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    • #17889
      ArtArt
      Super Moderator

      Despite the fact that our regional governments were recently ambushed and are scrambling with no coherent plan to immunize, our Ontario government passed the buck while deferring to regional medical officers in their ivory towers, and our fearless entitled drama queen Justin spouts more bullshit while ensuring he stands by our country last in G7 and worse than 40th in global vaccines to date I hope – I sincerely hope – we’ll be safe by later this year. Given our government’s track record now I don’t believe I’ll receive a vaccine until next winter. I hope the rest of you remain more optimistic – at least for your own sanity… as such…

      An outdoor track may be the only place we might race safely later this year/fall.

      Help me with your suggestions as far as how many lanes, how long, how easily transported – I guess I’m asking how many of you might participate on a strictly outdoor venue/track later this summer and fall. If proxy participation is anything to go by I am happy not to waste my time – but again I must ask.

      Let's Get Building!
      From Prince - "Life is a party and parties aren't meant to last"...

    • #17890
      KenKen
      Moderator

      I can bring a 10′ x 10′ sun shade to help with the elements. It goes up and tears down in a few minutes.

      I also have a 4′ x 8′ trailer that can carry 1-ton of slot car track. And a few slot cars.

      Are we going totally off the grid and using a car battery for power? No shortage of amps. Might burn out a few cars.

      Seems we’re getting closer and closer to bringing a tent, sleeping bag, and camping out with the frogs in the pond. :good:

      Even though I may be new at this myself. How can I help you build your car?

    • #17891
      AvatarLuis Meza
      Member

      It sounds like an inviting idea considering today’s limitations, I have enough space on my backyard, outdoor power and some outdoor lighting I also have a bathroom in a small shed that I have in the back (of course with a espresso/cappuccino machine ) so it could be an alternative for one  of the racing nights

    • #17892
      AvatarLuis Meza
      Member

      On a second thought I could take the cars out and we use the garage (it fits more than one Smart car), I think is big enough it has lights, power a portable a/c ( and again of course we can bring the coffee machine) and we do not have to worry about rain, heat or bugs

    • #17893
      DBDB
      Member

      Certainly agree with the sentiments in your words.  At some point, the silent majority will speak very loudly about the shenanigans.

      I think an outdoor track is the only way to go continue any form of racing. I can’t see myself having folks over to race in my basement for quite some time, maybe never.

      My thoughts on a track.  A 3 lane track would be the norm subject to space limits though there wouldn’t have to be scenery areas.  A 2 lane would provide more footage in the same space and require adjustment as to how we might race – rally mode, time trials.   A module approach could be considered with a core central section which allows the addition of  longer or short straights based on location.  I know many UK slot car clubs have their layout in sections which are put together for the evening and then dismantled.  But usually, the sections are stored at the same location.

      I would participate in your outdoor track events subject to the obvious caveats regarding social safety for everyone.

       

    • #17894
      KenKen
      Moderator

      This company offers a modular design that can be put together different ways.

      I would imagine the sections could be made from routed 4 x 4 plastic sheets to prevent the elements from affecting it.

      https://www.mrslotcar.com/mr-trax

      Very interesting site with quick fold-out designs too.

      Even though I may be new at this myself. How can I help you build your car?

    • #17946
      MiAMiA
      Moderator

      Can’t imagine why anyone would think that the current levels of government are incompetent or trying to pass off responsibility?? :scratch: There must be full time departments whose sole purpose is to come up with plausible ‘spin’ that strives to keep ‘us’ happy and provide ‘them’ with plausible deniability!! Perhaps we’ll all forget before the next elections roll around?? :cry:

      I’m as anxious as anyone for things to return to some sort of ‘new normal’, but since the events required for this to happen are well beyond my sphere of influence I’ll probably just stay hunkered down until myself and a vast majority of the population have been inoculated. It’s been over a year now and hopefully it will happen within the next year.

      I’ve missed the last two proxies because, among other reasons, I had hoped to have new cars built for them (still have two on the go :wacko: ) so hopefully for any next ones I’ll just resort to running what is already done (although new cars remain a stretch goal).

      As for an outdoor track, it’s an interesting idea -and I applaud anything that might allow us to race again- but even if time, space and energy were to make one a reality it would probably require closer contact than might be prudent until the virus episode has run it’s course. So, I hope that it’s not too long before we can safely get back together again on the tracks we already enjoy. :good:

       

       

    • #17951
      JMSracerJMSracer
      Moderator

      I’ll be happy to race in or outdoors when gatherings of 3 or more are permitted again and happy to host indoors as well…

      Regarding the outdoor suggestion; 1, 2, or 3 lanes.  Plastic, MDF or other,  I’m flexible and easy to please with very low expectations ;-).

      I have lots of new builds completed between March 2020 and September 2020.  Looking forward to racing front motor Indy GP cars first, which was a class we started in 2019 but not mentioned lately….

