|Project by bushmaster||posted 02-07-2016 03:48 AM||1993 views||8 times favorited||22 comments|
I have wanted to make a model the car used in the TV series Foyle’s War, A British Drama about a defective during WW2. At the request of a LJ I am going to include pictures with a brief explanation how I make realistic looking models. It is really quite easy and no need to use a scale and detailed plans, It all done for you in the picture.
I had bought some black walnut as I wanted this model to knock your socks off but when I went to lay out the pieces I needed I did not have enough and I didn’t want to drive the 50 miles to get more so just made it out of the birch that I have a huge supply off. the process is the same and I will be waiting to see your favorite car out of exotic woods. This explanation will follow the method I used to make other models I have posted, they are
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/95646 This was the first one I did as a specific car
Thanks Mark for explaneing how to do a link. So lets just get started.
First find a side view of the car you want to model in images on the internet, or you could take a side view picture of a car of interest in your area. With just dog sleds here I just couldn’t get 20 dogs to all stand still enough to take a picture.
Then copy it to your computer and enlarge it so the wheels are the size you are going to use, I use 2 inch wheels, so glue up a block of wood the size of your enlarged car making sure a lamination does not go through the tapered hood. Oh yes you want to know how wide, just one pinky finger wide, or if you must know somewhere between 2.375” to 2.625” this one is the last one other ones vary. In other words what ever looks good.
While you are waiting for that to dry, why not cut the fenders off your picture and trace on a piece of the same wood and cut that out too. You could even look for some nice edge grain wood and cut two thin pieces the size of the side view of your model, say .187”. I will post a picture further down. So now that the glue is drue, surface, copy the position the windows from the picture and draw freehand the interior of the car complete with seats and floor boards.
Cut out with a bandsaw, sand, doesn’t have to done to good, I use a narrow belt sander that pokes in the holes so takes only a few minutes and then stain the inside, I use ebony. Now all you have to do to this part is taper the front hood section. You could cut the sides in a curve but that is a whole nother can of worms, I tryed it on the truck. NOTE, YOU MUST MAKE A STEERING COLUMN AND STEERING WHEEL AND INSTALL BEFORE THE SIDES ARE GLUED ON, easy to forget in your excitement.
Surface bandsaw cut, then take your two thin pieces of wood and cut the windows out, tracing from your pattern on a scroll saw if you have one, sides have to be cut in two pieces where the tapered front is, fitted and gles on. Then front is trimmed off and a contrasting piec of wood is glued on. Body is done except for fenders, start ginding and shaping.
Cut a wedge to follow the tapered front, fit very carefully, and glue onto the fender pieces you cut out previously or waited till now to do using the paper pattern picture. They are glued to the outside fender pieces in the proper position. gell crazy glue is with accelerator is nice when glueing tapered pieces. Then cut only to the outside shape of the fenders, do not cut the wheel well out.
Now you are about done, just grind and shape sand and glue on. try to get a fine glue line. after that just finishing final shaping and sanding of the rest of the car.
Oh yes, I quess you need wheels, Use what you have or may you may be interested in how I modify bought wheels in this link
This time to drill the holes I had one already drill and just made a tight dowel to join the two and drilled through the holes, worked better and faster than the way it did each one before.
Then you need to spend a few minutes figuring out bumpers, lights, horns etc. now that shouldn’t be as hard for you as it was for me. I used 1/8 dowels to attach these. Ops I should have said .125”
Now wasn’t that easy, just put a finish on it and give away to your grand kids, Oh ha I still have all mine.
Guess that was as clear as mud, I can answer any questions you might have, I tried to make the process as brief as possible, wood worker are good at reading in between the lines and adapting.
Any comments and suggestion are appreciated. I am hopeing someone will post a better model soon. It only takes parts of 4 days to complete.
-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia