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Old 08-26-2010, 10:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Another current thread got me thinking; I race slotcars a lot, and is a way to have fun and relax and many of the other folks are dedicated racers and/or car guys. Here's some pictures of some of my son's cars (I realized that I don't have pictures of my own cars):



I painted the bodies, so they look a lot like most of my own cars. :-) The VW Bug on the left is a 1/32nd scale (aka "whomp") and the one on the right is a 1/24th scale Group 10 car. The style of that body is a "wedge" and there are several other styles: a NASCAR style, a wing style, and there are others.

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Old 08-26-2010, 11:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Add a motor from a CD player or similar along with a few calculator solar cells and a BEAM robotics circuit.

Bonus points if you could have it actually perform something useful at home.
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...ever since the summer of 1973, I've been collecting each years' NHRA drag race class winners' ET and MPH numbers, so that I can analyze the "limiting" values of the constant power approximating equations:

ET = A * (WT/HP)^(1/3)
MPH = B * (HP/WT)^(1/3)

...where: A ~ 5.82 and B ~ 232, and A*B ~ 1350 to 1400

...I also collect yearly new car and road test 0-to-60 mph and quarter-mile elapsed times from magazines, ie: automotive "data mining."


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