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by Vitamin K
Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: They handed out the car kits at tonight's Pack Meeting!
Replies: 23
Views: 2304

Re: They handed out the car kits at tonight's Pack Meeting!

I'm anticipating this years' derby season eagerly. I plan to obtain extra parts and build two cars for each kid...one that I build and the other that the child builds after watching me do it. Of course, I'll be assisting with the gnarly stuff like power tools and anything hazardous...but I really wa...
by Vitamin K
Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:47 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Cover the car with Plastic
Replies: 7
Views: 2086

Re: Cover the car with Plastic

This is similar to how I plan to help my kids build cars for this year's Derby season. Wafer car base with a hollow CA-glue-reinforced balsa shell for looks.
by Vitamin K
Sat Nov 23, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Just ordered my first set of supplies for this year!
Replies: 5
Views: 1107

Re: Just ordered my first set of supplies for this year!

Keep us posted on the building progress. Sounds good! I'm especially interested in information working with balsa wood.

Speaking of Arduinos, I saw this advertised...good for a PWD sized project? http://www.femtoduino.com/" target="_blank
by Vitamin K
Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:33 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: 2014 Season is approaching - Updated
Replies: 14
Views: 2831

Re: 2014 Season is approaching

dubldart340 wrote:The company I work for likes to have fun at work, so they asked me to set up a Pinewood race for the adults last week.
Man, I wish my employer would do something like that. :(
by Vitamin K
Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:30 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Wrecked PWD cars
Replies: 7
Views: 2276

Re: Wrecked PWD cars

At all the races I've been in (well, all two), the cars were staged by an adult volunteer. I did wonder, though, just what happens if somebody drops a car. There are some precautions that can be taken to minimize this risk (though there's always some). TXDerbyDad, was that car able to be fixed enoug...
by Vitamin K
Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:03 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: First teardown and best way to get epoxy off tungsten??
Replies: 30
Views: 5176

Re: First teardown and best way to get epoxy off tungsten??

My impression has been that it is hard to get poisoned from lead unless you ingest (eat or inhale) it. Might you be able to elaborate on your child's circumstances? Certainly we want our kids to be safe, and perhaps there is a lesson here for the rest of us. Our daughter was tested at her one year ...
by Vitamin K
Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:51 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: First teardown and best way to get epoxy off tungsten??
Replies: 30
Views: 5176

Re: First teardown and best way to get epoxy off tungsten??

FWIW, the cost of tungsten is why I'm planning on running lead in my son's car for any pinewood races this scouting year. To me, a derby car represents a token of a lot of time invested between parent and child, and I am loathe to tear a car to pieces in order to reclaim some heavy metal from it. Ev...
by Vitamin K
Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:53 pm
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Accurate testing on a shorter track?
Replies: 21
Views: 4163

Re: Accurate testing on a shorter track?

... - The main reason I made this thread was to answer the question of: "If Car A beats Car B on a 40 foot aluminum track, wlll Car A beat Car B on my homebuilt wooden 20-30 foot jobbie?" (And vice versa). Do you feel like you have received an answer? Yes, I think so. Though I'm open to more input ...
by Vitamin K
Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:53 am
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Accurate testing on a shorter track?
Replies: 21
Views: 4163

Re: Accurate testing on a shorter track?

Just to clear up a few things: - I do intend to outfit our Pack's track with an electronic finish line before the next Pack Derby race. I've got the Arduino and parts in a nice little box on my desk. All I need is time, heh. My main goal for /that/ project is to assist in scoring though. Not certain...
by Vitamin K
Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Accurate testing on a shorter track?
Replies: 21
Views: 4163

Re: Accurate testing on a shorter track?

The thing of it is, I've seen winning cars that are a little behind at the bottom of the slope, but pull ahead as they make their way down the flat straightaway. Is this not common? My worry is that a shortened track won't accurately gauge the "coasting" performance of the car. :thinking: can I effe...
by Vitamin K
Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:36 pm
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Accurate testing on a shorter track?
Replies: 21
Views: 4163

Accurate testing on a shorter track?

Okay, so I need so input from people who are smarter than myself. I'd like to build a test track to tune cars on, but finding appropriate straightaways isn't a trivial task indoors. I suppose I could set it up to be used outdoors, but since the ground isn't flat, I'd have to build some kind of level...
by Vitamin K
Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:17 am
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: Sources for Plaques/Trophies
Replies: 24
Views: 8977

Re: Sources for Plaques/Trophies

Just wanna say that I love this thread and I really like the idea of homemade trophies for the Pack races. I'm going to float this as an idea the next time our Pack derbies come around. I think it would allow us to, cost-effectively, offer more "hardware" for the scouts to take home from race day. I...
by Vitamin K
Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:30 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Custom Paint Stencils
Replies: 17
Views: 2771

Re: Custom Paint Stencils

Do you have a local vinyl graphics shop? You can usually have them die-cut paint-mask vinyl for that kind of thing. Might be a a little pricey for a small run, though.
by Vitamin K
Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:18 am
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: Looking to run a community Pinewood Derby race
Replies: 18
Views: 6208

Re: Looking to run a community Pinewood Derby race

Interestingly enough, here in Montgomery County, all of the school facilities are rented out by the County itself, so you don't actually involve the school, but the County. Of course, if I rented space from a private school, that would be a different matter. Not sure how well a concessions deal woul...
by Vitamin K
Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:21 pm
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: Looking to run a community Pinewood Derby race
Replies: 18
Views: 6208

Re: Looking to run a community Pinewood Derby race

Well, organizing a community race didn't pan out this summer. Too little time, too little help, too little experience...etc., etc., etc… That doesn't mean I'm completely deterred, however. It just means I need to be more realistic about the endeavor. That is, if I want to run a community race next s...