2015 Cars - Pack 242 and Four Peaks District (Arizona)

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2015 Cars - Pack 242 and Four Peaks District (Arizona)

Post by rcmoeur » Mon May 04, 2015 9:52 pm

Apologies for not posting these links earlier, but it's been a rather hectic spring.

This year, we again used our "Pinewood Derby photo box" at the Pack 242 and Four Peaks District Pinewood Derbies. The photos of (almost) all the entered cars are at:

Pack 242: http://www.richardcmoeur.com/242pwd2015.html

Four Peaks District: http://www.richardcmoeur.com/4pdpwd2015.html


Here are pictures of the photo box in action (that's Ken, our incoming Cubmaster, taking the pictures, since I was busy running the event).

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Post by Vitamin K » Mon May 04, 2015 11:13 pm

Nice! I love seeing pics of cars.

How'd your adult car lose to that ice cream sundae, though? ;) Also, are those stick-on tire weights you're using for ballast? I saw some at Harbor Freight and was mulling them as an option for inexpensive, easy-to-add weight.



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Post by Noskills » Tue May 05, 2015 2:00 pm

Pretty cool.
Questions:do you take photos at check in or at the race?
Do you put the photos on the screen for the audience to see?
How much time does it add to check-in?

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Post by rcmoeur » Wed May 06, 2015 11:50 pm

The check-in process at both races is: registration -> inspection -> photos (left front, right front, right rear, left rear) -> impound. We don't yet have the setup or software to show the photos at the event - they're usually posted a couple days later. This service gives the boys a photographic record of their car, even if they might have forgotten to take a photo of it themselves. And, if a car the following year looks a bit too familiar, they archive is only a click away... ;)

I actually wasn't planning on building a car this year, up until one of the boys in the den (Aaron) showed me the scrap piece from the initial cut on his car. I looked at it and thought: "That looks like a car - but how would one weight it (cheaply)?" About an hour later, "Taildragger" was born - it doesn't actually pop wheelies going down the track, but it certainly comes close. Yes, those are lead stick-on tire weights (about 3 oz total) on the back - I shortened the car enough to keep it within 7". I consider this another one of my "object lesson" cars that I can use to teach the boys by showing an extreme example of a possible performance disadvantage - last year I built "Lil' Bug", a 5 oz car as nearly short as can be made with 1.18" wheels, to show the disadvantage of a short wheelbase.



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Post by rcmoeur » Wed May 06, 2015 11:53 pm

Time: the set of 4 photos might add about 1-2 minutes to the process, it the photographer is on top of things and the camera is behaving. We also do same-day check-in starting about an hour prior to the race (no overnight impound or anything like that).



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