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  • Wet Coast Racer
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    They will be hard to replace, as they were the mainstay of 1/43 scratchbuilding parts, but I am sure we will find a way!
    Just a random thought; I've noticed that a company called Vincent is making slot car wheels for HO racers; you could Google them easily enough.

    Thing is, they appear to be relatively strong in the market, with new products coming out; so perhaps it would be worth contacting them, to see if they would be interested in making serious wheels for 1/43 racers?

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  • Lloyd.L
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    That's good Luke, I look forward to seeing the photos!

    Regards, Lloyd.

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  • lukeyboy900
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    Just an Update guys, the 911 is in Silicone should be ready by morning to start on the inside mold

    Regards
    Luke

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  • Lloyd.L
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    Thanks for confirming that Chuck.

    They will be hard to replace, as they were the mainstay of 1/43 scratchbuilding parts, but I am sure we will find a way!

    Thanks go to Steve and family for their efforts over the years!

    Regards, Lloyd.

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  • cjent
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    Steve and Ranch Design are not in business any longer.

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  • lukeyboy900
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    Gears seem to be the main problem, unless you buy them bulk... but 2/3rd of the gears get wasted

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  • Lloyd.L
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    If that is the case it is a great shame. Steve and Ranch design were the mainstay of 1/43 slotting. Some alternatives are available, but not everything.

    I tried to find someone to make gears here in England, but the setup costs were prohibitive.

    Regards, Lloyd.

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  • Wet Coast Racer
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    Originally posted by Lloyd.L View Post
    Originally I used all Ranch Design parts, but I am not sure if they are still available, does anyone on here know?
    I suspect, not. The SCI Search under that name only shows up these Threads. And while their website is still found easily enough, there's no way to contact them through it, or order parts etc, so far as I can tell.

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  • Lloyd.L
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    All sorts Luke, depending on what I am making.

    Originally I used all Ranch Design parts, but I am not sure if they are still available, does anyone on here know?

    These days I prefer 1.5 or 1.6mm axles and use HO gears and turned alloy wheels made for resin kits. But I do find the HO gears a little harsh in operation.

    Artin crown wheels work very well too.

    Regards, Lloyd.

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  • Lloyd.L
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    This was transferred from another thread, thanks to Wet Coast Racer, so a little explaining is in order. Lukeyboy 900 asked me if the small motor as used in electric aircraft had been used in a slot car.

    This is an old experiment, but I have taken it a bit further now. There was too much drag on the axle with the setup shown, but I have a soldered up brass one on the go that should be a lot more efficient.

    Regards, Lloyd.

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  • lukeyboy900
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    Scratchbuilding

    Sow what do you guys use for axles and gears? never seen a comment about this subject before so was just curious

    Regards
    Luke

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  • Lloyd.L
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    One of the essential pieces of equipment is a variable voltage power supply. Cars can take on a completely different character with, sometimes, the smallest change in voltage.

    Here is a photo of my earliest experiment with that motor and pulleys. It is very crude, but shows the pulley arrangement:



    Regards, Lloyd

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  • lukeyboy900
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    i've seen some at 50000RPM, do all motors have a max Voltage range? half of these are rated at between 1.5v-6v, go track is 16v?

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  • Lloyd.L
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    They may not be very fast Luke, but they move those tiny R/C cars around on carpet pretty good!

    Regards, Lloyd.

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  • lukeyboy900
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    yeah Loyd that is what i was thinking of, low weight, small (good for Digi chipping 1/32 chips and good for engine position... porsche!!) and high RPM...

    Luke

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