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  • in reply to: Looking Ahead to 2022… #21224
    Art
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    Gents,

    Due to the continuing spread of Omicron we will again postpone racing for another two weeks. Please check our calendar for details…

    in reply to: Looking Ahead to 2022… #21183
    Art
    Moderator

    We’ve extended our Christmas break and pushed back our first R32 venue due to the current uncertainty of Omicron. The winter schedule for Scratch32 will be posted till we have a better idea of when we will return to racing, but I can advise that we will begin the Scratch32 season with our most popular event – Ringwood.

    I am still hopeful that R32 will return to Goodwood II on the last Saturday of January to launch the return of one of my favourite DArt 3 lane tracks.

    Also, things at MVL are going strong despite the shortage of exotic cars… if you want to see the new Ferrari hybrid they have one… man is the world changing quickly…

    MiniGrid will be closing its retail location on the 15th and currently they have a 50% off sale on everything – so get what you can… especially those slot.it parts for your builds…

    In the meantime stay well and keep building…

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    in reply to: 1963 Indy Roadster #21182
    Art
    Moderator

    Looks great DB! I’m so happy that you added the extra bits & pieces in the kit such as the rear suspension detail as well as the shifter linkage etc.  Did you have any trouble adding the windshield or was it straightforward to do?

    Thank you also for sharing the pictures of your chassis – I see no reason why it shouldn’t be quick, but you may need to play with the gearing a little… but time will tell…

    Awesome!

    in reply to: Looking Ahead to 2022… #21179
    Art
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    Apple became the first entity to reach a 3T $ market value. This multiplied from 2T in 2020. So the pandemic didn’t hurt everyone.

    This equals the GDP of either Britain or India.

    Better run out and get that replacement dongle I lost… (just kidding – I hate apple products and haven’t bought one since 2004)…

    in reply to: Looking Ahead to 2022… #21140
    Art
    Moderator

    Gents,

    Some great news for 2022!

    I have it on good authority from DArt himself that later this winter we will have a new four lane DArt track to add to our existing rotation right here in Mississauga, ON! This two month project will be the largest and longest DArt track ever built and will complement a games room featuring golf and racing simulations among other things.

    in reply to: Looking Ahead to 2022… #21138
    Art
    Moderator

    Gents,

    A new year and a new beginning (almost)!

    With the Omicron variant on the rise we will extend our Christmas break and push back the start of the 2022 winter season for both S32 and R32 for two more weeks – now until January 17.

    Hang in there and we’ll see everyone later this month!!!

    In the meantime get building!!!

    in reply to: Looking Ahead to 2022… #21066
    Art
    Moderator

    Merry Christmas & Best Wishes this Holiday Season from scratch32!

    in reply to: 1936 Auto Union Type C – #4 Bernd Rosemeyer #21014
    Art
    Moderator

    Cheers! The chassis is a basic torsion/flexy chassis that can be taken apart to be cleaned.

    On a more serious note and assuming build quality is the same (everything is aligned and either parallel or square and moving parts polished, etc.) because it is a torsion chassis you can race it harder into corners and accelerate earlier in the middle of corners without the model upsetting. This is very different from a slab or straight chassis made from plastic, wire or aluminium which may go hard into corners but will struggle through and out of corners.

    Happy Building and enjoy the Christmas Break!

    Cheers!

    in reply to: Looking Ahead to 2022… #21012
    Art
    Moderator

    As 2022 is now just weeks away here is an update as to where scratch32 appears to be headed:

    • Several events remain popular and therefore should continue without change:
      • Ringwood;
      • Coppa D’oro;
      • Player’s 200;
      • Targa Florio; and
      • La Carrera Panamericana.

    Given interest in the following new classes:

    • Boulevard cruisers;
    • Indy Roadsters; and
    • Trans Am.

    we will retire CANAM Thunder and remove Hot Rods and CANAM from The International Meisterschaft and in their place create a new event called American Thunder with Hot Rods (4 sub classes),  Boulevard Cruisers, Trans Am & CANAM. The International Meisterschaft will continue on with Sportscars, Sportscars Plus & Classic Era Prototypes and Sportscars.

    Interest in Indy Roadsters will warrant an Indy Roadster 500 event which could or could not be supplemented with a more modern (1990’s on) Indy Car series – but time will tell – for now expect to see an Indy Roadster 500 event on the calendar in 2022.

