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Pinewood Derby Time!

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Deanster, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. Deanster

    Deanster Cheese? Millennium Member CLM

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    Dear #2 Child: I love working on Cub Scout projects with you, and am eager for you to have the Pinewood Derby Car of your dreams.

    At the same time, the event is tomorrow, we're just getting started, and the farther past 'car', and more towards 'T-Rex' you want it to look is going to be directly proportional to how much of the work you're doing. Just sayin'.
     
  2. Lampshade

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    One of my childhood favorites.
     

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    I had my kid make it himself, with me just helping him. Obviously, the other parents didn't quite involve their own kids as much.
     
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    I remember doing that-WOW seems like a very long time ago. :wavey:
     
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    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    I remember melting lead in an old coffee can and pouring it into bore holes for added weight. I made a few pinewood cars but I never won an event. I made them look sharp, good paint jobs and graphite dust to lube the wheels. Good times.
     
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    Oh man... good times. My dad wouldn't let me make the initial cuts with the band saw, but I did everything else myself!
     
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    Our race is the 23rd. My son is a first grader so this is the first derby for both of us.
     
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    My son and I made this one just last month. Took fourth. Grrrr.
     

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    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    Good looking car :thumbsup:
     
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    you know i have good memories of my cub scout days , i still have my pine wood cars lol and im 43 now .

    but to be a debbie downer it is not the same as when i was a kid .

    now they advocate weights , they have premade cars already built , spoilers, all kinds of crap it just makes it cheesy

    back in the day , you got a block of wood , and 4 wheels and fes number stickers. and you made you car .

    todays derbies are a sham
     
  11. RC-RAMIE

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    Thanks I haven't thought about Pinewood derby in forever good memories. I think pinewood derby is where my Drag Racing addiction started.

    Sounds like you are working with my son!


    "Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it is realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy. - Ron Paul
     
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    I was a scout leader at Langley AFB. Some of the engineerparents would take their cars to the NASA wind tunnel on the other side of baseto get the wind resistance down. Youcould tell that allot of the cars were build by the parents. I remember one year the car that won looked likethe kid but no work into it. A couple of the parents of the professional built wedge shaped cars with the polished nail axels with the weight added could not believethat a crude car beat the car they…I mean the kids built. :whistling:

    The kids just wanted to have fun; it was the parents thatcared who won. I quit judging the pine wood derby do to parent’s bad behavior. :steamed:
     
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    That brings back memories me and a dremel tool!
     
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    Good luck. I remember my son's entry. He said it was the General Lee which was popular at the time. We did the lead in the holes (weighed in at the PO) and graphite on the nails/axles. Sanded the mold lines off of the wheels. I think he took second place. It is still up in the attic with all of the family heirlooms. tom. :supergrin:
     
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    I like the looks of that. Sharp colors.
     
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    That's all we got, just a month ago :)
     
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    When I was a cub scout, many of the dads were engineers for the various auto companies. My pack had a separate division for the dads, sort of like an "unlimited" class. That way the dads could compete against each other, and let the kids make their own cars. I think it worked well.
     
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    Good idea. I'd heard of a variant where the dads had a race to see who could make the slowest car that would cross the finish line.
     
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    Our pack does the "unlimited" thing as well, but it still doesn't stop some of the parents from doing the kids cars.

    We also just got a block of wood and 4 axles/wheels. However, if you go to craft store like Michaels, you can buy pre-cut cars. I refuse to do that as I think it completely defeats the whole idea behind the derby. Teaching a kid how to use some basic tools like a coping saw is what it's all about. The journey is worth more than the destination in my opinion.

    My son's cars have been far from the prettiest in our derbies, but you can definitely see that he is the one that has primarily done the work on them.
     
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    michaels thats it !! i was in there with wife ,and i showed her the derby car section.it made me mad to see all the crap and premade cars .:steamed: