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crazyracer
2006.11.29, 09:32 PM
Mini-Z Racing Day
Every first Saturday of the month! Start from Dec 2, 2006!
38 x 22 RCP Track, GiroZ Lap Count System!

10:00 Track open
1:00pm Start race
Two Qualifiers One Main
Entry Fee - first class $5.00, additional class $3.00
We have electric power, just bring your table and chair

2WD Stock Class (No PCB upgrade, any motors)
AWD Stock Class (No PCB upgrade, any motors)
Modified Class (Any PCB upgrade, any motor)
Pan Car Modified Class (Any PCB upgrade, any motor)

Kenon Hobby
135 E. Santa Clara Street, Suite D, Arcadia, CA 91006.
Tel : 626-574-9090 Fax : 626-574-2929
eMail : info@rckenon.com

benmlee
2006.12.04, 06:50 PM
Mini-Z Racing Day
Every first Saturday of the month! Start from Dec 2, 2006!
38 x 22 RCP Track, GiroZ Lap Count System!

10:00 Track open
1:00pm Start race
Two Qualifiers One Main
Entry Fee - first class $5.00, additional class $3.00
We have electric power, just bring your table and chair

2WD Stock Class (No PCB upgrade, any motors)
AWD Stock Class (No PCB upgrade, any motors)
Modified Class (Any PCB upgrade, any motor)
Pan Car Modified Class (Any PCB upgrade, any motor)

Kenon Hobby
135 E. Santa Clara Street, Suite D, Arcadia, CA 91006.
Tel : 626-574-9090 Fax : 626-574-2929
eMail : info@rckenon.com


That was a lot of fun.
9 or 10 people showed up. We helped set up the track in the morning. Phil was trying to set up the new timing system. Took several phone calls.
This is the third race I have been in. The first two times I finished next to last at PN regional and last the second time. But I practiced since then. The first race was fast with lots of cars, but by avoiding pile ups and driving carefully, I snake my way up front for the win. The second race of the day was even more competitive than the first. A yellow Ferrari 575GTC driven by Oliver was right on my tail for couple of laps. I just can't pull away from him enough to get a safe margin. Then I made a mistake and he passed me. He made a mistake and I passed him. It was like that until I made 2 errors in a row. He was way beyond my reach then. Luckily, Rudy, the PN reginal champ came roaring up pass me with Phil's borrowed tricked out Enzo . My only small hope was when he pass the Ferrari they might get into an accident. There was an accident couple laps latter. They got tangled up which allowed me to pass them both in the next lap. Down to the last minute mark, I got tangled up with another car near the start finish corner. The Ferarri was catching up fast. I quickly backed up but ran into it. I was at fault for that one. Should have waited for the field to pass by before backing up. I will claim rookie status for not knowing race etiquite ;) I got the most laps but I think Oliver really had the race had I not backed up.

rharris
2006.12.05, 12:51 AM
That was a lot of fun....

Good folks, awsome track, lot's of fun.

Congrads on your win... when did you get so fast? :p

benmlee
2006.12.12, 01:35 AM
That was a lot of fun....

Good folks, awsome track, lot's of fun.

Congrads on your win... when did you get so fast? :p

Looks like there is definitely another race next month. Wonder if I could still keep the lead :)
Last time I got lucky because you and Chris had hooking up issues on the back tires for that new track. Otherwise, you guys would be fast.

I will be getting a used MARs R radio for my car if the deal goes thru. From what I read here, it should have faster response to help with driving. Still don't have the money or permission to go Helios.

Tim Johnson
2007.01.03, 01:42 AM
Looks like there is definitely another race next month. Wonder if I could still keep the lead :)
Last time I got lucky because you and Chris had hooking up issues on the back tires for that new track. Otherwise, you guys would be fast.

I will be getting a used MARs R radio for my car if the deal goes thru. From what I read here, it should have faster response to help with driving. Still don't have the money or permission to go Helios.

I am understanding this will be a monthly event.

rharris
2007.01.17, 01:14 PM
Ben,

Do you remember meeting Jeff R.? He's a 10th scale guy that races on Charley B's events.

He comes by the track from time to time and runs his Mini-z with an old Marz. I like the Marz. I'd say it's as good as the Hellios. It just has a different feel to it.

