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Re: Build Techniques

Post by TYG » March 27th, 2011, 8:23 pm

I doubt precision is the cause of it, as my towers have been doing... bad to okay-ish, if I were an optimist. How are your towers doing? Feel free to ignore this question if you want. I know that many people don't like sharing the scores of their towers (me being one of them).

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Re: Build Techniques

Post by hpfananu » March 27th, 2011, 8:27 pm

Mine have been decent at the last competition, but the one I just tested failed miserably. I think I got 26-28 (can't remember exactly) on my decent one..but I need to get better fast.
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Post by TYG » March 27th, 2011, 8:35 pm

Yeah, competition is pretty tough, with some towers in the 30s and 40s.
Regarding joints, I think people are mostly using lap joints, since it stops the tower from splitting and it's easier to build.

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Re: Build Techniques

Post by hpfananu » March 27th, 2011, 8:38 pm

So much easier to build! And I have a plan to get into the 40s but we'll see how it goes...doesn't have a bright future at the moment. Lap joints give you so much leeway too.
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Re: Build Techniques

Post by TYG » March 27th, 2011, 8:49 pm

I'm assuming that your towers have been holding all the weight, as you have a score of 26-28. What is the average weight of your towers? Also, nice job with the 26-28, even if you think that's only "decent." A tower like that would have taken 1st in my region.

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Post by hpfananu » March 27th, 2011, 8:52 pm

It actually held one cupful less than all the weight..so I think it was closer to 14kg. I think my tower was around 7.5 or something at regionals, and we got first. How did you do at regionals?
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Post by TYG » March 27th, 2011, 8:56 pm

I had a huge failure that was even worse than usual. I believe I got around 16th place, which basically was the outlier of my teams overall performance.. Anyway, I built the tower terribly and it failed at 4kg, giving me a score of 3.4, which is why I don't like this method of scoring. Basically, the tower must hold everything or close to everything to place in the event.

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Post by hpfananu » March 27th, 2011, 8:59 pm

Oo, I'm sorry. I hate when that happens.
And yeah, even though I didn't do towers previous years, it seems more reasonable for them to be scored the way they used to be scored. It's hard to even GET to 4 grams and having it hold the weight is harder, which almost makes it seem a heavier tower will win. And that kinda stinks if something unexpected happens too, which the old method did give more points for light towers.
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Re: Build Techniques

Post by TYG » March 27th, 2011, 9:05 pm

Well, as the purpose of the new method of scoring was to put more emphasis on the weight it carries, rather than the weight of the tower, at least it's working..
Also, (this has strayed a bit from build techniques..), would you classify the design of your tower as more complex or simple? I have basically the dime-a-dozen, generic tower design (X's)

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Re: Build Techniques

Post by hpfananu » March 28th, 2011, 3:17 pm

It is working for sure...although it does make the event a bit more different from previous times. Mine is pretty simple actually, X bracing throughout. It seems to work pretty well most of the time.
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