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#1 munter

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Posted 19 July 2018 - 03:08 PM

Hello builders.

 

I have been building and entering a few 1/32 scale proxy races where wire and brass chassis building is allowed.

 

My question is what is the best handing/functioning design?.....floppy side pans, plumber, iso, rattle plate etc and anything else.

 

My most recent build finished mid field and it had no movement at all. Since then I have built a floppy pan car which handles well and a plumber style which is due to head to the US in August. This one seems to be the business but I want to know what the experts suggest.

 

Any thoughts or opinions appreciated.

 

TIA

 

John

 

ps this is the place to ask


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Posted 19 July 2018 - 04:17 PM

John, I don't claim to be an expert, but "the best" chassis design is probably going to vary from one track to the next. If you're talking hardbody cars, it might not matter much which basic design you use. If you're using vacuum-formed bodies, I like a non-droparm chassis with a rearward located center hinge in the chassis' center section & floppy pans. The tension on the hinge can be varied by using different diameters of piano wire depending whether it's being run on a flat track or one with swoopy turns. Flat tracks tend to like lighter tension, swoopy tracks tend to like heavier.

 

Are you familiar with Chris Briggs' website? If you aren't, he has several 1/32 chassis builds using different designs on it.


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Posted 19 July 2018 - 04:24 PM

You need to reach out to Dennis Samson--he's the maestro of 1/32 scratch built chassis here in California!! He's dedicated a lot of time and energy into 1/32 and there's no one better to help!! 


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Posted 19 July 2018 - 04:56 PM

What Tim said!  Dennis is an artist and a craftsman.


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Posted 19 July 2018 - 09:40 PM

Thanks chaps....I was hoping Dennis would have some thoughts and he has made contact and given me plenty to think about.

 

I appreciate the pointers.


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