Friday, March 08, 2013

PINEWOOD DERBY CAR SHOWCASE

Home Depot - Stephen Henry


This is the car my son Benjamin Henry built for his first pinewood
derby. He placed second in his age group! As you can see, we had to
lighten the car quite a bit to be able to adjust the center of mass
rearward to where we thought it would work best. We added a screw and
some washers to adjust the weight easily on race day. He painted it
himself using a spray can for the orange and borrowed my airbrush for
the windows. The decals were from a 1/25 scale plastic model. They
were a little big for the car so we trimmed them with a razor before
we applied them.

Wind Cracker - Lee Klinghoffer

This is my son Jared's car called "Wind Cracker". We built it
together for this year's pinewood derby. We had to use a bit of extra
block to get some height to accommodate the design. We did a cutout on
the underside of the front for a fast start off the line. The car was
primed, and then painted with Tamiya spray paint. A purple undercoat
was followed with a deep metallic blue to get a deep cobalt blue tone.
He did not, unfortunately, win a speed award (we couldn't get rid of a
small rear end wobble), but he did win an award for outstanding
craftsmanship.

Blue AGP - Jeremy Isaac

This was my son's Awana Grand Prix car this year. He wanted to go for
speed instead of design this time, so we pulled out all the stops and
it paid off big time: First place in the Sparks division, followed by
first place overall. After running a total of 8 heats, this car's
slowest time was notably faster than the best time from any other car
all day.

From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 12, Issue 12

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