Thanks! I try to be quick when I can.
Well... we all have our opinions on the guide pin... and I can accept that. I should point out that there is enough material up front on the chassis to convert to a standard guide flag if one would like to pursue that route.
However, I would like to point out a couple of historical references, if I may. One, HO scale cars have been using guide pins for over 40 years. Of course, their track rails are designed differently, however the pickup shoes on the bottom of the cars are pretty wide and long... they don't seem to have trouble.
Secondly... and this was just brought back to my attention by someone who's signed up for two rolling chassis; one of the most prolific and revered slot "legends" of all time, the late Jose Rodriguez Jr. used guide pins on nearly all his 1/32 scratch builts. And Monogram's late 60's 1/32 set cars used guide pins.
On the motor and chassis... the wheelbase is adjustable from 2.75" to 3.626" (about 69cm to 92cm) Difficult to mount the motor up front with this ability.
I'm sorry... on your next issue... I'm unclear what you're asking. Would I re-design the chassis if I found cheaper bronze bearings? Or are you refering to if someone purchased a new chassis and would they upgrade to bronze bearings?
Well... first of all... no re-design is necessary. If you know a source where I can find bronze bearings cheaper than Nylon, I would love to hear about it.
And for the second part I would say it depends on how the chassis is used... if bronze bearings were needed or not.
During the "Bits and Pieces" discussion on the SCI message board, people mostly want a chassis to fit their static models, resin casts, or vacuum-formed bodies. The discussion never seemed to be about replacing a chassis on existing RTR's. If that were the case, the chassis would have been designed completely different.
Gentlemen... the whole idea behind this chassis is to offer something to those who might never venture into scratch building a chassis for themselves... but would love to motorize their favorite model.
I don't make elaborate claims that this chassis is the "be-all, end-all" of chassis. It is a product with a simple design scope that may offer something inexpensive and attractive to people just venturing into the hobby.
If you're a racer that's been in the field a long time, you're probably not going to be interested in this product. But if you want something fun and different to try, by all means try it. It's a good quality product, and I stand behind it.
Best Regards to you all,
P.S. somebody please tell me how to insert those emoticons... thanks!