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Toy costruction #70: Hummer Working Back to going forward again I hope

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Blog entry by htl posted 06-30-2016 10:38 PM 1364 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 69: Hummer Worked on the inside Part 70 of Toy costruction series Part 71: Hummer working on the grill »

Went at my usual full speed ahead and it got me in trouble this time around.
I know better than to take any thing on the Toys and Joys plans with out checking and rechecking that what it shows is what needs to be done.
I”ve been building the easier plans here lately and to just jump in without really studying the plans is a recipe for trouble and sure enough had to do some back peddling to cover my mistakes and get on the straight and narrow.

So now all is good in Hummer ville and will try to keep my enthusiasm in check.

Ok where was I?
Last I made the seats and added some cushions.

Then sanded the back all flush and installed the tail gate.

Then on to the front fenders and this is where I wasn’t paying attention to business.
There are two parts to each front fender plus a right and left.
Well I did fine on the first set, right and left these are compound cuts so can get in trouble really quick if not paying attention but when I cut the smaller set that fits on top of the first I got my fronts and back mixed up and there was no way they were going to work so had to back up and make another set but this time I put arrows showing which way was front so no mistakes this time.

I would think T&J would mark the sets but that’s right they don’t give you but one set the right side and expect you to flip it around and get her done.
Saves them some paper but this is one place where they could help their users out I would think.

I’m not saying this in a mad fit but some newer builders will be way lost on this part of the plans I would think.

After gluing up some parts needed to cut out for the gas filler.
I used a router bit in the drill press to make the cut.
Clamped down a speed square for a fence and held the part in a vice to be held securely.

I think I figure out why the mistake, on most things the back is larger than the front so if you take this for a fact you’re in trouble here because you’re cutting out for the headlight and the front is larger than the back here.

OK here’s my redo of the headlight fender.

Sand between cuts while you still have some level surfaces.

I taped a piece a scrap wood under the odd shape to get it level for the final cut.

Did you notice the R’s ans L’s and the arrows showing which way the pictures should be facing, this will help keep every thing straight as you work.

I’m glad I got that all fixed and working right, it feels much better when a plans coming together and not falling apart. LOL

Finally got it glued in and sanded.

Never fails but I need to put the wheels on and take it for a spin.

Now we can get an idea what the pickup version of the Hummer will look like.

And here’s the grill maybe.

I have seen comments by some that they built a second project being not happy with the way the first one turned out, and I now understand where they were coming from.
This project will get done and be ok but I just know it could have been way better.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.



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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 06-30-2016 11:02 PM

I also am progressing ahead put first coat of poly on today I am pleased if you can be happy

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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htl

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#2 posted 06-30-2016 11:34 PM

Get Er Done Dude!!!

O!!! I’m happy just not used to things getting that far out of whack.
It’s fun trying to figure a way to hide my buggered up places and turn them into pluses.

Now I’m trying to figure out a use for them backwards fenders, they look pretty cool there should be something I can use them for?

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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Bruce Barber

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#3 posted 07-01-2016 12:38 AM

great job ,,, i have started doing my front fence ,, the T&J plans do not tell you much ,,
your back window do you have a plan for it ?? i look at the picture but cannot see it that good

-- Bruce, Thunder Bay , Ontario, Canada

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htl

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#4 posted 07-01-2016 01:16 AM

Bruce B
“do you have a plan for it”
Sorry not really sure what your asking?
I liked the shape of the two small side windows so used them too.

I just made a copy of the back end picture and left in 3/8 at the bottom and top then used my Scroll Saw to cut out the windows.

On the real hummer pickups the back is straight up and down but I’m adding a little angle to it
I’m following the door windows shape so cut the back panel at 7° top and bottom.

Hope that helps. #4

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 07-01-2016 01:23 AM

Another great detailed description and advice to the next thrill-seeking builder.

I also appreciate the Duck friendly layout of the cumfy seats in pickie #1.

Just a quiet FYI.


... I know better than to take any thing on the Toys and Joys plans with out checking and rechecking that what it shows is what needs to be done.
... and to just jump in without really studying the plans is a recipe for trouble…

... newer builders will be way lost on this part of the plans I would think.

- htl


This is the exact reason I go to the trouble of using SketchUp. Importing emulates the build, which is a great bonus to me. Then during the build, just being able to see it in 3D has also been a great assist.


I taped a piece a scrap wood under the odd shape to get it level for the final cut.

I use the scroll saw to cut these type of shapes that require compound cutting. It takes a hell of a lot longer than the bandsaw but it leaves such a small (and smooth) kerf that you can then tape the off cut to the piece to “rebuild” the block into a more stable victim for the upcoming compound cut.

... It s fun trying to figure a way to hide my buggered up places and turn them into pluses.

Now I m trying to figure out a use for them backwards fenders, they look pretty cool there should be something I can use them for?

- htl


Sometimes you just can’t hide the stuff ups. Don’t feel too bad, the following are all the buggered up pieces that I haven’t been able to use as scraps in other projects (yet).


Bruce how did you notch out for the head light, some really clean work there.
And thanks?

- htl


I believe you asked #3 about the headlight. I split the timber, naturally by accident as I’m not clever enough to plan it, and found I could cut the piece out (using the scroll saw) and gluing the bottom back on. I though that it was such a great idea that I did it to the other fender as well and I’m glad I did it this way as I had to repeat because of my stuff ups..

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 07-01-2016 01:31 AM



... i have started doing my front fence ,, the T&J plans do not tell you much ,,
your back window do you have a plan for it ?? i look at the picture but cannot see it that good

- Bruce Barber


Try Wallmart for your front fence, but I thought you were building a hummer?
Having built one front fence in the past life I may be able to shed light if you give me the size of the pickets (even if just a SketchUp screen dump).

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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htl

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#7 posted 07-01-2016 01:58 AM

”I taped a piece a scrap wood under the odd shape to get it level for the final cut.”

Ducky usually when I cut out parts like this I’m just making one and can just tape it back together for the second cut but as you can see in the picture I ganged the cuts up close for lack of wood so didn’t have a straight bottom for the second cut, so ended up having to find a scrap that would get the part level.
I guess it really wasn’t a very good example to show but that’s what I had to do so showed it in all it’s ugly details. LOL

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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htl

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#8 posted 07-01-2016 02:02 AM

O!!! and I might add those cushions are birdy proof so sit on them all you want, I didn’t say bullet proof I said birdy proof..

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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crowie

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#9 posted 07-01-2016 06:27 AM

Bruce you are powering on with this build, top photos & great build notes, thank you..

Love the seats and that front grill is beaut, sir, well done…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Dutchy

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#10 posted 07-01-2016 07:21 AM

As always you are in a hurry.

I’m enjoying. Like to see the building but also all the comments.

Keep on going.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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JoeinGa

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#11 posted 07-01-2016 12:25 PM

I gots 2 questions…
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1. What happened here? Was that a little “oops” you had to fix, or did the plans call for that little piece to be separate?
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2. What’s that I see over on the side there? How come you aint never posted any pic’s of it. How ‘bout a better pic of your scooter !
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-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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oldrivers

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#12 posted 07-01-2016 01:21 PM

Looking Good I am amazed at all the little detail work.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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htl

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#13 posted 07-01-2016 07:44 PM

JoeinGa

Machine gun is optional, I’m building the Civilian model.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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htl

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#14 posted 07-01-2016 09:37 PM

Or is that the Duck hunting attire???.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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JoeinGa

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#15 posted 07-01-2016 10:14 PM

Thanks,

I guess I never looked that close at a Hummer’s body panels. Appreciate you clearing that up.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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