View Full Version : Pinewood Derby Like a Boss

02-08-2012, 10:48 AM
Got them all tuned and aligned. Just need to add weights and we're ready to grab some trophys.


02-08-2012, 11:13 AM
Dig it! We did those in wood shop in Middle school... except we drilled out the back end for a C02 cartridge (they were on a guide wire).

Nice build!

KG's Supra24
02-08-2012, 11:22 AM
We did the same thing Chawk.

Nice work Newty, even managed to pick up a couple sponsors I see.

02-08-2012, 11:56 AM
Awesome job, Newty! Mine always came out looking like a brick.

02-08-2012, 12:13 PM
Dig it! We did those in wood shop in Middle school... except we drilled out the back end for a C02 cartridge (they were on a guide wire).

Nice build!

I liked to outfit mine with one of these:


02-08-2012, 12:48 PM
Dig it! We did those in wood shop in Middle school... except we drilled out the back end for a C02 cartridge (they were on a guide wire).

Nice build!

we did those too. Fun!

I've dont quite a few pinewood cars with my sons for AWANAS and RA's. Best Iv'e done was 3rd place, but we've won quite a few trophies for best looking. Lol. if they weren't all packed away somewhere still I'd throw a few pics up here tomorrow... We'll see if I remember when we unpack them, and when I get internet at home...

02-08-2012, 02:22 PM
Nice work! I'm sure the Newty Jr.'s will dominate the lineup!

I should throw up a pic of one of the cars in our scouts pack last year. The kid's dad is a structural engineer - needless to say I don't think he let his son within 10ft of the car. Heard he had it weighted with Tungsten or something like that. It was ridiculous.

Overall it was all fun but that car was untouchable by the rest of the "bricks" out there and actually kind of took away from the fun a little.

I don't think the races in our pack are for a few more months though...?

02-08-2012, 10:45 PM
Dont forget the Graphite.......Speed. Or do they not allow that now days....Nice Cars

02-09-2012, 06:30 PM
You can use graphite. I got a Teflon powder (not bsa approved) but this isn't that competitive... At least for the rest of the pack.
I spent almost an hour getting them to roll straight.

02-09-2012, 08:36 PM
looks like a fun time

02-10-2012, 03:23 PM
Very cool. What did you do to shape them so nicely?

02-10-2012, 07:31 PM
Band saw for the rough shape, then some fine chisels, files, and sandpaper, oh... and some mad skills.

02-13-2012, 02:55 AM
Here is mine (I mean our) pine wood car. We already had our derby for this year. Turned out to be an average car, won some, lost some but it was all in fun. I added wood for the fenders also, but add side skirts too. Gives the car a lower look. I wish I had better painting skills though.

There were some cars that just from watching a trial run I knew were going to be pack winners, and they were.


02-13-2012, 10:42 AM
Is that a "crossover" car? Looks like the VW thing. Kinda cool though.

02-13-2012, 01:22 PM
Looks good. I thought about the extra wood to make it look lower after it was too late. Didn't want to start over.

02-13-2012, 01:58 PM
The last one I helped with was for my son - probably 15 years ago. We made a pickup truck. Drilled some deep head lights and filled with hot solder, polished up pretty nice. Then added solder 'logs' in the bed of the truck so it looke like it was hauling a payload..

When I was a kid - my only experience with PWD was when we got the kit. I had never heard of it and the pack leader did not really explain much about it. My dad took the kit and brought to a professional artist who made the car look like an old open cockpit MG Roadster, complete with a outside hand brakes and tubular bumer, and a guy in driver seat with a steering wheel. I personally never touched the car until the day before the race. The car never finished a race - but it did win first place for style....

These days many of the cub scouts troops up here have two sets of races - the Unlimited class for the dads, and the 'kids only' class for the kids.

01-12-2013, 04:06 PM
Bringing this back up. Its that time of year again in my area. Race is next weekend. No pics just yet will add when the car is done. Post of pics of your cars.