Monday, March 17, 2008

iCar



This was Ralph's third and final year to build a car for the Pinewood Derby and this is what he said as we started the project, "My car last year was pretty fast, and that was fun, but this year I just want to concentrate on making a cool car." Well. All right then.


His idea: make it look like an iPod. So we did. And it was a hit! For any other cub scouts out there wanting to try the same idea, here are basic directions:




1) Trim: Take the block of wood and trim off the longer end, so that the wheels are the same distance from the front and back. Then divide the thickness of the block of wood by half — you don't want to go much thinner, because you still need to attach the wheels. (While you've got the tools out, you may want to hollow out a portion of the bottom of the block of wood so you can add weights.)

2) Sand: Sand the trimmed block to smooth it and round the top edges so it feels like an iPod.

3) Paint: Give it two coats of glossy white or silver spray paint.

4) Print: Create an iPod surface in Adobe Illustrator (or whatever drawing program you prefer) and print it on high gloss photo paper. You can also use one of four we created by downloading our PinewoodiPod.pdf.



5) Mount: Use an Exacto knife to trim out the iPod surface print out, and then use spray mount to attach the print out to the block of wood.

6) Screen: For extra reflection on the "screen" we used an old clear plastic report cover. We trimmed out a square of the plastic to match the size of the screen and also attached it with a very thin coat of spray mount.

Ralph was super happy with it. And it was fun to hear the boys chanting iCar! iCar! iCar! during the races.


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32 Comments:

Blogger Annie said...

wow! tell him he wins my vote for nationwide-coolest pinewood derby car (or maybe a tie with my son's, so I stay loyal)
:)

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 12:12:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Naomi said...

he is so adorable... I mean, cool...

how did the iCar place?

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 12:28:00 PM EDT  
Blogger petit elefant said...

I love it! Very clever idea....

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 12:38:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Bubbles said...

That's awesome. I'll have to remember it for next year when my son is in scouts.

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 12:48:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Kristin said...

Well that does it, you must be the coolest mom on the block. Or anywhere for that matter.

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 1:37:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very cool car. My husband is an apple fanatic and i emailed him the post. it will be interesting one day when he shows it to his son and tries to explain what an ipod used to be. How times change so quickly.

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 1:45:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Angela said...

Awesome! Go Ralph.

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 2:34:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Melissa said...

Someone my husband works with made a WiiMote car. I'll post a link if I can find it.

We've got a camoflauge tank racing tonight. Will post pictures.

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 2:56:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous robin k said...

Ralph = Awesome

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 3:02:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Melissa said...

Got it. Blurry picture but pretty cool too.

http://tinyurl.com/24fa6a

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 3:04:00 PM EDT  
Blogger jen said...

That's so cool; I can't wait to show my husband that. He'll love it!

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 3:49:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go, Ralph! Go, iCar! Go, iparents!

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 3:55:00 PM EDT  
Blogger MamaChristy said...

Rockin'

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 4:18:00 PM EDT  
Blogger allysha said...

very cool!

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 4:47:00 PM EDT  
Blogger lisapow said...

love it!!! I wish we were there this year to race against the icar. miss you!

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 5:20:00 PM EDT  
Blogger liz s said...

gabby. that is so cool. ralph looks so old!!!!

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 6:07:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Bunny said...

Wow! You're so cool -- with the iCar idea!

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 9:30:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Bunny said...

Like cartersvillefamily, I also emailed my husband this post cos he's an apple freak! :P

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 9:31:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Julie said...

That is soooo cool. Oh, the days of the Pine Wood Derby. Its a love/hate thing with me. But, as the years pass, I have more fond memories.

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 10:55:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Vanessa said...

I am going to have to show my nephew this one to do for his ward's pinewood derby. That is too great! I just found your blog, I love it.

Monday, March 17, 2008 at 11:02:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Tania said...

This is all my girl could talk about when they got home from watching it. Rebekah said "It was Ralph's - of course!"

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 12:53:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Dominique said...

Great concept for a car- icar! Way to go. so how did the contest go?.ope your son won a prize.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 1:24:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Chloe said...

What a fantastic idea - very cool, little man...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 2:04:00 AM EDT  
Blogger R-Eight said...

Super cool!! The rodgers give this a thumbs up!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 7:20:00 AM EDT  
Blogger motherbumper said...

That car is beyond cool - iCar! iCar! i want iCar!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 8:50:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Cafe Johnsonia said...

We (Fred and I) agree that it is the coolest pinewood derby car we've ever seen--and we've seen a few.

Seriously--that is the coolest.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 10:05:00 AM EDT  
Blogger j, l, c, p, e & e said...

My son was oohing and aahing over this car on his way to school this morning. We love the idea!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 11:29:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Andrea said...

way to spice up the ol' pine wood derby!!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 3:48:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Carla Queen said...

Your kids are very creative, I wonder where they get that =P

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 8:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Emily, etc, etc said...

Very clever. My husband is the Cub Master here and I am going to show him this idea. Neato!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 7:00:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Sarah's Fab Day said...

Genius! That is the coolest car yet!

Sunday, March 23, 2008 at 1:05:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Kelsey said...

That is such a cool idea!

Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 1:02:00 PM EDT  

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