More Pinewood Derby
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Fri, 28 Oct 1994 11:57:35 CST
Peter's posting about the rocket car demo reminded me of some of the things
I have seen (or done) over the years.
One year our theme was trucks. My son built a fire truck and discovered that
a double A battery laid on top brought it up almost to 5 oz limit. So we got
an old flashlight bulb and made it red. We then mounted it in the top of the
cab of the truck with the battery hidden under the hose at the rear of the
truck. The hose was actually wire. We rigged it so that by connecting two
ends of hose the light came on. So he raced down the track with the light
on. The connection must have been loose because it flashed several times on
the way down. The treat was that my son had taken a tape recorder to the
local fire station (just a couple of blocks from home) and recorded the fire
siren which the firefighters were only too happy to sound for him (along with
a couple of blasts of the horn). He hid the recorder but as the race started
he turned it on full blast!!!
Another year one son drilled out the car and installed a 35mm film canister.
He ran a tube from the canister to the front of the car. At race time he
added bit of hot water to the piece of dry ice in the film canister. The
result looked like the car had caught on fire with little puffs of smoke coming
from under the hood.
Our pack has often tried to build our cars according to some theme. Trucks
was the best, but I did like the year a tennis shoe raced down the track!!
Only problem was when it came to district competition, we often didn't fit!
But, we were always in the running!! And having fun!!
Roundtable Commissioner, Pawnee Bill District, Will Rogers Council
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