Pinewood Derby Times, Volume 16, Issue 7 – December 28, 2016

PINEWOOD DERBY TIMES
Volume 16, Issue 7
December 28, 2016

In this Edition

– Editor’s Notes
– Humor
– Product Showcase – Side Weight System – 15% Off
– Pinewood Derby Memory – Thumbs Up!
– Pinewood Derby Car Showcase
– Q&A


Editor’s Notes

Seasons Greetings
All of us at Maximum Velocity wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a great New Year.  May you have a blessed year.

No Feature Article
I decided to a take a Christmas break and not have an article in this edition. But I’ll have a new article in the next issue on January 11.

MV Basic & Wedge Car Kits
If you are planning a race and are not required to use a specific kit type, our MV Basic or Wedge Car Kit are just what you need. These attractively priced kits are equipped with:

Quality Block – Unlike the blocks provided by some organizations, our blocks are soft, northwestern pine blocks, cut precisely to 7 inches long, 1-3/4 inches wide, and 1-1/4 inches tall. These dimensions, as well as the axle slots accurately duplicate the dimensions of standard pinewood derby blocks from BSA and PineCar.

Simple Axle Preparation – Don’t worry about filing off flaws, or losing hub caps. Our Speed Axles have no burrs or crimp marks, and install without hub caps. With or without polishing, they are ready to go. We supply five, so you have a spare.

Quality Wheels – Forget cheap, out of round wheels. Our MV wheels are top-quality wheels. You will not be disappointed with the quality of these wheels.

So, if your organization does not mandate a particular kit type,
consider our MV Basic Car Kits or MV Wedge Car Kits.

Call for Photos
Help, we are virtually out of photos for the pinewood derby car showcase.  Please send us a photo of your car along with a description of any special features to:
info@maximum-velocity.com

Please include your full name. If selected, we will include the photo and description in this newsletter.

Photos must be sent by e-mail in JPG format (minimum size of 640×480, maximum size of 1280 x 960). Please shoot photos from the front left of the car, similar to the orientation of car shown at:

Make sure the photo is not blurry. If your photos are blurry, try holding the camera four or five feet away from the car, and then use the camera’s zoom to fill the frame with the car. Also, use a solid (preferably white) background for the photo.

Send only one photo per car, unless an additional photo is needed to   adequately show a feature. Don’t forget to include your name, the name of the car (if it has one), and a brief write up on any design features, inspiration for the design, and how the car performed at the race. Thanks.

Inventory Clearance Sale
We are clearing inventory on several items including:

– Formula One car kit
– Wheel Flares and Paint Stencils
– Raingutter Regatta Decals

We don’t have many left, so don’t delay. You can find these items Here.

Can We Help?

If we can help you in any way with your pinewood derby project, or if you have any feedback regarding this newsletter, please contact E-Mail Us.


Humor
Definitions?

Arbitrator ar’-bi-tray-ter: A cook that leaves Arby’s to work at McDonald’s.

Avoidable uh-voy’-duh-buhl: What a bullfighter tries to do.

Baloney buh-lo’-nee: Where some hemlines fall.

Bernadette burn’-a-det: The act of torching a mortgage.

Burglarize bur’-gler-ize: What a crook sees with.

Control kon-trol’: A short, ugly inmate.

Counterfeiters kown-ter-fit-ers: Workers who put together kitchen cabinets.

Eclipse i-klips’: what an English barber does for a living.

Eyedropper i’-drop-ur: a clumsy ophthalmologist.

Heroes hee’-rhos: what a guy in a boat does.

Left Bank left’ bangk’: what the robber did when his bag was full of loot.

Misty mis’-tee: How golfers create divots.

Paradox par’-u-doks: two physicians.

Parasites par’-uh-sites: what you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Pharmacist farm’-uh-sist: a helper on the farm.

Polarize po’-lur-ize: what penguins in Antarctica see.

Primate pri’-mate: removing your spouse from in front of the TV.

Relief ree-leef’: what trees do in the spring.

Rubberneck rub’-er-nek: what you do to relax your wife.

Selfish sel’-fish: what the owner of a seafood store does.

Subdued sub-dood’: a guy, that works on one of those submarines.

