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Re: Mousetrap Vehicle C

Posted: October 28th, 2009, 1:24 pm
by croman74
Okay, I got the rules for this today, and I just have some simple questions which I don't understand from reading the rules.
In this event, for the run, you have the vehicle travel out, then come back to the starting line. I get that. What I don't understand is the distance it travels out. Is the distance determined at competition and is between 7 meters and 8 meters? Or is the distance 8 meters?
Sorry if it's a stupid question, but I just got this today and I really have little to no idea what to do.

Re: Mousetrap Vehicle C

Posted: October 28th, 2009, 1:34 pm
by penclspinner
Okay, I got the rules for this today, and I just have some simple questions which I don't understand from reading the rules.
In this event, for the run, you have the vehicle travel out, then come back to the starting line. I get that. What I don't understand is the distance it travels out. Is the distance determined at competition and is between 7 meters and 8 meters? Or is the distance 8 meters?
Sorry if it's a stupid question, but I just got this today and I really have little to no idea what to do.

Ideally the vehicle will travel to a point somewhere in between the 7 and 8 meter line in order to receive maximum points.

Re: Mousetrap Vehicle C

Posted: October 28th, 2009, 1:48 pm
by croman74
So it's not a fixed distance, and you just have to get it somewhere inbetween 7 and 8 meters? There's no target distance going out, just the starting line when you're coming back?

Re: Mousetrap Vehicle C

Posted: October 28th, 2009, 2:39 pm
by robotman
yea you just have to go at least 7 meters but no more than8 and come back to the center of the starting line

Re: Mousetrap Vehicle C

Posted: October 28th, 2009, 3:50 pm
by croman74
Oh, ok. Thanks for that clarification. The rules really don't specify it.

Re: Mousetrap Vehicle C

Posted: October 28th, 2009, 4:10 pm
by robotman
since the rules dont seem to specify it i would highly recommend sending in a rule clarification since my statement was based off past rules

Re: Mousetrap Vehicle C

Posted: October 28th, 2009, 4:34 pm
by penclspinner
Oh, ok. Thanks for that clarification. The rules really don't specify it.
They do mention it but maybe not explicitly.
6.b.i explains what minimum distance you are targeting for
6.d explains what maximum distance you are trying to not go exceed.

Re: Mousetrap Vehicle C

Posted: October 31st, 2009, 5:25 am
by Flavorflav
Oh, ok. Thanks for that clarification. The rules really don't specify it.
They do mention it but maybe not explicitly.
6.b.i explains what minimum distance you are targeting for
6.d explains what maximum distance you are trying to not go exceed.
Actually, it is pretty explicit. You must cross the 7 m line or receive a penalty of 1000 points (rule 6.b.i). You must not cross the 8 m line, or you will receive a penalty of 50 points (rule 6.d). Other than that, it doesn't matter how far you go unless you fail to reverse - it matters where you stop. If you fail to reverse, then you want to go as close to 7 m as you can, but you will be in the 2nd tier (rule6.b.ii).

Re: Mousetrap Vehicle C

Posted: November 6th, 2009, 1:22 pm
by jesimine10~IRL
Oh, ok. Thanks for that clarification. The rules really don't specify it.
They do mention it but maybe not explicitly.
6.b.i explains what minimum distance you are targeting for
6.d explains what maximum distance you are trying to not go exceed.
Actually, it is pretty explicit. You must cross the 7 m line or receive a penalty of 1000 points (rule 6.b.i). You must not cross the 8 m line, or you will receive a penalty of 50 points (rule 6.d). Other than that, it doesn't matter how far you go unless you fail to reverse - it matters where you stop. If you fail to reverse, then you want to go as close to 7 m as you can, but you will be in the 2nd tier (rule6.b.ii).

Thanks! I felt that I knew what was going on with the 7min/8max rule, but it's nice to know I have outside confirmation on my take on that portion of the rules. :]

Re: Mousetrap Vehicle C

Posted: November 30th, 2009, 5:20 pm
by Paradox21
Clearly a key part of this event is minimizing axle-frame friction. It will rob you of speed and distance if it is too high. I have been using silicone lubricant on my axle and frame, which are both plastic. Does anyone have opinions on the best lubricants for different surfaces?