au 28. September - 01. October 2017 Proposed Plafit Classes to be raced : 1/32 US Muscle Cars 1/32 Modern GT 1/27 Mini-Z GT 1/24 Historic's 1/24 Group C (Team Race) 1/24 Formula LeMans (Team Race) 1/24 Formula 1 1/24 Japanese GT (GTJ)
  19. ...........Photos and the official results are now here : https://get.google.com/albumarchive/100400793531523576905/album/AF1QipPNGYvEz83FRJcR-Ffk1seZgq1dmnZvg-RXeipZ Cheers Werner
  20. .....My little tribute for Chris Amon : Ferrari 312P as raced by him at the 1969 BOAC International 500, Brands Hatch. 1/24 scale, resin body. I have watched him in Formula 1 and Sports Car Racing throughout Europe. Always spectacular. Cheers Werner
  21. With the big weekend in August coming closer there are a few points to be mentioned : - Not sure if it has been published enough but this year we have selected 3 classes where we will have a double classification : 1/32 US Muscle Cars, 1/27 Mini-Z GT and 1/24 Historic's will have a so-called A + B driver competition to encourage more beginner level entries. B drivers are indentified as racers who have not yet featured in a top three position in previous APC's and MCN's single race format events. So this year there will be three additional trophies up for grabs in each of the mentioned three classes. - For the 1/24 Formula LeMans team race please make sure that your cars have lights as this event is scheduled on Saturday late afternoon and for the second race we might dim the shop lights above the track. It will be interesting to see which car class (1/24 FLM or 1/24 Formula 1) will feature the fasted lap time this year. In practice so far the 1/24 FLM's had a very close advantage. Compared to the times from the 2014 APC on the very same Plafit Masters Track, it seems that the new Plafit Cheetah 4 Motor is a rather noticeable improvement and a new lap record will be on the cards. However the opposite race direction might have an influence. - With this year's APC time schedule together with probably a very high number of entries, it is very important during the event to strictly stick to the times outlined. So, please make sure that your cars are ready at any stage to avaiod delays. We will have pre-tech checks available during both practice days on Thursday (free practice - clockwise track direction) and on Friday (scheduled practice - anticlockwise track direction). Please use these to make sure that your cars will pass tech without any problems. - Finally, so close to this year's APC, it would be appreciated to get all entries. So please let us have your entry forms asap which is very important for our planning and organisation for such a big event. If you need entry forms sent by e-mail, please let me know. Looking forward to see you all shortly in sunny QLD. Cheers Werner
  22. .......The official APC Entry Form is now available : https://picasaweb.google.com/100400793531523576905/APC2016
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