Jump to content




Photo

The "Dr. John" Series: Danse Fambeaux


  • Please log in to reply
14 replies to this topic

#1 Duffy

Duffy

    a dearly-missed departed member

  • Member at Peace
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,791 posts
  • Joined: 25-January 09
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Geographically Brooklyn, Politically Berkeley

Posted 30 November 2013 - 04:34 PM

Like I said earlier, I'm beginning to bend less. Must be something about aging, I dunno.
 
Duffy 79 Danse Fambeau.JPG
 
Here's the prototype DANSE FAMBEAUX sled.
 
In addition to wrenching myself back to The Straight Life (or, at least, More In-Line with those around me), I also was messing around with the limits of how soft I could get with a small stack of rails in the short-throw of the "Forward Flex" chassis (see the NAGYKA thread for more details if you're into reading things even more agonizing than Vogon poetry).

So, this is two-plus-one of .039" rail, bound across the rear with a .047" bale that also stiffens up the rear pans. Shaker perimeter with minimized clip/clip up/downstop arrangement and crossbar of .055" inside 3/32" square tubing. All sheet .040"
 
Duffy 80 roller .JPG
 
The car as you see it here tips at 114 grams with a Ti shell.

This is one of those sleds that just gets guys smiling when they drive it. I wish I drove better so I could smile, too. Wanna play with it?
 
Duf
Michael J. Heinrich
1950-2016
Requiescat in Pace
 
And I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder




#2 Mike Patterson

Mike Patterson

    Village Luddite™

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,156 posts
  • Joined: 14-October 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Zanesville, OH

Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:03 PM

Nice lookin' sled, Duf. And the body's purdy, too.


My neighbors listen to heavy metal... whether they want to or not!!!


#3 HarV Wallbanger III

HarV Wallbanger III

    Racing inta OLD age!

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,023 posts
  • Joined: 19-June 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:"El Rancho en Debto", SoCal!

Posted 01 December 2013 - 11:20 AM

Cool!


Barney Poynor
"BRONCO" BARNEY
Team CORT!

Hello my name is Barney and I was... I am addicted to glue, magnets, and wings... I have been clean and sober years now... NOW I'm hooked on 1/32 club track racing! Dang!
 

"Even if you're on the Right Track, you'll get run over if you just sit there!"

If you remember
screw-on braid, motors that look like padlocks, that dang fuse wire in Cox controllers, "hand" painted bodies, the very first can motors from Mabuchi, and the smell of wintergreen then you are OLD!... like me!

Enjoy life! Race Slot Cars and read SlotBlog!


#4 Duffy

Duffy

    a dearly-missed departed member

  • Member at Peace
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,791 posts
  • Joined: 25-January 09
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Geographically Brooklyn, Politically Berkeley

Posted 01 December 2013 - 11:28 AM

At this very moment I'm soldering up multi .032 rails for a variant on this center-section. Stay tuned.


Michael J. Heinrich
1950-2016
Requiescat in Pace
 
And I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder

#5 Tex

Tex

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,976 posts
  • Joined: 07-July 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Denton, TX

Posted 01 December 2013 - 01:53 PM

Good job, Duf! Ya just can't turn that brain off, can ya?.... ya just gots ta keep buildin', eh? Rock on, Mr. Essex!


Richard L. Hofer

Remember, two wrongs don't make a right... but three lefts do! Only you're a block over and a block behind.

#6 Duffy

Duffy

    a dearly-missed departed member

  • Member at Peace
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,791 posts
  • Joined: 25-January 09
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Geographically Brooklyn, Politically Berkeley

Posted 03 December 2013 - 11:39 PM

Here's a progress shot, side-by-side with the protoDanse for comparison.

 

DF 81 03.JPG

 

I got ten rails/side full-length and six more tucked under the wheels, & .062" under the guide tongue & .040" elsewhere. The little diagonals off the bracket cheeks are an attempt to secure the butt-joints of the brass panstop pieces, as well as encouraging the whole rear of the center section to stay rigid up to the front of the motor face like I've been doing.

