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    Slots of course, "retired" squash fanatic, armchair motor racing devotee. I follow most oval ball games.
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  1. Okay folks, I have tidied up this thread by removing some posts, so page 1 may look slightly disjointed. We hope that the work of C-Type will be of interest to digital users on forum, and that all contributors will maintain a good perspective. C-Type - if you have some videos of cars running with your chips, any additional stills to show, please share. - Video links should be able to be posted directly into the post, images using the "Insert other media" link at bottom right. Any problems with those, just holler.
  2. I don't recall the unit, but if it is angle-winder, there would be very limited market outside of the plastic track world on the continent. Do you recall the product code - The ScaleAuto product list is a spreadsheet about the size of the calculation for the meaning of life - which is 42, or 56, or something similar. (Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. "I KNEW there was something fundamentally wrong...." ) I would have sold 10 of every sidewinder complete rolling HRS unit, to 3 of the inline and 1 of the angle-winder, just to give you an idea. I imagine Armchair are the same.
  3. And now to this week. Oakland Raceway - doors open as usual for practice at 6pm, but if anyone needs to true any tyres, etc, feel free to come from 5:30 We are back to week 1 Week 1 1 BTCC (British Touring Cars Championship) - [ Modern ERA Scalextric models - MG6, VW Passat, BMW 125, Honda Civic Type R] - and Crockett's BMW 320? 2 Muscle Cars 3 1965 to 1980 sports Gotta find me one of those Bimmers like Crockets ...............
  4. Sheesh, we didn't even reprise the racing last week. It was a great night at Upham Downs. Graeme has settled back in, Munter seems to be catching the bug again.... Jurassic Park is alive and rolling with a reptile back in the house. A spot of the modified 70s' Scaley F1s
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  6. Hey Chris funnily enough, I have one of the new-ish ScaleAuto Audi R8 "R Series" set up for the same class. It has that pod, and is very smooth. I just haven't found the sweet spot in tuning to get it around corners as quick. In the end, we are still talking about the curse of the ages "The Ninco Hop" Play it again Sam
  7. Done that too, have bent brass rod to run along the back of the motor and onto the top of both axles bushes, used the Slotting Plus "Ninco" axle tubes, anyfink wot wurks eh! I'm all for finding lazy ways to do things.
  8. We were running GT3 at our local club last night, so I dutifully pulled some cars to decide which to run, preferring the new Sideways BMW M6 above. But I wasn't happy, as although it was fast, it still had a little shudder, especially under hard acceleration from standing, or out of low speed hairpins. In line with my butcherous habits above, I whipped out the rear axle, taped the underside of the empty magnet pocket to seal it, and filled that and the triangular pocket right behind the motor with JB (quick) Weld - the 1 hour cure version. Then I reassembled minus the rear wheels, and left it running at 2 volts, just to ensure the rear bush uprights were in correct alignment during the setting process. After an hour, I put the wheels back on it, and tested from standing start. All the twist was gone from the pod, and the car was smooth as butter. I don't ever recall making such improvement with such a simple low tech fix. More like what we expect on wood with a well setup sidewinder unit - which is mostly the preferred option in our neck of the woods. SlotMadMac was also giving his the first hitout, having converted his to sidewinder - not sure what motor he used, but guessing a Shark 22? Mac ? We ran almost identical lap times. This probably deserves a spot in the "cheap tricks" thread. Worth the cost of a half teaspoon of hard set 2-pot epoxy if you have any issues with a Sideways angle-winder in high grip situations.
  9. Easy enough to do C-Type, just copy the image address as you have it in the other forum, then choose the "Insert other media"menu option bottom right of the posting window, and paste that address into it, done.
  10. Test Seems to be working okay for me Rick. But I know I have issues posting photos from this Google Chrome browse on the UK slot forums, as they somehow don't like the security tag stuff Chrome applies I have to use Firefox over there. Could it be something of that ilk for you here - what browsers have you tried so far?
