A short story of the inspiration to build a pinewood derby version of Rey’s Speeder from Star Wars VII - The Force Awakens.
The model weighed exactly 5.0 ounces and was very, very stable.
Derby sanctioned weights were buried inside the body of the speeder.
The metal parts of the engine were made from: an air hose connector, copper pipe, rubber washers, threaded lamp fixture pipe and two plastic attachments for a cordless screwdriver.
The Rey figure was printed on paper and mounted to foam core.
The wheels and base were painted sand color.
The "anti-gravity repulsers" were made from a hard plastic drinking straw.
The grill was from an old model car kit.
The details on the vehicle wooden surface were etched with an Exacto blade.
The fins were created with plastic model sheeting.
The music was edited together from three compositions found in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack written by John Williams: The Scavenger, Rey’s Theme and The Jedi Steps and Finale.
The race was actually just a demo race... but the trophy was real!
The remaining video and photo elements were all found online.
The landspeeder prototype model measures 14.5" x 3.5" x 15.75" (37cm x 9cm x 40cm).
Featurette from the Star Wars Complete Saga Blu-ray release.