Nathaniel’s Car: Lightning McQueen

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This year Nathaniel wanted to build a version of lightning McQueen for his pinewood car.  I reached out to Andy that helped us last year and he had a plan for a really cool whitewalls version of McQueen that was a great help in getting the proportions correct.  When you have a chance you should check them out on his write up:  Lightning McQueen, Flo & Doc Hudson pinewood cars.

We tried to learn our lessen from the Mater weight issue and used a scale at all portions of the build and hollowed him out prior to any finishing work.  In the end he came out at 4.5 oz so we add some weight to the rear to hopefully make him fast.   I used the same technique I did last year for the beetle to make most of the details by etching them in with a dull pencil in the primer coat which gives a great line to paint to.   The more complicated graphics I scaled and printed on water transfer sheets and applied under the clear coat.

As always for the actual car we entered I made sure Nathaniel was part of every step and this year he really started to get a hang of a few of the steps.   Building these cars is truly one of the highlights for us each year.  I may have one more car in me this year.  Rebecca things baby Alice needs a Sally Porsche.