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Project by rilanda posted 737 days ago 1408 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was made from a photograph downloaded from the internet several years ago. The model is approximately 12” (305mm) long, 4 (102mm) wide & high. All the dimensions were scaled from this one photo, with some of my own interpretations of parts difficult to determine from the photo. Decided to make this model because I saw one of these fantastic cars many years ago when I was a 15 year old boy and was completely awestruck by its elegant lines. It is completely made by hand using a wide variety of hand tools and a very wide selection of different timbers. much of the work is with very small pieces of timber and work holding becomes a problem but this was overcome sometimes with the most unlikely tools (bluetac being used on one occasion for holding a component). the wheels were made of two different timbers, Maple for the hub and Black walnut for the Tyre. The Tyre was drilled using a 42mm Forstner bit, the hub was turned to fit, then the Tyre and hub were glued together before being finally turned into a wheel (see photo). The model was assembled using a variety of adhesives, PVA, Cynoacrylate etc. Many of the component were cleaned up before assembly as they would have been impossible to clean up after. Brass wire was used to make the windscreen the joint in this were soldered. It was then sprayed black before the windscreen was eventually fixed to the model with Cynoacrylate gluing it into drilled sockets. The whole model was finally finished with 3 coats of spray acrylic clear lacquer. I have included an exploded diagram of the model to illustrate the number of components that went into making it, unfortunately it is a Cad drawing that has been converted into jpeg format for this posting and it looses some definition.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#1 posted 737 days ago

That must have taken ages Bill, I love the sweep of the front wings. Thanks for posting.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#2 posted 737 days ago

It is quite beautiful. A classic car and the graceful timeless lines of the wood compliment each other. This is my kind of “toy car.”

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#3 posted 737 days ago

That is a great looking classic. You”ve done a wonderful job building this model. It looks like a lot of details and a lot of precise work. Well done.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 737 days ago

Great job. I think this is one i need to build.

-- Ray

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#5 posted 736 days ago

Wow. That’s some great work!!

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#6 posted 736 days ago

This is as sharp as a tack. it really looks good and you did a fine job on it.


-- 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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#7 posted 736 days ago

Wonderful work Bill. The Bugatti is very beautiful to my eyes. It does seem that elegance is timeless.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 736 days ago

Even when it’s made of wood Bugatti takes breath!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 736 days ago

Working from pictures and actual cars and trucks is very rewarding. nice job

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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