My son is a Cub Scout. Last year, my son and husband built a car
that barely made it down the track. Obviously, my son was very
disappointed! This year, I received the Getting Started in Pinewood
Derby Step-by-Step Workbook to Building Your First Car. While it
wasn't the first car my son and husband ever built together, this
year's car was the first successful car, and this book was wonderful.
As the title implies, this book gives step-by-step instructions
on how to build a Pinewood Derby car. It covers everything, including
the needed tools, shaping and sanding, painting, weights, construction,
and even troubleshooting a car that doesn't drive straight. Throughout
the book, there are simple tips and tricks, used for shape as well
as decoration, which make building the car even easier. Furthermore,
there are so many ideas, tips, and tricks presented, that not all
of them could possibly be used on one car. At the very end, there
are a couple of pages for a Memories Record, with space for pictures
and race records.
My son has a tendency to "put the cart before the horse," so to
speak, and having the instructions in front of him helped to keep
him focused on the step at hand. It also helped my husband to guide
him through the process of building the car. In the end, my son
had a car he was proud of--with wheels that turned well. His car
was not the fastest, but that did not matter. He was proud of his
hard work and the fabulous car he had created. I recommend this
book for any Cub Scout and father trying to build a car together.