Triumph Stag

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Project by darkmyble posted 03-03-2018 12:12 AM 633 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here is my 1975 Triumph Stag Cabriolet. This is a surprise gift for my father, the plan for which came from a regular supplier of plans that I often use as base plans. In this case though a large portion has been scratch built.

The original digital representation..

and the real thing..

I was happy with the overall shell and methodology of the plan, however as is my style or forte, i wanted to add detail. Given this is for my father and being his late 60’s I figured he wasn’t going to be pushing it around on the floor like a toddler, so it had to be more detailed than I would usually warrant. So having made the basic 1/2” sliced and sandwiched body I started to think about how i would go about adding more detail but keeping it within the realms of its original base plan so that primarily scale wouldn’t be an issue.

The good thing about these plans is that certain build options are highlighted to be cut out if the builder wants to add more detail, such as the seats, headlights, and other aspects of the build which ultimately suits the skill level and time required.

I had some left over Faux leather.. so it wasn’t too much of a jump to combine the two..

With some time, patience and Siroflex cyanoacrylate adhesive it was fairly easy.. the only issue was covering the cut edge, this was done with a black marker, and polished with boot polish.

The doors can be left in our cut out but I wanted the shutlines to detail the door.. so they were cut out..

And lined with leather and with an arm rest..

With the doors and seats on their way i turned my attention to the dash.. the plan version wasnt right.. I didnt like it at all.. it didnt seem chunky enough or sit far enough forward. So i scrapped it. I kept the gear selector console and went about readjusting the plan version…

My next big issue and one I lost some sleep over was the windscreen.. It needed to be big enough to accommodate acetate.. (which in hindsight i wish Id used thin perspex instead) but maintain the look of the real thing. It took several attempts i can tell you but i got it in the end and along with the upper part of the door frames look the part.

It was here then that i started thinking about everything that a car has.. steering wheel with blinker selectors, radio, sun visors, rear view mirror, handbrake.. the list was long.. and all those little parts were at times challenging, especially as my hands are like shovels lol

Then came the roof..

The next challenge was the wheels. I’m quite lucky really. Im on talking terms with the chap who makes the plans. I am apparently the only customer to have ever asked for more detail, sizes etc regarding wheels. I’d actually made a digital representation based on the original..

and having passed that image to the chap he actually very kindly went about making me some plans for the wheels.. I think they turned out okay..

With other little bits like wing mirrors, aerial, fuel cap, name badges, and trim the build was drawing to a close..

Using acetate was a mistake. I’d sourced it for free from boxes of cosmetics and keeping it clean and scratch free was a nightmare. In hindsight I wish id looked at perspex. Relatively cheap for what i needed it comes with a protective cover which of course could of been removed at the last minute. Lesson learned..

So there it is..

Its had several coats of Danish Oil and different stains applied throuhout the build and all thats left is to add a couple of coats of polyurethane.. and give it my Dad, who i’m sure, will like it. He’s a fan of my work and I know he wont be expecting anything like this.. it will be hand delivered just before easter..

Well i hope you like this blog and my recent efforts.. and i hope youre all well. Best wished and kind regards


AKA Woody

-- If at first we don't succeed, measure and measure again

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#1 posted 03-03-2018 12:45 AM

i love seeing different things and this auto has tons of GR8 details too numerous to mention all … GREAT JOB :<))


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#2 posted 03-03-2018 01:14 AM

Nicely done and who doesn’t like a cool sports car!!!!
I’m sure your dad will be proud of it.

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#3 posted 03-03-2018 03:00 AM

Absolutely brilliant work with superb detailing sir. Very well done indeed.

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

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#4 posted 03-03-2018 04:31 AM

Very nice build, enjoyed all the pictures.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 03-03-2018 06:52 AM

Another beauty out of your hands! I liked the tractor, but I believe this one can beat him. I prefer wooden chairs, but that’s personal. I enjoyed looking at the interior equipment, wind screen wipers and wheels. Where did you bought the plan for this TRIOMF?


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#6 posted 03-03-2018 07:40 AM

Thanks Dutchy.. It’s a company that operates via Etsy called lloydswoodtoyplans. Lloyd has almost 200 plans and uses the sliced style version of building. Its quite effective.. And prices a very reasonable.

-- If at first we don't succeed, measure and measure again

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#7 posted 03-03-2018 08:44 AM

Very nice, I bet it runs better than the real car ever did…

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#8 posted 03-03-2018 12:29 PM

very cool build, and yours looks better than the original digital representation

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#9 posted 03-03-2018 12:29 PM

You did a nice job on this model and it’s an interesting post.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#10 posted 03-03-2018 01:33 PM

Very nice. lots of detail. well done.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#11 posted 03-03-2018 01:34 PM

Nice job… very cool!!!you definitely have a pocket full of patience.

-- Ed Port Republic

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#12 posted 03-03-2018 03:17 PM

Outstanding! Just beautiful.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 03-03-2018 06:17 PM

You did a nice job on this model and it s an interesting post.

helluvawreck aka Charles

- helluvawreck

HAW has a way of stating everything that needs to be said! I am in 100% agreement with thim.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#14 posted 03-03-2018 06:26 PM

Thank you to all of you. Your comments actually are so important to me. I’m a veritable newbie to all this and it’s your kind words, encouragement and constructive criticism that enable me to produce better work. Kindest regards to you all..

-- If at first we don't succeed, measure and measure again

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#15 posted 03-03-2018 06:49 PM

Very cool build, the skill you guys have that replicate cars/trucks just amazes me.

-- Doug...

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