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by zbuilder
March 24th, 2009, 8:07 pm
Forum: 2009 Build Events
Topic: Egg-O-Naut C
Replies: 623
Views: 60019

Re: Egg-O-Naut C

A couple of years ago we were doing bottle rocket (an earlier version of Egg o naut) and we had a rocket that got caught in an updraft an we followed it in a car for about 15 minutes. There was enough time that someone was able to get my parents and have them drive to my school, then we got in the c...
by zbuilder
January 28th, 2009, 2:23 pm
Forum: 2009 Nationals
Topic: Anyone been DQed at Nationals and felt it was wrong
Replies: 22
Views: 7332

Anyone been DQed at Nationals and felt it was wrong

I have been DQed twice at Nationals, both times I would have gotten first place in the respective event had it not been for the DQ. I was wondering what kind of things people are getting DQed for and if they feel it was justified? I am also curious about how often you were able to successfully appea...
by zbuilder
January 26th, 2009, 4:31 pm
Forum: 2009 Nationals
Topic: Anyone medaled at Nats?
Replies: 221
Views: 65857

Re: Anyone medaled at Nats?

I do not remember if it was at Kansas, and I do know that they did not post scores that year, but the Event Coordinator said that I had zero distance error. Time error was almost zero (perhaps 0.5 percent). What got me was aiming error. I went right of center about 1-2 cm on both runs, just didn't s...
by zbuilder
January 23rd, 2009, 5:03 pm
Forum: 2009 Build Events
Topic: Building Event Efficiency
Replies: 32
Views: 4442

Re: Building Event Efficiency

How do you know going in if you are even going to be competitve if you don't know how other people have done in the past. I can't spend infinite time building the best possible bridge, trajectory, electric vehicle, whatever. I have been very competitive in the past but I always have to guess how goo...
by zbuilder
January 23rd, 2009, 4:48 pm
Forum: 2009 Build Events
Topic: Elevated Bridge B/C
Replies: 1754
Views: 149055

Re: Elevated Bridge 2009

im not using them i would prefer and exacto knife. But my partner is using a dremel, and i belive a belt sander, i like him, but hes new at this and i just want to tell him that is wastes wood.. You should stop that now. Three reasons not to belt sand balsa: 1. It wastes alot of wood. 2. It makes y...
by zbuilder
January 23rd, 2009, 4:42 pm
Forum: 2009 Build Events
Topic: Scrambler B
Replies: 419
Views: 41601

Re: Scrambler

Wing nut works really well and is really easy to build. I don't think that it is necessary to build a brake pad. The problem with the wing nut it that it completely stops the wheels so the car skids. Since you don't know exactly what surface you will be competing on it is very difficult to get real...
by zbuilder
January 23rd, 2009, 4:25 pm
Forum: 2009 Nationals
Topic: Anyone medaled at Nats?
Replies: 221
Views: 65857

Loyalty I guess

Our B team was/is extremely competitve but a very close group, a real team rather than just a group of people. I think the only way someone would opt to go to C before 10th grade would be if they weren't invited back on their B division team. There were a few kids who weren't invited back and they d...
by zbuilder
January 23rd, 2009, 12:27 pm
Forum: 2009 Nationals
Topic: Anyone medaled at Nats?
Replies: 221
Views: 65857

Re: Anyone medaled at Nats?

In our area 9th graders almost aways stay with their B division team even though they move to high school, so that's what I did. 2 National medals in 9th grade, 1st and 2nd. Messed up in my other events last year.
by zbuilder
January 22nd, 2009, 9:47 pm
Forum: 2009 Build Events
Topic: Building Event Efficiency
Replies: 32
Views: 4442

Re: Building Event Efficiency

I tried to post these a while ago but the post seemed to have evaporated into cyberspace. I don't know what solar power is so I can't help you with that. Trajectory... 0 Electric vehicle... 199.7 Egg-o-naut... 61 Elevated bridge haven't tested one yet. But I need to add an important warning about th...
by zbuilder
January 22nd, 2009, 9:23 pm
Forum: 2009 Build Events
Topic: Questions for Elevated Bridge
Replies: 19
Views: 3165

Re: Questions for Elevated Bridge

If you can't get the Image Gallery to work for some reason, use Image Shack.
I was hoping to post the picture in this thread, I can't see how to do that with the image gallery. Imageshack hosts the picture but how do I get it to show up here?

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