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Posted by mp- | Mar 06, 2006 @ 08:13 PM | 3,899 Views
I'm buried at work, and I'm buried at work at home. I just haven't had time to type another installment of my usually witty and insightful blog. So, how about a picture? The motor adapter allows use of the smaller diameter sl/bl motors.
Posted by mp- | Feb 18, 2006 @ 08:06 AM | 4,178 Views
RC Car Action hit my mailbox last Thursday, and, as usual, I flipped the pages looking for the Acer Racing ad while I walked to the house. It's a decent ad this month, but it's been better. I'm not sure what they sell, but they've got name recognition! Gotta be careful looking at the magazine while the wife's around though, she gets suspicious when I turn the magazine sideways. The other interesting thing in the mag is the interview with Jeremy Kortz. RCCA asked him what might steal the popularity of the truggies, and he said "Dirt bikes would be cool, but I don't think they'll ever be raceable on off-road tracks." While I agree that we're not there yet, I'm going on record as saying it will happen. Maybe not tomorrow, and maybe not on tracks as knarled out as most off road tracks, but dirt bikes will come, and they will evolve. When I first drove my NF, I thought it was fun, but too difficult to be raced on a twisty car track. The video coming from the UK changed my mind, and I'm betting the same thing will happen with off-road bikes. I have some designs on the drawing board, but I need to update them for lipo and brushless. And that's all I'm going to say about that.

It was a productive week in the shop. I'm nearly caught up with machining parts that are fully designed. Now I've got to spend some time at the drawing board to finalize the uncompleted designs. Then back to the shop, then back to the computer... Where does it end? I've decided the...Continue Reading
Posted by mp- | Feb 11, 2006 @ 09:05 AM | 4,171 Views
Finished front and rear hubs last weekend, and made more frame brackets. At this point I've made enough parts to actually need a new organizer for the v3 parts. Only about a dozen different parts in it at the moment, but I'm on a roll with the design, and I'm cranking out the parts just about as fast as I can complete the drawings. I made up some skidbar mounts sized for large diameter strimmer line, with a cross drilled holes for QR pin retention. If these work out I'll offer them for sale on the upcoming website. I'm planning to fab a handful of front brake rotors and rear sprockets this weekend. We're supposed to get a whopper of a snowstorm (12-18 inches), so I may have to spend some time running the snowblower rather than the machines. I've been increasing my caffiene uptake to in an effort to keep up with new part manufacturing. I think I'll put a "Powered by Starbucks" sticker on the side of the v3 cowling.
Posted by mp- | Feb 03, 2006 @ 07:49 PM | 5,565 Views
Had a mini panic attack when I measured the model (computer model) and thought I'd made scrap parts last night when I did a run of rear hubs on the lathe. Turns out that the computer model was wrong, and my parts are fine. I ought not to get "wrapped around the axle" about little things like this, but it's hard not to want it perfect. Sometimes you just gotta step back and say to yourself that a couple thous off here and there is OK. Got all the necessary tools setup in the toolchanger, so I might as well do front hubs tomorrow. Would be good to get the front and rear hubs completed this weekend.