Mousetrap Vehicle B

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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby chalker7 » February 6th, 2012, 7:16 pm

Wongio123 wrote:Are you allowed to have two mousetraps this year or just one

Read the rules, they clearly answer this question
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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby SirBobo » February 6th, 2012, 8:08 pm

Wongio123 wrote:Are you allowed to have two mousetraps this year or just one

This year it is just one. The only reason you would need two mousetraps is if you want to go out and back.
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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby qwertyuioplkjhgfdsa » February 7th, 2012, 2:25 pm

Do u guys have any suggestions on how to make the vehicle go more straight?

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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby illusionist » February 7th, 2012, 2:46 pm

qwertyuioplkjhgfdsa wrote:Do u guys have any suggestions on how to make the vehicle go more straight?

Take a look at this first: http://scioly.org/wiki/Mousetrap_Vehicl ... o_Straight
Might be helpful to read the rest of that page as well
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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby SirBobo » February 7th, 2012, 5:40 pm

What is a good sighting device i could use? Right now, i have a target that i place at the end, is that good?
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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby Pauly_Rocks » February 11th, 2012, 5:13 pm

Anyone have any ideas on how to make the vehicles go faster without making it lighter? My car was averaging about 20 sec. per run today which is really slow, although it might just be that I needed a new mousetrap to put on, the one I was using was pretty old. Any suggestions? ;) thanks
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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby Pauly_Rocks » February 11th, 2012, 5:20 pm

SirBobo wrote:What is a good sighting device i could use? Right now, i have a target that i place at the end, is that good?

Well, you could try using a scope, but that is pretty heavy. Last year on Battery Buggy, I put two light rods (can be made of wood, metal, etc.) through the center of our vehicle: one in the front and one in back. Then I used a string to align the rods with the finish dot, so that it would run straight. Hope this helps! :)
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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby illusionist » February 12th, 2012, 3:49 pm

Pauly_Rocks wrote:Anyone have any ideas on how to make the vehicles go faster without making it lighter? My car was averaging about 20 sec. per run today which is really slow, although it might just be that I needed a new mousetrap to put on, the one I was using was pretty old. Any suggestions? ;) thanks

Try altering the thickness of the axle onto which you're winding the string. You could also try adjusting the pull arm length. Keep in mind that changing either one of those things will change your distance calibration.
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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby qwertyuioplkjhgfdsa » February 13th, 2012, 6:17 pm

I had the same problem, I'm not sure how you can make it go faster without lightning it up a bit. We ended up taking the vehicle apart and substituting parts for lighter versions. That helped quite a bit. This probably wasn't very helpful :/ sorry. By the way, when the trigger is pressed on my mousetrap vehicle, the vehicle jumps a little, tilting it to the side and causing it to turn to the left slightly. It also jumps when the lever arm connected to the mousetrap hits the ground. Is this happening to anybody else?

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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby SirBobo » February 13th, 2012, 6:20 pm

Pauly_Rocks wrote:Anyone have any ideas on how to make the vehicles go faster without making it lighter? My car was averaging about 20 sec. per run today which is really slow, although it might just be that I needed a new mousetrap to put on, the one I was using was pretty old. Any suggestions? ;) thanks

Why wouldn't you want it lighter?
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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby Pauly_Rocks » February 15th, 2012, 7:08 pm

SirBobo wrote:
Pauly_Rocks wrote:Anyone have any ideas on how to make the vehicles go faster without making it lighter? My car was averaging about 20 sec. per run today which is really slow, although it might just be that I needed a new mousetrap to put on, the one I was using was pretty old. Any suggestions? ;) thanks

Why wouldn't you want it lighter?

I would want it lighter, but my vehicle is so light already that I don't think I could make it lighter without redesigning the vehicle. At this point, the last thing I want to do is rebuild. States for us is in a month! I can't believe it, I'm scared! :?
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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby qwertyuioplkjhgfdsa » February 19th, 2012, 10:18 am

What material is your vehicle made out of? my vehicle was really slow, so we had to take it apart and substitute the heavier parts with lighter versions.

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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby Pauly_Rocks » February 20th, 2012, 12:41 pm

qwertyuioplkjhgfdsa wrote:What material is your vehicle made out of? my vehicle was really slow, so we had to take it apart and substitute the heavier parts with lighter versions.

I have mine made out of wood. It's not a solid block though, it is just a frame. A few of the materials I may be able to substitute would be the pull arm, or maybe take 2 of the CDs off (I doubled up the front wheels). Speaking of which, do you know if having a double-wheel in the front or back effects how straight the vehicle might go? I thought it might help to make it go straighter but it might just be a little extra weight I could take off.
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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby StrongWind » February 21st, 2012, 5:55 pm

I am getting my vehicle to go 9 seconds. What are your times?

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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby 86F3TDNR » February 21st, 2012, 9:32 pm

StrongWind wrote:I am getting my vehicle to go 9 seconds. What are your times?


I've seen that most vehicles that win are somewhere between 7-10 seconds (of course, accuracy matters a lot too). What would you guys consider a 'good' time?


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