Sudafed sood’-a-fed: bringing litigation against a government official


Product Showcase
Side Weight System – 15% Off

The Tungsten Side Weight System allows you to place weight on the side of the car, covered by the rear wheels. When additional weight is placed behind the rear axle, a very aggressive COG can be achieved.

The weights fit nicely into BSA or MV wheels(1) without any contact with the wheel. The weights have a view slot so writing on the inside of the wheel can be seen.

The Tungsten Side Weight System includes two side weights, mounting screws, a mounting tool, and a BSA axle for marking drill locations. To use the system you will need a drill, a 5/64 inch drill bit (or a 1/16 inch drill bit if you have axle holes), and epoxy adhesive.

Through January 10, 2017, you can get a Side Weight System for 15% off. To take advantage of this limited time offer, add part 5070 to your shopping cart and use coupon code SIDEWEIGHT during checkout.


Pinewood Derby Car Showcase

Today’s cars are from Jeff Bartel.

Formula 1 McLaren Mp4-24

When I saw the Formula 1 McLaren MP4-24, I was smitten; I just had to give it a try. The car took the design and speed awards for the Friends and Family division, and was my first adult car entry.

Back to the Future DeLorean



After having made the McLaren, I wanted to work on an iconic car and decided on the DeLorean from “Back to the Future”. This one had doors that opened and a somewhat complete interior (including a flux capacitor). It also won the Friends and Family design award (even if it wasn’t especially fast). I have to confess that I got a little obsessed with this car and spent way too much time on it.

Ghostbusters’ Cadillac Ambulance

For my final adult car, I wanted to create another iconic car, so I went with the Ghostbusters’ Cadillac ambulance. I learned my lesson from the DeLorean and worked only on the exterior. This also took the design award for the Friends and Family division.

Share Your Car With Our Readers

Do you have a car you would like to “show off” to our readers? If so, send us a photo of your car along with a description of any special features to:
info@maximum-velocity.com

Please include your full name. If selected, we will include the photo and description in this newsletter.

Photos must be sent by e-mail in JPG format (minimum size of 640×480, maximum size of 1280 x 960). Please shoot photos from the front left of the car, similar to the orientation of this car:

For better focus, keep the camera four or five feet away from the car, and then use the camera’s zoom to fill the frame with the car. Also, use a solid (preferably white) background for the photo.

Send only one photo per car, unless an additional photo is needed to adequately show a feature. Also, only one car per subscriber per year please. Thanks.


Pinewood Derby Memory
Thumbs Up!

My son wanted to sign up for scouts.  I thought, “What a great idea!” I thought back to my childhood days in scouts and thought this would surely be great. I instantly started telling – and apparently boring – my son about all of the great times that I had! Of all of the activities that I remembered the most, unfortunately the Pinewood Derby wasn’t one of them.

I’ll never forget the look on my son’s face that day he came home with his derby box in his outstretched hand,  and announced to me as he was handing over the box; “Here you go dad! Make me a great car!” In a blink of the eye, I instantly became my father! And in an instant – after the panic subsided – it all came back to me about my Derby days. The handing over of the box to my dad, the return of the box from my dad, and then, for the next few weeks, the building of “the car” together. Well, before my son could run off for the TV, I was able to apprehend him and hand back the box. Of course for the whole “we’ll do this together” thing, but also for the simple fact that if this car failed, I wasn’t going down alone!

This Pinewood Derby kit looked simple enough. So the box sat for what seemed like the longest time. Then as Derby day approached, I thought, “I’d better take a look at this thing! How hard could it be to attach four nails to a block of wood that resembled a car and paint the darn thing!” I was pretty handy with wood. Gosh I have a ton of wood working tools! I had made things in the past. This was no problem. I’m a dad!! Dad’s know these things. The only real guideline that I understood was the fact that it needed to “look like a flag.” A little red, white and blue paint would take care of that.

So we began. I thought I should cut the block first. No problem. Pulled out the old table saw (I know what you’re thinking) and cut away. This experience was similar to ice carving with a chain saw, something I was totally unfamiliar with!  Holy Cow!!

“All right,” I thought. “Maybe a scroll saw would be better.” Carve a little decorative look to the whole thing. Nope!

