Our Dad, Clifford Goll....thanks Matt

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A tale of bridges, coupes, and derby's...oh my

 Troop 255 pinewood Derby...Kyle and Liam built cars and raced them...and did pretty well...finished in the middle of the pack...the boys learned a bunch, and next year they will have better design ideas and more hands on in the building....Kyle's car won best in show...Liam's car took home the T-13 effort award...As you can see from the cars in the photos...pinewood car building can take on all sorts of cool designs and shapes...a modelers dream....

car 7 & 8 are liam's and kyle's

more cars

track for pinewood racers

Caleb  bridge designer
Ben  team worker
 My son Caleb is in the MDOT bridge building competition.  His team, A+ Builders....have entered a bridge of his design taken from a Zelda video game...the competition is not only building a bridge, but putting together a proposal, and power point presentation.  The bridge is tested for its ability to bear weight...and judged on other areas as well....there are 3 members to his team...Caleb did the brunt of the building...Ben helped build, and designed the teams logo and cover page and worked on power point and proposal.  Lyvia(not pictured) did almost all of the writing for the proposal and power point.

 I will post up a picture of the bridge real soon, as the competition is Monday April 30th...

dads car in action
sanding and primer
drying after hand brush of future

 This is my attempt at replicating my dads 32 coupe stock car....I am not much of a car builder, and I did a horrible job on the engine and other things...I was attempting the paint scheme...and not so much color perfect...Plus this was my first ever go at airbrushing....

I did not take pictures of the process of masking...I forgot...as we all do at times...doh...my bad!

I did a fair job with masking..on the first round of paint...then I had to remask and paint again...this time I had paint lift...so I had to do it again...and I mixed the paint poorly and had some more issues..Finally I got to the point of...do I start fresh or let it go...I decided to let it go...I had some glue mishaps with the paint..some engine parts that decided to not want to go where they should.

 So, I said PFFFTTT....and just slapped it together. I took a bunch of liberty with free form gluing and fabrication...pretty much how Dad probably did it on the car itself...    ..I am going to make a 2nd 32 coupe stock car...and do it right this time..or AS CLOSE TO RIGHT AS I CAN DO IT...and bring the car into my view of a 21st century version of this stock car..

I hope to do that in the next 3 or 4 months...I have a bunch of Gundams to build and have to find a different kit of this car...

I had a pretty good time putting this together...and I have a sense of accomplishment....My first kit with a airbrush, my first car model in a LOOOONNNNNGGGG time...and as bad as I felt I did...it still looks OK

I am coming away from this build with a TON of respect for car model builders...


  1. The Modeling future looks bright! Not confined to a single genre, the expanding T-13 Universe looks to have plenty of bang ahead! All cool All 13!!!!

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