This years pine cars
Just a couple of pictures of this years 'powderpuff' derby racecars. Last years cars looked better than they ran, this year we tried to improve both looks and speed.
The girls came up with the designs and did all the finish sanding and decorating, as well as spending a couple of hours polishing the axles and wheels which GREATLY improved overall speed.
Rainbow is my youngest's creation, and it made it into the overall finals where it came in 5th. She received a trophy for 2nd place in the Daisy division. She came up with the shape of the car, and I cut it out of laminated ply and pine. I had fun playing with the new sander shaping it.....
Cocoamotion is my oldests idea, and my favorite. We used a v groove bit to carve out the 'chunks' on the chocolate bar, and cut out the bite with the scroll saw. Unfortunately, after cutting the car had lost so much weight that I had to fill most of the grooves under the wrapper with lead pencil weights to get it back to racing weight. This car came in 3rd in the Brownie division, and won Best in Show for the Brownies.
Punch was my wife's idea. She basically had me copy a couple of her scrapbooking punches. It was a hit with all the moms at the event, and was fast enough to win 3rd in the adults and leaders division.
Big red was my car, and he was fun and challenging at the same time. Adding so much wood to get the shape right, yet still have the car weigh less than 5 oz. was a chore. He did pretty well, earning 2nd in the adults and leaders.
The girls are already trying to figure out next years designs, one of them even asked if we could do something like Mike's handcar...... we'll just have to see!