Okay, we took our first trip to the scout shop to buy another block. My son was a little puzzled but I kept giving him the “thumbs up” sign and assured him we were “Just practicing.” What a trooper. He just smiled and jumped in the car.

Our next attempt at cutting went a little smoother. My son pointed to the band saw and said, “We haven’t used this one yet.” The car looked great! Well, to him anyway. Bless his heart, Daddy could do no wrong.

I overheard a parent at one of our meetings discussing their car and remembered hearing something about making your own axle slots. Well this wasn’t a problem since I seemed to have accidentally removed the original ones. This was going good! Pulled out the drill; instant axle holes. Put that little nail through the wheel, glue it in the hole and ‘Bam’ we’ve got a race car! Let’s paint. Whoa! OK…. pull out the wheels.

“Just making sure they fit son.”

Thumbs up. Dad’s still great!

“I’ve got my paints dad!,” he said.

“Naw, let’s use spray paint! We’ll get a much better looking paint job.”

I don’t think my son had used a paint can before. But being the “eager” scout, he grabbed the can, pointed it backwards and began spraying his arm! Just another lesson in painting. What a neat father/son project! Two thumbs up!

Well, we finally got the paint on the car. Red on the bottom, blue on the top and some really cool looking star stickers all over. It was coming together.  We even painted the wheels white (A real speed secret!?). We let it dry overnight.

“It’s not real shiny dad. Let’s spray some shiny stuff on it!”

Oh boy – instant problem! This time my son and I learned a very important thing about painting: Compatibility!

Who would have ever thought that all paints and clear coats were NOT created equal. Within moments of painting our car began to “crinkle”. All at once flash backs of chemistry class, memories of my professor discussing things we should never mix together came rushing back to me!

With no time to react, I started wiping off the  car in an attempt to save something! A few re-coats of red, white, and blue and we were back. Throw in a little graphite, a little driver to sit behind the wheel, and we were real car builders. We did it!

Well, this journey my son and I were taking was not turning out anything like I thought. We did have a car though. Not a bad looking car either. And all four wheels were in place!

Race day came. How did we do? As my son’s car came down the track my fingers were turning blue from being crossed so tight. It made it! Every boy left that day with a ribbon. My son got to run six races that day and walked away with a fifth place ribbon. Overall in the whole pack of a one hundred plus boys? No idea – but we left with the BIGGEST grin on our faces, a car, and a ribbon.

Jon Edgar
Ballwin, MO

 

Do you Remember?

If you have a pinewood derby story that is funny, unusual, sad, heart-warming, etc., please send it to me in an e-mail. Don’t worry about literary polish. We will edit as needed before publishing. Also, please read our submission policy.

If your story is used, you will receive a $10 coupon in May of 2017.


Q&A

Q: What is your opinion of making a  graphite-paste with alcohol?  From what I’ve seen on YouTube nobody can perfectly center the new bore ID and they blame the wobble on an “unbalanced” wheel.

A: When you mix alcohol and graphite you change the lubricating property such that it doesn’t work as well as dry graphite; and you end up with an uneven coating on the bore as you indicated.

Q: When vendors on YouTube try to convince me that their “super-duper” extra ordinary 325 mesh, 44 micron graphite is best because it darkens a section of wood better than their competitors, is there something that I’m not understanding other than that these guys are akin to used car salesmen?

A: I don’t think that color is a good indication of lubricating ability. The  main thing you want is purity. Graphite is a refined product, and can range from 75% pure to 99% pure. The impurities are silica, and other trace  elements and compounds. The purer the graphite, the better it lubes. The second thing to look for is mesh size. I think you want a reasonable mesh  size (like 200) – a smaller mesh (325) doesn’t seem to lube as well. Our  Max-V-Lube is 200 mesh, 99% pure, and our Tube-O-Lube is 325 mesh.

Some people use a finer mesh graphite (Tube-O-Lube) to  lay down a few coatings in the bore, and then the larger mesh (Max-V-Lube) for the final lubing.

Want Answers?

Do you have a pinewood derby-related question? If so, e-mail us your question.

We answer all questions by e-mail, but not every question will appear in the Q&A section of the newsletter.


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Pinewood Derby Car Showcase – December 23, 2016

Some cars using our Tungsten Canopy.

