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#101 SlotStox#53

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 10:08 PM

Can't to hear your reports running all those pro car replicas both anglewinder and all those tube framed R&C cars round the new track! But must admit really look forward to hearing how the 6-wheeler goes :D




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Posted 23 September 2013 - 12:24 PM

Hey Pablo, you're always welcome!

 

Hey guys, I need your opinions on "Loaner Cars" and controllers for my track. I want to have something on hand in case a neighbor or acquaintance drops by and wants to try out the track. The cheaper the better for loaners.

 

I'd like to buy them from PCH Parts Express or Mid America or?????

 

Any help would be much appreciated!

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 11:13 PM

Oh Boy pretty well sums it up, Rick. If I ever get to Oregon, I'll look you up!


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Posted 24 September 2013 - 11:40 PM

Super NICE !!!  Best of luck and metric tons of Fun with your dream coming true. :good:

 

One week ... OMG, you must be feeling like a 10 year old kid the week before Christmas knowing that just what you wanted is now sitting under the tree. :D


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Posted 25 September 2013 - 08:05 AM

I guess this weekend it will be up and running.  :dance4:

 

Rick, you need to put a team together so we can have inter-track races about every month. We'll have the first one here at my track. If you don't show up we'll just forget the whole thing.  :D  :laugh2:


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Posted 25 September 2013 - 08:26 AM

When I had Gary build "Wanker Valley Raceway", it was ready to go after assembly. He arrived at 4:30 and we were racing at 7:30! 5 years later still going strong and we are running faster than ever.


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Posted 25 September 2013 - 08:40 AM

hey dc-65x,

 

Great to see the track of your dreams is now a reality. A new journey has begun for you and your friend, the slot car. I wish for you many sleepless afternoons and nights showing off your new love! Wow...... 

 

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 10:27 AM

Thank you guys, this really is a dream come true for me. :dance3:

 

Gary has asked to delay delivery until Oct 7-8 so his wife can accompany him on the long trip from Omaha. Western Oregon is a beautiful place and I think they'll enjoy the scenery especially if they've not been here before.

 

Anyway, I've waited 50 years for this, I guess I can wait an extra week :laugh2:


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Posted 25 September 2013 - 01:16 PM

Well ...... the weeks sure go by a whole lot faster now. :o  :dash2:


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Posted 25 September 2013 - 02:46 PM

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 06:31 AM

Well, do you have a track yet?


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Posted 06 October 2013 - 11:01 AM

Gary Gerding is on the road for the almost 2000 mile trip. :shok:

 

Here's his latest email:

 

"We'll probably stay overnight in Reno the second night and then drive
to Oregon Tuesday.   My guess is we'll get there late Tuesday and spend
Wednesday setting up your track."

 

OH BOY! :D


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Posted 06 October 2013 - 01:58 PM

I hope there is a live feed for track setup.

 

I want to come back to Oregon.


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Posted 07 October 2013 - 02:40 AM

Is Jairus going to be there too?


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Posted 07 October 2013 - 08:08 PM

Take lots of pics!


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Posted 08 October 2013 - 10:37 PM

Wow Rick!  

 

I'm excited for you.  Are you camping out front waiting for Gary to arrive - I would be - hahaha!

 

Please take lots of pictures and more pictures please!

 

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 11:43 PM

Gary will be here at nine  tomorrow.................


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 06:43 AM

I bet I know ONE little boy who won't sleep tonight... Santa's on his way!


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 07:50 PM

Well ???  :scratch_one-s_head:


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 08:08 PM

Oh boy

Oh boy

Oh boy


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 08:45 PM

Hi Guys,

 

Gary Gerding just left. We worked all day to get the track in for one of his "most finicky customers". I told him I wasn't finicky, I was just meticulous! :laugh2:  Anyway she's in, she's a beauty and she's a blast to drive! :good: :dance3: :clapping: :sun_bespectacled: You can really get into a rhythm on it. My buddy Rodney did a great design for the space. Gary is not just a track builder, he's a racer and the track shows it. It's really smooth and fast. No surprises, no excuses, it just plain works.

 

I LOVE IT!

 

I took a bunch of pics during setup and I'd love to share them here, but tomorrow. Right now I'm pretty beat up. I didn't realize I'd have to be his helper and shlep all the track sections into the house and help with all the setup. My two ruptured disks in my back are asking for a rest tonight. :heat:

 

It's all good though and I'm so thrilled :dance3:

 

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Thanks guys and thanks Gary Gerding!


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 09:01 PM

Give that back a rest, buddy, don't try and do a 4 day project in 2 days so to speak :)

Take a break tomorrow.  The hard work is over.  I feel your excitement !!!! :D

Wheeeeeeeeeeeee !! :to_become_senile:


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 09:18 PM

Congratulations, Rick, you deserve it!

 

Yes, take care of that back or else you'll be laying on the couch just LOOKING at the track... so near yet so far!


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 09:42 PM

Thanks,

 

I can't stop getting up and looking at it. A dream come true is a pretty amazing thing....... :yes3:


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 09:53 PM

I know you must have a million plans on your mind, Capt. Rick :)

All those cars to test. Believe me, If they handle on that track, they flat out handle anywhere. !

If they need tuning, they will tell you there. If they are happy, they will tell you there.

Have you figured out the braking points yet ?

