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by ciodude
Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Aerodynamics ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1264

Re: Aerodynamics ?

I don't think it plays that big a factor except in the semi pros. :) For the average racer, wheels and weight are the biggest factors (and I'm not sure how to rate one over the other). My four girls just completed a PowderPuff Derby for Girl Scouts. It was decidedly unfair as a variety of car kits w...
by ciodude
Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Ultrasonic cleaning for axles!
Replies: 5
Views: 600

Re: Ultrasonic cleaning for axles!

That would be interesting. I have a unit I bought to clean my glasses. Never thought of using it for axles!
by ciodude
Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Buying "Vintage Kits"
Replies: 1
Views: 253

Buying "Vintage Kits"

Does anyone have a source for old style vintage kits? Since Beta Crafts stopped selling them, I can't purchase any. I wanted to go make a few tribute cars to the one I made with my father. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/512777107542530156/ https://i.pinimg.com/originals/71/c3/15/71c31515e5f4d32579834...
by ciodude
Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Pinewood Derby at the Boy Scout level?
Replies: 16
Views: 2732

Re: Pinewood Derby at the Boy Scout level?

Never have an award category of "best use of glitter." I'm still finding glitter on me.
by ciodude
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Derby Magic Track in 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 639

Re: Derby Magic Track in 2018

I'll look into the GPRM compatibility issue. I didn't notice any static when we raced yesterday no.
by ciodude
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Pinewood Derby at the Boy Scout level?
Replies: 16
Views: 2732

Re: Pinewood Derby at the Boy Scout level?

Hard to tell Speedster. The new direction is creating some bad blood between BSA and GSA.
by ciodude
Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Pinewood Derby at the Boy Scout level?
Replies: 16
Views: 2732

Re: Pinewood Derby at the Boy Scout level?

They learn over time. My four girls spend varying amounts of time designing, sanding, panting and such. One of my twins sits down in the basement sometimes for hours getting it right. She consistently wins more design awards. Sometimes that motivates her sisters, sometimes not. Every year I work wit...
by ciodude
Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Derby Magic Track in 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 639

Derby Magic Track in 2018

After a 15-year absence our local Back Diamond Girl Scout Council had a wildly successful Powder Puff Derby race. Expecting and planning for maybe 40 girls, we had over 160 girls racing! My four girls represented well, one earning third place for speed (for a block-shaped deer that proves aerodynami...
by ciodude
Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:06 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Pinewood Derby at the Boy Scout level?
Replies: 16
Views: 2732

Re: Pinewood Derby at the Boy Scout level?

The real solution is to have your son take on the position of Den Chief with a local pack. Then he can keep making racers with his Den! That's what my son did for almost 5 years. He would just race in the siblings/leaders races.
by ciodude
Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Work Race
Replies: 0
Views: 828

Work Race

I love my crew at work. Based on an overheard conversation I had with one of the guys who works for me, a young father of a Wolf Scout, about his son’s pinewood derby car, my entire IT team is now going to hold a pinewood derby race. Four women, seven men. Me, one Eagle Scout in his second year doin...
by ciodude
Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Pinewood Lowrider
Replies: 6
Views: 2026

Re: Pinewood Lowrider

(lol) That was amazing.
by ciodude
Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Watch this Space: Team Vitamin K Progress Pics...
Replies: 15
Views: 3028

Re: Watch this Space: Team Vitamin K Progress Pics...

Love the Totoro car! My oldest daughter had that DVD out last month and as I watched with her, I thought the Cat-bus might make a pretty cool derby racer. It's on my list-to-build.

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by ciodude
Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Hey Whoda!
Replies: 6
Views: 1865

Re: Hey Whoda!

Wow. Simply... wow.
by ciodude
Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Why trailing fenders work
Replies: 6
Views: 1651

Re: Why trailing fenders work

Does a racer even get up to a speed where this is a real issue?
by ciodude
Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Bare wood or paint where wheel touches car?
Replies: 14
Views: 3116

Re: Bare wood or paint where wheel touches car?

Like Speedster, we keep the wood by the wheel bare and then make it shiny gray with graphite, rubbing it in.