Just the other week we made Sam's first Pinewood Derby car - actually a truck. He modeled it after an old Matchbox truck seen here:
The following are a few shots of Sam at work. He learned how to properly mark cut lines, glue up parts (and clean the glue off after clamping), use the belt sander, and sand parts with different grit paper. He sealed the truck with shellac and painted the details. I found out too late that he wasn't able to push the button on the spray can, so I ended up spraying the paint - duly noted for next year.
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Another item for next year - check the weight as we go. I ended up making Swiss cheese out of the thing to make it race legal.
The finished truck:
Sam didn't win any races, but did win a ribbon for "Most Heavy Duty"
Oh, and Dad had to make one as well. Based on the Deora Hot Wheels car. (Which for the non motor heads was based on the Deora show truck made by the Alexander brothers in the mid 60's.)
We had a great time building our trucks and learned a lot. I'm really proud of the job he did. He was very serious during the build and conducted himself well in the shop. We just might build another before next years race.
Thanks for looking,