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#251 Rotorranch

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 06:06 PM

There is much more in the Rotor Dungeon!  :diablo: 

 

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 06:33 PM

Dig out those Mura endbells, Jeff!!  :dance3:


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 06:00 PM

Lola is ready for battle again, en-route to LA.


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 06:16 PM

Dig out those Mura endbells, Jeff!!  :dance3:


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Posted 28 January 2020 - 08:26 PM

Lola came back for repairs and a cleanup. I found a broken solder joint so I'll be repairing and reinforcing that area!  :)

 

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Posted 02 February 2020 - 12:53 AM

Track test today was the first time I have driven my own car! Man all that lead weight really tames a car! LOL She drives real sweet. A few minor improvements, then back to Los Angeles to do battle again  :sun_bespectacled:


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Posted 02 February 2020 - 05:36 PM

Any thoughts of acquiring another Lola body to build a second car? Spare car for Eddie to race? Excuse for you to accompany their transport to the west coast? Etc. etc  :)


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Posted 03 February 2020 - 09:28 AM

Looking back at the beginning, the Lola was a gifted body with no specific purpose other than just doing my first hardbody. So I chose a race series at ramdom that actually races them and that was BP. Then Eddie volunteered to drive it. And it even shocked me how well it worked, winning races right out of the box.

 

So my point is, that body wasn't selected due to it being the best choice for BP. It was random. If I was to do another hardbody, I doubt it would be that body - I'd want the lowest, widest, lightest choice. Rumor on the streets is somebody is planning to hire me to build a new car soon.

 

I'm all over the map - flexis, vintage, wings, rubber duckies, thingies, heck I even made a dragster  :laugh2:  The only things I don't think I'd do is plastic chassis, or anything smaller than 1/43  :mda:


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Posted 03 February 2020 - 12:13 PM

 The only things I don't think I'd do is plastic chassis, or anything smaller than 1/43  :mda:

Never say die!  :)


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Posted 03 February 2020 - 03:43 PM

:yawnface: I'm all over the map - flexis, vintage, wings, rubber duckies, thingies, heck I even made a dragster  :laugh2:  The only things I don't think I'd do is plastic chassis, or anything smaller than 1/43  :mda:

 

Pablo, do you work in wood? I don't see anything mentioned about Popsicle stick chassis.  :yawnface:  


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Posted 03 February 2020 - 04:31 PM

Not good with wood  :)


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Posted 03 February 2020 - 08:45 PM

One of the Pro Track rims had a gouge in it. I checked it for true and it was bad. So I ordered a new set of wheels

 

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Body attachment gizmos needed reinforcement. I made .032 wire helpers to ensure they will never move again. The fourth one was a special bend to accommodate the "Pablo" emblem being in the way  :)

 

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The rail breakage weak spot was an easy fix with a piece of .025 thick 1/4" wide brass that connects everything as one strong family. There will be no more failures there, I guarantee it :)

 

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Posted 04 February 2020 - 12:44 AM

Does the .025 brass strip make it feel any stiffer? I don't think it will matter much. I still think the key to successful hardbody cars is 1. Weight down low 2. Body "floating" on the chassis  3. I think there's something to that weight behind the rear axle to offset the center of gravity.

 

Looking forward to running it again. I may not be able to run it in this month's race, but I'll make sure I do in March.

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Posted 04 February 2020 - 08:55 AM

No. You don't need or want much flex right there anyway.


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Posted 04 February 2020 - 09:26 AM

That brass plate will stiffen up the side flex a bit, but its primary use is to strengthen the joint that came apart. 


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Posted 09 February 2020 - 10:58 PM

New Pro Track (PTC-N5203) rear wheels trimmed and trued at .980 OD, installed and ready to rock. The (unbent) N5203 hub now has SBR rubber on it at .980 and will serve as a spare backup wheel.

 

The Pro Track (PTC-526) fronts are still in good shape. Lola hardbody is ready to race again and hopefully be competitive. Decals and body have some battle wear, but it's a warrior, not a shelf queen :D


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