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Thread: Buckyball Racing Club presents: Chicken Run (03-11 MAR))

  1. #151
    Originally Posted by mrdragonraaar View Post (Source)
    Good to see a few folk at Noriega and I don't mean to worry anyone but ...

    Cmdr Cookiehole in his sleek blue racing Courier "Crater Creator"
    As long as he doesn't turn up in a Hauler

    Originally Posted by Alec Turner View Post (Source)
    Another excellent instructional video. You should post that in the Buckyball Flight Academy thread and we should get it on the website.
    Ah you flatter me sir, but alright then

    I hope you have a great time in the US of A

  2. #152
    Originally Posted by Ozric View Post (Source)
    I hope you have a great time in the US of A
    Thanks Oz - can't wait! (and it'll be nice, once I get past the cold turkey, to take a real solid break from ED!)

    I'm still gonna be getting get my mid-week racing fix tho!

    https://www.nhra.com/schedule/2017/n...s#tab-schedule

  3. #153
    Have a great time Alec.

    Never been to drag racing myself, but I had a friend at work who used to talk for hours about Sammy Miller and funny car racing at Santa Pod I think?

  4. #154
    Originally Posted by Raiko View Post (Source)
    Never been to drag racing myself, but I had a friend at work who used to talk for hours about Sammy Miller and funny car racing at Santa Pod I think?


    https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...=1#post6188241

  5. #155
    Yeah have a good time away Alec. What's the longest break you've had from the game? I have a month once or twice and I really enjoy it more on return

  6. #156
    Originally Posted by Cheetah View Post (Source)
    Yeah have a good time away Alec. What's the longest break you've had from the game? I have a month once or twice and I really enjoy it more on return
    Since launch ... this will be it!

  7. #157
    Good evening, commanders, and welcome to today's race update.

    Let me start with some good news: due to a shortage in production, the price for Crystalline Spheres has fallen drastically, so you you even get the chance of turning a small profit on these test runs (No, I'm not an econimist. I don't understand this, either).
    The bad news is that some pilots reported that the rotation of Robert Kelley now demands you to first escape the gravity well of this planet before attempting to jump out of Ross 905.

    Nevertheless, we have some exciting updates to both leaderboards.

    In the Open Unlimited class, CMDR Alec Turner in his Diamondback Explorer Bananery Fandango, braving the odds of going shieldless, was able to make an improvement on his previous time, but missed the double of also gaining the Crash Pilot bonus through a slightly too smooth landing at Weber Legacy.
    However, he still dropped one place down to third, thanks to CMDR Cheetah in his Diamondback Explorer Homestar Runner. Through adding both the Shieldless Suicide and Crash Pilot boni on top of his remarkable race time, he managed to jump up from 8th to second place. Congratulations, CMDR.



    In the Healthy Hauler class, CMDR Ozric in The Littlest Hobo manages an improvement of his overall time. However, the now unfavourable planetary constellation probably prevented him from setting a new record, despite risking it all in a shieldless configuration and with a measly 5% hull left when he arrived at Noriega Station.


  8. #158
    Just missed out!! Maybe if it wasn't for that obscured jump to Kelley I'd have made first!! Curses!!

    Originally Posted by Alec Turner View Post (Source)
    Since launch ... this will be it!
    Well we are going to miss your positive input to the forum in general. Enjoy yourself!

  9. #159
    Originally Posted by Cheetah View Post (Source)
    Just missed out!! Maybe if it wasn't for that obscured jump to Kelley I'd have made first!! Curses!!

    Well we are going to miss your positive input to the forum in general. Enjoy yourself!
    I'm not speaking to you!




    Seriously tho', thanks!


  10. #160
    Topic Cops, move along -- nothing to see here!


    Originally Posted by Alec Turner View Post (Source)
    I'm still gonna be getting get my mid-week racing fix tho!
    https://www.nhra.com/schedule/2017/n...s#tab-schedule
    Ah, a fellow gearhead! When I'm not embarrassing myself demonstrating my Buckyball racing ineptitude, I satisfy my need for speed by taking my Viper ACR to the track and driving beyond my abilities!

    In fact, the Buckyball Racing Club has extended my short list of success criterion! It used to be:

    When I played golf, a successful golf shot was, "Positive yardage, not behind a tree."
    A day at the track is a success if I and my car finish, "Shiny side up, not against the wall."

    And now a Buckyball success is: "Right-side up, in one piece, somewhere near the pad." :D


  11. #161
    Originally Posted by Ashnak View Post (Source)
    In the Healthy Hauler class, CMDR Ozric in The Littlest Hobo manages an improvement of his overall time. However, the now unfavourable planetary constellation probably prevented him from setting a new record, despite risking it all in a shieldless configuration and with a measly 5% hull left when he arrived at Noriega Station.
    I'm out doing some science at the moment, but I'm still determined to have another go before the race ends With the amount of time it takes to escape the Gravity Well of Robert Kelly (that sounds weird) I'm certain it will be quicker to find a system you can jump straight to and then go on from there.

