I'm curious about something that gives me issues. I'm a fairly new builder of modified diecast race vehicles. Truthfully, I only started collecting diecast as a hobby in 2014. Before that it was the occasional gift from a relative or a dollar stocking stuffers for the step children.
So when a race pops up on the calendar, I get to go into the boxes. I have several thousand cars loose and carded to choose from. And stores with new shipments... Choices. Some picks are based on a hunch. Then there are the ones with science in mind.
I know right, science. But if you watch real racing action you understand weight, balance, downforce, aerodynamics or maybe you don't. The commentators are always talking about the factors of a Fast race car. So how do you approach finding your 1:64 to race?
Pinewood Derby racing has an immense history and the Internet is full of information. But how do you decide?
Then once you do, how do you proceed. I personally use three different drill bits. A #50 to get a good center hole down the middle of the swedge/rivet. I tap my cars for 2/56 stainless screws so having the hole @ least 3/16" deep helps. 2nd bit is a 1/8" to get to the base, and 7/32 or 3/16" to pop the ring. Hopefully not nicking the baseplate.
wheel work, axle work, weight placement, all important decisions but you have to have faith. Believing that the casting you started with was a blank canvas and only you can make it go faster! Or at least try. Just some things I was pondering. Share your thoughts.