In the first phase of the project we designed several cars using AutoCAD and tested them virtually, we then had to order the best type of balsa wood
to manufacture the cars, which are slightly bigger than the palm of a hand.
I only wish I still had my balsa wood
Spitfire to remind me of another world when life seemed much simpler.
The Norwegian film, Kon-Tiki, tells the story of a sweeping adventure detailing legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl's daring attempt to prove that early settlers from South America once populated Polynesia by sailing across the Pacific on a simple balsa wood
The competition requires a team to design, model and test a scaled version of a racing car made from Balsa wood
to be sent down a 20m racetrack powered by a CO2 canister.
NORWEGIAN ADVENTURER Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 Pacific crossing from South America to Polynesia in a self-made raft of balsa wood
, and the book that followed, have fueled many generations' fascination with exploration.
Quiz of the Day ANSWERS: 1 Ladysmith; 2 Surrealism; 3 Napoleon Bonaparte; 4 Lepanto; 5 Softball; 6 The Railway Children; 7 Parquetry; 8 The sonnet; 9 Home and Away; 10 Balsa wood
Choose from DIY planes fashioned from balsa wood
, sewing fun costumes or creating a play boat from a metal bath tub and a canvas sail.
The aeromodellers, using remote-controlled aircraft, will be flying scaled-down versions of full size planes, using lightweight materials such as polystyrene, balsa wood
, foam and fiberglass.
Student Daniel Finnamore said: "The competition is based around racing a one twentieth scale race car made from balsa wood
11 Teams were registered for the event which allowed students, ages 14-to-17, to race miniature balsa wood
F1 cars they designed themselves.
Gamera weighs-in at a feathery 210 pounds, student pilot included, and owes its lightweight to the balsa wood
, foam, mylar and carbon fiber used in construction.
Summary: As the miniature Formula One car sped down the 20-metre straight track, team contestants clenched their fists, willing the air-powered balsa wood
sports car to reach the finish lane fast.