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by Vitamin K
Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:31 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Do the "wafer" cars always win?
Replies: 35
Views: 7371

Re: Do the "wafer" cars always win?

Oh, I'm not giving up. I know you can't break the laws of physics, but sometimes you can minimize their impact. My thinking is that the next car I work on, I will make it reasonably thin, but reduce the wood weight as much as possible, via hollowing, so that I can concentrate the center of mass low ...
by Vitamin K
Fri Apr 26, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: Looking to run a community Pinewood Derby race
Replies: 18
Views: 5701

Re: Looking to run a community Pinewood Derby race

Michael's sells both Pinecar and Revell branded supplies. Pinecar does not offer BSA-legal wheels. Revell components are, on the other hand, " officially licensed " by the BSA. Well, Pinecar does sell these on their site: http://pinecar.woodlandscenics.com/show/Item/P388/page/1" target="_blank I gu...
by Vitamin K
Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:59 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Do the "wafer" cars always win?
Replies: 35
Views: 7371

Re: Do the "wafer" cars always win?

Honestly. So, the answer is, if you want to go for looks, you are going to give up speed. if you want to do both, you are going to give up speed, but maybe not enough where you might have a chance for a 2nd r 3rd place. See, this is exactly what I don't want to be true (even if it is) :/ I imagine ...
by Vitamin K
Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:03 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Two Tone Paint Jobs
Replies: 12
Views: 4373

Re: Two Tone Paint Jobs

When we did our last cars, I used enamel spray paint (rustoleum) and standard masking tape from Home Depot for masking. I made sure that the undercoat was extremely dry. As in, a full 24 hours since last spraying. When I applied the masking tape, I went over the edges with the back of my fingernail....
by Vitamin K
Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:28 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Do the "wafer" cars always win?
Replies: 35
Views: 7371

Do the "wafer" cars always win?

So...as somebody who appreciates both the performance and aesthetic aspect of the Pinewood Derby, I am rubbing my chin at a trend that I seem to notice: Almost all of the "champion" cars (the ones that win at district and above) seem to be the 'wafer' design...that is, barely more than a slightly sh...
by Vitamin K
Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:07 pm
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: Looking to run a community Pinewood Derby race
Replies: 18
Views: 5701

Re: Looking to run a community Pinewood Derby race

Yes, definitely a balancing act to be had here. On one hand, I want to cut down on the amount of (IMO) unsporting tweaks that more experienced racers can get away with, but, on the other hand, I don't want it to be an obstacle to participation. On a tangential note...why why why do the kits that Pin...
by Vitamin K
Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:08 pm
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: Looking to run a community Pinewood Derby race
Replies: 18
Views: 5701

Re: Looking to run a community Pinewood Derby race

Very generous of you, Chris! Still much too early to be able to take you up on such an offer (still assessing feasibility), but I will definitely let you know if anything shapes up! -Kurt Vitamin K I'd be happy to donate a couple of Grand Stand displays for raffle/fundraising purposes, along with so...
by Vitamin K
Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:02 am
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: Looking to run a community Pinewood Derby race
Replies: 18
Views: 5701

Re: Looking to run a community Pinewood Derby race

I was involved in 2 community wide Derbys, one of them hosted by the Owens Corning Corporation the year they were the Pacesetter for the United Way. Owens Corning happens to have their World Headquarters in Toledo, OH. Cub Scouts are well behaved young children. Well, relatively well-behaved. ;) I ...
by Vitamin K
Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:14 pm
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: Looking to run a community Pinewood Derby race
Replies: 18
Views: 5701

Re: Looking to run a community Pinewood Derby race

Thanks for the feedback, guys. At this point, securing a venue is my biggest concern. Any tips or suggestions for how to approach organizations to be willing to sponsor (e.g. host) such an event? I'm not sure about the whole pre-made car thing, since building the dang things is even more fun than ra...
by Vitamin K
Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:45 am
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: Looking to run a community Pinewood Derby race
Replies: 18
Views: 5701

Looking to run a community Pinewood Derby race

Hello folks, I'm the father of a cub scout (Tigers) and we just had our first Pinewood Derby. My son's car was fast enough to make it to the District races and, even though we didn't place there, it was a lot of fun. It was a lot of fun building the car and a lot of fun racing it. However, my son's ...