Also, if the deal falls thru, look into the Futaba 2pl. My son has one and it's a nice radio for the money.

I'm bummed I missed the January race, but I'll be at the February race for sure.

Tim,

Come on out.... We won't make you work, I promise. Just bring a car and throw down with us.

benmlee
2007.01.17, 08:25 PM
Heard you were busy with work. Last race was fun. Phil had stock and modified class. I believe it was Antony that won both of them. I actually got two Mars radio. First one was a Mars, then I found out the MarsR was faster, so I got the R and sold the Mars and the old Airtronics. At one point, I had 4 radios in the house. Went over to my wife holding all 4 radios and asked her if she thought I had enough radios. She was not amused :) Had to promise on the spot I would sell two of them.


Tim - Come on out. At this point, I believe is going to be a monthly event. Turn out has been good so far.

Tim Johnson
2007.01.18, 01:11 PM
I have had a lot on my plate, I wanted to make it out for the next race, but I may not have the time....... we will see....lol

BTW Rod, I think it was Ron who asked me about the vette body and Aluminum rims. We did not have any let in stock.

rharris
2007.01.18, 02:48 PM
Bummer on the vet.

John M. has been trying to get a freind of ours into the hobby. He races real vets out at Willow Springs. John M. figured he'd get a kick out of a vet mini-z.

I think John found a blank and is painting it up for the guy.

rharris
2007.01.18, 02:50 PM
Heard you were busy with work.

yea, I spent most of December in Washinton. I was flying out Mon thru Friday and would come home for the weekend.

FrankW1029
2007.01.19, 07:11 AM
dunno who's who, but i had the black C5R last time. :D just wanna say hi. didn't join the race last time, but will do next month. need to figure out what charger i should use. doesn't have to be like the one i saw Phil use, but a quick charge one. any suggestions?

rharris
2007.01.19, 02:25 PM
Hi Frank,

Philip told me the next race would be on the 27th of this month (next Saturday).

I'm going for sure this time.

For chargers....

I own, and use allot of different ones. Here's my $0.02.

Raovac IC3 15min Charger - I like it. I think the IC3's have a bit more punch off the line. They are supposed to not get hot based on some proprietary tech by Raovac. But, bottom line, they are more expensive, and the cells don't last all that long. There's a strip at the bottom of the cell, under the wrapper, that makes contact with the IC3 charger. That's how the charger knows it's an IC3 cell. But after a few weeks of use, they stop charging correctly. I still use them, but of all the cells I have, I have the most trouble with IC3's. Also, the IC3's are the hardest to find. Radio Shack used to Carry them, but they've been discontinued.

Duracell 15min charger - I like this one too. The upside is, you can get it at wall-mart for around $39 (look in the camera section). You can charge any AA or AAA in 15min. I like the Duracell AAA's, they are solid performers. Nothing special, but they work every time. Another nice bonus is the Duracell takes 12v input. So it's an easy conversion to use a car battery to charge from.

Energizer 15min charger - I have one of these too. I like the Duracell better. The Energizer gets picky about charging cells. I still haven't tracked down what the issue is yet. I'm sure it's the AAA cells and not the charger. But I can put cells that the Energizer rejects into the Duracell and they charge just fine. You can find the Energizer at Target.

I also have a MaHa like Philip. I like it, but becouse it's a 1hr charger, I tend to use the IC3 for racing, and the Duracell for every day.

For a solid performer that will charge just about anything go with the Duracell.

Tim Johnson
2007.02.21, 12:46 PM
Mini-Z Racing Event

Next race: March 3 , 2007! Next Saturday!

40 x 22 RCP Track, GiroZ Lap Count System!

