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by Vitamin K
Thu May 02, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Bang for Buck Tradeoff: Which modifications to go with?
Replies: 19
Views: 2997

Bang for Buck Tradeoff: Which modifications to go with?

So, I apologize if this has been hashed out already. If so, links to previous discussions are welcome. Basically, I'm trying to decide how to focus my efforts, the next time car-building time comes around (that would be now, if my son has his way). However, money, time and my dear wife's patience ar...
by Vitamin K
Thu May 02, 2013 10:41 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Do the "wafer" cars always win?
Replies: 35
Views: 8319

Re: Do the "wafer" cars always win?

Does anybody have a recommended source for getting balsa wood? The pieces I see in places like Michael's seem too small or thin for my purposes, but maybe I'm not looking in the right places.
by Vitamin K
Wed May 01, 2013 11:39 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Pinecar axle cap question too
Replies: 12
Views: 2265

Re: Pinecar axle cap question too

I looked on Pinecar's site and didn't see anything listed. The last few cars I built were from Pinecar (never again, I imagine). I might have the straight axles and caps still in my box o' parts. If so, would your friend want me to send them to him? I didn't want to hijack the other thread on these ...
by Vitamin K
Wed May 01, 2013 7:44 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Do the "wafer" cars always win?
Replies: 35
Views: 8319

Re: Do the "wafer" cars always win?

That's a spiffy looking car, Bracketracer! Props to you for going with what the boy wanted and making it speedy!
by Vitamin K
Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: 2013 Sonic Car
Replies: 9
Views: 3559

Re: 2013 Sonic Car

That is awesome. Do you have access to a vinyl plotter, or did you commission it from a sign shop?

Edit: Just showed the pics to my six year old son. Lots of hopping up and down and pointing. "Dad, make me that one!"
by Vitamin K
Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:24 pm
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: Looking to run a community Pinewood Derby race
Replies: 18
Views: 6769

Re: Looking to run a community Pinewood Derby race

I assume some of the major goals are: a fun event, an event that appeals to a wider audience, something without many barriers to entry, and another excuse to build something with a kid... Yeap, pretty much spot on, there. I would aim for a simple, open, and fun event. At least the first time. Meani...
by Vitamin K
Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:10 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Cutting your own pine blocks?
Replies: 31
Views: 5404

Re: Cutting your own pine blocks?

BallBoy, this is pretty much exactly why I asked about self-cut blocks. Could you share some more information on your cutting techniques and tools, and what sort of sources you use for raw wood? I am a hobby woodworker and have all the tools necessary to take rough lumber and turn it into square pie...
by Vitamin K
Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:31 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Cutting your own pine blocks?
Replies: 31
Views: 5404

Re: Cutting your own pine blocks?

Weighing 50+ kits? Please tell me you're using hyperbole here. :O Otherwise, I see a sequel to "Down and Derby" in the works. ;) The problem with the branding iron is that not all kits are made equal. I bought 3 kits earlier this year. The lightest block was 85ish grams and the heaviest was 151 gram...
by Vitamin K
Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:20 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Cutting your own pine blocks?
Replies: 31
Views: 5404

Re: Cutting your own pine blocks?

Haha, that is true. I really do want to look into the balsa wood topper for the next round of cars that I work on, though. So I guess as far as pine goes, I'll be wafering it anyhow. Not to bring up an earlier post, but (back to wafer car design), I can usually get three car bodies out of one block ...
by Vitamin K
Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:52 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Cutting your own pine blocks?
Replies: 31
Views: 5404

Re: Cutting your own pine blocks?

I was more thinking of it as a cost-cutting measure, if one wanted to build a large number of cars, or if you were going to be experimenting with different designs or suchlike.
by Vitamin K
Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:53 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Loose axle guides?
Replies: 10
Views: 1701

Re: Loose axle guides?

Hub, that would explain a lot. Feeling more disgruntled about my choice of Pinecar kits the more I learn. :-)
MaxV wrote:PineCar kits have shallow axle slots to accommodate the long rod axles. If you use a BSA block, then the slots are deeper and the axles stay in better (and the wood glue works better).
by Vitamin K
Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Cutting your own pine blocks?
Replies: 31
Views: 5404

Cutting your own pine blocks?

I hope you guys don't get tired of my incessant questions. I do try to search for past threads, so hopefully I'm not re-treading here. Anyhow... Does anybody cut their own blocks of pine for their cars? I am just curious, because it seems that if you need a large number of cars, it might be cheaper ...
by Vitamin K
Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:42 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Loose axle guides?
Replies: 10
Views: 1701

Re: Loose axle guides?

Hi guys, thanks for the input. My son and I build his car starting from a Pinecar kit, and we used the pre-cut axle guides. However, instead of using the included wheels, we used a set of BSA-approved wheels and nail-axles from Revell. I tried dabbing on some wood glue prior to his race at the distr...
by Vitamin K
Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:29 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Loose axle guides?
Replies: 10
Views: 1701

Loose axle guides?

So a lot of the alignment How-Tos mention a lot of turning, adjusting, removing, re-testing of axles, etc. Is there a way to do this so that your axles don't get loose and wobbly in their guides? My son's car did very well on his first race, but after he dropped it and the front wheel popped off, it...
by Vitamin K
Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Do the "wafer" cars always win?
Replies: 35
Views: 8319

Re: Do the "wafer" cars always win?

Balsa sounds like an interesting option. I wonder if it would 'firm up' a bit after a few coats of primer and enamel. I think I shall have to buy a bit to do some experimenting with.