....snip**** May i ask your opinion on the dot traction magnet issue with the chassis ? You all know mine as the tits on a Bull phrase wins out ! My concern is that the longer we let AW assume that the dot traction magnet is the CORRECT way to go with this chassis ...the more likely it is here for good ! Nothing wrong with it on a MAG car IMHO but these are TJET clones where downforce ruins the way THIS type of chassis was meant to run / handle . Again IF we assume AW is taking a peek at this thread why not take another moment to voice our thoughts on the dreaded dot !!!
Well Bear, in the absolute, I rekon it's A-Dub's nickel...and it's not the only nickel they have in play.
My personal opinion is similar to yours with regard to the Ultra-G in principle; however it is based around simple mechanical issues rather than the great Newtonian debate regarding the morality of using... gravity?... or anti-gravity? In other words, rather than asking if the apple should fall or not, I assume that it has; and find where the apple falls and why to be the more plotable points. Philosophical battles between the Hatfields and the McCoys can only be legislated at the club level. Musket warfare is so untidy.
For the record. Historically, from my perspective, Magna-traction was a lot like the fourth strike rule in baseball. It kept your sister in the slot, and Johnny Ritalin interested for a few more minutes; but any purist knows the truth in his heart. They are the slotcar equivalent of training wheels and there's no crying in baseball or slotcars.
Straight up? The UG retrofit added the necessary positive out of box experience to keep the wolves at bay when they were wearing milkbone underwear with regards to driveability issues. How'd ya have liked to have been working the switchboard at AW during that period? LOL! A very successfull band-aid at that.
#1 it immediately improved the out of box bitching ratio.
#2 it bought enough time to work out the QC issues with regards to the "bentwheelaxlelumpytirehypnogear factory option package"...in that the tractive effect served to mute the spastic handling characteristics.
#3 It compensated for the awkward disparity between the hotter nature of the AW armatures/magnets and the big pinion final drive ratio on small radius table top tracks. Similar in that it's a handling issue, but seperate because it occurs even when all yer parts are straight. It's a super oval/speedway chassis setup no matter what marketing tells the art deparment to put on the box.
I didnt test an awful lot. Maybe a dozen er so of the initial bunch. BUT my results indicated that the dot magnet served it's purpose effectively. The cars finally went down the track... some even exited the first turn and lapped respectably. If you took the magnet out, they got all kerflunky again....because some of the concentric parts were still bent and lumpy. So! For their intended purpose, the DOTs did their job adequately. My out of box experience was just soooper! (wearing my first time users hat and pretending to be a slot virgin)
HOWEVER my personal feeling is one of chagrin. In that the off set DOT cramps both the handling and stance/appearance to one side. So it's still a wierdly twitchy unbalanced beastie that now dresses decidedly left; which could benefit exponentially from a few small QC improvenments more than any gabillion dollar gravity deflecting chassis up grade will ever provide. Along this line, I've seen no inclination to admit to or correct the singlemost debiltating flaw that still persists. That being the incorrect bend at the pick up shoe hook that WAY over springs every single chassis. It's always been a simple matter of one single oversight.... plain and simple! Ya dont need a magnet because it's SOOOOOO powerful, ya need a magnet because the parts are SOOOOOOO bent, ya need the magnet to hold the silly lil thing in the slot because the pick ups became forever oversprung when Quality Control was designing flashy packaging and playing donut hockey on the clock.
I'm sorry, but the sad truth was that it didnt ever need to be retrofitted in the first place. The simple fixes were available and disreguarded serepticiously without so much as a how do you do. They chose to disreguard ancient slot dogma and proceed on some Ultra Grail quest veiled in smoke and mirrors. Then again, maybe none of it matters because they had to comply with a change order from Damacles.
Wither way, it makes my original chassis all the tastier. AW isnt required to adhere to the fray rule set or cater to any of us old school slot farts. They got their own mission statement, and were lucky to have them to pilfer from.
MUO is that most consumers cant muster the attention span to master the necessary skill of self control required to navigate a properly set up hot slotcar without training wheels. It's my contention that it wouldnt matter if the original JLTO was perfect out of the can. They wouldnt know a plum if it was right in front of them. Nor could they drive it.
Yeah Bear, I got an opinion on the DOT... not unlike what happened in the beginning. Lil Johnny cant drive his car....let's magnetize it! The UG is just prophecy revisited in my mind. We're just mad cuz they slopped it onto our beloved t-jet design
The great equalizer...Ya know?