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Our proxy race is starting in April and that looks like being a rush for experienced builders, so leave plenty of time.

Tyres should not need to be replaced. we get four races out of sponge tyres IF people allow a lille extra clearance. How many people wera out rubber tyres? They usually go "OFF" before they need to be replaced, even Pro Slot which I think are the softest.

 

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Phil, are the 2005 race's rules and regs posted yet please? I checked the links in your sig and could only see the 2004 results.

 

Thanks


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Bump: My apologies i had not updated the link. The rules are posted and the first race date is set for 19th April with at least 3 other races following down here then 2 in the US then the cars go to the UK for the first of 4 probable races in August. There may be another 2 races back in the US later.

 

For you guys thinking of building for Hoffy's Austslot race here are some links to chassis building articles.

 

Chris Brigg's

 

Weird Jack's

 

Mark Gussin's

 

Graham's Site

 

 

So get busy and have a go,you will be surprised how easy it is once you get started.

 

Phil


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Dont just takes Phil's word!!!

The chassis that I built last week (my first)took 4 nights to complete (I haven't mounted the body yet...).

 

I gave it a run on Tuesday night and was pleasently suprised. It might not be a lap record holder, but jeez, it runs well!!!

Hmmmm, now I am already planning the next one

 

 

OK, on to the next item on the agenda... How does Mid to late May tickle everyones fancy, with the first race in Adelaide?

That should give everyone plenty of time.


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Sounds good to me. If we are going to run there first I suggest we run the other the southern states and send them on up through NSW and to QLD.

 

Are there enough WA guys on the forum to go there too?

I am assuming that the guys talking to Hoffy are entering the races he is organising. Most of us will need some experience before entering Phils group.

 

It is starting to sound like fun. I went from maybe to a definately.

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evenin' all

 

What about a round on the south island as well? I'm sure Phil and the Hobart gang have a suitable venue available.

LB

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I have already mentioned that we can organise at least one round on the routed tracks down here. It would also be a good comparison how the cars compare to the World Proxy cars.

 

If any one needs help feel free to ask. I have just found the report on our Proxy one race,so I will load that up on the site soon as those cars almost suit Hoffy's race.

 

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Yes I figured that would be a good idea as the cars will get a good run on a range of track surfaces. An overall car will have to work reasonably well on plastic and wood so I would like to see it go to Tassie as well.

 

I am sure Hoffy would like to see them go to as many different venues as possible but I will let him speak for himself.

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AS long as people are happy to pay the postage!!!

 

For this first attempt 3 or 4 different locations would be good (ie, different states. It would be ok to have say 2 races in Adelaide. AT least I could hand deliver the cars)


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Here are two pics of a simple jig made from a piece of craft wood. Just draw some lines square to one side and drill some pin holes to hold the axles.

Once I decide on the body I will drill holes to hold the front axle.

 

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Here is a link to several other chassis jigs. This site also has plenty of chassis pics.

 

 

Scratchbuilt jigs

 

Phil


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I'll put together a Touring car this weekend based on the PCS 32 chassis and Hoffy's rules to see how it runs.

 

I'll post some pics next week.

 

regards

 

Alan

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Hi Hoffy

 

I built one over the weekend to see how it would go. This is not the normal type of car I build as it is far too modern, but I got to say it was good fun!.

 

I thought I would try and build this car as cheaply as possible and with very basic components. That way it forms a good base line so that you can monitor any improvements you may make to the car.

 

I decided that I would use one of the Revell range of Touring cars kits from the German DTM series. Several reasons for this :-

 

1) They are a cheap kit to buy

2) They are very strong

3) They are very easy to put together

4) They are pre-painted and decaled.

5) My 1:1 car is one of these!................. :angry:

 

The chassis is a standard PCS32, with no alterations.

The motor is a standard Mabuchi

The gear train/back axle is standard Scalextric

The Guide is a TSRF Scalex/Fly replacement

 

OK That's the basics, this is the car!....:-

 

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Iused the wheels and tyres from the kit, together with the front axle, (I told you it was cheap!).

 

Although they are all over the place when you fit them and require a lot of truing, they are made from a very soft compound which grips to Scalex Sport track really well.

 

This is the underside of the chassis :-

 

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As you can see, (at least I hope you can 'cause it's a poor photo!), there is plenty of room under the shell for this little chassis. The chassis is attached to the shell by means of thre mounting posts, cut to length and fixed with two part epoxy.

 

I experimented by adding weight. 2.5 grams are added to each corner of the chassis.

 

This is the top of the Chassis :-

 

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A further 12.5 grams are added just behind the front body mounting point.

