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#1 Dallas Racer

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Posted 19 February 2020 - 11:29 PM

I'm at a loss. I got my track almost finished and changed the layout to something more kid friendly. Kinda boring for me, as I had a 12X4 AFX layout just like this 15 or so years ago, and I'm kinda burned out on it. But anything for the kids!

 

Now I have to come up with cars for them to race. I have tons of 440x2 and T-Jets. I can adjust the power to suit their driving skills, but they don't like holding the trigger down. And they can't drive. The oldest I think will learn but I don't know about the other two.

 

While writing this it dawned on me maybe small tire T-Jet would be the ticket. I can slow them down where maybe they can react in time not to crash, but still not so slow they won't de-slot if they don't brake at all.

 

Or something else! I'm open to suggestions.

 

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 09:14 AM

Race for ice cream tickets
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Posted 20 February 2020 - 09:52 AM

It's going to take a lot of patience, and the kids will learn to drive.  My 5 grandkids --ages 4 - 15 at the time--all learned to drive slot cars on my home track. Like you have done, turned the power down until the cars would deslot--but still needed to be driven to get around the corners.  It took a few hours--but all of them learned to drive pretty well and compete with each other!  I ran 5 lap races, had simple little prizes for them to win.  Prizes were given out not JUST to the winner, but for the fastest lap, or the least amount of offs.  Sometimes just for a good attitude. No magnet cars worked the best as they could be driven easily to the point of getting loose without coming off.  Have FUN with it. Nothing better than happy kids laughing while racing!! :)


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Posted 20 February 2020 - 12:09 PM

I have had success teaching neighborhood kids, ages 6 - 14, with the weighted wizzard chassis on low power on this 4 x 16 layout. They got the hang of it after a few hours. I started with the plastic body then changed over to lexan bodies once their skills improved.

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 09:43 PM

Steve, if ice cream is involved I won't want to let them win!

 

Tim, that's encouraging! Good stuff. I will try all of your suggestions. I'm not sure I can do prizes though. The oldest is over competitive and I think he'll be obnoxious if he's winning and loose interest if he's losing.

 

Brian, are these the Wizzard cars you're talking about? https://wizzardho.co...car-spec-racer/ If yes, those are pricey!

 

I had 10 maybe more G-Jets with a lot of new spare parts I acquired in a package deal 4 or 5 years ago. I sold them a couple of years ago because I had too much stuff and I got a really good offer for them.

 

Check out John Gorski's AFX pan. Pretty cool!

 


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Posted 22 February 2020 - 11:30 AM

Steve, if ice cream is involved I won't want to let them win!

 

Tim, that's encouraging! Good stuff. I will try all of your suggestions. I'm not sure I can do prizes though. The oldest is over competitive and I think he'll be obnoxious if he's winning and loose interest if he's losing.

 

Brian, are these the Wizzard cars you're talking about? https://wizzardho.co...car-spec-racer/ If yes, those are pricey!

 

I had 10 maybe more G-Jets with a lot of new spare parts I acquired in a package deal 4 or 5 years ago. I sold them a couple of years ago because I had too much stuff and I got a really good offer for them.

 

Check out John Gorski's AFX pan. Pretty cool!

 

 

 

No, just use the wizzard storm. 40 bucks on ebay. There is or was a brass weight kit that replaces the traction magnets.  I added some rims to allow slip on silicone tires. Cars are plenty fast and very easy in the maintenance department. 


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Posted 22 February 2020 - 11:34 AM

https://wizzardho.co...-brass-weights/

 

or the completed car

https://wizzardho.com/thunder-storm/

 

 

The rims are double flanged from RT-HO # RT-205     http://rt-ho.com/wheels.html   1st one below the chart . You will need the .466 tire at the bottom of the page #RT-200.    Or perhaps Viper or Lucky Bob's has something?


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Posted 27 February 2020 - 10:54 PM

Hey Brian, I tried the G-Jet I mentioned I had. Even with the traction magnets removed it's still nailed to the track. I was surprised. Are the Thunder Storms like that?

 

I acquired it used so maybe the motor mags have been changed to something stronger. That possibility just dawned on me.


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Posted 27 February 2020 - 11:18 PM

When I said small tire I meant T-Jets with brass wheels, smaller diameter fronts and silicone rears. That was one of the classes raced around here back in the early 2K's. Fun cars. I don't know anything about HO racing now or in the rest of the country. Is it a common class?

 

I had 4 cars built back in the day. One was a JL ThunderJet that one track I use to race at raced. They actually run pretty good. Arms meter ~ 15 Ohms.  But I wanted all Aurora cars.

 

I don't think the three cars I already had were all that fast when I raced them, but I'm having trouble making another one anywhere near as fast as those. I've spent a lot of time to no avail. A lot of very irritating time. Metered and tagged a bunch of top plates, and tried 2 frames and 5 or 6 top plates so far. All that I tried metered sub 17 Ohm. They all, including the new car, have JL ThunderJet magnets, which are considerably stronger than the stock mags. All iterations were slow.  :mad:

 

Anyway here they are. I put junk bodies obtained in ebay lots on all of them. If the grand kids stay interested and improve their driving skills I'll put nicer ones on them.

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