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Ninjago pinewood derby car learn how to make one
This page was created to share how we created a Ninjago Pinewood Derby Car
called the Green Ninja who is of course the famous Llyod ZX. Originally we had purchased an authorized pinewood derby car hoping we could just put it together, paint and customize it with stickers.
Pinewood Derby Weights
So being that we are not carpenters! We searched the internet for ideas on how to create a cool looking pinewood derby car. And boy there are tons of cars which are so awesome. But there was another hurdle to overcome, after reading the rules more closely, it said:
"This car is your son's car, it is not your car. You can help him build it but this more that a race, it is a learning experience that you should share with your son. They will get more satisfaction seeing the car that they built go down the track than seeing the one their dad built for them, win".
Ok so with that said we decided to shape the car very similar to this Superman Wrap Kit
we found for sale. This shape is very simple to make from the stand block of wood you start out with.
We started our Green Ninja Pinewood Derby car from this idea above for inspiration. Here is a photo of the Official Pinewood Derby® Car Kit
that Charles received from his Pack.
Basically the block of wood was cut on an angle to match the Superman car. Charles drew a diagonal line across the side of the wood and dad cut it on a circular chop saw. Together Charles and Adam found and printed out Ninjago Llyod ZX pictures and cut them out.
Afterwards the car was painted black with a small paint brush and allowed to dry over night. The Ninjago pictures were glued on the top, sides and back with Elmers glue and allowed to dry over night. The car was weighed on a Dymo USB Postage Scale
to make sure it was 5 ounces or less before the axles and tires were put on.
To add weight to the car, we drilled five holes in the back of the car. Afterwards we placed 2 inch wood screws into the holes which brought the weight of the car up to 4.7 ounces. To cover the ugly silver wood screw heads, Charles thought to put Lloyds eyes on the back of the car. This serves two purposes, it hides the screws and it looks cool.
The race is next week and we will try to take photos or some video to add to this page. Keep you posted if we win any award whether for the race or for a cool looking car!!
Revell Pinewood Derby Colored Wheels - Awesome!
Ok update, we attended the race and had a ton of fun. Charles came in second place on the very first run. Afterwards he finished in third place for two additional times and was eventually bumped down the list. We are very proud to say that our Green Ninja Race the custom made Ninjago Pinewood Derby Car was featured in our town newspaper as one of the most creative cars in the race, how cool is that!
We won the recognition for one of the most creative cars in the Pinewood Derby Race.
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