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Mousetrap Vehicle B

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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby retired1 » September 20th, 2012, 9:30 am

Question: you can use two mousetraps, but you cannot modify the trigger. So, how can you hit both triggers at the same time with a pencil in the vertical position. Food for thought.

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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby twototwenty » September 20th, 2012, 9:37 am

I believe that you would want to attach the triggers together so that the mousetraps spring in unison no matter what...granted, I have not seen the rules for this event and it has been three years since I thought much of it, but I think that's correct.

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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby iwonder » September 20th, 2012, 4:21 pm

In the past we just tied the two mousetraps together and one trigger was able to hold both springs, so just don't set one of them and it should be fine.

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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby retired1 » September 20th, 2012, 6:28 pm

Initial thought was it would initially give a lopsided pull, but it might not be too bad. A big plus is not having to try to latch both traps. My thumb only recently recovered from a snap last spring.

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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby iwonder » September 20th, 2012, 7:56 pm

Actually, if you only use on rod for the string, it couldn't possibly be lopsided, now could it? ;)
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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby retired1 » September 25th, 2012, 2:39 pm

It could be for a short period of time as one side will pull further ahead of the secured side, even tho they are soldered together and have a joint kill bar extension.

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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby hebblethwaite » September 25th, 2012, 8:32 pm

Do you guys have any advice on how to make a mouse trap go further and faster besides make it lighter.

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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby Gemma W » September 26th, 2012, 3:42 am

Do you guys have any advice on how to make a mouse trap go further and faster besides make it lighter.
Have you tried looking at the wiki? There is a lot of information to be found there.
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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby illusionist » September 29th, 2012, 2:31 pm

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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby retired1 » September 29th, 2012, 7:46 pm

Do you guys have any advice on how to make a mouse trap go further and faster besides make it lighter.
You can make it go further or faster, but you trade off one to get the other.
Distance is no problem with a cd wheel and a 1/8 to 1/4 sized axle and a 10 - 12" kill bar extension. You can make the axle bigger or the wheel smaller to get more speed at a total distance trade off.

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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby illusionist » September 30th, 2012, 6:29 am

Do you guys have any advice on how to make a mouse trap go further and faster besides make it lighter.
Read the wiki: http://scioly.org/wiki/index.php/Mousetrap_Vehicle
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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby retired1 » September 30th, 2012, 1:39 pm

Mousetrap selection: Last year our mousetraps varied from 1.0 lb to 1.6 lb measured at the 90 degree kill bar position.
Use the weak ones for initial practice and save two good ones for final practice and precise times. Unfortunately, the spring weakens with extensive use.

I prefer the tomcat traps to victor as the trigger is easier for me and my students to set.

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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby illusionist » September 30th, 2012, 2:31 pm

Mousetrap selection: Last year our mousetraps varied from 1.0 lb to 1.6 lb measured at the 90 degree kill bar position.
Use the weak ones for initial practice and save two good ones for final practice and precise times. Unfortunately, the spring weakens with extensive use.

I prefer the tomcat traps to victor as the trigger is easier for me and my students to set.
Not only are they easier to set, I've also found that in my personal experience, Tomcats tend to be a bit stronger and resilient as well.
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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle B

Postby retired1 » October 1st, 2012, 7:10 pm

Does any one have any idea when they are going to open up the FAQ section. It still has 2012 items. It opened up on 1 Oct last year.


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