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by Stephen's Dad
Tue Jul 08, 2008 7:44 am
Forum: News and Announcements
Topic: Don Murphy has passed away
Replies: 6
Views: 7144

Re: Don Murphy has passed away

The PWD has become such a major part of Cub Scouting....Whether he expected it or not, his legacy will never be forgotten. For many it has four plastic wheels. We should all be so blessed & can be if we continue the tradition. Thank you Mr Don Murphy for sharing your vision with us. Our Prayers are ...
by Stephen's Dad
Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:37 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Wheel matching
Replies: 48
Views: 16272

Re: Wheel matching

The actual kits in our Council store are finally glued shut. I bought 8 kits last week but we haven't tested the wheels yet. Stephen also asked the clerk for the 5-pack boxes of wheels. These were NOT glued shut & some were visibly worn from "pickers". "Picking" is a real sore subject with me. It go...
by Stephen's Dad
Tue Jan 01, 2008 1:31 pm
Forum: Cool Websites
Topic: Movie Reviews - including "Down and Derby"
Replies: 7
Views: 7113

Re: Movie Reviews - including "Down and Derby"

I hear you Dave. Check this out - I found this a little disturbing: About his young son's new toys this guy wrote in his blog: "I'm really hoping he gets into this, because I plan to team up with him in the Pinewood Derby like my father did. We're not going to join the Cub Scouts or anything -- I'm ...
by Stephen's Dad
Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:23 pm
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Straightening a warped body
Replies: 10
Views: 2595

Re: Straightening a warped body

Dave,

You guys can still use the original axle slots. Just make sure the bottom slice is a little thicker & stays on the bottom during the glue-up.

Merry Christmas!

Steve & Stephen
by Stephen's Dad
Sun Dec 23, 2007 10:54 pm
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Straightening a warped body
Replies: 10
Views: 2595

Re: Straightening a warped body

We've never noted much warpage but we have found that taking out too much "meat" resulted in some nasty breaks especially at axle pods. To solve this problem we now choose a light block with loose grain (weak) & slice it into thin strips on the table saw. Stephen then glues the strips back together ...
by Stephen's Dad
Sat Jul 28, 2007 9:34 am
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: BSA Kit History
Replies: 6
Views: 3217

Re: BSA Kit History

I don't know who made this kit but it is the same as the one I used as a boy in 1972. The card isn't dated but the selling price had been hand written as $.69 which is interesting. Perhaps we can learn some more about this one? http://www.ctpumpkin.com/steve/pwd2.jpg http://www.ctpumpkin.com/steve/p...
by Stephen's Dad
Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:15 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Scroll Saw vs. Band Saw
Replies: 26
Views: 13070

Re: Scroll Saw vs. Band Saw

Nice work Doug in the Woods. WOW! We use both depending on the task. Delta 14” 28B Band saw ca 1953 (I like older power tools) For all rough body cuts that need to be square or even for slicing the body into laminations for added strength. Craftsman 16" Direct Drive Scroll Saw (also older) For detai...
by Stephen's Dad
Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:03 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Air Brush Paints - Types?
Replies: 7
Views: 4540

Re: Air Brush Paints - Types?

This is the same story I got from the hobby shop owner but I tried clear coating with both of his recommended products as well as some Sherwin Williams cc648 Acrylic Urethane. Regardless of dry time (4 hour tack to 21 days) the enamel finish from Kustom Kolor still wrinkled. I will never use this pa...
by Stephen's Dad
Fri Apr 20, 2007 9:07 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Air Brush Paints - Types?
Replies: 7
Views: 4540

Re: Air Brush Paints - Types?

The good news is we had to reschedule our PWD due to a horrific ice storm. So we diligently sanded the mess of his car & started over. We went out & bought good old fashioned Duplicolor in rattle cans from the auto parts store. Believe it or not, once the base coat we applied from the rattle can, we...
by Stephen's Dad
Fri Apr 20, 2007 8:59 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Air Brush Paints - Types?
Replies: 7
Views: 4540

Air Brush Paints - Types?

Earlier in the Scouting year I started a thread about advanced finishes. We had a good discussion about paint options. I was encouraged to visit various websites that offer all manner of unusual paints that are not sold locally. Against my better judgement I took the advice of a local hobby shop own...
by Stephen's Dad
Fri Apr 20, 2007 8:42 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Testors Enamel - No Primer?
Replies: 10
Views: 9381

Re: Testors Enamel - No Primer?

We did another lacquer versus enamel test today. There is no doubt that the Testor's Clear Enamel is shinier right out of the can with only 2 coats. But we can already handle the 5 coats of lacquer & tomorrow morning he can rub it out. Try that with enamel & it will be a mess. Instant gratification ...
by Stephen's Dad
Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:33 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Testors Enamel - No Primer?
Replies: 10
Views: 9381

Re: Testors Enamel - No Primer?

We've used Testors & House of Kolor Kustom Kolor enamel paints & hated them for the slow soft dry. Lacquer gets the nod here & it turns out MUCH shinier when we're finished. We apply the lacquer over Zinser BINZ primer which completely fills the grain. We sand with 600 grit &/or 0000 steel wool betw...
by Stephen's Dad
Fri Apr 13, 2007 10:55 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: USB to Serial Adapters
Replies: 27
Views: 18544

Re: USB to Serial Adapters

We used a Belkin USB to Serial adapter however neither of the serial ends was fitted with the screws (both ends had female lugs?) so the fit had to be reinforced with good old Duct Tape where the serial cable meets our Grand Prix timer. LOL If you go this route MAKE SURE to secure the cables well. I...
by Stephen's Dad
Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:55 pm
Forum: Scheduling Methods
Topic: Bracket Style Tournament Racing?
Replies: 38
Views: 27071

Re: Bracket Style Tournament Racing?

Randy - Can GPRM be utilized to run this "multiple elimination" style racing? Can I at least still use it to time every heat so that if a very competitive situation develops I can still extract the data for on-site review? I believe this is possible even if the software isn't actually "running" the...
by Stephen's Dad
Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:25 pm
Forum: Scheduling Methods
Topic: Bracket Style Tournament Racing?
Replies: 38
Views: 27071

Re: Bracket Style Tournament Racing?

Wow! Dave - Don't worry. No one is trying to keep Stephen or Craig (most competitive builders in our Pack) from the trophy round. Just the opposite. We're trying to match like performing cars against each other DURING the race so that no one has to bear watching a car getting slaughtered for more th...