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    pinewood race car...

    Here is what I've helped my 10yr old son with ( a bit ) off and on over the last month.
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    Tonight is the weigh-in. This morning we just finished putting on the steel ball-bearing weights, and we're at around 132/133 grams. The max allowed weight in our club is 140gm, so I think we're good there.

    [aside: the weights were a big pain in the neck. When we finished the car, I was surprised to discover that it was only half of the allowed maximum weight. It was not easy trying to find about 65gm of weight in my shop that were not enormous bolts or such like. 1" diameter washers only weighed about 5 gm. If I start drilling holes for them, the car would quickly be in pieces! We found these ball bearings in a magnet-discover-kit-toy that my son just got, and decided to make them a feature instead of trying to hide them.]

    Next week is the race. The boys club from our church compets against the girls club. Ear protection is almost mandatory, as the volume that 75 kids can create in a church basement is truly awe inspiring.
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    The design was my son's. I did the bandsaw work (the top angle) and he did the scroll-saw work (the side curves) as well as the sanding and painting. He chose the lightning bolt as well.

    Even if we lose the race, I think he's already a winner.
    Last edited by Art Mulder; 03-22-2007 at 11:49 AM.

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    Go greased lightning GO!!!!

    Now, honestly, how many wheels touch the racing surface........

    Good luck, and I agree, no matter the outcome, you have a winner there!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Now, honestly, how many wheels touch the racing surface........

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    You know, I don't actually know.

    I'll have a look tonight or tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Mulder View Post
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    You know, I don't actually know.

    I'll have a look tonight or tomorrow.
    MOST rules say that "Three" must be touching............
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    Looking good! Thanks for letting your son do his own work (coming from a Scout who made his own car and was very embarrassed when he saw the other kid's cars ). I bet he'll hold these times as fond memories when he's helping his son.

    Oh, tell your son Great Job!!
    Wes
    Last edited by Wes Bischel; 03-22-2007 at 01:42 PM.

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    Kind of fun to dig up this old thread that I started back in 2007.

    It's now 2013, and there have been a lot of "cars down the track" since that old thread. We have four kids, and my wife is now a counsellor at the girls club. (At our church the boys and girls clubs compete against each other with pinewood cars.

    that adds up to a lot of cars that I've had a hand in helping my kids build over the years:
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    Here's the four of ours that competed this year:
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    Didn't make the finals this time... the competition is stiff. There are few dads who have really gotten into the science of pinewood racing. But we had a great time, as usual. And there is always next year!

    Our club track set up in the atrium at church:
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    And here's my youngest's car in it's first race, against a friend of his.
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    Couple more shots and some discussion on building techniques at my website, if you're interested in more.
    There's usually more than one way to do it...
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    There are some creative designs there Art. My wife and I were dating when I helped my step-son with his first car. I went out and bought my band saw just for the job, which was his first power tool he ever used. I hadn't bought a sander yet, so he didn't enjoy what came after. I saw the car in a box up in my shop the other day actually, nothing as creative as some of those, but it did OK.
    Darren

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    Darren, it gets harder every year in some ways, since they are the ones who have to come up with another design.
    My daughter is a big challenge since she doesn't really care about cars and so we've got this "food" theme going with her cars!
    There's usually more than one way to do it...
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    I agree with Darren...the latest designs are great. I especially like the Popcicle car. I'm betting that was your daughter's doing.
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    Brings back wonderful memories
    Great looking car. Just the dad and son teamwork has more worth than first place. Your son will remember it forever

    We had 3 winners. Be sure to polish and graphite the axels and keep as much weight as possible on the rear wheels. Starts out slow then goes like heck.
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