Re: What is a Space Derby?
Bill Case (billcase@ROMULUS.NCSC.MIL)
Fri, 2 Feb 1996 07:53:00 -0500
On Thu, 1 Feb 1996, Donna Digiovanni wrote:
> Does anyone out there have any experience holding a "Space Derby" for
> their Cub Scout Packs?
We've had several in our pack over the past 10 years, but
it's never been as popular as the pinwwood derby or raingutter
regatta. Some tips I can remember:
- Use an old fashioned hand drill with a big cuphook in the chuck
to wind the props.
- Soak the rubber bands in soapy water for several minutes just before
- have someone at the finish with some pillows to safely (both for
spectators and the planes) stop their travel. We've had several
instances where the darn things went so fast that they hit the
stops at the end of the wire and either smashed or the upper eye
was pulled out and the rocket ship went into untethered flight!
- Adults seem to really like to do this to, so we sponsored a warmup
event for any adults who might like to try their hand and had a great
response. By the way, Boy Scouts from the Troop helped run the event
and THEY made rocket ships, too. EVERYBODY had fun. While we let the
Boy Scouts and the adults have a fly-off, we decided not to allow these two
groups to compete against any of the Cubs.
- Caution - These light little things can go REALLY FAST. A Cub
can really be reduced to tears if some part of their anatomy (usually
an inquisitive finger) becomes enmeshed in the propeller.
Bill Case NE-VI-28
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