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Posted 17 September 2014 - 04:30 PM

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Posted 17 September 2014 - 05:06 PM

Kent,

 

I wouldn't get starter kits. Parma cars are fine but I'd go with Professor Motors electronic controller instead of the old resistor type controller. Beginners will just burn up resistors.


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 03:26 PM

OK purchased the pyramid variable power supply and it's on the way.  I definitely want the kids to start slow and not kill all the cars and controllers.

 

I'm working now on the controllers and cars.  I hear you about the electronic controllers, but don't know if I can swing the $$$$$ right now.  If the cheaper ones last a little while it will give me time to raise some school dollars and replace them one at a time next year.  

 

Mostly I've been convinced to make it easy for kids to race right away and have fun and success.  Not everybody gets a trophy success, but keep it on the raceway success.  

 

Braiding the track next week.  Should be up and running the week after that.

 

Thanks all for the help guys.  


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 03:47 PM

Kent,

 

I would put Parma Homeset motors in your cars. They are fast enough that you have to drive them but slow enough a beginner can drive them. It's what I have in my raceway cars and we have a blast with them. I'm using Champion Turbo Flex chassis with Parma rental car bodies and homeset motors.


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 03:51 PM

It sounds like I'd be better off buying parts separate like that rather than in kit form, Right?


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 04:17 PM

Usually by the time you buy gears, tires and motors to make a kit car run on your track it is cheaper to piece together cars. You can get used Flexi 2, Champion or JK chassis real cheap. Hell, ask for donations for the school right here on Slotblog, I'm sure a lot guys have them just laying around not using them.


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 09:38 PM

Unbelievable - how many kids are going to get the chance at the track?  I see it now, the teachers after school having fun in the portable...way better than a ping pong table.  I come from a family of teachers (dad, aunt, uncle, uncle) - good for you! 


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Posted 22 September 2014 - 04:14 PM

It looks like about 20 kids to start.  We'll make up a bunch of jobs and race in teams of 2.  One marshal and one racer then switch.  Half race the other pit and learn about the sport.  

 

Part of the deal is to get the kids to do the work.  Raise some money on their own  (lawns, baby sit ect.) and build their own fun.  As you might have experienced many of the current generation have been punished by attention and our prosperity.  Many kids have never had an activity they were responsible for.  Their choice and their time money and effort. 

 

My idea is to teach kids to be responsible by giving them something to be responsible for and co-racers to answer to.  

 

On the other hand I'm making this up as I go along!


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Posted 22 September 2014 - 06:27 PM

Awesome Kent!  Make sure you let the slot enthusiasts nearby know what time the last bell rings...

 

Only 20 kids in the whole school?  Wait till word of mouth gets around...


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Posted 22 September 2014 - 07:13 PM

Will there be any after school adult education?


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Posted 22 September 2014 - 08:09 PM

Yes!

I have been getting advice from local club members and am looking forward to having them race the track and teach me about racing.

At the end of the semester we'll have a parent race night to raise money for next year.

Again, I'm making this up as I go along.

As far as the kids go, I have been telling them my class is a secret. Nothing is so popular as a secret.

Thanks for the support
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Posted 07 October 2014 - 01:29 PM

How about some updates and pics of all the work that's been done? I heard you've gotten the kids putting it together this week.


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Posted 07 October 2014 - 11:18 PM

Did you come up with enough controllers?  I might donate one or two...

 

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 01:24 PM

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JK Direct Drive 1/32 Cars would be great for your kids on that track.



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Posted 12 October 2014 - 11:03 AM

OK sorry for the delay

Track has been assembled

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Some of the kids working during lunch.


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Posted 12 October 2014 - 12:29 PM

Yesterday I had the opportunity to hang out with the guys at the Northwest Retro Racing League here in Spokane for their final race of the year. I had a blast. 

 

I was blown away by their love and dedication for slot car racing, their gentlemanly collegiality, but mostly their generosity of spirit.  My brain is spinning with ideas for my students because of the advice and example of each and every racer.  Or as the kids would say, "way cool"

 

Specific thanks to Mike Nelson.  

 

Mike is to blame for this track of mine.  I met Mike through his neighbor, Jake, who I work with at school.  When Mike showed me his track I was hooked and the next day at school began to plan my build.  Dreaming led to more practical planning and one morning when my wife was out I went to Home Depot and purchased MDF and off I went to build.  The track took over the garage.  Along the way Mike has given his advice, encouragement, lent tools and cars, and opened his home for me to take pictures of his track.

 

Also big thanks to Ken Bryan for donating two boxes of his pre-loved equipment for the kids to learn and experiment on.  Ken also took the time to explain his many ideas on what kind of racing the kids would be successful and happy with.  I will now be bugging him as well as Mike.  I hope they know what they've gotten themselves into.

 

Hillybilly and the guys in SCRAM also gets my sincere thanks.  I haven't gotten to go through the car package they sent for us yet, but I've been told it's amazing.  Hillybilly gave much advice and teaching on the care and feeding of the tracks.  I could have talked with him about track building for hours, I guess that's a warning, Mike, Ken and Hillybilly are now all on speed dial.  

 

Thanks again, more later.

 

Kent


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Posted 12 October 2014 - 12:33 PM

That's awesome to see someone bringing slot cars to kids and getting them involved. I'm young myself and had never heard of slot cars on a commercial level until about 6 months ago.I had small ho tracks for Christmas. But never knew of anything bigger I wish I would have had someone show me the way years back.its really cool what you are doing.
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Posted 02 March 2016 - 11:03 AM

i wish i was in your class .  i recently introduced my son of 6 years old into slot car racing. this is great seeing what your doing here. good luck with this project. i think and believe that this is what kids need. If you build another track i have an idea for you, LED strip lighting instead of painting the strips on the track. they make it pretty low and i think it would look really cool.



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Posted 02 March 2016 - 01:11 PM

Dayam....where were teachers like you when I was in school, your kids are really blessed to have you there for them, keep up the good work. By the way, as others suggested earlier, put out your address , Im sure there are some that would love to donate to the cause, I know I have some old flexi chassis and some unused and unpainted bodies the kids would have a blast painting. Good luck...Kim
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Posted 02 March 2016 - 02:05 PM

Put a note up here about where to send donations for your class. I've got some old retro bodies I'm not going to use--Mclarens etc. I'll send them along with some nascars too.  Their lexan--need to be painted.  Do you have an airbrush?  Lot's of help could be available as you've learned. Keep up the great work.


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Posted 02 March 2016 - 02:06 PM

Fantastic work you're doing, the kids will love it...!!!

 

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Posted 02 March 2016 - 04:33 PM

Kent should post up the latest pics of the track with the new extension he's done to it.


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Posted 02 March 2016 - 10:53 PM

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Posted 03 March 2016 - 03:10 AM

What cars did you end up with?  FYI, many new ready to run cars use the flacon type motor and JK Products also has two slow versions.  JK Hawk 15 is a 15K motor and is available in a direct drive frame and the JK Hawk 25 is a 25K motor used in many rental cars to replace the older Falcon-2 which was introduced over 15 years ago.  JK Falcon # 1 - 5 have limited brakes compared to the Falcon/Hawk-7 and Retro Hawk 50K+ motors.


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Posted 03 March 2016 - 02:54 PM

I have a few flexi chassis I can donate to this cause, but I need a destination for the package. I would also like to know what scale the group is running, I may have some that they could have in 1/32 scale.


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