Police Lights For Pinewood Derby Cars

Police Light Kits for Pinewood Derby Cars!!

Isaak's Police Car

Isaak from Wisconsin built a terrific police car using two sets of Pinewoodlights. He won 1st place in design. Congratulations!

Top Cop Police Car

Top Cop was built by a Wolf Scout from Amherst, NY using Pinewoodlights, a piece of tubing was used as the lightbar.

Police lights are available individually or as a complete kit.  Add two blinking red blue lights or one blinking blue light and one blinking red or two of either color along with headlights to your car with the standard police light kit. 

The police lights are clear when off and a bit larger than the headlights (about the size of a pencil eraser).  Tail lights are not included because it's difficult to tape down the 6 red and 6 blue wires with the copper tape.  

Police light kits are available in the shopping area.

Batmans Police Car

Anthony from Pennsylvania Built Batman's Police Car using Pinewoodlights Police lights.




Installing police lights is not difficult, especially if you have already built a standard Pinewoodlights kit in the past. The headlights and circuit board are exactly the same and installed in the same location. The wires are color coded the same too, red goes to + and blue to -.

Instead of holes for tail lights, drill holes from the top of the car through to the circuit board cavity for the police light wires. Twist all of the red wires together and tape them down using copper tape to the spot indicated on the circuit board. Do the same for all of the blue wires. The police lights will blink automatically when the switch is on. 

Here are short videos of Nathans's Police Car and Anthony's Batman's Police Car that show how the lights operate. They take a few seconds to load so be patient.

Nathan's Police Car

Batman's Police Car

For more details on assembling and installing a standard kit see those menu items or the videos.



Hall of Fame Lighted Pinewood Derby Cars!

A "best in design award" goes to a Scout from Wisconsin for the Bomber.

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With every kit a special e-mail address is included so that you can send in a picture of your finished Pinewood Derby car. Send it too me and I may post it on this Hall of Fame pictures page. Please include a first name only to be used with the picture. Sorry, I cannot post pictures of kids.

Note that sending a picture is giving me permission to post it and once posted it is available to everyone everywhere on the internet. You can then tell your friends about it. How cool is that?


Building a Fast Pinewood Derby Car

flaming fast car

Building a fast Pinewood Derby Car involves a few basic ideas.  About 90% of it comes down to the few basic tips listed below.  There is some luck involved as well since you can't control exactly how your car is placed on the track. Keep the weight up and friction down and check with the race chairman before buying special nails as it's considered cheating by many packs. My advice is to do your best and concentrate on building a great looking car.

6 Tips for a Fast Car

1.  Make the car weigh as close to 5 ounces as possible.  The heavier the car is, the more momentum it will build as it goes down the ramp and the faster it will go.  You can usually get your car weighed at the post office.

2.  When adding weights to the car, add it as far back as possible.  This weight will be higher at the starting gate and fall further giving you more momentum.  Try to get the center of gravity (balance point) to within 1" of the back axle.

3.  Smooth and polish the nails.  Mount the nails in a drill chuck and with parental supervision file away the metal burrs from the shaft of the nail and underneath the head.  Finish sanding with fine 600 grit sandpaper and polish with 1200 grit.

4.  Smooth the wheels.  Remove any bits of excess plastic and burrs.   Spin them on the nails and time how long it takes for them to stop.  Match the nail/wheel pairs that work best together and put the best pairs in the back of the car.

5.  Properly align the wheels.  Make sure the nails are perpendicular to the body of the car and that the wheels have enough clearance so that they don't bind up and stop spinning.  Test the car on a smooth surface.  It should track in a straight line.

6.  Lubricate.  Use a graphite or teflon based lubricant to coat the wheel holes and the nail shaft and underside of the nail heads so that they turn freely.

Win or lose, be a good sport and most of all have a great time! 


Headlights and Tail Lights for your Pinewood Derby Car

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