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One little boy,- one, " B-I-G " Wooden model,- & it's all his !!!

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Project by AussieWoodenModels posted 05-28-2016 08:24 AM 1168 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year I received an unusual order request to custom build a 1:15 scale Kenworth T908 triple road-train fully optioned, for a young boy who only has 35% vision & is therefore legally blind, and wants to become a Road-Train Driver like his Grandpa, but alas, cannot due to his sight disability, so his Mum, ( Mon in USA ), put in a deposit, and with the kind assistance of some Aussie Truck Drivers who chipped in with some money to cover material costs while I donated my time to build the Model.

His Mum brought her young son over from Adelaide one weekend last November for a, mystery drive, for him to see his big wooden model, ( which he had no idea about ), – The photos tell the story., although will say there was one young boy here who was totally, ” Lost for words,” for quite a while !!!!

  • Dimensions for anyone interested;- 3.8 metres, ( over 12ft ) Long x 175mm.( almost 7” ) wide, x 305mm, ( 12” ) to top of stacks.

-- Roger.





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Knappen

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#1 posted 05-28-2016 12:47 PM

What a lovely story. I cried when i read it. Thank you for the story and for your empathy.

-- Knappen aka Ole - I have to try everything at least once.

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Dutchy

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#2 posted 05-28-2016 03:18 PM

That boy is making your truck even more beautiful than it already is.

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

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Northwest29

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#3 posted 05-28-2016 03:18 PM

You have a big heart my friend, I commend you on your work for a very deserving young man. A job well done in more ways than one!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 05-28-2016 05:28 PM

That is a fine miniature rig and is highly crafted with a lot of fine details. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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recycle1943

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#5 posted 05-28-2016 08:33 PM

Your fine craftsmanship is exceeded only by your generosity

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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builtinbkyn

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#6 posted 05-28-2016 08:58 PM

That’s a superliner for a super kid! You did a great thing my friend. Maybe he’ll be a woodworker one day and do something similar for another little boy.

I remember reading about Niel Makielski The Blind Woodworker. Maybe you could share that with him :) I think there are other videos and articles about Niel on the net.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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athomas5009

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#7 posted 05-29-2016 01:40 AM

Great job on the truck and the story behind it is icing on the cake. Nothing like a good story behind a project

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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nitewalker41

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#8 posted 05-29-2016 01:46 AM

As has been many times already said, it is a super piece of work and a very touching story, “You have done Yourself Proud”

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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Pointer

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#9 posted 05-29-2016 03:11 AM

This project turned out great and couldn’t be for a better cause. I too watched my father and grandfather shift a good number of gears and it would have killed me not to be able to do the same thing. Perhaps medical science will make some new discoveries and allow the boy to see. My hat is off to you my friend.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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