But THEN there is a DAD's division! The rules for the Dad's division are as follows:
1) Weighs less than 5 ounces
2) Fits within 1-3/4" by 6-15/16"
3) Uses the wheels in the kit
4) Bring it!
Now, I am a member at TechShop (the one in RDU) - http://techshoprdu.com
I decided that I would use the opportunity to learn some new skills, and I would use the Shopbot!
Follow along for an adventure to learn what to do (and what not to do....)
Step 1: Computer Work
It turns out that Sketchup was NOT designed for this type of work. I wasn't going to pay $495 for the pro version (which had solid tools.) I should have just gone to Techshop and used Autodesk Inventor there. (But I didn't know how to use that either, and I decided that I would just go ahead.)
Anyway, I browsed the Google 3D Warehouse and downloaded a model of a Camaro. Then I scaled it from the full size down to the width I needed my wheelbase. (1.5") I deleted side view mirrors and other details (like the inside of the car).
I downloaded a free plugin that let me export STL from Sketchup. Then I pulled it into Partworks3D (on the Techshop computers) which let me do the CAM work. (That is the photo above.)