As every Tinka knows, a cardboard box – no matter the size – is never just a cardboard box.
This is especially true when thinking about making “soapbox” cars. Cool cars in kid-size or Tinka-size are the perfect use for boxes big and small, and there are no limits to the design options or materials you can use to bring your dream car to life. The ideal size for a Tinka car is exactly the size of a big box of matches, although there are many other types of small boxes that could be used instead – even an old butter container!
The handy thing about Tinka cars is that Tinkas are really not interested in using substances that pollute, like oil or petrol, so their cars rarely have motors… and that frees up a lot of room. Often Tinka cars work more like go-carts, used for downhill driving. There are rumored to be some Tinkas that are currently working on solar powered cars somewhere on Tinkatolli, and I am 100% sure that if you design one of those especially, that they would love to see it – remember to send any photos/designs or descriptions to us here at Tinkatolli HQ (firstname.lastname@example.org), and we promise to forward it along to the Tinkas.
We will post some ideas here on the blog and there could even be a prize in it for you!
In the photos you can see buttons have been used a lot, and yes, they are particularly good for wheels, but you can use anything you think works – even cut your own wheels out of cardboard. Another tip is is that you can make actual “glass” for your windshield – like both cars pictured above (although you can see it best on the green one). You do this by cutting any clear plastic you find (container lids, plastic bottles…) to size, and staple or glue it on.
Finally, remember to make your best “Racing” Tinka in the TinkaMaker, to drive around in your car (print Template A for Tinka “life sized”). If you want more than a printout to play with, then you can try making your own 3D Tinka!
Brrrumm brrrrrumm brummmm, happy Tinkering!