...Giggity.Posted by James_LOL
Just because it looks sweet doesn't mean that Dad did all the work. I had a really sweet Batmobile one my first year and I would say the work was about 50/50Posted by JRFricke
Your son is going to fall of of that thing and DIE.Posted by Let_me_rape_you
As a former scout and 3 time pine wood Derby racer. I can say I had my dad cut the cars of my design but there every step of the way. I didn't use the power saw but I watched and learned.Posted by TibEco
It'd better come in first!Posted by cybertron25
Awesome! I assume you went with a Steve car instead of a minecart because, well lets face it, minecarts aren't all that aerodynamic.Posted by Erin_Bear
i made a creeper car ill try to upload a pic im preety young it looks kool thoPosted by Samlikectaman777
I made an A1 steak sauce bottle one year and a Crest tube of toothpaste the next. Both of those my dad and I made out in his garage. Good times.Posted by packrat13
That is the coolest pine wood derby car I've ever seen! Great job on it!Posted by Cocoa_Pebbles
You didn't use the Official Pinewood Derby kit did you?Posted by jimthedestroyer
Looks like Steve is enjoying himself.Posted by MagicalAardvark
Let us know how it does in the races.Posted by Breyyne
You are the greatest father ever.Posted by TerraChimaera
Very cool but i don't think it's going to go very fast.Posted by Nonethewiserer
Really nice job. I remember pinewood derby, probably the best part of cubscoutsPosted by xMau5
Wow. That is amazing! I wish I could make something this cool, alas, I cannot.Posted by TurtleTorch1
Man, scout car races, good times...Posted by JiveGingy
I'm not going to lie to you...
This is pretty creepy.Posted by awesomebbq
Judging from this thread, we are dealing with a lot of repressed anger from pinewood derbies past.Posted by ChromaticFades
As an Eagle Scout that made my Pinewood Derby cars with my dad when I was in Cub Scouts, I implore you to make the cars with your son. Have him do most of the work, or maybe even just half, but at least do it with him. It's a great father-son bonding activity.Posted by meesebyte
For any dads out there wishing to duplicate this car. I started out with a Revell Luge Racer Kit for the body, and found a 1 1/2"x 1 1/2" block at Michael's for the head. The kit has a cut slit down the center separating the legs and drilled holes where the hands and feet would normally go. I filled those with wood putty. Additionally I added lead in the hand/feet holes before I filled them up for added weight. The chest was also shaved down since Steve doesn't have pec's.Posted by ItsDooba
As an Eagle scout who never spent time with his dad before boy scouts:
This makes me sad. The son obviously didn't have much to do with this, other than maybe the most generic concept. My father was a white-collar man. He didn't know how to do any woodworking, or even know what a car should look like, in order to win. My father and I learned together how to use a band-saw, how to sand the car, how to hammer the wheels in and put them together, and how to make it look good.
We went through several "blocks of wood" together in pursuit of the perfect car. I decided that I wanted an "upside down" car. So we carved out the most traditional car body you can think of, except we instead mounted the wheels on the top of the car, rather than on the bottom. I found a picture of a generic car underframe, printed it out, and glued it to the flat top. We then glued rubber wheels from my lego set to the top of that.
I can still remember all those years ago, when the car went first racing down. It was in the lead, and then, all of a sudden, a wheel came flying off.
I was devastated. I wanted to go home. I didn't even want to stay for the trophies. My father, however, persuaded me to go to the staging area to check out my car, which I then fixed with tender loving care, all by myself. The scoutmaster said that he's never seen a kid do that.
Regrettably, the car was never the same after that. It didn't roll quite right. However, after they announced the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, they said that they were doing something unique this time. They commissioned a special award, the best design award. I thought for sure that it would have been one of those kids who had a father who made the car in the shape of an astronaut, or perhaps the kid who's dad made a miniature street luge.
Nope, they called for the "Upside Down car." Before you think that this was the kind of thing where they gave out awards to everyone, nope. Just those 4.
Anyway, I got off topic here a bit, but the point of the matter was, even though my father knew absolutely nothing about woodworking, he knew how to learn. His willingness to try new things even when he is sure of failure has left a lasting impression on me, and it makes me much less reluctant to try new things.
We have since learned many more things together. This made a lasting bond between us, and though my father and I couldn't be more different, we get along more closely than any father and son I know.Posted by xsailerx
thats creepy as hellPosted by aaronhowser1
ITT: People hating on OP because he did something nice for his son.Posted by Olives_are_green
did it reach warp speed ?Posted by cursed_deity
You are what's wrong with cub scouting.Posted by papercowmoo
It makes me a lot sad... Go get your kid off the sofa/computer and spend a few evenings with him helping him to make this. You have the prototype all set. Now help him learn to make this himself. Even if totally screwed up, this design is a winner. Let him make it his car.
As a young scout, we all knew the cars that were made by dads. Clear down to the fact that the kids had no clue how to handle them so they did not screw up the wheel alignment. Their dad's would flip out, and the kids would feel like dirt for ruining their dad's car and any chance of winning.
I had never been to a pinewood derby and did my best to sand away at my chunk of lumber. (they at least look like cars now) When I got there, it was clear that I was one of the the only ones who actually did their own car. It was very embarrassing. It looked like pure hell. (poster paint and all) I refused to enter it... until someone's grandfather spotted me and saw what was happening. He said to me, "son, you've just got to put your car in... and show these men how it's supposed to be done."Posted by MomentOfArt
As a former Cub Master, and current Scout Master. While this car is pretty awesome this makes me a bit sad. What happened to starting with a block of wood and having the cub scout cut, sand, and paint the car with hand tools?Posted by skraptastic
Oh, you're one of those dads.
My fellow former cub scouts know who I'm talking about.Posted by MCskeptic