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by wardrocks
Thu Feb 02, 2006 8:30 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: New Graphite Comparisons
Replies: 81
Views: 57277

Re: New Graphite Comparisons

I noticed that too. Gone is the crunching when you first spin the wheel after applying the graphite. I wonder if that means you won't run a slower heat first. We used to apply lube and then run a couple of heats on our home track before packing up for the derby. I think now we're going to skip the h...
by wardrocks
Mon May 23, 2005 9:11 pm
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: Eligibility
Replies: 34
Views: 19363

Re: Eligibility

A rule against Ebay cars seems like an unenforceable rule. How can you really know where the car came from? If the car is legal in all other respects, what are you going to do? Accuse the dad/scout team of having bought the car? That sounds like a great way to create a really ugly situation. Why hav...
by wardrocks
Sun May 15, 2005 8:52 am
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: Need rules for for District race
Replies: 31
Views: 17161

Re: Need rules for for District race

I am glad to see many voices against limiting axle placement to the original slots. My pack has such a restriction in order to "make the race more fair to all the boys." I have a hard time believing that this will result in any leveling of the playing field. The competitors who have enough motivatio...
by wardrocks
Sun May 15, 2005 7:58 am
Forum: Cool Websites
Topic: 6th Grade Science Project
Replies: 2
Views: 7370

Re: 6th Grade Science Project

This is a really great project for a sixth grader. I think the "wear-in" and graphite results are particularly interesting. A great idea for middle schools kids who are looking for a fun and informative science project.
by wardrocks
Sun May 01, 2005 9:50 am
Forum: Cool Websites
Topic: Go Ask Grandpa PineWood Derby
Replies: 17
Views: 25633

Re: Go Ask Grandpa PineWood Derby

Like most sites this is one where you have to sift through the information and find out what you'd like to try, time limitations considered, and see if you can make it work for you. I will say that I learned some things from this site that I haven't seen anywhere else.
by wardrocks
Fri Apr 29, 2005 3:10 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Axles and wheels.
Replies: 27
Views: 9330

Re: Axles and wheels.

Is the general belief that shimming is more easily done with slots than with holes? This is my first attempt at formal shimming. I always used trial and error before. Working with the shims and my drilled holes has proven to be a challenge.
by wardrocks
Sun Apr 10, 2005 6:12 pm
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: Design Competition Rules and Judging
Replies: 9
Views: 6507

Re: Design Competition Rules and Judging

In our pack the kids judge the best design contest. Sometimes they make good choices and sometimes they choose some pretty horrendous-looking cars. Adults would do a better job, but as they say, the derby is for the kids. Any thoughts on kids vs. adults judging design?
by wardrocks
Thu Mar 24, 2005 9:11 pm
Forum: Construction Workshops
Topic: Great Year in the Shop!
Replies: 9
Views: 7984

Re: Great Year in the Shop!

During the years we have had a workshop, it has seemed to tweak the interest of the kids and dads and we have had not only better cars, faster and better looking, but also the turnout for the race has been better. We had no workshop this year and the actual race suffered. I'm going to push for a ret...
by wardrocks
Thu Mar 24, 2005 9:00 pm
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: Inspection - Lubricant limitations
Replies: 28
Views: 18261

Re: Inspection - Lubricant limitations

They make 18 gauge needles that have a non-pointed tip, for drawing up medications with less chance of sticking yourself. You wouldn't have to cut off the end yourself. I don't know what gauge needle you were using, but the 18 is fairly big for a needle and might not fit as well between the hub and ...
by wardrocks
Tue Mar 22, 2005 9:17 pm
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: Improving car between pack and district/council race?
Replies: 37
Views: 19076

Re: Improving car between pack and district/council race?

My Pack doesn't allow a stretched wheel base. My district does. In order to be competitive with those packs who allow an extended wheel base, my son and I have to build a new car.