Help for Pinewood Derby Beginners
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|Where do I start?||Beginner's book: Pinewood Derby in Six Easy Steps. You can instantly download this book to your PC!||Step-by-step instructions - how to design and build your car. Includes 3 simple car templates.|
|What car design should I choose?||
|How do I make my car fast?
Can a beginner win?
Table of Contents
Buckle Up! We're Building a Car.
Having Fun is Number One
Safety in the Fast Lane
Play by the Rules
STEP 1: Dad, I've got an Idea!
STEP 2: One Slice or Two?
STEP 3: Smooth as a Baby's...
STEP 4: Be a Heavy Weight
STEP 5: Shine like a Star
STEP 6: Let's Roll 'Em
Speed Hints, Tricks and Traps
The Aerodynamic Mix
APPENDIX A: Includes 3 free simple pinewood derby template patterns
APPENDIX B: Handy list of tools
Point and click to pick a car design, then see your car's speed increase when changeing axles, wheels, lubes and weights.
Pinewood Derby Car kits, like this dragster have everything you need to build a car.
Car kits includes:
This car just needs a light sanding and painting.
Speed tip: Put Graphite on your axles to make your car fast.
To make your car competitive, choose a set of our BSA Polished Axles or Graphite Coated Axles because the axles in this kit are not polished or deburred.
Pre-weighted car body includes:
Fully Built Cars includes:
If this is your first race, you need to know a few basic speed tips to have a competitive car...
Prep your Axles
Lube your axles
Weight Your Car
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Tips & Hints
The axle slots that are cut into standard blocks are too tight for BSA axles that are .089" diameter. Small axle slots make it difficult to get your axles in straight. A #44 drill bit is .086", which I find too tight. Consider a #43 Drill Bit, which is a perfect match at .089" for a snug fit.
Need a little extra weight on weigh in but didn't bring extra weight with you? Use a coin! Here are the weights of US coins in ounces: penny .11 oz, nickel .17 oz, dime .07 oz, quarter .18 oz
Don't attach feathers or big decorative parts that can cause drag. This will decrease your car speed
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