Track opens at 10:00am

Race starts at 1:00pm

Two Qualifiers One Main

Entry Fee one class $5.00, any additional classes $3.00 each

We can provide electric power, just bring your tables and chairs

2WD Stock Class (No PCB upgrade, any motor)

AWD Stock Class (No PCB upgrade, any motor)

Modified Class (Any PCB upgrade, any motor)

Pan Car Modified Class (Any PCB upgrade, any motor)

rharris
2007.02.21, 02:41 PM
I'm there... I've got a new modified car that needs to prove itself. :eek:

Tim Johnson
2007.02.22, 02:28 AM
I'm there... I've got a new modified car that needs to prove itself. :eek:

LOL bring your pretty body, The camera will be rolling...LOL

rharris
2007.02.23, 08:04 PM
LOL bring your pretty body, The camera will be rolling...LOL


Why Tim... I didn't think you noticed... :o

Oh... You're probably talking about this...

http://mini-zracer.com/mini-zgallery/showphoto.php?photo=7607&cat=500&page=1

Or this...

http://mini-zracer.com/mini-zgallery/showphoto.php?photo=7609&cat=500&page=1

Or maby this?

http://mini-zracer.com/mini-zgallery/showphoto.php?photo=7602&cat=500&page=1

oh wait... I'll be you were thinking about this...

http://mini-zracer.com/mini-zgallery/showphoto.php?photo=7576&cat=500&page=1

:D

Queso
2007.02.25, 02:19 PM
I'll try to make it on over there on the 3rd
and see how things are.

benmlee
2007.02.26, 01:29 AM
I got excused from some family obligation, so I should be there. Just finished painting a Mclaren today, so is time to put some scratch on it next week :) Paint job is still not perfect, but is my best one to date.

rharris
2007.02.26, 01:40 AM
I got excused from some family obligation, so I should be there. Just finished painting a Mclaren today, so is time to put some scratch on it next week :) Paint job is still not perfect, but is my best one to date.

Nice... I like the green on white. I'll have to put some orange on it this Saturday... :D

benmlee
2007.02.26, 02:07 AM
Nice... I like the green on white. I'll have to put some orange on it this Saturday... :D

Just as well get the pain over with. After the first scratch, it won't matter.
I will have to see how fast your modified car is. I might try the modified class this time.

rharris
2007.02.26, 02:15 AM
LOL, yea, I just painted three (four if you count my son's) and I know they are going to get trashed this weekend. But ya gatta do it. Otherwise, just leave em on the shelf to look pretty.

I've got two modified cars. You saw the first one last month. The white enzo (now silver and orange). It's a MR-02 with an AD band and an Anima with a 10t pinion. All PN parts, naturally. It's fast, but it can't hold the corner at full speed.

The second one is new. I started it last month. It's AWD. Stacked 4562's, with a Macho. I went crazy and PN'ed it out. I'm dying to see how it holds up against Philip. Can't wait till Saturday.

rharris
2007.02.28, 05:18 PM
I'm setting up an open class car for my son. I put a 2x2 stack in a MR-02 running a s03 and man that thing is fast. I think it's faster then my AD board.

I can't wait to try it out on the big track.

Tim Johnson
2007.02.28, 05:28 PM
ROFL ...... I guess that does look different when you reread it....LOL

Nice car bodies BTW.....

rharris
2007.02.28, 10:55 PM
ROFL ...... I guess that does look different when you reread it....LOL

Nice car bodies BTW.....

Thanks,

I can't wait to destroy them at Philips race. Someone has got to come up with a clear coat for do it yourselfers.

You gonna show?

FrankW1029
2007.02.28, 11:32 PM
tamiya clearcoat's pretty durable.

rharris
2007.02.28, 11:54 PM
tamiya clearcoat's pretty durable.

I spend most of my time racing with a 10yr old. And now he's got a modified car :D

I need something that's a lot closer to the autoscale clear coat then what Tamiya has to offer. I use the tamiya stuff, but they get pretty jacked up after a few races.

Tim Johnson
2007.03.01, 12:02 AM
Thanks,

I can't wait to destroy them at Philips race. Someone has got to come up with a clear coat for do it yourselfers.

You gonna show?


I plan on showing with Video camera in one hand and a mini-z in another....lol.....Ripped out that AD Band board, and put in a nice old
fashioned AM board. :)

Tim Johnson
2007.03.01, 03:35 PM
I need something that's a lot closer to the autoscale clear coat then what Tamiya has to offer. I use the tamiya stuff, but they get pretty jacked up after a few races.

I am currently working on finding some sample clear coat for the Z's.......

arch2b
2007.03.01, 04:03 PM
I am currently working on finding some sample clear coat for the Z's.......
awsome, please let us know what you find :)

Tim Johnson
2007.03.01, 04:10 PM
awsome, please let us know what you find :)

NP.....Im hoping to get the same stuff that is on the ASC's but we will see...

rharris
2007.03.02, 02:51 AM
I plan on showing with Video camera in one hand and a mini-z in another....lol.....Ripped out that AD Band board, and put in a nice old
fashioned AM board. :)

Awsome... Won't it be hard to drive with one hand? You should look into a tripod. I hear they're all the rage.

Queso
2007.03.02, 10:42 AM
well mebe I could bring my video cam also?
btw what tiime does everything start?

Tim Johnson
2007.03.02, 11:13 AM
Awsome... Won't it be hard to drive with one hand? You should look into a tripod. I hear they're all the rage.
Tripods are so over rated..... :p

well mebe I could bring my video cam also?
btw what tiime does everything start?

10 am track opens :) Racing at 1pm

two quals and one main.....

Queso, you don't have an old Nick of Cheese?

crazyracer
2007.03.02, 11:46 AM
anyone can help to set up the RCP track 40'x24' at 9:00am?

Tweaksalot
2007.03.02, 04:05 PM
I can help, but ive never raced or anything before so im a noob!

benmlee
2007.03.02, 08:13 PM
I can probably help out.

FrankW1029
2007.03.03, 09:30 AM
won't make it on 3rd.

car broke down...@!#^#&

Queso
2007.03.03, 12:10 PM
damn I broke a piece off of my chassis
I might be able to fix it with a bit of CA glue
but who knows?
I'll show up anyway just to meet and greet
if nothing else
ya know?

benmlee
2007.03.06, 02:13 AM
This month's race had all the players there. There were 2 world champs, Rudy and Chad, Tim from Kyosho and the owner of JD Hobbies from Fresno as well as the regulars. Needless to say, there were some speed there. I managed to get to A main, and that was about it. Something about the car or my driving was not quite on the mark. The fastest lap time in stock was a second faster than my fastest lap time. That is quite a bit.
In modified, Phil ended up in first. That was probably the fastest I have seen a mini-z go. He was cornering like a crazy racer. Ok, he is the crazeracer :)

http://mini-z.home.att.net/pics/0703Race2.jpg

http://mini-z.home.att.net/pics/0703Race1.jpg

http://mini-z.home.att.net/pics/0703Race3.jpg



Short video of stock qualifying (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lnngSv9zYk)


Lesson learned:

1- If you set up your suspension as stiff as possible to run on RCP over a new smooth hardwood floor thinking you have a killer set-up, it will be too stiff for parking lot RCP set up. Car will bounce all over the place.

2- When you soften the suspension again, the car's handling will be more slugish and push more which requires different driving techniques.

3- Is hard to figure all this out during a race.

FrankW1029
2007.03.06, 02:41 AM
dang...missed a good one.

rharris
2007.03.06, 01:07 PM
Another awsome day at the races. The boys and I had a great time.

Here's my lessons for the day.

1. Glue the pinion and spur gear on your AWD. DNF's are such a drag.

2. If your car won't run, it may not be a blown fet, it might just be a loose connection. DNF's are such a drag.

3. If you spend a week setting up your AWD for open class, then at the last second decide to run your 2wd AD band rocket ship, you're going to loose.

4. Philip is fast. Stay out of his way.

5. Chad is fast. Stay out of his way.

6. Rudy is fast. Stay out of his way.

Looking forward to next month's race.

Tim Johnson
2007.04.04, 08:00 PM
It is that time of the month again.........NO, guys you don't need to run...although, the track is a great get away......It is race time at Kenon Hobbies. This Saturday. I hope to see most of you out there.

Rod, I have some paint for you to try.

rharris
2007.04.05, 02:35 PM
Can't wait to run on the big track again.

Tim, Cool deal on the paint. I'll grab a pn pan car at Philip's and use your paint in it rite away.

A little bird told me that the track is sometimes set up on Friday.

Tim Johnson
2007.04.05, 08:37 PM
anyone else going to show up?

Tweaksalot
2007.04.05, 09:33 PM
im there! hopefully more awd show up so we can have a race in that class!

Tim Johnson
2007.04.07, 11:49 PM
im there! hopefully more awd show up so we can have a race in that class!


