Pen knifes are nice because you can snap off the tip and have a fresh blade when the need arises. Exacto knives have long been the hobby standard. I keep at least two handy, and when worn rotate a new #11 blade into one and make the other the utility knife. There are also numerous other blade types available. The scapulae works well on curved surfaces, and the fine tooth saw makes quick work of cutting soft brass or plastic stock.
Run of the mill masking tape for general purpose. Blue painters tape for delicate work. 3M Fine Line tape in 1/16", 1/8" and 1/4" widths for graphics and stripping. Regular and double sided cellophane tape often useful for various tasks and projects.
I have found that number drills from 1 to 80 are indispensable when it comes to all forms of scratch building. They are sized between normal fractional drills, and step up in increments by as little as .001". That gives you a much greater option finding the optimum drill for the size hole needed. General makes the small set. The larger set is by "Blue Point" (a Snap-On brand I bought off the tool truck for convenience), but Sears and others sell them as well.
Post by Keith Tanaka on Jul 11, 2015 10:14:23 GMT -8
Here's some handy tools needed for guide flags.
This guide flag threader is needed to extend the threads on a guide flag properly. There are several different threaders available, this one is by Backtrack (Guide Buddy).
While we're doing the guide flag, the guide flag tongue often times needs to have the hole enlarged slightly to allow the guide flag to move freely. A reamer is very handy for enlarging a hole gradually.
Be careful when enlarging the post hole. You want the guide flag to move freely but not be loose.
Another handy tool is a 3/32" reamer.
This reamer is used whenever you have a wheel or gear that doesn't fit onto an axle. The wheel or gear usually has some small burrs around the set screw holes. The reamer gently removes the burrs so the wheel or gear fits onto the axle yet retain a good tight fit on the axle. I've even used this reamer to enlarge aluminum axle spacers which were made too small by the vendor. The reamer enlarges the spacers so they easily slip onto an axle. The 3/32" reamer shown was available at Buena Park Raceway.
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Keith Tanaka: D3 Hardbody racers: This coming Saturday, July 31st (1 pm) we can visit the Los Angeles Slotcar Museum. You must let me know ASAP if you want to attend as its only for our group. Don't miss this opportunity to see this awesome museum!
Jul 24, 2021 9:41:20 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Sunday's D3 Hardbody race report has been posted at our Smugmug website (see link above).
Jul 19, 2021 17:02:40 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The D3 Hardbody rules have been updated. Main changes allow Retro Eagle MID 606 motor for GTP and Mid-Engine classes. Early NASCAR classes now allow anglewinder or sidewinder in addition to original inline motor configuration.
Jul 17, 2021 14:07:54 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Next D3 Hardbody races, Sunday, July 18th. BPR opens at 10 am, GTP race at noon Sharp! Followed by a quick lunch break and the Mixed race.
Jul 16, 2021 21:49:42 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Sunday's D3 Hardbody race report has been posted at our Smugmug website (see link to race report above).
Jun 28, 2021 15:52:21 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Another hardbody race day this Sunday, June 27th at BPR. Also, Jay Henry slot car collection on display and for sale at BPR this Sunday.
Jun 22, 2021 21:59:04 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: A very lite turnout on Sunday June 20th (Father's Day) at BPR. No race was held. Instead we worked on our cars and did a lot of track testing. Next Sunday (June 27th) we'll have a regular race day at BPR.
Jun 20, 2021 22:17:49 GMT -8
Guest: For those interested in seeing the Jay Henry slot car items for sale at Electric Dreams this Sunday, we have added an additional hardbody race day at BPR on Sunday June 27th (in addition to our regular race day June 20th).
Jun 16, 2021 21:26:56 GMT -8
Guest: Announcement: There will be an "additional" hardbody race day, Sunday June 27th at BPR (in addition to our regular race day June 20th). The extra race day allows racers to attend the Electric Dreams reopening this Sunday and still race on the 27th at BPR.
Jun 16, 2021 21:22:47 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Jay Henry's family is selling many of Jay's slot car collection, equipment and related items (see post in "Classified Ads" for info).
Jun 13, 2021 22:24:29 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Announcement: The Mid-America "Retro Eagle 606 motor" will be allowed for the GTP class (only GTP no other classes at this time). This motor is available at BPR.
Jun 1, 2021 16:08:48 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Sunday's D3 Hardbody race report has been posted at our Smugmug website (see above for link to race report).
Jun 1, 2021 16:07:06 GMT -8
Luke Grotano: Hi Keith,... the "smugmug" website...?
May 31, 2021 10:06:55 GMT -8
Luke Grotano: Hello and Thanks Guys,...B.P Racing is GREAT.!
May 31, 2021 1:32:28 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Next D3 Hardbody races, Sunday, May 30th. BPR opens at 10 am, GTP race starts at noon sharp followed by Mixed race.
May 26, 2021 16:17:18 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: May's D3 Hardbody race report has been posted at our Smugmug website (see link above for race report).
May 18, 2021 21:56:25 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: April's D3 Hardbody race report has been posted at our Smugmug website (see link above for race report).
Apr 19, 2021 14:53:58 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Sunday's D3 Hardbody race report has been posted at our Smugmug website (see link above for race report).
Mar 23, 2021 15:33:19 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: BPR opens at 10 am this Sunday. First race (GTPs) will start at NOON!!!!!! Second race will be a Mixed race. Wear face masks.
Mar 17, 2021 21:34:02 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: This Sunday's hardbody races will start with a GTP race. We'll try to start the race at NOON. The second race will be a Mixed race.
Mar 16, 2021 13:01:55 GMT -8