Sunday, 22 March 2015

Mazda 787B

I caught up with Stuart yesterday for the first time since his 40th birthday, so I can finally blog about the car I personalised for him.  The basic kit is a Mazda 787B from MrSlotCar in Canada, and comes with all the various parts loose.

The first step was to spray the kit with a gloss white, and to design a set of decals.  I found an image of decals for the car but then modified them to personalise it to Stuart and his hobbies.

A quick test printing on paper to check the sizes of the decals.

Then all the decals were attached, and after a few coats of lacquer, the lights, cockpit, antennas, wing mirrors and windscreen wiper were all fitted.

Designed by a top slot car champion, these cars are designed for racers with high-spec components, including machined bronze axle bushings, hardened steel axles, adjustable motor pod for spring suspension, and adjustable front axle height, so the Mazda handles really well on the track too.  I've got a version in matt black with a red spoiler but it couldn't keep up with Stuart.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Digital Kart Racing

Some racing on Andy's Scalextric Digital track using Ninco karts.  The Ninco motors draw more current than the standard Scalextric ones and this makes the chips operate erratically.  Raising the issue on Slot Forum highlighted that the standard chips can't provide the power needed by high rpm motors, but also identified a Slot Forum member who provided a service upgrading some of the parts on the chipboard to resolve these issues.  Pleased to report those upgrades seem to have done the trick.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Repositioning the Big Screen

 A couple of years ago, I modified a digital photo frame to act as a big screen on the layout.

The location looked good but it's always partially obscured the far corner.  This weekend I finally got round to moving it to the background.

I removed the screen and replaced it with a marshal's hit, and fitted the screen to a new stand.

I also added a Big Red Button (TM) for starting the races.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Boars Nest Cup

Andy and I met up last night for the inaugural Boars Nest Cup featuring:

  • Luke Duke in the Dodge Charger "General Lee"
  • Daisy Duke in "Dixie", her AMC Golden Eagle
  • Sheriff Rosco P Coltrane in his Dodge Monaco "hot pursuit" police car
  • Deputy Enos Strate chauffeuring Boss Hogg in his Cadillac Eldorado

Highwood Circuit had been temporarily redecorated to double up as Hazzard County.

Twelve races provided each car the opportunity to race against every other in both lanes.  The General Lee is a Scalextric model with the magnet removed; the other three are all scratchbuilt cars.  The big American cars swing all over the track making passing a challenge.  Daisy's car was fast but its high centre of gravity meant it had to really slow for corners or else it might topple over.  I will add some lead to it for next time.  "Dixie" wasn't the only car to leave the slot though...

The lap times were pretty close but Enos in the Cadillac was the clear overall winner, taking first place in each of its six races, with the General Lee getting into second place just ahead of Rosco, and Daisy firmly in last place.  I was disappointed that the Cup wasn't won by a Duke but it was great fun.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Swindon Swapmeet 2015

Andy and I went along to Swindon Oasis today for the annual Scalextric Swapmeet.

We had a table where I laid out a number of cars for sale, with some scratchbuilt cars and a tablet showing some of my videos to try and attract the punters.

One of the first items to be sold was to a lad called James.  A photographer from the local newspaper spotted this and took a photo, which appeared in the Swindon Advertiser afterwards.

I sold getting on for half the cars I took with me and restricted myself to just one purchase - a scratchbuilt Lotus garage.  It will be a tight squeeze to fit it onto the layout but it was really nicely done and well detailed.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Carry On Nurse

This trio of nurses make a small but colourful addition to the layout.  The figures were manufactured over thirty years ago (1983) by Britain and they are in excellent condition.  Bought from an eBay seller in Italy for a fraction of what UK sellers want for them.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

LA Slot Racers

This is unusual... a pop music video that is a part-documentary of the lives of slot car racers in Los Angeles.  Interesting though and the tune isn't too bad either.

It's been over two months since I last posted on this blog.  Slot car effort mainly been on helping Andy set up his big digital track for last weekend's racing session - of which photos to follow I hope.