Tungsten On Wood – Glen Stowers

I came into your store to buy a tungsten canopy and some tungsten putty in late May.  As an adult, I was preparing for my first pinewood derby race in 30 years.  I had looked forward to this for over a decade … running designs around in my mind and making sketches of what I thought would work best. I entered a stock derby competition with a weight limit of 5.5 oz with a car I specifically designed for use with your tungsten weight products. The rest of the car was built from a stock BSA pinewood derby kit, from which I was allowed to modify the wheels.  Not only did I win the speed competition, I also won the “Best Paint” category with my stained wood finish.  I call it “Tungsten On Wood!” or “WOW!”

Not only did I beat every derby car in the stock category, I took my car over to the pro stock track and had an informal race with the fastest cars of the night (all gravity driven). The winning pro stock car was owned by a man who said his car had never been beaten in a single heat in years of racing.  We raced twice… I beat him twice!

Purple Haze – David Keith

I helped a friend’s son (Christian) design and build this car that bested 200 cars last Friday and Saturday. He also won his individual pack on Thursday. He was so excited! Thanks for all you do. Our cars would be nothing if it wasn’t for your expertise and help.

Blue Racer – Terry Duke

While buying supplies through Maximum Velocity for our second year of building Pinewood Derby cars, my son and I ran across the new “Vaccinator” kit. We both thought it looked pretty cool, and from what we learned of speed tips last year, we also thought it looked fast, so we chose to use that as a model for our design this year.

Since we’ve only been building PWD cars for two years, we don’t have the tools or experience to completely mimic the Vaccinator, but we chose to follow the principals of making it thin, carving the sides around the front wheels, and using Tungsten for our first time.

The only weight on the vehicle is the Tungsten Canopy. After using lead last year, the switch to tungsten was immediately obvious and significant design improvement. We had a lot of fun building our cars, and Maximum Velocity has been a  huge help providing our tools, designs, and weights to improve our competitive abilities and improve our father/son experience.

Blue Light Special – Ron

Here is our winning car: stock axle spacing, stock axles – polished of course – stock BSA wheels, a Tungsten Canopy mounted sideways to maximize the center of mass at approximately 9/10 of an inch in front of the rear axle. The car won 12 out of 12 races so we are off to districts.

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Pinewood Derby Speed Tip – December 16, 2016

Adding Brakes to Your Car
By Peter Holzemer

You can’t win no matter how fast your car is if it gets damaged at the stop section of the track. Our district track is a forty foot wood track with a three foot raised stop section terminated by a foam rubber stop bar across the end of the track. Unfortunately, the fastest cars slide through the stop section hitting the foam stop bar relatively hard. These fast cars either flip over the bar onto the hard floor, or hit the foam so hard that they bounce backwards through the stop section onto the track.  Sometimes, the bounced cars collide with other slower moving cars, causing damage to all involved.

In our second year of racing, my son’s car was the fastest in the first heat.  His car slid through the stop section, hit the stop bar, and flipped onto the floor, bending a rear axle.  Not realizing  that the axle was bent we kept on racing and winning, only to have the car slow down in the finals.  My son was fortunate enough to place third overall, but the other top cars were not so fortunate.  Those cars also received damage from the foam stop bar, but ended up losing their top spots.  After that experience, we decided a change was needed – brakes for the car.

The brake system is very simple, just two small strips of 80 grit black drywall sandpaper glued to the bottom of the car in front of and behind the rear axle.  This sandpaper causes the car to slow down quickly when it reaches the raised stop section. The deceleration is enough to keep the cars from bouncing on the stop bar.  Now, we add brakes to all our pack cars going to the district race. At this past year’s event, none of our pack cars had a crash.

