RiggenHO Model Racing
|Race, Collect, Restore!||
Volume 2 Issue 2 Fall 2006
Hope you all had a great summer, but now that the kids are back in school, hobbies turn back indoors-- We are now using a mailing list service, and from this issue forward the newsletter will be web based.... this makes it easier for us to publish our content with hyperlinks and also provides faster downloads for readers. Please enjoy this issue and consider providing feedback and or content for distribution so we can make future issues better!
This issue looks at the brass past and into the future...lots of depth here and tons of links so have a good read!
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Thanks for your continued support!
Over the summer we ran
out of our supply of repro Riggen guide flags. A new batch is in production
and will be available in November. Weights are useful for fine tuning, we
are tooling up for variable front weights that sit on top of the guide flag.
Check out the modified Riggen below that lit my lightbulb...Our
second edition RiggenHO T-Shirts will be available in November....We
are also working on a RiggenHO hop up kit...your ideas for what should be
included are appreciated. See newsletter 3 for an
article on the very useful TycoPro hop up kit. ...
See the complete line of RiggenHO Replacement Parts here
The main focus of this issue is the time period between 1968 and the mid 1970's; what I consider to be the sweetspot of vintage HO slot car racing. It was during this time that very effective technology advances were discovered and implemented widely...It is also at the end of this era that HO slot cars changed forever-with the advent of traction magnets.Read all about it here: The HO Brass Wars
in the prototyping stage is the next generation RiggenHO chassis. Find
out more here....
--Try this: visit the website "wondermagnet" and check out the incredible array of very small yet very powerful magnets. Use your imagination for where and how--- I can tell you that the Mabuchi HT-50 can motor is perfectly sized for this kind of tweak. The placement I like is on either side of the can, acting as a traction magnet while at the same time ramping the efficiency of your motor. I don't know the physics involved but it works!
--Depending on your driving style and track
type, you may benefit from some extra weight on the front. We have custom
made brass fronts
which not only add weight but also look great. We will be tooling up some
new custom front weights (in brass of course) that help keep the nose down!
Its all about SMOOOOTH!
Rick Terry makes some great parts...OK, OK, I know mostly T-Jet!
Large Scale cars designed by a man with true vintage heritage...see the "about us" section for the details.