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: The mid-engine Lotus Europa will be allowed to race in the Foreign Production Sports (hardtop) class. The D3 Hardbody rules have been updated to include this revision (see post above).
Jul 11, 2020 13:29:18 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Not sure yet when we can return to our racing. In the meantime, just saw a very interesting interview with Jim Hall talking about his Chaparral car designs (see post above for video clip).
Jun 3, 2020 15:51:02 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Just heard the sad news today. Jay Henry passed away. He battled cancer although he didn't want others to know of his health condition in the last year or so. We'll miss his enthusiasm for our hobby. RIP Jay.
Apr 16, 2020 16:24:25 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Unable to race slot cars because of the Coronavirus outbreak, here's some interesting interviews with some Legends of our hobby talking about the Golden Era of Slot Car Racing (see above).
Apr 3, 2020 10:25:55 GMT -8
Eddie: Greetings to my Hardbody Racing friends. I hope all of you are doing well, and that we'll be racing again sooner rather than later!
Apr 1, 2020 10:20:15 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The Trans Am Enduro is postponed. We'll reschedule the enduro when authorities deem its safe to conduct group activities.
Mar 27, 2020 19:35:56 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Racer Handicap and Lap Differential charts updated to include races on 3-15-2020 (see above).
Mar 20, 2020 19:46:16 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The D3 Hardbody race for March 29th has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus situation. The Trans Am enduro has NOT been postponed at this time, but any change in schedule will depend on the virus situation in the coming weeks.
Mar 17, 2020 12:31:40 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Sunday's hardbody race report has been posted at our Smugmug website (see link above).
Mar 16, 2020 18:06:14 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Yesterday's D3 Hardbody races at BPR had a lite turnout of racers probably affected by the Coronavirus. Gonzo raised the bar again by exceeding the GTP total lap record of 266 with 268 laps (nearly 269 laps!). Race report to be posted later today.
Mar 16, 2020 10:18:53 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Team HiTech will be in the enduro. We now have 8 teams for the enduro.
Feb 28, 2020 11:14:20 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The enduro has 7 teams participating so far. Waiting for Team Hitech and Slot Car LFR to respond.
Feb 22, 2020 21:04:48 GMT -8
Eddie: Team Autorama is in, we just don't know WHO we are. Yet. :-)
Feb 16, 2020 9:05:30 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Team signups for the Trans Am Enduro in April have begun (see above). Who's going to race?
Jan 31, 2020 16:41:44 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Sunday's D3 Hardbody race report has been posted at our Smugmug website (see above for link to report).
Jan 20, 2020 19:04:25 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The D3 Hardbody Racing 2020 calendar arrived recently. For those who ordered one, I'll have the calendars at BPR on Sunday, January 19th (next D3 Hardbody race day).
Jan 8, 2020 11:13:29 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Sunday's D3 Hardbody races had another sub 5 sec. lap by Jim Lane (2nd time for Jim). A lot of fast, close racing again with lots of laughs at our last race for 2019. Race report to be posted later today. Happy New Year everyone!
Dec 30, 2019 12:28:59 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The Sub 5 Second "Club" chart has been posted (see above). Who will be the next D3 Hardbody racer to join this fast lap club?
Dec 27, 2019 15:37:41 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The Racer Handicap chart has been updated to include the races on 12-15-19 (see above).
Dec 27, 2019 14:34:43 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Sunday's D3 Hardbody race report has been posted at our Smugmug website (see post above).
Dec 17, 2019 11:11:19 GMT -8