I don't go to toy stores very often so I really don't know what's available and all those screaming little kids scare me. Sooo, I picked up the first 1/32nd scale toy I could find and beat feet out of there
I'm having trouble figuring out how to get the guide flag positioned securely. There is now a motor in there and two thin electrical wires hanging out the front where a guide flag should be. This is the toy
. It looks much nicer in real life than it does in the picture. If I had been thinking, the digital camera on the shelf above me would have been a good idea to use
Initially I tried an Atlas 206 motor. Too wide. That led to trying an old Tyco S motor, remember those? Worm gear
Unfortunately I made the bracket completely wrong for mounting the driven gear on the axle
Sooo, I switched to a similar style ancient Tyco Pro or Riggens HO motor that had a standard shaped brass pinion. This worked well. In keeping with the "use up incredibly old slot car stuff" theme I then located an equally ancient stamped steel crown gear for the axle. Know what? I forgot to see what the overall gearing was
Well, I'm batting a thousand so far. Anyway, it's something like 6:32 or so. I was shooting for a low vehicle speed with a safe motor speed. The motor spins, the tires rotate, it'll work. Unfortunately the tires rotate a bit faster than I'd like at 6v but that's the breaks.
So I need to work on the guide flag for a while. Once there is a guide flag installed, the thing is ready to roll.
Some interesting things about this model (interesting to me anyway). The wheels and tires are not only big and made of a rubber like substance but they are ROUND. This is a push toy for a 3 year old and up kid that costs maybe $10 and the thing has round wheels and tires. I think Fly, Scalextric and a few other companies that crank out expensive toys could learn from Ertl. Another point is the rear axle, it's 1/8th inch so standard slot stuff works on it plus the axle is straight. The front wheels are steerable. I don't know if I can get the guide flag to steer the front wheels but it would be nice. The toy is held together with the exact same screws used to put your slot car together so you won't need any new tools to tear it down.
Any pictures of guide flags mounted on tall equipment would be appreciated. I have a few ideas but would like to see what others have done rather than reinvent the wheel.