Re: What is a Space Derby?
paul sweeney (sweeneyp@WAL.AB.COM)
Thu, 1 Feb 1996 13:27:25 EST
We at Pack 7 just had our first Space Derby in about eight years. Since
none of the current leaders were such when the last one was run, we
decided to make it a fun event with no winners. Instead we had a drawing
for distributing the items that would have been given to winners.
A few lessons learned:
- Try to get the wooden rockets instead of the styrofoam. If you
do get stryofoam, do NOT use oil based paints on them - it dissolves the
- Be careful in constructing the rockets especially in how the
propeller/nose assembly is attached. If you put it on backwards the
rockets will travel quite slowly and may not make it to the finish line
- Tie several pieces of cloth at and just beyond the finish
line. we used five on each track. This acts as a bumper stop without
damaging the propellers.
- Use a few adults at each end of your track to hold tension on
the lines while the races are under way. Also extra adults can be used
to help wind up the rockets 'motors'. We found that about 100 turns was
a good amount to raech the finish without trouble.
- Lubricate your elastics. Unfortunately I did not catch what
lubricant we used but we did not have a single elastic break during
Good luck! Contact me if you have any further questions.
Paul Sweeney email@example.com ASM, T-7, Lowell, Ma
Voice: (508)452-6502 Snail Mail: 20 Penn Av., Lowell, MA 01852
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