Turtle Car

This my car for the Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby this year!  Its name is Speedy the Turtle.  It is supposed to be a Southern Painted Turtle.  We picked that turtle because it has a cool orange stripe down the middle of its shell, and we think it looks like a racing stripe.  My car number this year is 58.

The most fun part was going to the hobby store and picking out the paint colors.  We used leather brown, dark green, flat black, cadmium yellow, and international orange.  We used a paintbrush to paint the turtle car, instead of the spray paint that we used on last year’s flamingo car.

The race is this Friday.  Wish me luck!

Update: 1/17/2014

Speedy the Turtle won every race he was in!  That was two years ago.  I made a car last year, and I’m working on a car right now, and I’ll make posts about them soon.

In the comments, Macon asked to see the bottom of the car.  So here it is.  You can click on the picture to make it bigger, just like any other picture on my blog.

Turtle Car, bottomWe cut out an area for his belly and for his tail, so it is like his wheels are on his legs.  We originally painted his belly to look like the bottom shell of a Southern Painted Turtle, but we had to sand it down because we were a little over weight.  On the bottom near the back wheels, you can see three spots where we drilled holes and put weights inside.  Then we filled up the holes with wood putty.

About Raymie

Raymie is a 11 year old boy who loves animals. He is always looking around for new animals. He wants to be a zookeeper someday.
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5 Responses to Turtle Car

  1. Wow, Raymie, the Turtle Car is great! I think it’s even better than last year’s car. Good luck in the race on Friday.

  2. Great looking car, Raymie!! Good luck on Friday!

  3. Connor says:

    Yeah turtle car it’s awesome just add some weight to the front and turtle shall triumph

  4. Macon says:

    My son and I really really love this car design and would like to use it as a model for our own car.

    I have 2 questions about the car.
    1. What does the underside look like? It looks like you sort of “elevated” the middle section (sort of cut out small feet).
    2. Where did you put the weights? Did you drill into the turtle’s shell and place them internally?

    Thanks again for sharing such a great pinewood derby car, and having such a passion for animals.

    • Raymie says:

      Thanks for reading my blog! I just updated the post with answers to your questions. If you have any more questions, let me know. I would love to see a picture of your car when you are done with it. I’m working on a Pigmy Hippo car this year, and I’ll make a new blog post about it when I’m done with it.

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