|Project by toyguy||posted 01-27-2015 03:28 PM||7008 views||15 times favorited||35 comments|
Fresh out of the sawdust factory: 51 Ford F-1 Pickup truck. I have always loved the classic lines of the first generation F series trucks (48-52). This all wood, stand way off scale model recreates these lines well. This toy truck measures roughly 18 inches long, 7 inches wide and 7 inches high; putting it in around the one inch equals a foot scale. However as said before, this is not a true to scale model, but more of a stand way off scale; Looks real from twenty-five feet away. Although not perfect by any means, I made a lot of mistakes in this one; I think it turned out very good.
Plans: Like any of the plans I have built from Toy & Joys, plan 117 51 pick-up, did not disappoint me. One of the more difficult plans I have attempted from them. As is stated on the plan, some advanced wood working skills and machinery are necessary. I might also add a great deal of patience is also required. And don’t forget to stock up on your sand paper. No matter how many mistakes I made, this was still a fun project to complete.
Materials Used. This truck has been built using only the hard woods listed: Walnut, Padauk , Maple, Oak and a few dowels and craft store items. The wheels are through T&J plans and have been altered to fit my needs. All wood glue used is the original Titebond. The door outline was done with a black sharpie. The decals were printed on white decal paper with my ink-jet printer. NOTE: This was my first time using Padauk. I found this wood to be great for machining and workability. It certainly accomplished my desired colour and appearance. However be forewarned, this wood will leave everything in your shop with a red tinge covering. I even have a shirt now that is reddish. It should also be noted that no stains or wood colouring of any kind was used. The entire model has received a few coats of rattle can Varathane, all wood colours are in their natural state.
Dedication. I have never built any of these toys where my good friend Manny Dasilva hasn’t said, “hey when you going to make me one of them”. I always seem to promise him, but never seem to deliver. Manny runs a high performance car shop in Breslau Ontario. He is very well known for his outstanding work on Corvettes and other fine automobiles. Manny, I think this toy would look great on display in your office. Hence the Dasilva Motorsports decals; this one is for you Manny. I will deliver it within the next few days/weeks as time will permit.
-- Brian, Ontario Canada,