 

This may seem like a lot of weight, but previous Proxies have taught me that a heavy car is a much easier car to drive than a light car, not faster just easier.

 

So thats about it....Total cost about £20 (UKP)....that's say $48 AUS.

 

I'm very pleased with the car, it does go really well and handles like a dream.

 

As far as tuning goes, I would change the pinion and rear axle, gear and bearings for Slot.it items. I don't think you can beat them.

I wouldn't change the motor or the wheels, but I would change the tyres for my own beloved Ortmans.

 

This is a very cheap and easy option for those that want to "dip their toes" into the water of scratchbuilding.

 

What do you Guy's think?........

 

Regards

 

Alan

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5) My 1:1 car is one of these!................. biggrin.gif

You drive a Merc DTM car?? Jeez you must have some fun at traffic lights. at last something to beat those pesky Subaru WRX's !!!

 

Thanks for all that work as it looks like anyone could have a go at this quite cheaply.

 

We now seem to have a pretty complete set of reference material in this thread to build cars for both classes.

 

I visited Armchair yesterday but couldn't see the Pendle chassis on display. Jim had the day off though so I'll check again today.


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RailRacer has something similar. Have you two ever been out for a "quiet drive along the motorway", and if so who won?

 

Patto has the TSRF guides and they work very well. The guide fits quite snugly in a sleeve so there is no freeplay.


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Update on the Pendle chassis:

Jim has them in stock but he keeps them in his office i.e. not on display, so you'll need to ask.


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Thanks for that BeeJay!!!!

 

OK, for those of you who want to use the Pre-built option, is the PCS chassis fine?? Or do you want the flexibility to use the HRS as well??

 

I am happy to accomodate both, but, since I am not planning to go down that path, I will let majority choose.

 

You have until the end of the week.......


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Hoffy, I'm fine with either, and if the Pendle chassis is cheaper then so be it.

 

And in case it hasn't been said, you've done an outstanding job to organise this ! This thread has so much great information and acted as a springboard for some of us wannabe scratch-builders and proxy racers to have a go, you've done us a great service. Give yourself a pat on the back.

 

Cheers

Glenn


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Hey guys,

 

For those of you who are still interested, I haven't forgotten. Just been busy with work of the last week or so.

 

I will let you know when I finalise the rules and get a website up and running. Then I could possibly get some firm start dates

 

Watch this space

 

Hoffy


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Am busy fitting an Airfix Aston Martin to a Pendle chassis for testing for this, Hoffy, so no rush!

 

What with the Pendle chassis being available in Sydney, a spare Airfix Aston Martin kit on the shelf, SwissRacer's review of that chassis using the Airfix body and the latest Model Car Racing magazine featuring the LM version of the Aston Martin DB4 (using a Carrera DB5) , how could I refuse? The delay has been finding and filling all the mould imperfections in the body. What looks fine under artifical light is horrible when primed, lots of moulding flaws. The chassis is easy, and very small, it takes a Scalex or Fly motor directly. I hope to have something to show next week.

 

Then its a visit to JoeZ to find out how he pushs the NC-1 drive shafts through so it can race in our Ninco Classic's series.


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I am currently or occasionally working on an old Scalextric Escort. It was heavily modded but had been thrashed so I am widening the flares and fitting a Slotit HRS chassis that my Pirtek Falcon was kind enough to donate.

 

Hoffy you said around april or so I think so I wasn't rushing either. I have been concentrating on winning at Colyton instead. :P

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I thought this Aston Martin was going to be easy so I could post something on the Pendle chassis by now -- wrong.

 

After filling the body of most of the nicks and molding imperfections followed by a couple of mist coats of silver to find faults and block out the colour, yesterday was colour coat day. Now I've never used automotive paint on a slot-car before but lots of reports say its the same as model spray cans. For whatever reason, alignment of planets or not, the paint came out all matt and lumpy, not like the Tamiya paints' mirror finish at all. So a couple of hours with cutting compound today and I'm making slow progress.... argghhhhhhh!!! Once this is done (that is, nnear enough!), then its a little playing with bare metal foil. This car isn't meant for the proxy races but might work for the Coyton Ninco Classic series.

 

I also noticed that the roof pillars are nice and thin but possibly not up to the rigours of racing. The interior glass might help stiffen the pillars except all the photos of the real car show the windows are down.

 

Its all a learning experience, better to find out now than in the race itself.

 

All of which brings me to a question about these proxy races -- will there be any points for presentation, i.e. concourse? I know the grand masters always submit immaculately-finished cars but for muggins here, how much effort and weight (paint, clear etc) should go into the body?

 

Cheers

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