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  1. Well done......It would appear from the picture that you have set the vertical centerline of the bushing placement above the motor shaft centerline ???..........what is the "offset" measurement ??,.....and, did you incorporate holes in the bulkhead for motor screws !! Cheers Chris Walker
  2. Hi Den, The SCX "Pro" pod only fits the SCX "Pro" cars, of which there were only a few....... 2 COT Nascars (Ford and Chevy) an Audi R8 , a Porsche 911 GT3, and a 4 wheel drive Citroen Xsara rally car. These cars were not sold in sets, and came in kit form in a Box, clearly marked "Pro".......not your run of the mill SCX !! I have both the Audi and the 911 (sorry not a Nascar fan), and with some sorting, they are more than potent cars,....no comparison to any other SCX. If you can find one, I would certainly recommend. The motor pod will accept any can drive FC130, FK180., or Flat6 , using 2mm motor screws (you will obviously need to use the top holes on the Flat 6 can due to its lower profile) ... The bracket is rigid enough that adapters are completely unnecessary,....2mm motor screws and you are good to go. Cheers Chris Walker
  3. Hi Shayne,....all the "Pro" motor pods are the same................why are you trying to print one ??......can't find originals/spares ??, trying to improve on it ??, and, what would you do to improve it ?? It is quite a good pod as is.....a stiff back end,.. it has motor screw holes in the bracket, and it will accept either spherical or single flanged bushings. Just curious...... Cheers Chris Walker
  4. Fairly even,..........but as each driver must run a heat in each lane, it all works out in the end Cheers Chris Walker
  5. Hi Mark, Different tracks for different folks..........there are lots of folks who drop by with their kids, and want to use the cars they got for Xmas/Birthdays etc., and a track that works with their magnet cars is of benefit to them........as well , if one does sell plastic tracks, having a working example in store is not a bad idea. While it is certainly not a wood track in terms of pure performance, built and powered well (which it is) it is not a bad surface at all, and plastic is widely used in 1/32 and 1/24 racing in Europe and elsewhere. All round, it is certainly better than the other plastic alternatives. As far as a wood track, there is one of those as well, it will be a spray glue track, for the metal chassis type cars,..........it was built by, Steve Olgilvie (builder of hundreds of commercial tracks), and while Ernie has many skills, he has never built a wood track Excuse the bad pictures, but this is progress (slow) to date. Cheers Chris Walker The Policar track needs a few more border bits, and a good clean, but, is essentially done. The Ogilvie wood track, has been painted (epoxy paint) and is currently being taped/braided.
  6. Hello Rob,........You could file it, but, it will take a while ............I use a dremel/cut off disc to take off most of the material, and then clean it up with a file. The cut off disc will cut the tube quickly and easily. Take a bit at a time, you only need to take enough so that the face of the axle (closest to the motor can) is just proud of the tube. Use a file to just score the inside edges of the pod bushing holes, and glue the tube in..............the use of this tube is a very worthwhile modification on any pod where it will fit (sidewinder/anglewinder). Hope this helps Cheers Chris Walker Another example.......this one was done years ago to an older Ninco (no pod ) chassis. I did rebuild the motor box to add rear end stiffness, and added some adjustable front axle blocks. It was one of my quickest/best handling cars......it has been given to a new owner, and is still winning club events. In this case, the angle of the motor did not require any mods. to the axle tube.
  7. Hi Mark, I understand and appreciate your concerns/issues with MRSlotcar, and, I am only forwarding this post from a "what is possible" design perspective. The standard MRSlotcar FF050 sidewinder pod utilizes a 5.5mm pinion, with a 15.5mm Spur, and has plenty of motor/axle clearance, as well as ample room (clearance and pod upright durability) for standard double flanged snap in bushings. For higher RPM FF050 motors (that favour a higher numeric gear ratio), I do regularly use a 4.5mm pinion, with a 16.5mm Spur, again, with no clearance issues. This is a pic. of a 30K Ff050 installed into the MRSlotcar pod, using a 4.5mm pinion, and a 16.5mm Spur.........plenty of clearance. I did slightly reduce the OD of the busing flanges, but there is sufficient clearance even if this was not done. The pod Paul has designed is just fine, (it looks good) , and , will no doubt work well, but, if a little more bushing flange clearance is needed, he could reduce the width of the inside of the rear upright support tabs he has designed into this pod, and add this "meat"to the outside of the rear uprights. (You will notice in the above pic. that the inside edges of the bushing flanges are just outside the can edges) Again, I am in no way trying to interfere/denegrate......just trying to provide some info on what can be done to engineer around a "fit" issue. Cheers Chris Walker PS As I mentioned in a previous post, in a recent proxy that allowed either a stock Scaley FC130, or, a Scaley FF050, the top 3 cars were all 050 powered. (all tracks were typical twisty wood club tracks)
  8. Hi Mark, As 5mm pinions are far from common, and as most folks will not turn down 18mm spurs to 17.5, (not really recommended) , it would seem that the pod with the reduced spacing will be considerably less useful (and somewhat more confusing) for most folks.The pod with the 5.5mm pinion/18mm spur spacing will allow (with good mesh) 5.5mm pinions of 8/9/10T and 18mm Spurs with between 31 to 36T. This would seem to be the simple route as both 5.5mm pinions and 18mm spurs are basically universally available, and understood by most. As an option to the standard spacing (5.5mm/18mm) Motor/axle spacing to accommodate a 5.5mm pinion and a 16.5mm spur, would be, to my mind, a much better second option, but, I do appreciate your comments on your desire to stock 16.5mm spurs Cheers Chris Walker
  9. Hi Folks, As a kid, I was never a big fan of the Strombecker cars, largely because of their relative lack of performance (vs. the stuff I was running/building) but, they did make some very nice and accurate molds, and, with a little work, they can be made into some very very nice cars. So, a few decades later, I have become a bit of a fan, and have found and restored quite a few. All of the cars below run on either the Strombecker 2 piece brass "Competition" chassis, or on brass/piano wire chassis that I have built for them.......a couple of the scratchbuilt cars are more than a match for all but the best current plastic cars. Cheers Chris Walker PS some may have seen these on another forum,......so,......just look away McKee Mk 10......... Lotus 30........ Cheetah........... Another Cheetah............ Ferrari Dino............. Ford J car........... Lotus 19............. McLaren M1B........... Porsche RS60.......... Ferrari 265..........