I guess i should start tweaking on my AWD a bit. I have a good set up, just need wider off-set rims and a wide body to help the set up along.

Great fun saturday!!! RCP came by and showed off a few of there rock crawlers. Due to the sprinkles, the race was called off, but all stuck around and Phillip made a practice day out of today. Free running was pretty fun, i think we had something like 10-12 cars on the track at once, of all speed and skill level. That made for some fun battles and some wicked wrecks. I fell victum of a mean head on with Phillip. My Lambo nose clip did not live, so it forced me to breaking out my good ol' C5-R back up car.

It was great to see everyone out there. See everyone next month :)

rharris
2007.04.08, 12:57 AM
I fell victim of a mean head on with Phillip. My Lambo nose clip did not live, so it forced me to breaking out my good ol' C5-R back up car.

Feel my pain!!! LOL...

The Lambo is one of the most indestructible bodies out there. But that darn nose clip is it's only weak spot. If you can't dig one up, I can probably find one for you.

Another fun day at Philip's place. Can't wait till next month.

Tim Johnson
2007.04.17, 05:10 PM
Hey Rod, how did that paint work out?

rharris
2007.04.18, 12:23 AM
Hey Rod, how did that paint work out?

My airbrush is no bueno por nada. I'm looking for a new one. I'll try to have something done so you can check it out at the next Kenon race.

I'm thinking red with glow in the dark flames.

I found this stuff at WalMart, but I can't find it anywhere else. I need some clear to finish the project.

The vendor web site FAQ page talkes about a 2 part clear system.

Tim Johnson
2007.04.22, 09:00 PM
My airbrush is no bueno por nada. I'm looking for a new one. I'll try to have something done so you can check it out at the next Kenon race.

I'm thinking red with glow in the dark flames.

I found this stuff at WalMart, but I can't find it anywhere else. I need some clear to finish the project.

The vendor web site FAQ page talkes about a 2 part clear system.

Bumber.....Keep us informed if you can :)

Tim Johnson
2007.04.23, 12:16 PM
2 weeks and counting for the next race!!!

rharris
2007.04.25, 06:58 PM
Here's a video that you guys should recognize. It was shot and edited by a high power Hollywood film director... :D

It had its debut at the word famous RCX show.
kenon race (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAJIdIcU3Gk)

I have to stare at this from time to time to get my fix for the day.

jbenthobbies
2007.04.26, 12:40 AM
when is the next race again I will have to come down it was worth over the 3 hour drive to come race with you guys. Got the new redbull audi team colors on my awd and 2wd plus a new lola body. But I do need a modified circuit board for my mr02 can anyone help?

rharris
2007.04.26, 12:50 AM
It's always the first saturday of the month. That would make the next race on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th)

But check the kenon web site to be sure. If Philip changes the day he'll post it on his web site.

I may be able to help you out with your upgrades. I know Philip can. What are you looking for? 2x2 4562?

jbenthobbies
2007.04.26, 02:22 AM
It's always the first saturday of the month. That would make the next race on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th)

But check the kenon web site to be sure. If Philip changes the day he'll post it on his web site.

I may be able to help you out with your upgrades. I know Philip can. What are you looking for? 2x2 4562?
I have a board from fun for rc which has 2x1 4562 but I want to do what is needed to run any mod motor.

rharris
2007.04.26, 03:15 AM
I just run 2x2 4562's now. That's what I have in my AWD mod car. You can run alot with a single stack of 4562's. For my Mod 2wd car I'm running the AD band. It's still stock with a 2x2 of 3010's and it's running an AnimaII. A single stack of 4562's out performs a 2x2 of 3010's by this comparison:

FET Comparison (http://mini-z.home.att.net/mosfet.htm)

If it were me, I'd run with your current setup untill you fried a fet. Run whatever motor you want. Philip will probably have AnimaII's in stock.

Tim Johnson
2007.04.26, 01:01 PM
Here's a video that you guys should recognize. It was shot and edited by a high power Hollywood film director... :D

It had its debut at the word famous RCX show.
kenon race (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAJIdIcU3Gk)

I have to stare at this from time to time to get my fix for the day.


ROFL.....Nice Rod.