You will probably need to force yourself to get some shut eye tonight :i-m_so_happy:


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 10:23 PM

Try and PACE yourself Rick :laugh2:

 

Congrats that the track is now in making a dream come true :dance3:  Sleep tonight you got all tomorrow & beyond with that AWESOME track ! :D :good:



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 12:35 AM

Pictures? :crazy:


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 12:40 AM

Beautiful track Rick! I got what ya need com'in out. :sun_bespectacled: :good:

Gary is a Ar'teest.... Bravo!


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 02:10 AM

Okay everyone... the 2016 NATS and every Retro race west of the Mississississippippippi from now on will be at Rick's house! :laugh2: :sarcastic_hand: :good: :dance3: :rofl:

 

Big congrats, Cap'n. Lookin' forward to the photo tour.


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 04:54 AM

What a splendid work as for the building of the track !  :yes:

 

Rick, I'm happy for you. Indeed you deserve it.


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 03:44 PM

Talk about "TOYS FOR RETIREMENT"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 04:40 PM

Pictures? :crazy:

 

Okie Dokie :)

 

The Arrivial:

 

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The Man his own self, Gary Gerding:

 

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Semi organized chaos begins:

 

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Some assembly required:

 

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All the supports standing at the ready:

 

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Gary hard at work.....or sleeping :laugh2:

 

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Getting close.....

 

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One more section to go as Charlie the 18 pound lap cat wanders by:

 

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DONE!

 

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The big bank means I'm not wasting precious main straight length for a braking zone:

 

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Drivers station with temporary supports for the power supply and "compter screen":

 

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Gary used poker chips to designate controller hookup colors:

 

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Not sure where the "compter screen" will end up. Maybe wall mounted:

 

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WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 04:43 PM

Perfect !

At the driver's panel, which way do the cars go ?

Is the cat preggers ?


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 04:59 PM

:good: Looks like a work of art. You'll be able to race some really fast cars on that track. Let us know what kind of lap times you're turning.


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 04:59 PM

Hi Pablo,

 

Standing at the drivers stand the cars go from left to right.

 

 

Is the cat preggers ?

 

Preggers.... :laugh2:  He's just a big boy. We rescued him from the shelter about a year ago. He was the biggest cat there with short legs and a big body and head. He can stand up on his hind legs and put his front paws on the kitchen counter.  :shok:


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 05:07 PM

Will hot vintage cars punch the bank on all lanes ?

 

Knowing Greg G's track which is somewhat similar in certain ways, it looks to me like 2 marshalls will be enough, one on each end, and the drivers can marshal cars that deslot in front of them, in BOTH sections within reach.


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 05:29 PM

That looks REALLY nice! Gary did a great job.

 

Congrats, I hope you enjoy it for years to come.


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 05:38 PM

Thanks Dennis!

 

I'm not sure about punching the bank on all lanes with vintage cars yet Pablo. The "Loaner Cars" I got from Mike Swiss will at 10 volts. I'm using them to "clean out the slots". Gary did the fastest lap with one at 3.1 seconds.


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 06:08 PM

The track AND man room look really great!!!! Enjoy your new toy!!! :)


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 06:51 PM

Awesome!!!!! The track looks right at home , at home :laugh2:  Like the room was made for it :D

 

Your cars look just SO right sitting on the track, especially the Lotus 19 with Pitt 6001 in it! Silly question but have you tried some of your Mura B & C can powered "Pro cars" yet Rick ? :dance3:



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 08:21 PM

I haven't run a lot of my cars yet. Most of my cars are still boxed up from my move to Oregon.   :dash2:  I didn't want to hang their wall mounted acrylic displace cases until the track was in place so I'd know where they fit best. I need to do that next so I can get to the darn cars! I also want to run mostly the new "loaner cars" to clean out the slots and break in the track.

 

I spent some time puttying, sanding and painting some boo boos on the tracks wall joints. Stuff happens when the sections go through all the loading, unloading and transported almost 2000 miles. It's such a nice track it deserves to look its best.........not to mention it's in my living room :crazy: :dance3:


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 08:27 PM

Take your time. This is history in the making. :)


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 09:16 PM

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Red lane   :wub:    Blue lane  :yahoo: Orange lane   :to_become_senile:   Black lane  :dance3:

 

That's quite the table top you've got there.



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 09:27 PM

"If I'm dreaming - don't let me wake up!"

 

Heavenly track Rick!

 

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 09:32 PM

Wow, wow, wow...........awesomeness to the max. 

 

That looks fast and flowing. 

 

You are one lucky guy Rick....enjoy it.

 

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 09:50 PM

The track looks great. Have fun breaking it in!


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 11:42 PM

Wow!  Nice home track for sure.  Enjoy it.


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 12:28 AM

Thanks guys :)

 

Since there are no commercial tracks within hours of me I'm thrilled to have my own smaller version. It's a very fast and smooth track. Gary Gerding did a great job building it. Rodney did a great job on the design. The big banked turn at the end of the main straight is like a continuation of the straightaway. You can really get the cars moving without worrying about braking in the straight for a flat turn. Fun stuff!


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 12:59 AM

She's a beauty Rick, congratulations!!

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 03:42 AM

Very Nice! Captain Rick!
Looks like a track that will give you hours of enjoyment and plenty of smiles! :)

BTW: is Charlie carrying a mouse? LoL!


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