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    My Son's Pinewood Derby Car

    This is my son's Cub Scout Pinewood Derby car from this past spring.
    My son, Daniel, is 8 years old, and this was his 1st Pinewood Derby car.
    He did most of the cutting and sanding. I helped him with adding extra weight and putting the wheels on.
    It looks faster than how it ran , but he had a lot of fun making it and racing it.

    His Cub Scout Pack was #420, that is where that number came from.
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    Looks great, you both did a great job, I hope he hangs on to that little car for a very long time!
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    Great lines! I like the way it looks.
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    Very cool I am happy to hear the tradition of these cars continues. I like the design.
    cheers

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    Great design and execution. A very good looking car.

    I've often wondered what the key to success to these little cars are.

    I'd have to think that aero factors have to be pretty small, and the rest of it is in reducing the friction in the axles and wheels.

    Maybe we should do an FWW Pinewood derby
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    Your son's car looks great! It's great to be able to team up like you and he did.
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    Your son did a great job on is car glad to see the scout are still doing these

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    Good looking car, and one that I can believe was made by a youngster. Good job!

    I had kids in Cubs, and was a leader for many years. Some of the cars that showed up were clearly made by Dad, and looked like they came off a showroom. I like the style of your son's car.
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    Thank you everyone! I will pass your kind words on to him!

    Stuart, I still have the one I made with my Dad. I brought it and we did a father-son race... Daniel won!


    As it turns out aerodynamics plays no factor in how these cars run. They are all weighted and adjusted to be the same weight so that doesn't play much of a part in it. It is all about how you put the wheels on. If they aren't exactly straight you will have problems. Graphite powder helps too.


    The cars are very light, and even with some lead fishing split shot and a full shotgun shell's worth of #8 shot it still needed a few washers to get it to the required weight.
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    Been there, done that.
    In fact, I was a Cub Master and the only time I regretted being that was PD day. Parents get very competitive and emotional at the races.
    The real value in the project is the father/son time spent together building the car.
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