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Pinewood Derby Times, Volume 16, Issue 6 – December 14, 2016

PINEWOOD DERBY TIMES
Volume 16, Issue 6
December 14, 2016

In this Edition

– Editor’s Notes
– Feature Article – How to Put an Automobile Quality Finish on Your
Pinewood Derby Car

– Humor
– Product Showcase – Paint Stand – 10% Off
– Pinewood Derby Memory – A Sad Story?
– Pinewood Derby Car Showcase
– Q&A


Editor’s Notes

New Products
Maximum Velocity is introducing two new products just in time for the prime racing season:

15030smallSpecial Tungsten Cylinders – We made a special buy of these cylinders and are offering them to you at a much lower price than our regular cylinders. Each cylinder measures 0.45 inch in diameter and 0.36 inch in length, and weighs 0.56 ounce (7 cylinders equals 3.9 ounces). A cylinder will fit in a 15/32 or 1/2 inch hole. You can find these cylinders Here.

5468smallPre-Cut Bulk MV Car Kits – We made a special run of pre-shaped bulk car kits. The kits are shaped and sanded, and ready for final sanding and painting. Each bulk pack contains three each of four shaped car bodies, wheels, axles, instructions and baggies. You can find them Here.

MV Basic & Wedge Car Kits
If you are planning a race and are not required to use a specific kit type, our MV Basic or Wedge Car Kit are just what you need. These attractively priced kits are equipped with:

Quality Block – Unlike the blocks provided by some organizations, our blocks are soft, northwestern pine blocks, cut precisely to 7 inches long, 1-3/4 inches wide, and 1-1/4 inches tall. These dimensions, as well as the axle slots accurately duplicate the dimensions of standard pinewood derby blocks from BSA and PineCar.

Simple Axle Preparation – Don’t worry about filing off flaws, or losing hub caps. Our Speed Axles have no burrs or crimp marks, and install without hub caps. With or without polishing, they are ready to go. We supply five, so you have a spare.

Quality Wheels – Forget cheap, out of round wheels. Our MV wheels are top-quality wheels. You will not be disappointed with the quality of these wheels.

So, if your organization does not mandate a particular kit type,
consider our MV Basic Car Kits or MV Wedge Car Kits.

Call for Photos
Help, we are virtually out of photos for the pinewood derby car showcase.  Please send us a photo of your car along with a description of any special features to:
info@maximum-velocity.com

Please include your full name. If selected, we will include the photo and description in this newsletter.

Photos must be sent by e-mail in JPG format (minimum size of 640×480, maximum size of 1280 x 960). Please shoot photos from the front left of the car, similar to the orientation of car shown at:

Make sure the photo is not blurry. If your photos are blurry, try holding the camera four or five feet away from the car, and then use the camera’s zoom to fill the frame with the car. Also, use a solid (preferably white) background for the photo.

Send only one photo per car, unless an additional photo is needed to   adequately show a feature. Don’t forget to include your name, the name of the car (if it has one), and a brief write up on any design features, inspiration for the design, and how the car performed at the race. Thanks.

Inventory Clearance Sale
We are clearing inventory on several items including:

– Discount slotted blocks
– Formula One car kit
– Wheel Flares and Paint Stencils
– Raingutter Regatta Decals

We don’t have many left, so don’t delay. You can find these items Here.

Can We Help?

If we can help you in any way with your pinewood derby project, or if you have any feedback regarding this newsletter, please contact E-Mail Us.


Feature Article
How to Put an Automobile Quality Finish on Your Pinewood Derby Car
By Randy Davis

I am going to state right up front that I am not an auto painter nor am I particularly artistic. However, after many, many years of painting  innumerable pinewood derby cars, I finally came up with a way to get a nice paint job without the need to purchase expensive painting equipment. Clearly, if you want a real auto paint job, you will have to go to a body shop and get them to paint the car for you. But if you want to do it yourself, the process below will result in a nice paint job, and all of the supplies can be found at your local Auto Parts store (AutoZone, O’Reilly, et al), except for the wood sandpaper which is available from Maximum Velocity(1), or from any hardware or home improvement store.

Supplies
You will need the following supplies:

Sandpaper
60, 120, and 220 grit
600 or 800 grit wet/dry paper

Filler
Bondo Glazing & Spot Putty


Figure 1 – Bond Spot Filler
(Source:  bondo.com)

Paint
Rust-Oleum Filler & Sandable Primer
Dupli-Color Perfect Match Premium Automotive Paint
Dupli-Color Perfect Match Protective Clear Coat Finish


Figure 2 – Primer, Paint, and Clear
(Source:  rustoleum.com, duplicolor.com)

Car Holder
You will need a method to hold the car in place while painting and drying. I recommend our Paint Stand.(2) It securely holds the car while simultaneously keeping paint out of the axle holes/slots. The blue part of the stand is picked up for painting, then placed back on the base for drying.



