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It's the same for everyone...The new rules for roller coaster have made it really hard for builders. but iT has also made it quite easy. Foir example we can now use clear tubes.
I filed a clarification request on this very subject months ago and got no response. The national organization is really not very good about responding to these requests.Sorry, I don't provide definitive answers to rules questions on this list. If you want that you need to go to the national website and submit the question.
My usual general guidance, be careful about challenging the ES to make a ruling against you with your design. It should be REALLY important to maximizing your score. You should have a VERY cogent argument for your view of the world, try it on multiple people with good reading and logic skills. Be careful about the concept (that I hate, but have had to invoke on occasion) about the 'spirit' of the rules.
I can think of several ways to comply with both rules.
I mean the point of leveling is to ensure consistent performance of your coaster, right.
- You could have an outside frame that doesn't change dimensions, while having the inside portion adjustable to level.
- Design device to be relatively robust to smallish changes in level.
- Design device with three feet, then just rotate/move it on the floor to find level. Hmm, that will work in some cases, but not all...
This is easily reconciled, in my view, with rule 3g, which says "the overall dimensions of the device may not change during the competition." A very reasonable interpretation is that teams are allowed to do some leveling adjustment at the beginning of the 8 minutes when they first set down their device. Levelers, shims, whatever. As soon as they do a practice run, however, there is no more opportunity for leveling that may cause device dimensions to change or move the position of the start line.After retrieving their device from the Impound Area, teams will be given 8 minutes to set up their Roller Coaster and complete up to two scorable runs. Participants may level their Roller Coaster at the beginning of their time to account for an uneven floor or table. Electronic levels may be used but must be removed prior to their first practice or scorable run.
First para. hmm, might have had some influence on the rule...I know some people who tried to argue (under the old rules) that they had a very short coaster (2cm high, I think) that they were "leveling" by raising one side on a 15cm shim. The ES didn't agree with them.
I have heard one second-hand story of an ES ruling that adjustable feet like yours were changing the dimensions of the device, whilst passing all the teams that were using shims and wedges to level their coaster.
Sorry, the process is for frequently asked questions, if the powers that be feel it isn't frequent or is obvious, they don't ever forward to the rules committee for discussion.<SNIP>
I filed a clarification request on this very subject months ago and got no response. The national organization is really not very good about responding to these requests.
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