Grand Prix Racing - How To Make A Fast Pinewood Car

The Time Factor

There is one more often over-looked factor. That's how much time you spend on your car. Get your kit as soon as possible so you can begin to design and build it. Arrange to have your block cut, axles polished, etc., well ahead of time. You don't want to be left waiting for people and tools to become available. If you can, it is better to finish building early. Finishing in haste may not allow you the luxury of getting better wheel alignment or to put the final touches on that great paint job.

A Schedule

Here is a rough time line to help you plan your progress. Change it around to fit the date of your race and when you can get your kit.

30 Arrange for saw 10 min on phone
30 Arrange for polishing 10 min on phone
29 Read the rest of this manual 1 hour
26 Draw your car on paper 1 hour
23 Buy lead for weights, stickers, other materials 1 hour
21 (soon as possible) Buy kit from club 2 min at meeting
20 Draw outlines on block 5 min
18 Prepare the wheels 30 min
15 Cut body parts from your block; cut the stand (day 11) 15 min as arranged
14 Sand, file, whittle body details and accessories 3 hours
12 Bake the body 1 to 2 hours
11 Make a simple car stand 1 hour
10 Polish the axles 1 hour as arranged
9 Determine how much free weight is needed 5 to 30 min
8 Prepare and attach the free weights 1 hour (may need to arrange)
7 Finish the body 3 hours or more
6 Lubricate and attach wheels to body 10 min
5 Align and hot glue wheels in place 1 hour
4 Make a Racer Spacer 1 hour
3 Prepare for the worst Prayer time
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