Cub Scout Pinewood Derby
The cub scout pinewood derby is tomorrow, and I wanted to write a quick post with pictures of the cars I have made the past couple years.
Some people make their derby cars to win the race. I apparently care more about how cool they look than particularly how fast they can go. This is the third year I have been a cub scout leader, but only the second year I have made a car to enter in the derby.
My car from last year is "Lewis and Clark" going down the Columbia River. We had just finished learning about Lewis and Clark in our homeschool, so I decided it would be a fun make. I carved the car with our scroll saw and then hollowed it out with our dremmel tool. (To be perfectly honest, my husband, Peter, did most of the hollowing out for me). I made the figures out of a dowel rod shaped with a dremmel tool. Because I wanted a natural finish, I used tongue oil on the outside. My car did all right last year. It didn't win or anything, but it wasn't the slowest car either, and everyone really liked it :)
This year, I decided to make my car a "Caterpillar Car," modeled after the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Again, I used the scroll saw and dremmel tool to do most of the shaping. And I painted it with acrylic paint, sealing it with a clear spraypaint sealant. I can't wait to see how it does in the race tomorrow! Maybe I'll post an update then :)