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#1 Steve Deiters

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Posted 05 November 2019 - 03:33 PM

Tamiya 4 wheel drive-11.5.19.jpg
 
Have to say I've never heard of this type of model car racing, but I'm glad to see people participating in it as well as Buzzy plugging away.
 
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Posted 05 November 2019 - 04:27 PM

If there isn't a slot then it isn't slot car racing is it?  I think the clue is in the name 'slot'


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Posted 05 November 2019 - 04:40 PM

Kevin: in Mini-4WD racing (Tamiya) the whole car fits in the slot. Think of powered Hot Wheels.

 

 

Mini-4WD has been big in Japan and the surrounding area for many years. I'm surprised that it has taken this long to get a toe-hold in North America.


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Posted 05 November 2019 - 04:46 PM

Holy smoke where can we get some of those motors!

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Posted 05 November 2019 - 04:53 PM

Steve,
The winds are real hot, to run fast on the low voltage that the batteries provide.
 
In the film, it says 30,000 RPM.
 
There's nothing super hi-tech about them(the motors).
 
Dennis "Foamy" Hill, can confirm, but I don't think they would even work for drag racing, let alone road racing.
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Posted 05 November 2019 - 04:56 PM

The motors run on batteries--so low voltage for slot racing needs.  This is the "Tamiya" racing Foamy has been doing for a while now!! It's Hot Wheels on steroids!! 

No slot--no rc--start em up and GO!! 


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Posted 05 November 2019 - 05:22 PM

Think Hot Wheel's Sizzelers from the late 60's early 70's.

Gutter racing.

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Posted 05 November 2019 - 06:10 PM

The 4 wheels that are used to keep the cars on the track are great for thingies, was going to get some for retro pro fronts as they have ball bearing. Too narrow for canam though. 


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Posted 05 November 2019 - 06:45 PM

Those mini 4wds have been around a long time, at least 30 years.  I remember seeing them when I got back into slots in 1990, they were already in existence by that time.


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Posted 05 November 2019 - 07:01 PM

Yep.

At Koford, when Eurosport ace, George Russell had his raceway (20+ years ago), we made custom 4WD arms for him.

Quite a bit of the fans of it, are Asian.

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