Post by DerbyDoc.com on Dec 4, 2007 19:51:36 GMT -6
Hey guys, Im excited right now. My daughters race is in less than 24 hours. We have built a nice un' this year. She sanded and sanded on that thing for 2 weeks, "I sneaked in and sanded a little too when she got bored" but anyway, she sprayed the base color, and we took turns using the airbrush and playing around. The car actually has about 3 coats of paint on it by the time we ended up with what she wanted. It went from pink, to purple, and now its black with lightening bolts and a little dark purple highlighting. She will be running on a 35 ft best track with no timer. This will be a great day no matter the outcome. This is her last year but she still has one more race in march or april. We will be posting the outcome and possibly even a little "blurry" video to go with it. Pictures will be coming for sure. Good luck to all of the kids out there (big and small), and just let it all hang out and have fun. PS- Im thinking about taking 5 oz of pain for the parents race.....should be fun.
Post by DerbyDoc.com on Dec 6, 2007 21:57:33 GMT -6
I have a couple of pics from our awana race. Im in one of these pics but I wont say which one I learned a while back to never post stuff like that ( trust me ) Anyway, My daughter won 1st place in her age group and 1st place overall. She was very happy. She has one more race in the spring and then she has to retire. My son will be racing in 2009. We had a lot of fun. I learned a lot about best track setup and running a race. It was a lot of work but we actually set the track up after church sunday so we werent rushed. Good luck to all racers out there. Id like to see pics this season. Maybe we can create a new thread for results. PS- Notice the 3 wheeler staged on the track? Thats hers.
Post by DerbyDoc.com on Dec 6, 2007 23:43:01 GMT -6
Congrats to you and your daughter !! 1st place overall, very nice. Did her car get some looks for only having 3 wheels ?
LOL, I actually heard one of the other dads say "that things not legal since it only has 3 wheels." Believe or not, the awana leader spoke up for my daughter and said "all 4 wheels must be on the car and all wheels must be free spinning and that car has both." It was really fun. I can only imagine how many 3 wheelers will show up for scouts and awana, etc this season. After all of these new guys logging into all of these boards over the summer and fall, I bet more cars will try to get by with it. It was perfectly legal with her race.
Post by DerbyDoc.com on Mar 23, 2008 12:46:09 GMT -6
Well, Weve been working on my daughters last entry in AWANA. Its april 30th, and we finally have a good start. Its pretty simple, but she wants a really cool design with a short wheelbase. Heres what we have so far.
Post by DerbyDoc.com on Mar 30, 2008 16:42:26 GMT -6
Well, I messed up the awana car that I had pictured earlier. My daughter and I had been working and sanding on it for a good while when I decided to use some primer that Ive never used before. It went on smooth, and looked good. I let it dry for a day before wet sanding. When I went to sand on it, the primer seemed cured, but it started to make a mess, and I ended up putting paint stripper on it. So we pulled out 2 other bodies today, and did some painting on them. Here is 2 possible cars for her race. Were going with a BSA type wheelbase with drilled holes.
She traced around the white flames with a little blue herself, but I did the paintjob on the top one. I think either one will be fine, but she's into the whole pink thing. PS- Can anyone tell me why I get these small imperfections in my clearcoat? If you look at the back of the pink car, youll see little spots. Im thinking that it comes from my paintgun being cheap. I clean it good after use, but I always get a little bit of stuff that "Spits out".
Post by Barga Racing on Mar 30, 2008 19:49:57 GMT -6
Doc, Those cars are awesome. My daughter really likes the pink one. I am certainly no expert but the imperfections like exactly like what I get alot of times. I just use laquer clear in a spray can. I was told if it is put on too fast, too thick it will gas off and cause air bubbles. Not sure but it makes since because I have absolutely no patience when painting my cars.
Try sanding your clear with some 1200 to 1500 wet until the imperfections are gone then rub it out with a glazing compound then polish with a soft terry cloth towel. We have been using some MeGuire's polish that I got at O'Reilly auto parts here in K.C. and the cars look like glass when we are done.
Post by DerbyDoc.com on Mar 31, 2008 18:12:01 GMT -6
Thanks Barga, and Terry. We hope to go out with a bang this year, but I enjoy helping the other kids also. We're having a couple of the kids and parents over this saturday to help cut out, weight, etc the bodies, and then next weekend theyre coming back for track testing. We have a pretty small race with around 40 cars, but I truly enjoy seeing the kids working on the cars. I managed to slap some stock awana wheels on the cars today just for pics. RacerX truly came through for us with some cool awana wheels, but we wont put them on until our own track time.
Post by DerbyDoc.com on Apr 30, 2008 19:57:31 GMT -6
She did it. She has won 3 out of the last 4 years at AWANA as of tonight, and she is officially retired as an AWANA racer since she will move up to the youth group next year. I want to thank Racer X for the awesome AWANA wheels for this race, and thanks to everyone behind the scenes that has helped us become better car builders over the years. The Church will have next year to race without us, and then my son start to race. It was a great evening with friends, and family. Here is a few pics, but I was helping out with the race, so please excuse the pictures. My wife doesnt get nearly excited about this stuff as we do. PS- The final race was won by about 2-1/2 car lengths.