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Free Templates to Create and Use at Your Workshops

Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:16 am
by Nitro Dan
Over the past six years I've been drawing up and collecting templates during the off seasons to be used at my workshops. Recently I have re-drawn the vast majority of them (over 120 templates) and scanned them into electronic format (PDF files) so that I can easily pass them on to others for them to use and enjoy.

What Exactly Do You Have?

Currently I have 55 Side views (11 pages @ 5 per page) and 72 Wing/Top views (18 pages @ 4 per page). The files total about 18 MB (14 MB in zipped format). There are also blank page file pages in case you are suddenly inspired and want to draw your own template. The designs were made using rulers and circle templates. They are not overly detailed or difficult to create a car with. Just simple cool looking designs that anyone can use.

How Can I Download Them?

The files are available for download at the following links: ... -templates" target="_blank

Files are zipped using WinZip, but can be opened with standard Windows operating systems. My thanks to Randy Lisano (gpraceman) for hosting these templates over at GrandPrix Race Central., and Stan Pope for hosting them over at his Pinewood Pages Portal.

What Do I Need To View Them?

Since the files are in PDF format, you'll need to download and install Adobe Reader to view the templates. Adobe Reader is free to download and use. You can get it at this link:" target="_blank

How Do I Print These To The Proper Scale?

The files are scanned at 300 DPI and will print at the correct size provided you set the Page Scaling to "None". To do this click on the Printer Icon when viewing the templates in Adobe Reader. A print window will open up. In this print window find the "Page Handling" area. Under that you will see a drop down box labeled "Page Scaling". By default this box will probably state "Fit to Printable Area". You need to change this setting to "None". After that click on the OK button at the bottom of the print window. The page should print out on your printer with the templates being 7 inches long.

How Do I Make The Printouts Into Templates?

Some people prefer to cut the templates out and tape them to the sides of their blocks and then cut the shape out of the block; however, when running a workshop, this method takes the template out of your lineup and no one else gets to use it unless you print another (not to mention it is a slow method). What you need is a faster and easier method for your racers to use.

First go get yourself a can of spray adhesive. 3M makes a good one called "Super 77" that can be found at any Loews or Home Depot hardware stores.

Next, get yourself some thin cardboard. I recycle my thin cardboard from empty cereal boxes and frozen pizza boxes. The perfect cardboard thickness that I've found to date is comic book and magazine backing boards that you can buy from your local comic book dealers.

Next, either cut out the rectangles that the templates are drawn in and glue that to the thin cardboard with the spray adhesive, or just glue the entire print out to the thin cardboard (if your cardboard piece is big enough). Be sure to spray the adhesive on the back of the printout so the drawing side is face up.

Next, check the flimsiness of your cardboard with the printout glue down. If it seems rather flimsy, glue a same size piece of paper to the backside of the cardboard to add a bit more thickness.

Now get a sharp pair of sissors and cut out the template. Wing Templates with open center areas can be cut out best with exacto razor blades. Wal Mart sells a nice blade holder that easily fits like a ring over your index finger, making for very easy manuevering of the blade when cutting. Once you've made all the templates you want, store them in a box until your next workshop, then simply spread them out on a table for your racers to look at.

How Do The Racers Use The Templates?

Side Templates are placed on the sides of the block and then traced with a pencil onto the block. Be sure that template is right side up on both sides of the block and that the front/back of the template tracings are not facing opposite directions on different sides of the block. Also be sure that the bottom of the block is matched up with the bottom of the template, and your axle slots/holes appear to be in the proper positions.

When using a Wing Template, choose which part of your block is being used as the bottom of the block (usually determined by whether or not you will be using the slots or drilling your own axle holes). Note that some of the Wing Templates have extended wheelbases, so be sure that is allowed by your rules before using a Wing Template with an extended wheelbase. Next look at the Wing Template and determine if their are any thin areas where you feel the car could easily snap or break at. If the design looks like it could easily break, consider adding a "strength builder" to the design (more on this in a minute). Next cut a 1/4" to 3/8" thick plank off the bottom of your block. At this point, if you felt that the design needs a strength builder, find your self a 1/8" thick piece of three ply hobby plywood and glue it down to the top of your plank (preferably with wood glue and squeezed in clamp). This can be found at just about any arts and crafts store, or it can be recycled from clementine boxes that you get during the winter months at your local grocery store (clementines are small oranges that are sweet and easy to peel). I usually prep a few planks with strength builders ahead a time, before the workshops, and then trade the planks with any racer that might pick a template needing a strength builder. Now trace the Wing Template on to the top of the plank and cut it out. Open center area on the templates are best cut out of the block using a scroll saw or coping saw (with a few starting holes from a hand drill or drill press).

