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#1 btk

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 08:17 PM

I'm just getting back into the world of 1/24th slot cars.  In my reading, I've been finding it difficult to identify exactly what tools and spare parts will be needed.  Allen wrenches and nut drivers, sure... but what sizes?  Parts listings from places like Parma and JK tend to be pretty sparse on details.

 

I'm here to draw on your collective wisdom to start fleshing out our pit box, but also in the hopes that this thread will help others down the road get into the swing of things a little more easily as well.

 

So for the purposes of this thread, let's say you're starting from scratch.  Be as specific as possible when it comes to sizes/measurements.

  1. What are the tools, consumables and spare parts you want on hand at a minimum?
  2. What are a few items in your box that aren't necessarily essential, but are nice to have?
  3. Looking at it the other way, is there anything that you see newbies buy and never use?
  4. Those nice wooden pit boxes are pricey.  Any recommendations for a lower-cost alternative that's good for two controllers, a few cars, and the items from parts 1) and 2) above?

Thanks!


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 08:52 PM

Don't forget to include an OptiVISOR LOL


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 09:12 PM

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You will need a quality allen tool like a Hudy or JK. .050" with a 3/8" hex for the guide nut. Lighter fluid, small wire brush for braid, braid conditioner, tire conditioner, and a rag You will need a few pairs of extra braid, some axle spacers(.125"), guide spacers, and a roll of stranded packing tape. I know it sounds basic, but for now it's all you need. Trust me, you don't want to end up with an entire room filled with slot car parts. :help:  Enough for two lifetimes. And that's if I live to be 100. :dash2:
 
You will need a soldering iron with adjustable heat.(Amazon) and a Dremel  tool  is nice to have. 
 
Zippity can suggest some plastic boxes.
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Posted 01 November 2017 - 11:20 PM

I have so many spare parts, most of them are on the floor hidden from view, lol


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 11:49 PM

Sometimes the cat finds the part I was looking for in her collection under the stove.


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Posted 02 November 2017 - 10:53 PM

Liquid white-out (correction fluid) can be used to stop the flow of solder where it's not wanted, just as ATF will. It also comes with a brush applicator in the cap. This is a  tip I learned from Bob Suzuki.


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Posted 03 November 2017 - 06:02 AM

A good magic marker works quite well to stop solder flow.


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Posted 03 November 2017 - 08:01 AM

Yes Red, that's one I forgot. I think Tony P uses it.


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Posted 03 November 2017 - 08:30 AM

Brian

 

This thread got way off your question very quick, but Sam gave you some good advice.

 

You do not want to get into over oiling but you should have a bottle of good oil and a simple cheep setup block is a good thing.

 

The raceway should have some good oil but do not over oil the motor.

 

For a setup block a simple flat board with a slot cut in it for the guide flag is fine for starters.

 

Do not buy a soldering iron until you know what you want and that you need it. It is way to easy to spent to much money or get something that will not do the job.


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Posted 03 November 2017 - 04:04 PM

A couple of extra body clips might be good to have, because they always pop out during races and it seems can't be found until the race has ended.

 

I like using a wire brush on brain to keep them straight. Use a little lighter fluid on them, then brush them, and they come out nice and clean.

 

And be sure to keep a rag/towel handy. You'll see why.

 

Most of all, have fun.

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Posted 03 November 2017 - 04:05 PM

BTW, an inexpensive tool box from Wal-Mart makes for a good starter box. For under $10, you can carry a lot of stuff in it.


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Posted 03 November 2017 - 04:15 PM

Raceways used to sell SS braid brushes, but I don't know if still do. A little tape will help those body clips from getting lost.


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