Wondering what scout life is? There are several aspects to that culture that make it special and unique. You would have come across such a lifestyle in many art forms, including paintings, literary works, and movies. Receiving merit badges for every achievement in the camp encourages every member to live through that by experiencing all the fun and challenges. There are plenty of activities you can get involved in when the scouting season is still months away but want something related to that culture as well.
You can utilize this break to make a Pinewood Derby car easily without consuming much time. Take this time to make mistakes with your Cub Scouts only to do it over again. Both kids and adults can enjoy this activity since it is both recreational and beneficial to learning a disciplined scout life. Let us look at the tips and tricks to make the car quickly, which can help you learn time management and how to live a cool life.
Steps to Build an Elegant Pinewood Derby Car
- Make sure to remove moisture from the blocks and bake it so that you have more wiggle room to put in more weight at the end. The smallest bit of weights will make a difference when placed in the right position. After that, bake it in an oven for 2 hours ate 250 degree Celsius.
- It surely will take some time and effort to max out the weight, but the extra ounces can undoubtedly make a difference. Measure an inch to the front of the rear axle and place weights at that position. As close the weight is to the back of the car, the speed will increase. If you need a better build with an aerodynamic structure, use a spade drill to add the weight to the bottom of the car.
- Use the dry lubricant form of graphite to coat over the axles uniformly.
- Remove the major ridges using mini files for better movement of the car without excess friction. By mounting the wheels onto an electric drill, polishing can be made easier and in a short time.
- You need to check the car’s alignment to make sure that it doesn’t bump back and forth and to move faster. Find out if the car pulls one way or another by running it down a level surface. Glue the axles into the place to maintain alignment.
- Start sanding your car wheels with a coarse grit, followed by a medium grit, and finish it using a fine grit. Wrap the sanding paper around a different wooden block to ensure a better grip.
- Use the best paint to avoid fast corrosion. Start painting with a fine primer, and then use fluorescent paints to make it look more attractive.
- By using a credit card, expel all the air bubbles by pressing hard over the surface, and finally seal the whole portion.
- To drive in the dark times, attach taillights, running lights, and headlights.
Give the finishing touch to your car using the glossy paints. Make sure that the surfaces are dry before doing it. Get your car ready, and yourself prepared for the fast and cool scout life.