    So, in 2022 it looks like we will have the following Scratch32 events:

    • Ringwood (1950’s GP, 1.5L GP, 3.0L GP, 1970’s GP;
    • Coppa D’oro (PGP & PGP+);
    • Player’s 200 (1960-1965);
    • Targa Florio;
    • La Carrera Panamericana;
    • Internationale Meisterschaft (SP, SP+, Classic Era Prototype & Sportscar);
    • Indy Roadster 500; and
    • American Thunder (HR (SR, SM, RR & GASSER), BC, TA/TA+, CA).

    For these new classes I would be shocked if you haven’t started building models since we’ve been posting and discussing these new classes for several years now. If you haven’t, make sure to prioritize your builds to get an Indy Roadster at the top of your list, followed by Boulevard Cruisers and Trans Am (tied) second. The rest is all gravy.

    As you can see we have 8 new events to fit into 4 months. Right now that means that some events may not be reached for 5 or 6 months… but we’ll figure something out…

    In 2022 we have the following tracks lined up:

    • The Ring (Scratch32 & R32 – Monday Nights);
    • The Dale (R32 – Monday Nights);
    • Spa Lyons (R32 – Monday Nights);
    • Molto VeLoce (Scratch32 & R32 – Saturdays);
    • Goodwood II (R32 – Saturdays).

    with our first three hosting every month and MVL & GWII alternating every month on a Saturday. If The Dale or Spa Lyons are unable to host in any month then The Ring will pick up that R32 date.

    Unfortunately with the new Omicron variant in play we will need to be extra cautious and for this reason please remember to bring and wear your masks at all Scratch32 and R32 events until further notice.

    Two more important points:

    1. If you are hesitant to attend but have built a model (or two) for one of our events you are more than welcome to enter it and nominate a proxy pilot for your team to race it in the event. Your models will then be eligible for entry in our database provided they are registered. Make arrangements directly with me to receive and return your models – which I would be happy to facilitate…
    2. Hosts for R32 events pick classes they host and if enough notice is given the dates every month. So if you are a host ideally let me know  your preferred dates and classes for this Winter schedule (the next four months (till the end of April)) – the sooner the better.

    I will put together the Winter schedule dates on December 27 – 30. I therefor ask hosts to let me know their preferences before the 27th…

    For anyone nervous about traveling to events at Goodwood II this winter I will be happy to chauffeur provided I have room in my carriage. Please remember that you can do your in person slot car shopping then too. MiniGrid does have some of the best prices in Canada for certain things, especially slot it cars and parts!

    …Thanks!

     

    in reply to: 1933 Alfa Romeo 8c 2300 #20757
    Art
    Moderator

    For more pictures of this model visit our scratch32 model gallery or CLICK HERE.

    Art
    Moderator

    For more pictures of this model visit our scratch32 model gallery or CLICK HERE.

    in reply to: 1963 Indy Roadster #20753
    Art
    Moderator

    Looking great so far DB!!! 🙂

    What gearing are you using? Have you noticed that the D7.5 urethane rear tires have opened up more gearing possibilities for the BWMS050? I have a 10T pinion and 27T crown in mine and think that I’ll still need to add some teeth to my crown or drop a tooth in my pinion (or both) – either way 2.7 is too low I’m finding…

    in reply to: Bass-Seca Build #20749
    Art
    Moderator

    JohnnySlots,

    Any new pics of Bass Seca with scenery?

    Thanks for posting!!!

    in reply to: 1963 Watson Special – Front Motor Indy Roadster #20610
    Art
    Moderator

    BTW, I’ve gone to just under 54mm in track width… I can always go narrower but as per our rules discussion 54mm seems to be the mark…

    I would strongly encourage anyone using D7 or smaller diameter tires to go to a larger diameter tire (such as the D7.5) if you can… just a suggestion…

    in reply to: 1963 Watson Special – Front Motor Indy Roadster #20609
    Art
    Moderator

    Thanks racer68!

