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#1 Shruska55

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Posted 06 March 2020 - 01:21 PM

I'm back racing again after a 50 year hiatus. Life took me elsewhere. That said, I built my own chassis back in the day, but Wow has the craft changed. My last builds were using the Parma sidewinder templates where plumber, pan and guide drop were all hinged and bite bars were everywhere. As to 2020 chassis building, I'm a total neophyte but really want to scratchbuild my own frames.

 

I'm racing in the Retro Can-Am, F1 category and as mentioned, I want to try my hand at chassis building for this group. I've hunted around Slotblog and have found many amazing chassis in the Scratchbuilding section, but I have not found a composite How-to article (series?) with a form and function profile of the elements of a chassis design through implemetation. Particularly, retro chassis.

 

My question is based on the ignorance of a new chassis builder. While I've read and reread and will continue to reread the IRRA rules set, what I have been unable to find thus far is a Primer on building not only a quality chassis, but what are the fundamentals of chassis dynamics with regard to designing and building balanced, flexible, tunable scratchbuilt chassis.

 

If this has been handled on SlotBlog and a link to the info is available, please accept my mea culpa and point me there. If not, perhaps this may be a thread for those of us who want to try and need a newbie level guidance to get stated.

 

I'm glad to be back racing!  and Thanks in advance.

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Posted 06 March 2020 - 02:30 PM

The closest thing I know of that you are looking for is the Mike Steube video on how to build a chassis. It's called "Scratchbuilding with Mike Steube". Not sure if it's here on Slotblog or not.


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Posted 06 March 2020 - 02:46 PM

In the "Scratchbuilding" Forum here on SlotBlog Jim Fowler has many excellent how-to's with the how and why he did certain things.  

 

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Posted 06 March 2020 - 02:48 PM

Try this the sound is not very good and I have not watched it completely but Tony is the man! (Well next to CHEATER, and Pappy ,then for sure Tony)

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=1PJFSB7z07M

 

if that does not work got to Youtube and search Tony P chassis build.

 

Good Luck!


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Posted 06 March 2020 - 02:59 PM

 Scott, the first thing you will want to do is get a good chassis jig. Retro racing is great because there is not one chassis design that stands out against all of the rest. Many different designs and rail configurations will work if they are set up and tuned right. A lot of that depends on what kind of track you are going to race on. I think a good start is to buy a chassis from one of the major builders first and then you will have an idea of not only a chassis layout that works, but also what a good car should feel like.

 Then you can go to the Scratchbuilding forum here on Slotblog and then to "On the Jig with JimF" and check out some of his builds. He is very good at going step by step and telling us why he does what. His builds are tailored for the tracks he races on in Northern California, but the basics are the same everywhere. Also, Pablo's Builds under the 1/24 Vintage Cars has some step by step retro car builds. I'm sure there are more on here, but those will get you started.

 Being able to build my own chassis and trying new things are what I enjoy the most about Retro racing.



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Posted 06 March 2020 - 04:56 PM

The IRRA® website has "how-to" articles

 

https://irraslotracing.com/howtoo.html


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Posted 06 March 2020 - 06:32 PM

One like this?

http://slotblog.net/...is/#entry773030
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Posted 06 March 2020 - 07:47 PM

the Tony P youtube series is very good, Tony is building a chassis at some raceway, lotsa good stuff

 

the Stuebe video you can get from Keith Tanaka


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Posted 06 March 2020 - 09:31 PM

A lot of good tips in the "Scratchbuilding" thread!! Plenty of great information!


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Posted 06 March 2020 - 09:41 PM

Thanks to everyone for pointing me in the right direction! I have bought a jig from Precision Slot cars. On their recommendation, I bought the 2002 Tuning Fork. I added the metal bender as well. Chris Tanner and his crew at Tyler Slot Cars has taken me under their collective wings. The track is a real challenging 4 lanes and we'll regularly race over at Dallas Slot Cars. So, I'll be building to those two tracks.

 

Thanks again,.


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Posted 06 March 2020 - 09:51 PM

Scratchingbuilding with Mike Stuebe DVD email sent off the Keith Tanaka. I'll have other questions as I digest all these tips! Thanks


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Posted 07 March 2020 - 11:07 AM

Steube's video is excellent.


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