  11. I am just pleased that the standard C1 formula tyres on the monoposto work pretty well. It is nice NOT to need to change tyres for wood use. Someone who shall remain nameless for now, but has a tricky 3 lane wood track south of here, just grabbed sets of wheels, inserts and C1 tyres - presumably to fit to some other brand car. It will be interesting to get some feedback from him in a couple of weeks. - I'll follow up with him.
  12. Thanks everyone for taking the time to give feedback, it helps everyone to see what others are thinking. That goes for other events as well where people are conflicted by model differences. I suspect that in all the chain of replies, the main point of my post may have been unclear or gotten a little lost. Do what you may, the Opel begins with a distinct advantage. That has proven the case all over the world, where Slot.it DTM has become almost a single car class. I tried to write the rules in 2018 to level the playing field a little, especially with a new class, where people had just invested in a car (other than the Opel) In the previous two DTM, I allowed weight in the Alfas (and would have in the Mercedes in 2020 had the event not been canceled due to Covid.) This slowed the Alfa straight line speed a little, but gave them better handling, and showed in the overall pack results those two years, where Opels came out on top, but the results were close-ish. As I couldn't be faffed trying to rejig it this year at the time on that basis, I used a min/max weight. Without a minimum weight, the Opels would likely have marched away even more - as Mac said, the weight did slow his car. I set the minimum weight to what Tony suggested year one, and thought "now we'll find out". It is no coincidence all the fast drivers chose the fastest model. I had an Opel set up that was nearly 2/10ths faster than my Alfa. - Even before fine tuning on my track, I easily ran some test laps of 7.0s and 7.1s on Macs a few weeks ago while no one was looking, then quietly removed it. (At the time I had it sitting about 75 grams - below legal weight, but close). On my track at 80 grams, I had it down to consistent 5.1s - very close to most guy's GT3 cars on my track. Had the motor not smoked out for some weird reason on Thursday, I would have been running that Opel. That would have seen the top 5 places go to Opels, 6th down would stay the same 6th Piebones Snake-Alfa, 7th Scotts Opel 8th Pats Merc. 9th Tony's Merc 10th JK's Opel That seems less even than previous results, 7 Opels in the top 10 For interest, most Opels were JUST over 80 grams, the heaviest was 81 and change. The Alfas, Mercs and the 2 Nissans I weighed, were almost all sitting at 84 to 85. I don't think I saw any outside of 84 - 86..... Of course, dropping the minimum weight requirement as Mac suggested above, would pretty much take us back to my original rules. Most people COULD run the Opel with no weight - and it would be quicker, while most found that mid 80s was optimal for the Alfas etc So we have 3 main options to my thinking - Just let it run, and the DTM may become mostly a single car class - at least in terms or sharp end results, but some will still choose to run what they like regardless - Find a formula that roughly levels the models for the sake of interest, and to save some guys buying an extra car if they want a shot at podium. - A week before the event, we lock Mac in the shed with a couple of dozen cars, and he can press the release button when he has them all set up to run 7 flat........... After having run these cars since 2018, the world isn't going to fall off it's axis whatever is done going forward, but there is just that part niggling deep inside of me that says it would look and feel good to have a good spread of all the models in the event.
  13. HAH ! at first I assumed it was someone in Oz wanting them, then I realised you were in NZ, but had no idea who the forum handle belonged to Dave. Sent a few sets to north of that Whangaparoa border
  14. He's probably just getting poxy that you're having all the fun, and he has been declared 'persona non grata' for making rude comments about the racing. Mess with his mind, take him an invoice from the club for promoting the firm on track borders. Guys, I am about 50/50 for tomorrow.
  15. Welcome aboard Lotus - hang about, you'll find a lot of helpful information, a pack of nutters to marvel at, and maybe a few good fellas as well. I take it you are either a Jafa, or one of the poor unfortunate Northlanders invaded by that border breach around Snells Beach. - It's okay, we're not prejudiced "some of my best friends are orklanders" as the saying goes. About 20% of the populace here are kiwis, including the overly verbose mob in the Hawkes Bay club thread...... One pack there - will be a 2 pack And the inter-brand adapter sections you will need
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