Thursday, September 28, 2006
Post mortem on my Proxy Maserati
So finally the Maser I entered in the Race Across America gave up the ghost. I entered a car I knew was incompletely tested...and it performed that way.
The Scalex Maserati is a car that many have said they just can't get to work the way they'd like... Originally I thought that I'd over power this car, thinking that the large body could "aborb" the extra power of the Scale Auto "Red Can". A few laps on the East New York Raceway quickly showed me I was wrong. So a Slot It 25k seemed like a good way to go. The motor has been glued in...and I'm not sure that I remember that I did that.
I put in large diameter Slot It wheels, Ortmann tires, hollow rear axle and 30 toother red crown Slot It. One account, given by none other than Alan Smith himself was that the car hopped so badly it was nearly undriveable. I'm thinking a poor choice of gearing is to blame for this. And speaking of gearing, there is lots of wear on the pinion here...
But the dampening or should I say sticker on the bottom may help that hopping since it would retard the motor pod tilting.
Nothing much going on inside the body though...lots of Ortmann dust caked inside!
In the end it was these wires crossing, causing a short that made me pull the plug.
But in the end I'm laying the blame squarely on Wet Coast Racer for not heeding the instructions on the bottom of the chassis for a poor showing in his stage of the RAA...
...ok, not really.
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