    • #18012
      racer68racer68
      Member

      I’m not sure about the details of doing an outdoor race but Luis has very generously mentioned that he has a place where a bathroom would be available and that would go a long way to convincing me to participate . I look forward to when we can race again but the pandemic has been difficult for my family and I think continued caution is warranted. My aunt got very ill with Covid and developed kidney failure and  my cousin Nick died. Tele-funerals are a sad and surreal thing. Scarborough has been particularly hard hit and I think the vaccines are our best hope right now, people don’t seem to have either the personal discipline or the sense of shared fate that would help us out of this before they arrive in bulk.

      I’ve been working a little on the Indy roadster class and inspired by Colin John over at Group 25’s facebook page I’ve even slowly been learning fusion 360 in order to be able to make custom chassis for  my roadsters. My current 3D printer is a malevolent toy that is not large enough to print an entire chassis but I’ve been experimenting with ff050 motor pods and shaft supports and I thought I’d share this picture of my current iteration.

       

      the pod in the foreground should meet the criteria for motor placement, the one behind is a few millimeters too short. They both fit the motor very securely without the need of screws or glue. The parts have been designed to work with standard size Scalextric or Carrera bushings or their bronze equivalents. I’ve been using PLA to print and as it is not as strong as the ABS  or Nylon that a manufacturer might use so I’ve had to make  some compromises in design to make up for its relative fragility. It is stiff and very light. The whole chassis without fittings will weigh just under 6 grams! I hope you are all well and if we can’t race ’em it least we can build ’em!

      Cheers

      Steve

    • #18330
      ArtArt
      Super Moderator

      I like where you are going with the front motor pods Racer68! No motor bracket needed now, snap fit, ready to add to any chassis with an adhesive or inline piano wire (or both)… excellent!!! Let us know what these components morph into!

      Regarding the outdoor racing/track – it might make more sense that instead of transporting the same track everywhere that those perhaps without a wood track or those that might wish to experiment with something in addition to what they already have indoors might consider trying their hand at making or commissioning their own small track which could be used whenever the opportunity arises and when not in use could be stored conveniently in an out of the way place, such as the garage, shed, storage room or rafters…

      I do have an idea/design for a one piece 5′ x 11′ (x 14″ high) super lightweight laminated 3 lane fully scenerized track which when not in use could be lifted up easily (by a pair of adults) and hung up on ceiling or wall (like a bicycle hanging down or parallel to the floor such as above a car parked in a garage) or just placed on its side on the floor… two or three lightweight folding horses would support the track when in use… timing hardware, the wiring harness and pilot stations would be attached to the lightweight frame… performance would be identical to any of the tracks I’ve already built – copper tape, 1/4″ deep slot, flat latex painted surface… when in use just plug in your separate power supply and your old laptop for timing and scoring. This way any models built and raced on any of our existing wood tracks would perform identically on this one… not just a great personal test track but one which could host racing (indoors, inside a garage or outside when the weather cooperates) too!

      I’m working on another track right now but I’d be happy to start on a project like this one in May if anyone might be interested… planning and ordering materials and components ahead of time is key so the earlier the better… :good:

      Let's Get Building!
      From Prince - "Life is a party and parties aren't meant to last"...

    • #18331
      KenKen
      Moderator

      I like the idea. Anyone with a nice finished garage and proper lighting could easily move the car outside and set up a track for an evening.

      Even though I may be new at this myself. How can I help you build your car?

    • #18447
      f1nutzf1nutz
      Moderator

      There’s always this option…

    • #18448
      JMSracerJMSracer
      Moderator

      Haha…

      Cool Carrera digital layout with pit lanes!  We began with a Carrera digital set years ago and my son tells me he wants it back.  This is well planned and someone has put a lot of effort in to set it up and must obviously have to take it down after each use.  I can’t see how it can be left exposed to the elements, the garden needs sun and to be watered.  It consumes at least half of the front yard, so I’m inclined to believe the owner is either a bachelor or this is a frat house ;-).

      Perfect timing, I needed a late afternoon break and watching this was just the ticket.

      Thanks for posting F1nutz.

    • #18483
      f1nutzf1nutz
      Moderator

      Iirc the rails on Carrera track are stainless so they are a little more resistant to minor weather than other brands.

      Glad you like it. I got a kick out of it as well.

    • #18487
      ArtArt
      Super Moderator

      Carrera digital was my start too – I made a fully scenerized painted two lane track in my garage which was switchable both digital and analogue… with track sets and extra track that I bought from Panther Hobbies. I bought my first two NEGATIVE polarity PM controllers for that track from Ernie at Raceworld… and held the first and only Tschinkel Kringle… I am forever indebted to Ron B. and Marek P. [Ferrari1950] of SRO for introducing me to slot racing on wood in the 2000’s…

      This summer may very well be the summer of outdoor racing…

      Stay well.

      Let's Get Building!
      From Prince - "Life is a party and parties aren't meant to last"...

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