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by rcmoeur
Fri May 05, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: ThunderPeaks Pinewood Derby Car Photos
Replies: 5
Views: 778

Re: ThunderPeaks Pinewood Derby Car Photos

More ThunderPeaks Pinewood Derby photos: https://axfamilyphotography.smugmug.com/ScoutsFourPeaksDistrict/ThunderPeaks-Derby-2017-morning-images/n-D5XHqk/ https://axfamilyphotography.smugmug.com/ScoutsFourPeaksDistrict/ThunderPeaks-Derby-2017/n-TzZKfg/ And a video! https://axfamilyphotography.smugmug...
by rcmoeur
Thu May 04, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: ThunderPeaks Pinewood Derby Car Photos
Replies: 5
Views: 778

Re: ThunderPeaks Pinewood Derby Car Photos

This year, I was directly involved with only two of the cars (mine and my son's - both from previous years in a category permitting older cars). I held workshops for my son's old Pack in prior years, but not this year, but it looks like they haven't forgotten everything. :) My co-chair occasionally ...
by rcmoeur
Wed May 03, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: ThunderPeaks Pinewood Derby Car Photos
Replies: 5
Views: 778

Re: ThunderPeaks Pinewood Derby Car Photos

Never been raised as an issue. No photos of the actual boys or PII, other than the Pack number (which really doesn't narrow things down much). Conversely, the advantage of assigning names to car photos is the boy has his name attached to his creation, (hopefully) creating pride of ownership.
by rcmoeur
Wed May 03, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: ThunderPeaks Pinewood Derby Car Photos
Replies: 5
Views: 778

ThunderPeaks Pinewood Derby Car Photos

The 2017 ThunderPeaks Pinewood Derby (the District-level event for Four Peaks and Thunderbird Districts of Grand Canyon Council) was held on April 22. As part of the registration process, we take photos of each car (4 of each car - front left, front right, rear left, rear right). I've finally wrangl...
by rcmoeur
Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Opinions of the group
Replies: 34
Views: 2954

Re: Opinions of the group

Last Saturday was our ThunderPeaks Pinewood Derby (District-level race for Four Peaks and Thunderbird Districts of Grand Canyon Council). The event went extremely well, with greatly increased turnout from Cub Scouts, a robust Open Class, and lots of fun. However, Bob Weaver, our chief inspector, was...
by rcmoeur
Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Opinions of the group
Replies: 34
Views: 2954

Re: Opinions of the group

Many of the issues raised here are why I'm keeping the job of District Pinewood Derby co-chair, even though my son has now been in a Troop for over a year. My son's Tiger year, I witnessed a number of "lively dialogues" regarding parental interpretation of ambiguous rules at the District race. I re-...
by rcmoeur
Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:14 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Shop ideas
Replies: 16
Views: 5340

Re: Shop ideas

Take a look at Page 3 of my "In-Fun-Mation" handout:
http://www.richardcmoeur.com/scout/pwdhandout.pdf
by rcmoeur
Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Pack 242 Cars - 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1069

Re: Pack 242 Cars - 2016

Correction: a frame-by-frame analysis shows yaw beginning around halfway into the vertical curve.
by rcmoeur
Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:15 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Pack 242 Cars - 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1069

Re: Pack 242 Cars - 2016

Looking at the video (and from my recollection), the car was fine until it reached the level segment at the end of the vertical curve (track is a 32' {27.7' start to finish} Piantedosi.) That's when something imposes a bit of up force on the car nose, and the dance begins. As I mentioned above, ther...
by rcmoeur
Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:09 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Shop ideas
Replies: 16
Views: 5340

Re: Shop ideas

At our workshops, we post large pieces of paper with all the car-building steps displayed. Really helps everyone (including those who have built a car or dozen).
by rcmoeur
Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Pack 242 Cars - 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1069

Re: Pack 242 Cars - 2016

One more thing: several of the cars combined rear weighting with forward-placed wheels, and the resulting CG barely ahead of the rear axle made for some... memorable racing. :eek: One more-extreme example, caught on video: http://www.richardcmoeur.com/scout/2016/pwd242/wobblycar.mov ( QuickTime .mov...
by rcmoeur
Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Pack 242 Cars - 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1069

Pack 242 Cars - 2016

I've uploaded all the car photos we took at last Saturday's Pack 242 Pinewood Derby and placed them on a webpage at: http://www.richardcmoeur.com/242pwd2016.html We take four photos of each car: front left, front right, rear left, rear right. This way the boy and family has a record of the car (and ...
by rcmoeur
Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:55 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Arrow of Light Rank
Replies: 5
Views: 1340

Re: Arrow of Light Rank

A fall Arrow of Light ceremony would not have worked for our Pack, as we added 6 new fifth-graders this fall (two as late as late September). Due to the number of new-to-Scouting boys, we scheduled an early April ceremony, which should give the boys enough time to bond with their Troop prior to summ...
by rcmoeur
Wed Feb 10, 2016 12:27 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Arrow of Light Rank
Replies: 5
Views: 1340

Re: Arrow of Light Rank

As a Den Leader of 5th graders, we're now referring to the rank on an everyday basis as "Arrow of Light", with "Webelos 2" used as needed for explanation. In our Pack, the first-year Webelos are now just referred to as "Webelos". Speaking with other Packs in our District, it seems that many are oper...
by rcmoeur
Sat Feb 06, 2016 6:59 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Hello again from Arizona
Replies: 3
Views: 908

Re: Hello again from Arizona

And I can certainly empathize with your "wanting to be prepared" approach. Last year, we set up for the Four Peaks District Derby the night before, and a critical connector on Pack 918's track (our main competition track) broke. Fortunately, they were able to fix it late that night before racing the...