We've previously sent you my older boy's Donkey Kong "prototype" car. Now that our Council races are over (and we got the car back), we're thinking of sending you the upgraded / final version.
My son calls it "DKL" as in Donkey Kong / Luigi, because on one side it is a Donkey Kong car and on the other a Luigi car. I took this picture with him holding it up to a mirror so that you can get the idea.
Since it is the thickness of Tungsten Cubes, we were able to build it so that it has good track clearance with either side facing up. Can we enter the same car twice in the Rookie class? Run it through one set of heats with Donkey Kong on top, second set of heats with Luigi on top?
Thinking it might be interesting to see the difference in the race times (Luigi side up has lower CM but barge nose facing down, Donkey Kong side up has higher CM but barge nose facing up).
Sorry, it doesn't light up or play music, though...
I think that's cool! I have no problem with running it both ways- should be fun. Like Warren said, on race day we would need to run it in two different divisions and then change it back to Rookie afterwords - . The times would still be good.
Last Edit: Apr 25, 2007 10:50:48 GMT -6 by Warthog
Post by builderjim on Apr 25, 2007 11:09:45 GMT -6
A sticker with the words written "this side up" placed on the side which would be running at that time would help a bit. When the first side gets done running, just place the sticker on the other side. ;D
I look forward to getting completely confused, but that is sort of normal for me this time of year!
Now, can someone do that with a big rig? ;D
That sounds like a challenge!
If all 18 wheels don't have to touch, I could envision building one with wheels on top and bottom that could be flipped over to run either side up. Perhaps the cab could rotate so that the trailer could flip but the cab would always run "right side up".
Have to think about that one. It needs to look good as well as being "flippable" IMO.
Kind of what we expected. We aligned it "Green Side Up" i.e. with Luigi on top so I am glad to hear that it actually runs faster on that side.
If it ran better with a higher CG and worse alignment (Donkey Kong side up), we would have to bang our head on the wall and go back to the Drawing Board (again!).
One of these days we're gonna have to build one that isn't to our Council specs (i.e. actually raise a wheel, cone some hubs and bevel an axle head or two). Not gonna catch the rest of you guys with our current setup
Looking forward to tomorrow's results, and then it's on to Minnesota!
...One of these days we're gonna have to build one that isn't to our Council specs (i.e. actually raise a wheel, cone some hubs and bevel an axle head or two). Not gonna catch the rest of you guys with our current setup
I guess "one of these days" has arrived
Given the advent of the Stock Division, we replaced the non-beveled head axles and 3.6 gram BSA wheels on DKL with some beveled head axles and 1.0 gram Pro Ultra-Lites ;D Moved the front wheels around a little to find enough wood to raise one of the wheels off the ground. Don't think we'll pass any of the Pros, but at least we shouldn't be quite so far behind
Now we just gotta get the test track so we can "fine tune" her for rail riding. Maybe Santa could bring us one?
p.s. Might have a little more "tweaking" to do, but the alignment with either side up definitely worked out easier with only one front wheel on the ground.