 

Twistin' & flexin' right now, I get about the same lateral flex as the six-rail original but a whole different feel in twist: very soft for about 3-5 degrees deflection & then the resistance goes up rapidly, but smoothly. Weird, and I gotta get used to the feel.

 

Ben Kernan was asking elsewhere about these multis, & while I can't comment knowledgeably as yet I can tell a little of what was intended: this configuration and w/b-g/l was suggested by tonyp after his happy experience with the type a week or so ago, as a way of addressing shorter tracks where you can't carry the speed around quite so well. So, this is shorter than I usually do - 3.875" w/b - and got .900" lead. The whole package is far enough removed from the original DF that comparisons aren't really valid, but I'll just test it as an application to this venue.

 

Stay tuned.


Michael J. Heinrich
1950-2016
Requiescat in Pace
 
And I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder

#7 Duffy

Duffy

    a dearly-missed departed member

  • Member at Peace
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,791 posts
  • Joined: 25-January 09
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Geographically Brooklyn, Politically Berkeley

Posted 08 December 2013 - 08:46 PM

Okay, so I'm not tumbling or 'nothin right now, I'll just dress it out and slap a body on it.

 

Df 82 04.JPG

 

 


Michael J. Heinrich
1950-2016
Requiescat in Pace
 
And I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder

#8 Tex

Tex

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,976 posts
  • Joined: 07-July 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Denton, TX

Posted 08 December 2013 - 09:14 PM

Mmmm...... parallel rail goodness. Neat and orderly. Good job, Duf!


Richard L. Hofer

Remember, two wrongs don't make a right... but three lefts do! Only you're a block over and a block behind.

#9 Paul Jurczyszyn

Paul Jurczyszyn

    Race Leader

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 632 posts
  • Joined: 02-December 09
  • Gender:Male

Posted 09 December 2013 - 10:51 AM

Duff,
Are those oring for rears?
Paul J
  • Cap Henry likes this
Humble student of the master slotters

#10 TSR

TSR

    The Dokktor is IN

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 41,704 posts
  • Joined: 02-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Mexifornia

Posted 09 December 2013 - 11:45 AM

Duffster, please forgive this foreign humble peasant for asking, but what does "Danse Fambeaux" means?  :)



#11 Half Fast

Half Fast

    Keeper Of Odd Knowledge

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,059 posts
  • Joined: 02-May 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:NYC, Long Island

Posted 09 December 2013 - 12:09 PM

Its Pidgin French! Mon Ami

 

But see here:

 

 

Cheers Mon Ami


Bill Botjer

Faster then, wiser now.

The most dangerous form of ignorance is not knowing that you don't know anything!

 

 

 
 

#12 BWA

BWA

    Race Leader

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 974 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Location:Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Posted 11 December 2013 - 11:42 AM

Ya know Duff, I really think it needs a few more rails. It's looking a little Sparse don't cha think???? :laugh2:


Al Penrose BWA (Batchelor Without Arts, Eh!)

#13 Duffy

Duffy

    a dearly-missed departed member

  • Member at Peace
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,791 posts
  • Joined: 25-January 09
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Geographically Brooklyn, Politically Berkeley

Posted 11 December 2013 - 03:13 PM

I agree, Al, but that was the widest nit comb I had.


Michael J. Heinrich
1950-2016
Requiescat in Pace
 
And I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder

#14 Samiam

Samiam

    Posting Leader

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,660 posts
  • Joined: 18-January 12
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Long Island, NY

Posted 11 December 2013 - 03:58 PM

Duff,

 Nice job. Are you gonna' run it at SAL on Jan 4th?


Sam Levitch
 
"If you have integrity, nothing else matters, and if you do not have integrity, nothing else matters."
     Robert Mueller, special counsel (2013)

#15 Duffy

Duffy

    a dearly-missed departed member

  • Member at Peace
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,791 posts
  • Joined: 25-January 09
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Geographically Brooklyn, Politically Berkeley

Posted 11 December 2013 - 06:37 PM

It's meant for less-swoopy tracks, or at least that's the intent. I'll put it out there and see.


Michael J. Heinrich
1950-2016
Requiescat in Pace
 
And I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder





Electric Dreams Online Shop