    Necessity is the mother of invention and since I had no springs nor brass tubing I used styrene drilled out to accommodate (albeit very tightly) the motor shaft… for low power motors which will not be abused this should be fine but time will tell… I didn’t glue it – just pressure fit – so if it slips I can still try gluing it… I could barely push it on and couldn’t pull it off – that’s how tight it is on…

    Art
    Moderator

    To follow this build please go to the link here.

    in reply to: Building a Front Motor Indy Roadster #20602
    Art
    Moderator

    For a continuation towards the completion of the 1963 Watson Special Indy Roadster that I started here please follow this link to the Scratch Building subform… Thanks!

    in reply to: All you need to know about LeMans entries! #20508
    Art
    Moderator

    Thanks for posting Porsche911. I’ve moved this topic to the Historical 1:1 subforum within our Reference area and added a few tags.

    in reply to: Indy Roadster 500 #20507
    Art
    Moderator

    The online model registration form is now updated to include Indy Roadsters (IR) as one of our classes. Please make sure to complete and submit your form for your build(s). Thx!

    in reply to: R32 XLI @ The Dale – November 15, 2021 #20435
    Art
    Moderator

    Ahhhh! I couldn’t remember… thx!

    Paddy was such a nice chap… he is missed by so many.

    in reply to: R32 XLI @ The Dale – November 15, 2021 @ 7pm #20419
    Art
    Moderator

    For a brief recap of R32XLI including pictures please click here.

    Art
    Moderator

    I’ll post some pictures of all of the parts used along with progress on the build so far… I did decide not to proceed with the offset intermediate drive shaft on this my first front motor roadster chassis build – perhaps the second one will have that feature – but I wanted to get one built and ready for the first Roadster 500 before experimenting further… stay tuned…

    in reply to: Gesswein Canada #20136
    Art
    Moderator

    Some really fantastic stuff that any scratchbuilder must have! Thanks for sharing and posting that link f1nutz!!!

    in reply to: 3D printed Indy Roadster chassis #20135
    Art
    Moderator

    I second those comments!!!

    Also, I still have one of racer68’s 3D printed chassis for anyone who needs a chassis for under their DArt Watson Indy Roadster or any other model with a similar wheelbase…

    Thanks again racer68 for taking the time to design that chassis!

    Cheers!

    Art
    Moderator

    I’ve added two more spots (up to 7 now). We will also have a free practice on track session for all roadsters/chassis – bring your controller if you want to test your build regardless of what stage it is at… (ie. bare chassis, chassis & unpainted body or complete)…

    …doors will open at 6pm and the format will be quite fluid…

    …now get building!!!

    in reply to: American Thunder I #19917
    Art
    Moderator

    13 hours left to register and it doesn’t look like we will get to 5 at this point so we’ll postpone this event to another time/day…

    in reply to: Speaking of Indycar #19901
    Art
    Moderator

    Awesome F1nutz!!!

    Back in the SRO days (shout out to Ron Bee – Samantha Bee’s father – you may know her from the Daily Show and other comedy channel ventures) when we raced in his garage we had an Indy IROC series… the models were shod with Orts… when the series was concluded some of us received the cars – I was lucky enough to get the blue Mobil 1 car which I still have untouched to this day:

    I was thinking of molding and making the body ($20 each) and doing a molded chassis for it too ($10 each) to create a Scratch32 series or IROC series… BWA 13″ wheels with a DArt insert and DArt tires would work well – and it could – be a low power S-can BWNC1 series… thoughts?

    Either a uniform chassis series or custom chassis series – I would be very happy with either… maybe this would be the time for others to chime in…

    Thanks again F1nutz for your inspiration!

    in reply to: 3D printed Indy Roadster chassis #19896
    Art
    Moderator

    Hi Racer68,

    I’ve got one of your chassis left for anyone contemplating this class – I can include it with any shipping DArt online order too – Racer68’s ask is just $20 – a great deal if you ask me…

    in reply to: Scratch32 Website SSL Upgrade #19893
    Art
    Moderator

    Success! Scratch32 is now secured with SSL just like google, facebook, instagram, banks, stores and government websites… [and the DArt eSHOP]…

    To take advantage of this extra security layer please make sure to clear your browser cache and re-assign your bookmark to scratch32.com (not http://www.scratch32.com) or make sure to try https://scratch32.com … you should see a closed lock immediately to the left of the web address … and the prefix https:// …

    I’ve been testing our transition for several hours and it seems that everything is working fine… if however you find something is not please let me know by emailing me at scratch32.com@gmail.com

    Cheers!

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    in reply to: 404 not found (top of page) error #19891
    Art
    Moderator

    Problem fixed by our host after a call to tech support! After nearly one and a half hours on hold waiting to finally speak to a very helpful server support tech it turned out that there were a few corrupt files causing the issue… after restoring them from our last scratch32 backup we are up and running again! Hooorrrayyy!!! 🙂

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