If a racer wants, he can combine a Side Template with a Wing Template to get a very unique looking car. Just be sure to make the wheel bases match up between the two designs.

Is There Anything Else I Need To Know About These Templates?

They are free for anyone to use, whether you are running a workshop or not. I'll probably be updating them from time to time, and I'll try to let everyone know when that occurs. My thoughts on these were to setup a web site where people can download these templates or upload creations of their own. I don't know if that will ever come about, but we shall see. If anyone ever takes a picture of a car that was built with these templates, I'd love to see it. Also if anyone has their own template creations that they would like to convert to an electronic form and share with the world, I'd be more than happy to give you hand in adding them to this collection or posting them as your own collection.

-Nitro Dan

Re: Free Templates to Create and Use at Your Workshops

Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:46 am
by psycaz
Thanks ND

I'm sure our scouts will enjoy them. Sometimes getting them to think about what kind of car they want is the hardest thing.

Re: Free Templates to Create and Use at Your Workshops

Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:47 am
by FatSebastian
:goodpost: Nitro.
Nitro Dan wrote:Next, get yourself some thin cardboard.
I wonder if card stock might also work for this. It is just thin enough that most printers will accept it, and thus it provides the advantage of possibly printing templates directly on it.

In past workshops, we've printed a grid onto cardstock like this, on which the kids drew their designs. They cut out the designs and trace onto the block (as Nitro mentions). We can attest that card stock is rigid enough to serve as a tracing template, but as to its durability with reuse... :idk:

Re: Free Templates to Create and Use at Your Workshops

Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:55 pm
by Nitro Dan
FatSebastian wrote:...but as to its durability with reuse... :idk:
I've used the cardboard template process through 13 workshops over the last 4 years (well over 300 cars built). I haven't had to replace one yet, but now that I have them in electronic form it is an easy process to do once they finally wear out (one of my main reasons for doing this). The nice thing about it is that you have over 120 templates to choose from, so the more popular ones probably haven't been used more than about six times in that four year span. The more templates you have seems to equal out to the less wear and tear on each template.

-Nitro Dan

Re: Free Templates to Create and Use at Your Workshops

Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:39 pm
by gpraceman
Nitro Dan wrote:If anyone knows of a better place I can host the files at, feel free to let me know.
I could add it as a download on my GrandPrix Race Central website, if you wish.

Re: Free Templates to Create and Use at Your Workshops

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:53 pm
by Nitro Dan
Thanks Randy! :thumbup: That sounds great!

-Nitro Dan

Re: Free Templates to Create and Use at Your Workshops

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:42 pm
by gpraceman
Nitro Dan wrote:Thanks Randy! :thumbup: That sounds great!
No problem. That's what I created that site for, to provide information and free resources.

That file is now available at ... load&cid=5

Re: Free Templates to Create and Use at Your Workshops

Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:48 am
by rpcarpe
Downloading Now!
I used some terrible designs from Lowe's & Dremel.
Dave Meade has restrictions on his good designs from his book. He asks that no one makes more than three copies.

I've also been running out of paper copies/scissors/glue/tape during workshop sessions. So now I'm excited to try your methods and templates.
Thank You!!

Re: Free Templates to Create and Use at Your Workshops

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:48 pm
by Sylvar
Thanks Nitro! I haven't been on here in awhile, but I was out poking around looking for new templates to use this year...that adds a fantastic new selection to my set. I run workshops for about 15 packs in central ohio (100-150 boys per year for the last 7 years). For boys who come every year this will freshen up the design selection process a little.

Thanks Again!


Re: Free Templates to Create and Use at Your Workshops

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:58 pm
by rpcarpe
We used your templates for the last two big Derby workshops at our scout store.

They're a big hit! I put the Side views in one folder, and the Top views in another. The Cubs mixed and matched and came up with some really interesting designs.

Will post pix.
Thanks so much.

Re: Free Templates to Create and Use at Your Workshops

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:34 pm
by rcmoeur
If you want to make your own designs, we have a full-size grid layout "plan sheet" available at ... byplan.pdf" target="_blank

(if the link above doesn't work, try" target="_blank )