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NEW COMPETITION!

SLOTCAR SCRATCH BUILD 2005

'SlotForum/NSCC/Pendle, Build your own slot car 2004 - 2005'

To celebrate the recent launch of a brand new chassis specifically designed for the conversion of 1/32 Scale static kits and resin low volume special slot car bodies, the NSCC in association with the www.slotforum.com are proud to announce a new competition for 2004/2005.

Sean from Pendle Slot Racing developed this adjustable chassis to fill a void in the market. Aimed at scratch builders this chassis makes building slot car easier removing the need to search through the various RTR chassis and adapting them to suite.

The Chassis is constructed from ABS plastic and comes in two main sections, the rear is designed to except the standard Mabuchi-S motor (standard Scalextric) in an 'in-line' format. The rear section allows for the insertion of standard axle mounts/bushes with standard pinion and contrate gearing. There are also clips to accept a magnet (15mm x 6mm x 3mm, same size as a standard Fly) Pendle will soon be offering their own brand of magnet in the near future. The front section is an adjustable sliding device that slots into the rear section and is fixed in position via either of two small nuts. This enabling a variety of wheel bases to be achieved. The front has a mounting post to accept a standard post type guide flag (Scalextric, Ninco etc) there are also mounting clips to take a standard, free running, front axle. Spacer tubes are also supplied to position over an axle to stop movement.

Fixing the chassis to the body can be achieved in several ways, either using the side flange on the chassis to the sides of the body or via two fixing holes at the rear which could be used for mounting posts or for a direct fix to the body.

Swiss has already done a review of this chassis see:

http://www.slotforum.com/forums/index.php?pg=Chassis

Pendle Slot Racing are selling this adjustable chassis for £6.75 each and will also supply motors, axles wheels etc to complete your conversion at an additional cost. There is a discount for people entering this competition (details from Pendle).

The idea behind this competition is to build a slot car using this brand new chassis to convert any static 1/32 model kit into a working slot car. There will be four sections to the competition:

A. Injection moulded plastic kits (Airfix, Monogram, Pyro, etc) No Magnet
B. Injection moulded plastic kits (Airfix, Monogram, Pyro, etc) Magnet
C. Resin kits (Proto, Traffic, OCA, Slot Classic, etc.).No Magnet
D. Resin kits (Proto, Traffic, OCA, Slot Classic, etc.).Magnet

You have over 5 months to make, paint, test your models before the final judging which will take place during the NSCC 25th Anniversary Weekend 21st-22nd May 2005. Your car/cars (trucks, lorries, what ever!) will be judged in the following format.

50% of the final score - Concourse Competition, judged by a panel including Sean from Pendle, one member of the NSCC committee and one member of the Moderators from the SlotForum.

30% of final score - fastest lap competition, you will race against the clock on one of the many tracks at the event. At this time we think the track will be Classic Scalextric.

And finally

20% of final score - slowest lap competition, using the same track you will have to try and drive the slowest lap around the track. Not as easy as it sounds!

The choice of motor, body, wheels, tyres, guide, axles, contrate, pinion is entirely up to you but you must use a Pendle Adjustable Chassis Ref PCS 32. If you decide to enter the with magnet class please note one (1) magnet only!

You will not be allowed to swap motors, guides, magnets, etc during the competition (i.e. you can't change gearing between the fastest and slowest lap sections.

Your car/s should be brought to the weekend event no later than Saturday 12:00 noon and will be displayed in a locked showcase for all to see. Judging will start on Sunday morning and the cars driven at around 12:00 noon on Sunday. If you are unable to attend in person you can nominate a driver. You can also post your entry to us and as long as you include the full cost and details of where to send it back to we will pop it in the post. The NSCC, Slot Forum and Pendle accept no responsibility for loss or damage during postage or during the event.

An application/entry form is available to download on the NSCC, Slot Forum and Pendle Slot Racing web sites or you can send a SAE to me at the normal address.

Entry to the competition costs £1.50 per entry and is payable at the event or with your entry (cheques made payable to NSCC). The entry fee will go to our main weekend sponsor's (Toyota) chosen charity "The Children's Trust". Pendle Slot Racing will also supply some excellent prizes!

So dig out those old kits you have promised to do something with or buy that dream car you can't find in RTR format and start building.

To help (or hinder!) your progress I plan to start a few conversions myself during December/Jan and will keep you up to date with progress. For further hints and tips take a look at the Scratch Building forum on the Slot Forum, some of the best modellers and scratch builders often post advise and suggestions here for novice builders like myself!

Just to confirm - you don't need to be a member of the NSCC to enter this competition it's open to all even if your not a member of the SlotForum, but then again you wouldn't be reading this if you were not (well maybe?)

Best of luck

Gareth Jex
NSCC
 

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Hi Gareth,

Can I enter a car with my own resin body or does it have to be a commercially available one?
 

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LMP04 - Yes the judging and racing of your cars will take place at the 25th Anniversary weekend (when the champ finals take place) If your racing in the finals we will ensure that you have time to put in your hot and slow laps!

MAF - anything goes really you can enter into the resin section (the names shown are just a guide).

Merry Christmas
Gareth
 

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Thanks Thomas!

Not really all my idea! It Was discussed with Swiss and Nuro in Egg at the Slotforum party a while back and just taken a while to get sorted.

Application forms are now available on the NSCC web site for you to downlaod.

If any of you would like to bring along any interesting slot cars, Scratch builds and or Kit conversions (not entered into the competition) please do so, we will have additional locakable showcases for public display.

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...no problems Gareth,
if you need some cars to display - I might ship you some of my 1/24-gems and some rare 1/32 in advance - easier than taking them with me in the hand luggage

If you've any car in your mind - I think you know most of them - just drop me a line...
 

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Hi Gareth,

Is there any reason for excluding vacuum-formed bodies? With a little bit of effort, they can be made to look as nice, if not better, than injection-moulded or resin cast bodies.

With kind regards,

Russell
 

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Hi Russell

No not really, but it is a Kit conversion competition, i'm not too fussed really, the more the merrier can i suggest any vac formed models go in with the resin section.

I'll see if we can't get some additional prizes.

Thanks
 

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Ok, time to get started.

This is where I start. 3 resin bodies. If I mess-up on the first, hopefully I'll learn from my mistakes. It would be good to have a few to race.







PCS 32 adjustable plastic chassis on order as well as all the mechanics.
 

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Aha! the New Doug mobile!


Did they take awhile to show up? or just awhile to post pics of?
 

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QUOTE (Swissracer @ 24 Jan 2005, 16:13)Did they take awhile to show up? or just awhile to post pics of?
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10 days. Perhaps they had to make them? I did change my order to get one more.
 

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Right, Ive decided its time to resurrect some of my old monogram shells Ive been given...............but I cant find the chassis on pendles website!!! Help!?!?!?!?!
 

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Good choice Nuro, I like it! Are the castings off one of those cheap die-cast PT Cruisers that have sprung up in the shops? They look great anyway.

My entry is going to be even more top heavy than yours - I'll say no more for now as to what it is - other than does anyone know if the use of ballast is permitted in the comp?... cos I really can't see my effort making it round the first corner without any!
 

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Hi All

Not sure if this will help, but here is a picture of the track we hope to use for the competition.

To be 100% clear notice the word hope, i havn't seen it in the flesh yet and it may need work, but thought you may want to see.



Looks pretty fast and flowing to me, not too many twisty bits!

I will try to re-wire it with a decent Parma controller.

Garteh
 
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