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  1. Good point Nonfractal, on one of my braided tracks sometimes a single thread of the braid breaks away and shorts across the slot to the other braid. This effectively slows or stops that lane. If it can't be located visually I reluctantly turn up the power to burn it off. Occasionally I see a small spark as the offending piece is vaporised. Then the lane is back to normal.
  2. The previously mentioned problem sounds very much like over current / voltage protection activating, saving the equipment from damage. It would not change my decision on what to buy.
  3. Does anyone know what happened to the slot car centre in Charmhaven, NSW, has it changed hands?
  4. Drifter

    Sorell Creek Track

    Looks great. "Always say it will be ready by Christmas, but just don't say which Christmas" :-)
  5. I wonder which is more cost effective at that size of layout, timber or plastic?
  6. Sometimes it's good just to take a break, "a change is as good as a holiday" :-)
  7. I've found that when turning down the braid at the ends it is important to clamp the braid in the gain with a scrap of timber and use another scrap to turn down the braid. This creates a more permanent 90 degree bend and reduces the tendency for the braid to want to sell straighten and lift. When first starting out, I made the mistake of laying braid under a carport on a hot day and when the braid cooled it contracted and pulled away from the corners. Lesson learned :-) If the pin in the router bit is jamming another cause can be the mdf is flexing downwards making the walls of the slot close in on the pin. Keeping the track piece well supported will avoid this. I agree, "I personally believe the entire braid will require to be removed and relaid or replaced, awaiting solution/s as I mentioned." I have done enough braided track that I don't enjoy doing it anymore :-)
  8. I had a similar experience to Yngwie, I ended up re-building the straight section to run under rather than over. It made a huge improvement.
  9. Yes there was a good turnout IMHO. It is the first time for me so I can't compare to other years. I often had to wait for people to move away from the tables so I could see what cars and accessories were on offer. Everyone was very friendly and polite.
  10. I went along today just to have a look,...…….. now I have 6 new cars!.
  11. Drifter

    Bye Bye Holden

    I had many Holdens over the years, my dad always encouraged us to "buy local" to support local industry. Sadly not everyone got the memo? I sold my last one, a 1996 V8 Ute in 2007, and haven't seen it since. That was until yesterday when out of the blue I was behind it in traffic, 2klms from where I live. Couldn't believe my eyes! ( the guy that bought it lived 150klms away )
  12. I saw this on youtube.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvwwYeDVAqk
  13. Drifter

    Blst Style Track

    Here's a BLST demo I did a while back whilst trying piano wire for braid on my old test track. This uses the LDR's.
  14. I'm more inclined to direct my spending to an active sponsor where possible. However ~100+ passionate members can promote and improve the forum much more effectively than a handful of sponsors I think.
  15. Drifter

    Blst Style Track

    Thank you for the encouragement lads. Re the flippers, yes they are active just like a normal BLST one, except I built them rather than purchase from David in France (Silage). That's what I mean with the phrase "BLST style". With my setup I have been experimenting with LDRs (light dependant resistors ) to trigger the flipper rather than "current sense" as used by Silage. A mini 12v solenoid actuates the flipper, logic is handled by a Arduino pro mini. Voltage reduction for the Arduino by a buck converter, as the pro mini boards are maxed out at 12v and tend to pop if you get a spike. Track is DC. The track drives really nice, I personally am really pleased how that aspect turned out. The basic track layout/design was inspired by one of MrFlippant's portable tracks on SF.
  16. Drifter

    Blst Style Track

    I got a new router for Xmas, and now I have 4 of them. Next I started routing / building.........
  17. I like the "Men's Shed" description . I think it's only natural that the ladies need a break from us blokes :-)
  18. Good on ya Vinno, I intend to be around here for quite a while too... Happy to chip in if needed.
  19. Good point munter.... Step 8. Once cooled apply force to the wire, about the same as you would tying a shoelace to test you have a good solder joint.
  20. To solder to braid, I find this works well.... 1. Use a soldering iron with a large tip. 2. If it has temperature control, turn it up ~20 degrees C 3. Put a non residue flux on the braid, don't be shy. It aids with heat transfer as well as oxidisation. 4. Tin the wire you are going to solder on to the braid. 5. Load the tip of the iron with solder so when you make contact with the braid there is some stored heat in the solder and it helps heat transfer. The braid will absorb a lot of heat from the iron ( because that hat copper does), so when you put the iron on the braid wait about 5 secs for the iron's temperature to recover. At this point start feeding a little more solder in until you have a small molten pool. 6.Bring your pretinned wire in, and place it in the pool. Hold in place with a screwdriver etc. and take the iron away allowing it all to cool. 7. Doing this from underneath a table / track is very hard.
  21. Drifter

    Kyosho Mini-Z

    That will be very interesting to see how it goes. Probably be a lot of fun.
  22. I think it is champion seeing Skaife and Ingle commentating together - I still remember "that swerve" :lol: :lol: :lol: Now this is where Peter Perfect comes in. Myself, a mate and his 12 year old son had been at Pukekohe for the weekend, a great weekend too as my travel agent upgraded us from basic entry tickets to corporate top end with full pit access. Anyways, as a result my mates son Chris got every autograph on his shirt he wanted except Peter Brock who was mobbed more than most. As we left the circuit at the end of the weekend, we got one further exit along the road in a stop-start crawl, and who should be leaving as we stopped near the teams exit, yep Peter. So we got Chris to jump out of the car, and run over to where he as being mobbed in the car for autographs by the exit pathway gate Traffic partially clears JUST as young Chris gets there. He starts to turn away in disappointment, so Brock grabs his arm, says hold onto the door, and inches forward onto the road with Chris walking beside him. We watch from 2 cars back as Chris walks on the drivers side 20 metres or so until the traffic stops again, Brock signs his shirt with a felt marker, then gets Chris to walk around the front of his car to the road verge while he stays still and holds the traffic behind, then we roll up and collect him. Can't get a better motor sports hero than that. This is unsurprising about Brocky. I had the unbelievable good luck to drive with him ( I was a passenger) at Oran Park. He had never met me or knew who I was, but he was friendly and down to earth. And boy could he drive! It's one thing to watch from the sidelines or on the TV, but being in the car with him you soon realise why he won so often. I will never forget that day.
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