Race Car

The hands-on race car, it is a beauty, use electric tape to decorate it the way you find most pleasing, and add some bows as streamers!

The hands-on race car, it is a beauty, use electric tape to decorate it the way you find most pleasing, and add some bows as streamers!

This is what you need: two plastic tubs and lids about 4 cm deep and 12 cm in diameter, you can get them at any delicatessen counter of store, two small canning lids, two roofing nails or screws that have the same approximate size, a steel wire coat hanger from the dry cleaners, some plywood and the car body which is a piece of wood about 2x4 cm and 30 cm long. You can get that as a trimming from a carpenter or ask a friendly handiperson.

 

 

This is what you need: two plastic tubs and lids about 4 cm deep and 12 cm in diameter, you can get them at any delicatessen counter of store, two small canning lids, two roofing nails or screws that have the same approximate size, a steel wire coat hanger from the dry cleaners, some plywood and the car body which is a piece of wood about 2×4 cm and 30 cm long. You can get that as a trimming from a carpenter or ask a friend.

This is one rear wheel, note the lid is on the plastic tub and we have decorated the rims with electric tape. If you pull the take hard it will follow the edge of the lid and the top or the tub. At the centre of the bottom of the tub and the centre of the lid, burn a hole with a heated piece of coat hanger wire. You need some help from an adult, use a candle or small gas burner or barbecue lighter to heat the tip of the wire.

This is one rear wheel, note the lid is on the plastic tub and we have decorated the rims with electric tape. If you pull the take hard it will follow the edge of the lid and the top or the tub. At the centre of the bottom of the tub and the centre of the lid, burn a hole with a heated piece of coat hanger wire. You need some help from an adult, use a candle or small gas burner or barbecue lighter to heat the tip of the wire.

rear wheel axle and washer

Push the coat hanger axle through the hole and put on a washer made of a short section of a straw.

The tail end of the car body with a slot for the stabiliser. The slot is cut into the wood with a saw and it should be about the same width as the thickness of the stabiliser.

The tail end of the car body with a slot for the stabilizer  The slot is cut into the wood with a saw and it should be about the same width as the thickness of the stabilizer.

The front wheels go on next, they are two canning lids, put the rubber on the outside and use a roofing nail to fix the wheels to the body, use the pre-drilled hole. Make sure that you do not hammer the nails in all the way because the wheels won't turn then.

The front wheels go on next, they are two canning lids, put the rubber on the outside and use a roofing nail to fix the wheels to the body, use the pre-drilled hole. Make sure that you do not hammer the nails in all the way because the wheels won’t turn then.

The sabiliser goes into the slot at the rear end of the body, make sure the hole in the stabiliser is at the back and at the top, make a little grove with a file in the bottom for the elastic to fit iin when you launch the car. You might sand or file the edge of the this plywood stabiliser a little to better fit into the slot.

The stabilizer goes into the slot at the rear end of the body, make sure the hole in the stabilizer is at the back and at the top, make a little grove with a file in the bottom for the elastic to fit iin when you launch the car. You might sand or file the edge of the this plywood stabilizer a little to better fit into the slot.

The launch pad is a piece of plywood or about 10 centimeters wide and about 45 centimeters long, at one end cut two small slots with a fine saw where the elastic then can be pulled into just as in the illustration. Call this an "Impuls" device and you will impress everybody!

The launch pad is a piece of plywood or about 10 centimeters wide and about 45 centimeters long, at one end cut two small slots with a fine saw where the elastic then can be pulled into just as in the illustration. Call this an “Impuls” device and you will impress everybody!

This is the way you launch the car, note the elastic is slung around the bottom of the stabiliser with one hand you hold down the launch pad and with the other you pull the car and elastic all the way back to the end of the launch pad, it might take some tries, but the car should go fast!

This is the way you launch the car, note the elastic is slung around the bottom of the stabiliser with one hand you hold down the launch pad and with the other you pull the car and elastic all the way back to the end of the launch pad, it might take some tries, but the car should go fast!

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