Figure 3 – Paint Stand

Sanding
First, sand the car with the 60 grit paper, removing any saw marks and creating all desired contours. Next, sand with the 120 grit paper, removing all scratches left by the 60 grit paper. Then repeat with the 220 grit paper. Remove all dust with a soft rag.


Figure 4 – Sanded

Filling
Now we will use the Bondo to fill in all the fine scratches and any flaws. Bondo is a car body filler that dries reasonably fast and can be easily sanded. Bondo does have a strong chemical order, so make sure to apply Bondo in a ventilated area. I recommend covering the entire car (except the bottom) with a thin layer of Bondo. This will ensure that all scratches are filled.


Figure 5 – Bondo Applied

Sanding Bondo
Now use the 600/800 grit paper to sand the Bondo. The goal is not to remove all of the Bondo, but to sand until the body is smooth. The result may have more or less Bondo than in Figure 6.


Figure 6 – Bondo Sanded

Priming
The next step is to apply several coats of the Rustoleum primer. Generally, three coats will be sufficient. Coats can be applied every ten minutes if the temperature is 70 to 90 degrees.

As with any spray paint, shake the can well (don’t skimp on this), then apply several thin coats as opposed to fewer thick coats – this reduces the chance of “runs”. Use a sweeping motion to get an even coat, and to make sure you do not put on too much paint in one spot.


Figure 7 – Primer

Wet Sanding
After the final primer coat, allow two hours of dry time, then the primer can be wet sanded. This process gives you the smoothest finish, and much more life out of the sandpaper.

Run water on a piece of 600/800 grit paper, then sand the car in circular motions. Rinse the paper frequently. After the car is sanded, use a damp cloth to wipe off any paint residue, then dry the car with a soft rag. Allow the car to dry for several hours to ensure that all the water is evaporated.

Painting
Finally, the color can be applied. Typically, two coats of color are sufficient. Coats can be applied every ten minutes. Make sure to shake the can for a full minute after the ball starts rattling, and shake in between coats. Place the car in a dust free area while drying. There is nothing  more frustrating than a great paint job with a speck of dust in it!


Figure 8 – Paint

Clear Coat
After thirty minutes, apply one or two coats of clear, separated by ten minutes. These early clear coats will protect the paint while performing the next step.

Decals, Pin-striping, Etc.
Next apply any decorative items, such as decals, pin-striping, etc. In Figure 9 below, I used a Maximum Velocity paint stencil (designed specifically for this car). I cut the stencil short so that the “backbone” stopped at the “head” of the car. The eyes were cut out from some gold sticker material from a craft store.

Final Clear Coats
Lastly apply several clear-coats, ten minutes apart. The more clear coats you apply, the deeper the shine.


Figure 9 – Final Result

Final Thoughts
Getting a great paint job does take some time, but if you have the right materials and put in the effort, you can achieve a beautiful paint job for your pinewood derby car.

(1) A sandpaper assortment can be found Here. Find grit wet/dry paper can be found Here.

(2) A paint stand can be found Here.


Humor
Wisdom From Kids

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?
You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
— Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.
— Kristen, age 10

WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
— Camille, age 10

HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
— Derrick, age 8

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?
Both don’t want any more kids.
— Lori, age 8

WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
— Lynnette, age 8

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
— Martin, age 10

WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR?
I’d run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.
— Craig, age 9

WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
When they’re rich.
— Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that.
— Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.
— Howard, age 8

IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?
It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
— Anita, age 9


Product Showcase
Paint Stand – 10% Off

Finally, a paint stand for pinewood derby cars that is easy to use, and works on virtually any car! This paint stand by Derby Guys not only holds your car securely, but also:

– Allows you to hold the car in any position while painting.

– Works with axle slots or axle holes, and with any wheelbase.

– Keeps paint out of the axle slots or holes.

– Provides a stable base while your car dries.

Through December 27, 2016, you can get a Paint Stand for 10% off. To take advantage of this limited time offer, add part 5385 to your shopping cart and use coupon code PAINTSTAND during checkout.