  10. Hi Paul, Assuming you are using the typical (.5 module) pinions/spurs from Slot-it/NSR/Tslot, etc,. and not pure pitch gears, I do not understand why you would need varying motor shaft/axle clearance between an 8T and 9T pinion..............both pinions, (given your stated tooth count) should be 5.5mm in diameter, and the spurs 18mm. ?? Cheers Chris Walker PS would love to see a pic. of the finished pod.
  11. A couple of comments on your pod(s) so far Bingo........hope you do not mind !!......they do look good !! In a previous post, Mark mentioned that for cars with smaller od. wheels/tires, a 17/5 mm spur gives a tad more track clearance for a given rear tyre dia., which is certainly a bonus.........give the space between the rear axle and motor can, you could consider doing a pod with less gap,....one which would utilize a 16.5mm spur (MRSlotcar), coupled with a 5.5mm pinion. The smaller spur does offer some benefits......... 1/ It allows even smaller rear dia. rear tyres to be used, still with reasonable track clearance. 2/ For long proxy events, or for those that run their tyres for ages, it allows more wear to occur without track damage 3/ It sits level with the bottom of the pod face, which helps protect the spur in an "off" 4/ Most importantly, for a given rear tyre dia, it allows the use of a smaller dia, wheel, coupled with a taller tyre sidewall, which offers more tyre compression, aiding grip. All the above points must obviously be measured against any of your club rules !! For the above reasons, I use only 15.5 or 16.5mm spurs in all my race cars. Cheers Chris Walker
  12. slotcrazy, on 15 Sept 2020 - 7:54 PM, said: Hi Mark, Excellent idea, you will not be disappointed !! I have used FF050 motors in both scratchbuilt and plastic car chassis for quite some time, in inline, sidewinder, and anglewinder configurations. Although they obviously do not have the pure grunt of the FC130 or FK180 motors, their lighter weight, certainly reduces the "polar moment of inertia", and therefore improves the handling and the transitional response. While on longer more open tracks. the grunt of the 130/180's is tough to beat, on shorter twistier club tracks the FF050 powered cars more than hold their own. (just gear them properly) The Policar FF050, is certainly the pick of the litter among the 050's, and, I have used this motor in a couple of recent proxies with very good success. A commercial grade oilite (3/32 x 3/16) offers more precision, and is as free running as any bushing offered by any of the typical plastic car offerings............the Prof. Mtr. oilites fall into this category, and, I use single flanged oilites in all my car/pods. The single flanged bushing also allows (with a simple pod modification) for the option of narrowing the rear end, for those cars with slim rear ends. Cut the "fingers" that hold the spherical bushings, ream the holes to 3/16 and align/glue the oilites. The picture below is an example on an inline...........I needed a very narrow rear end (Austin Healy Sprite), so the flanges were installed inboard..........saved a few precious mm per side. A few examples of the FF050 in various chassis. This car was built for the SCCA proxy 2/3 years back...........you could use an 18K FC130, or, a Policar 050,............the top 3 cars all used the 050. This has oilites, flanges mounted inboard. This 050 is mounted in a MRSlotcar sidewinder pod............extremely well balanced !!,.........it has since been replaced with a Policar 050 This 050 sidewinder pod is designed to use a 4.5mm pinion, and a 15.5mm spur This is a Policar in a 3D anglewinder pod from LEB Hobbies. The pod did need a fair bit of work, but this car (built for this years SCCA proxy....050 or 18K FC130) appeared to be the class of the field, until it was postponed after just a few rounds due to Covid. This pod also had the protruding bushing "feelers" removed, and single flanged oilites installed........I needed the extra space, and the oilites just offer more precision. And an 050 in a scratchbuilt sidewinder,.........again, the motor has since been replaced by a Policar.......one of my best all round cars for club type tracks. This was posted on another Forum, and Mark asked that I post it here. Cheers Chris Walker
  13. Hi Mark, ........as it is a commercial venue, it will invariably take some punishment, so it will be fixed in position. This will be Ernie's 6th commercial shop, and I have no doubts that both tracks will be assembled/wired/powered/finished to a very high standard. Cheers Chris Walker
  14. Lots of power taps (every 10 sections), and a regulated variable voltage 50Amp power supply. Cheers Chris Walker
  15. Likely not too many of the regulars here will ever see this in person, but, I thought I would post a couple of pics. of the work in process tracks that will be in Ernie Mosettis' soon to be open shop. First a 135ft. 6 lane Policar track..............mainly for 1/32 plastic based cars. And yet to be painted/braided Ogilvie 135ft (ish) flat track.........this will be a spray glue track. Although not seen in the pics., there is plenty of room for pit tables, shop etc. Cheers Chris Walker
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