The other evening I noted that I was busy putting wheels onto an aircraft carrier. Here are the results.
My son’s Cub Scout Pinewood Derby racer:
It raced well but not great. Though he was aiming mostly for a cool-lookin’ car, he wouldn’t have minded winning a lot of races, too. He did win one of his eight heats, but mostly ended up with second-place finishes. A good night overall, and a lot of scouts and parents really liked the car.
A few asked what it was, and he just said “the USS Nimitz”. Like, can’t you see the number, people?
During the preliminary design stage (paper and pencil), he was drawing water droplets onto a basic car shape and I suggested that he make a jetboat racer with water shooting up along the sides. His eyes went wide and he goes “The Nimitz!” We had watched ‘The Final Countdown‘ a few days earlier. At first I wasn’t sure that it was a good idea, but the end product is pretty cool.
He wanted to add outlines of elevators and catapults, but we ran out of time and artistic ability. Although I helped with suggestions and making sure no fingers were lost to the Dremel tool, he did the lion’s share of the work.