Pinewood Derby Car Showcase

Today’s cars are from Tim Norville

I started building fancy cars to show my RAs what could be made besides wedges or blocks, and it snowballed from there. Each year someone gives me a challenge to build something new. This year I built the Munster’s cars which I think turned out okay. This has given my kids ideas of what they can build with a little planning.

Dragula

Koach

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Pinewood Derby Memory
A Sad Story?

Okay. I knew that the car we built was fast. I got the track and the timer, right?

We were faster this year than the car we made last year – that won the Pack race, District race, and came in 10th in the Council race.

We were so fast this year that we could have won the Council race last year!

The Den Race: We won our Webelos Den race easily.  We had the fastest time overall in our Den and the other Dens.  This was going to be easy.

The Pack Race: The top 3 of each Den race it off. We won the first 2 rounds. No problem. Third time down, we are ahead. Right before the finish line we go airborne, flip up, and smack the timer pole!  Didn’t even score a time.

We lost – double elimination though.

The car was “runable”, but a piece of wood was breaking near the left rear tire.

We lost again. It was over. Only the top 3 were advanced to the District Race.

My son and I were very disappointed, upset, and confused. There was no reason why the car flipped up on the smoothest, and flattest part of the track. There was no debris. No reason why. It just happened.

But, this is not a sad story. We learned a few lessons from this:

– The fastest car doesn’t always win.
– Sometimes things in life happen for no reason.
– Always expect the unexpected.

Everything was okay the morning after. We will try again next year and keep our fingers crossed.

Barry Goff
Pikeville, KY

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Q&A

Q: What is the optimum distance between bore ID and the axle OD?

A: I recommend 5 thousandths of clearance between the axle and bore. This is enough for good spinning, but tight enough to minimize wobble. The only kit on the market that has this clearance are Awana kits. On all others, oversized axles have to be used.

Q: How thick is the optimum wheel gap tool?

A: I recommend 30 thousandths. This is the thickness of a typical credit card. But in our tests, any clearance between 25 and 35 thousandths gives the same performance.

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Pinewood Derby Memory – The Plymouth Superbird

What started out as a block of wood turned into a huge tradition. When I was in first grade my family decided to have me join Cub Scouts.  I liked it, but I really started to enjoy it when we were able to make Pinewood Derby cars.  The Pinewood Derby is a race of model cars made out of a block of pinewood.  My dad and I decided to create a car that was fast, but also looked good.  My dad and I each drew up our own plans to make a car we both thought would win.  We combined them together to make what we thought, was the perfect plan. Now the real work of building this car began.

We went down to my dad’s shop with the block of wood and our huge plan. First we drew out the plans and decided to make a Plymouth Superbird, which is one of the fastest race cars ever.  Once we started to cut and sand the piece of wood, we could see it begin to come to life. The Metallic Fleck Blue paint transformed this piece of wood, into a model car.  The only thing left was to put in the fine details to make it look like a real racing car.  My dad made sponsor decals and I arranged them on the car.  We painted the number “01” on the side and hood of the car.  The trickiest part was to put the decal windows on the model.  Big decals are harder to place, since they like to roll up.  I was happy this part went well.  Now it was off to the races.

The day of the race finally came.  Once I saw all of the other racers and their cars, I thought I would get last place!  I was one of the first four racers to the starting line.  I didn’t know who would win this round.  To my surprise, I won that round.  It felt so cool and I was so proud my car was so fast.  The next round came and I won that one too.  The races kept going until lunch time and we had to take a break.  It was hard to wait to race my car again.  There was another ten rounds, before I got to race again.  The next two races, I placed second.  When the races were complete, I won second place and was able to get my first trophy.  The best part was being able to go on to the district races.

Two months later I attended the district race at the Mall of America.  There were more than 200 cars racing.  My car was not fast enough to win, but I was proud of how excellent I did.  It was nice to have the pleasure of knowing, I actually made it to the district races.  Good news did come my way when I found out this was a yearly event.  This is how the Pinewood Derby tradition started in our family.  My dad and I still build cars for fun, even though I am too old to race them as a Cub Scout.

Noah Holzer

From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 10, Issue 10
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