Sunday, June 18, 2017
12:10 am est
In December Dragon Racing Systems celebrated its fifth birthday. So I thought it might be well overdue to spam
you with our very first newsletter!
This is proving to be our
most challenging year. I seem to have risen to my highest level of incompetence. When we made the first one hundred of our
original Slot Dragon machines they sold very well. We then had plastic injection molds made for all cosmetic parts and churned
out enough to accommodate one thousand new systems.
About three months
later we made the drag racing add-on accessory. Today drag racing systems represent over forty percent
of total sales.
About four months after that we came out with our
photo eye sensors. Today they outsell all four of the other types we offer combined times eight!
Six months later we introduced the SD2 system. For the first time the company totally supported a meager living for
my wife and I.
Then two years after that we lost all of our venture
capital in a botched attempt to produce a four lane system. The main conundrum we face in regards to design and manufacture
in Thailand is finding a company big enough to do the job, yet small enough to want it. And we had out grown the outfit that
helped us with the first two systems. The SD4 worked OK approximately 98.5% of the time. And if it would have been our flagship
product I would have released it to the public. But I felt that the first two machines set a standard of
flawless operation. So I choose not to compromise the reputation I worked so hard to achieve.
In the summer of 2015 we contracted with Comm Tech located in Portland Oregon to be a North American distributor and
warranty center. They are also equipped with hardware/software to do all our upgrades.
Last year we had the best year ever as we targeted the Hot Wheels, and Auto World markets in a series of youtube videos.
In fact we actually had enough cash flow to rekindle our efforts regarding the SD4. We found a new company and, using a faster
Micro Processor IC with more on board memory, we turned out the SD4 in spectacular fashion. They look and work fantastic.
The only draw has been, so far sales have been something other than good. So those of you
that frequent local slotcar clubs, please encourage the owner/manager to visit our website. I would appreciate that very much.
Hind sight being 20/20 I should have went ahead with the SD3 instead. I have always wanted
this system from the very beginning. Never have a lop sided race again with ET bracket! Time trials, dial-inns, sportsman
tree drop, and it would have been much less costly to produce as we could have employed the same mother board as with our
previous versions. All we would have had to reinvent is the Christmas tree.
And because each system justifies/finances the design and creation of the next, it is a safe forgone conclusion that
there is not a whole lot to do around here anymore. That is the real reason for the letter.
Another improvement worth mentioning is that about a year ago we changed to a different photo transistor in our Photo
Eye Sensor Assemblies. It is more sensitive, requiring less light, has a flat top making for easier installation, and it is
cosmetically superior. Its flat face makes a perfect flush fit with the surface of all plastic tracks. And its transparent
design makes the transistor visible and thus giving the eye a pupil.
And lastly, as of last year we have gone with a thicker button membrane. If your machine needs a new membrane they
are only seven USD. The original thickness was 0.16mm. The replacements are 0.25mm.
Well I think that gets us all caught up. Got any good pictures/videos of your raceway?
Saturday, October 15, 2016
7:24 am est
I am only waiting on the new, more efficient regulator and the software CD to come back from the labeling
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
All systems go.
7:11 am est
The SD4 is working perfect. I will be spending the next few weeks testing, checking, double checking, and
making the software disk that will come with the kit.
It will be available to the public sometime
Thursday, August 11, 2016
SD4 second testing
6:50 am est
I will be going in Monday August 15th for the second round of testing. I am very optimistic as I made it
very clear on my last visit what changes needed to be make and they are saying that the system is completed and it works flawless.
More news on Tuesday.
Friday, August 5, 2016
9:11 am est
I went in as scheduled for the first unveiling of the SD4 system. As anticipated there are many small details
to be worked out. I will return to the factory next week with fingers crossed. However I remain confident as I made it clear
to them that I would not be delving out any more funds until I can walk away from the table with something good enough for
the Dragon Racing Systems name.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
SD4 four lane system unveiling
9:29 am est
I go in Friday for the unveiling of our SD4 system. I will test and alter the software if needed in the
following weeks. Then it will be offered at our website. Man, what a long strange trip it has been.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
3:21 am est
Hello racing fans. We were able to get out two videos this month. The first is regarding an original starting
format we devised that, like a Formula One format, caters to people with natural talent and quick reflexes, but also like
the NHRA Drag Racing Christmas Tree which rewards an acquired skill. It is called the "Sic Dragon" and has it's
own page at the website. To better understand please watch the video and feel free to comment or email me with any questions.
And then we put together a video which demonstrates how our systems can be used
to sanction races in conjunction with the Auto World Racing sets.
Well, any day now
I will be going in to check out the new SD4 four lane system. I expect that many small details will need to be worked out
but it will be great to see that this system is moving along on schedule and will be on the market soon.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Gem setting the photo eyes in HO
4:21 am est
We figured out how to increase the performance of our photo eyes when installed in HO scale track. We taper the top of the
hole allowing for more light to get at the eye and increasing sensitivity. I must add that it also improves their appearance.
Well I have been trying for about an hour
to insert a picture using three different browsers but it just not going to let me do it. So I will put it at the "Sensor
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Hot Wheels Video
5:41 am est
Hello Race fans.
Our video is done and although I must admit that is a little
on the cornball side, it is doing very well in the ranks. Thank all of you who viewed it. If you have not seen it and would
like too please visit our Hot Wheels Page at the site.
I have been having a blast with these cars
all week and have been back to the mall several times to collect more cars. I have been experimenting with the placement of
the cars behind the starting gate and the effect it has on run times.
This week I will be experimenting
with vertical velocity. Is an essential free fall out of the gate better? Or would one long slow taper be more effective.
Once performance can be measured, it is only human nature to strive for improvement.
also made a custom Christmas Tree that better suits the bird's eye view from the starting platform characteristic of gravity
I also have four more video's on the slate. Oh yes,
and there will be slot cars.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Hot Wheels Timer
5:06 am est
A few months ago a friend of mine made a youtube video of his Hot Wheels Race Track using one of our systems
to get some times on all his cars. Let's just say that the public response was enough to prompt me to dedicate a page
at our site to Hot Wheels Tracks.
Yesterday I was lucking enough to score a Hot Wheels set in
Udon Thani Thailand. Tomorrow I should have a new video out. Those little cars are running times in the same neighborhood
as stock HO cars!