Post by Keith Tanaka on Nov 10, 2014 15:54:16 GMT -8
Some model kit bodies have curved body side panels which is not ideal as far as slot cars are concerned.
In order to achieve a better handling car, its best to use a car body which allows one to build a chassis with the maximum width allowed. Also, curved body side panels are more difficult to mount to a chassis than straight (slab sided) side panels. The modern NASCARs and most 1/1 race cars utilize vertical (slab sided) side panels which are ideal for slot car bodies. The older race cars typically have the curved side body panels.
Gonzo created a new technique for straightening (widening) the body side panels. This technique is simple to use and allows better control of reforming the side panels without damaging the plastic.
Here's some photos showing Gonzo's steam iron technique:
First, use a 2 x 4 piece of wood. Mount it firmly in a vise as shown below.
Next, use a towel or other soft cloth. Cover the 2 X 4 wood with the towel, then place the car body over the towel resting on the 2 X 4 underneath.
Finally, fold the towel over the car body. Using the "steam" setting on a steam iron, apply steam to the towel surface. As the car body plastic softens slightly, you can reform the body side panels. If you need to make adjustments to the the body side panel, you can repeat this process.
Thanks Gonzo for another great building technique!
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Keith Tanaka: This year's D3 Hardbody Nats was unusual. Lower turnout of racers on Saturday, but as always a lot of fast, fun racing. Race report to be posted tomorrow (Tuesday), stay tuned.
Oct 21, 2019 21:40:33 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: BPR opens at 9 am tomorrow (Sunday) for the second day of Nats races. "Mixed" race tech inspection opens at 11 am, closes at 11:30. GTP/Mid-Engine race after the lunch break.
Oct 19, 2019 22:31:40 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Low turnout for today's Nats races. Hope to see more racers tomorrow at BPR for the "Mixed" race and GTP/Mid-Engine races, A lot of very good raffle prizes (model kits) for those who race tomorrow at the Nats. Also, get your t-shirt.
Oct 19, 2019 22:30:09 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: So, for those who ordered a t-shirt(s), you'll get two t-shirts for the price of one!!!! Actually, the screen printed t-shirts are not bad, but just not as good as the digital printed ones.
Oct 18, 2019 19:34:39 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Good news, bad news. The bad news, I received the t-shirts but they were incorrectly "screen printed" which is a lower resolution than "digital printing". The good news, vendor agreed to send me "digital printed" t-shirts at no cost.
Oct 18, 2019 19:33:08 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The 2019 Nats race schedule and race rules have been posted (see above).
Oct 11, 2019 18:46:01 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The Racer Handicap chart has been updated to include the races on Sept. 29,2019 (see above).
Oct 7, 2019 20:19:39 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The Racer Handicap and Lap Differential charts have been updated to include the races on Sept. 15, 2019 (see above).
Sept 24, 2019 21:24:23 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Eddie, the Lotus Europa would be for the Foreign Production Sports (FPS) "hardtop" class. Same Lap Differential as the 3 C's hardtop class.
Sept 22, 2019 17:41:53 GMT -8
Eddie: Keith: Would a 1/25 scale Lotus Europa with a 3 3/4 wheelbase, 2 3/4 width be legal? If so, for which class? And what specs can it be built to? Thanks.
Sept 22, 2019 15:38:58 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Sunday's D3 Hardbody race report has been posted at our Smugmug website (see post above for link to race report).
Sept 18, 2019 10:56:46 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The 2019 D3 Hardbody Nats T-Shirt design has been completed (see above). We can pick one color t-shirt (4 colors shown in example above).
Sept 7, 2019 22:47:37 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The "Lap Differential" chart and "Racer Handicap" chart have been updated (see posts above).
Aug 28, 2019 14:20:27 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Sunday's D3 Hardbody race report has been posted at our Smugmug website (see above). Another total lap record was set by Jim Lane (3 C's hardtop). Tim Herrera became the 4th racer to record a sub 5 sec. lap in the GTP race.
Aug 19, 2019 19:06:39 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: 2nd Chance Enduro (Short Track NASCAR) on Nov. 17th. 7 of 8 original enduro teams have already said "Yes". Only Victor's El Presidente team has not confirmed their participation.
Aug 3, 2019 12:49:28 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: 2nd Chance Enduro (Short Track NASCAR) on November17th? 5 of 8 original enduro teams have already said "Yes". Team HiTech, Axiom and El Presidente have not responded yet.
Jul 30, 2019 19:30:41 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The Racer Handicap chart has been updated to include the races on 7-21-19 (see post above).
Jul 26, 2019 15:01:13 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The Lap Differential chart has been updated to include the revised WRC Lap Differential (see post above).
Jul 26, 2019 13:33:22 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Sunday's D3 Hardbody race report has been posted at our Smugmug website (see post above).
Jul 22, 2019 23:22:09 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Is there enough interest in having a 2nd Chance Enduro in November (Short Track NASCARs)? We'll take a poll tomorrow at our monthly races at BPR.
Jul 20, 2019 14:39:17 GMT -8