    All hope is not lost!

  12. #162
    Originally Posted by Ozric View Post (Source)
    I'm out doing some science at the moment, but I'm still determined to have another go before the race ends With the amount of time it takes to escape the Gravity Well of Robert Kelly (that sounds weird) I'm certain it will be quicker to find a system you can jump straight to and then go on from there.
    This is what I've been doing all along. During the descent to the base try selecting different nearby systems in the nav panel until you find one that's above the horizon. Now get on with the landing. When you take off again having plotted a route to the next bookmark, if your jump is obscured open the nav panel and hey presto, your previously selected non-obscured system is still highlighted and you can just select it, jump there and then re-plot your route.

  13. #163
    Originally Posted by Camisade View Post (Source)
    Ah, a fellow gearhead! When I'm not embarrassing myself demonstrating my Buckyball racing ineptitude, I satisfy my need for speed by taking my Viper ACR to the track and driving beyond my abilities!
    W-wait, you casually happen to own a Viper ACR? The 600+ hp, huge intakes, ginormous spoiler one? *That* Viper ACR?
    Oh well you know, not particularly impressed actually as a fellow gearhead myself, whenever I feel my crave for speed I use to bring my, ehm...Fiat...Fiat Tipo, a brutal...ahh, brutal machine, really...on the track, that is...uhh, the 3.5 km road from home to work...lots of bends, braking points, you know, traffic lights, kind of exciting...yes stuff, very exciting...handling the beast, taming all the power, you know...all the 95...95 hp...the need for speed, engine roaring, smell of red-hot clutch...

    ...aand now I'm sad. Thank you Camisade, THANK YOU!

    But no seriously, that must feel awesome.
    And I'm still a gearhead, even if of the broke, generally failing at life kind ...maybe with a couple better choices along the road that Tipo could have been an Alfa Giulia Veloce by now ...

    Have a nice holiday there Alec, smell the gasoline for us!*

    *and bring some earplugs!

  14. #164
    Originally Posted by Alec Turner View Post (Source)
    3) don't win your first ever Buckyball Race unless you have the funds to buy everyone else a round of drinks
    When was actually the last time this happened (in a non-SRV event)? I think it might even have been Alot wayyy back in BBR6

    Originally Posted by Susanna View Post (Source)
    I know what you mean there Edelgard... A rushed 45 min circuit showed me that this is a tough one to shave that much time off! I can't see how you would do it in only 35min! Is there a video of this run? I'd really like to take a look at some amazing flying!
    From my experience the 2nd attempt is nearly always quite a bit faster than the first, even when there doesn't seem to be that much room for improvement. But getting used to the course and procedures almost always shaves off more than a minute for me
    In this race I suppose the biggest factor is the Orbital Cruise (OC) approach, as the high g planets really slow you down a lot, so a perfect approach at a constant 0:04 or 0:05 ETA until the last few seconds could be a minute or more faster than a normal one.

    Originally Posted by Raiko View Post (Source)
    You will do. The vast majority of my rebuys are are self inflicted during races.

    This still happens. You'll spend the whole week pulling off the best run you possibly can, so going into the final day you'll know that if you can just fix one or two mistakes you're in with a shot.

    Then cookiehole turns up.
    ... and dashes an iCourier and two DBXs to pieces before even starting a run
    From looking around the course, I'm already pretty sure that this is one of the most difficult Buckyball race courses ever: There's not only the risks associated with high g landings, but also the difficulty in getting the OC approaches just right. I just managed to crash out of OC after having entered the blue zone successfully; apparently you need to stay below 200 km/s vertical speed for the whole time and it really takes big planets like these to even get a chance to pitch down fast enough after blue zone entry to violate that constraint

    Putting on the g-suit:
    CMDR Cookiehole
    DBX RATtlesnake
    possibly also Hauler Tin Can


    And now for some galactic weather forecast:
    I've created a spreadsheet for the jump targets; feel free to add some data points if you're motivated (really difficult to measure some targets in high g without plummeting into the ground though)
    The next few days should roughly look like this:

    The problem is that at least 3 of the graphs (the ones with an ! next to them in the legend) are at least partially wrong. I haven't located the error yet, but I think the shape of the curves is roughly correct while they're inexplicably offset in the time-direction. I can't find any pattern in the incorrect data and also a second measurement taken a few h later has the exact same planets messing up again...
    It looks like only the jump at Weber will be obscured during the next few days*; the other targets are either never obscured or only changing very slowly.

    *My guess is that (if the shape of the graph is roughly correct) the Weber graph is about 24 h "earlier" in reality than in the image, so it could be visible in the early morning of March 10 again.

  15. #165
    After flying the Type-6 and Orca back to back, I've decided the Orca has superior handling characteristics(!), so in spite of the risk to my bank account I think I'm going to focus on that one.

    Right now I'm in the familiar position of having done everything well at least once, but so far not all in the same run.
    Rebuy tally so far: 1 Type-6, 1 Orca

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