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Cars with a military theme:

Tiger Tank - Randy Britt

My son Cameron wanted to do a tank this year, and although it was
challenging to stay under 5 ounces, we used balsa, lots of hollowing
and cut down extra wheels to allow us to add 2.5 ounces to the rear.
My son just missed a speed trophy, but was a unanimous design winner.
A magnet turret mount allowed it to swivel and not fly off during the

Chinook Helicopter - Ray Betts

This Army Chinook Helicopter took 1st place in the open race in 2010.
It used a standard block, corn-dog sticks for the propellers, dowel
rods for the fuel tanks and engines. Scrap wood was used for the
propeller housing and a coffee stir stick for the drive line between

LAV-25 - Matt & Joshua Jackson

Attached are pictures of my son's recent pinewood derby build. It is
modeled after the Marine Corps LAV-25 Piranha Light Armored Amphibious
Vehicle. It should have 8 wheels but two were removed to meet weight.
You can still see the holes for the other wheels, which can be put
back on. The main feature of the vehicle is that it has working
headlights and taillights that can be turned on and off via a switch
in the back. The spare tire in the back houses the battery for the
electronics which are inside the car. It also has a working turret
with a blinking red LED inside to simulate firing. It was a total hit
at our pack races a couple weeks ago. It's not the fastest car but by
far the coolest car he's built to date.

The Anchor - Jason Sasser

My son and I built this car for our adult race. It raced like an
anchor, pretty slow but won best in design. I am active duty Navy and
most of the Pack is made up of Marines. They didn't really appreciate
my car!

From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 11, Issue 12

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