Truck & Trailer Combination from the Norm Marshall toy book.

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Project by crowie posted 03-12-2013 12:00 AM 2512 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Truck & Trailer Combination from the Norm Marshall toy book.

I’d seen a few “Construction Crew” toys that some blokes had done so thought I’d give it a go.
I just used a selection of timber I had in my shed/woodshop [hardwood & softwood].
I made my first big mistake trying to convert the imperial sizes in the book plans to metric and thus have had to remake & or modify parts on the go.
I was also a bit frustrated with the current supply of dowel and finding the correct drill to use to have the desired fit.
After all the hassle of remaking & modifying parts I then when and added a few extra bits to personalize the Truck & Trailer as you can see in the photos.
I’ve put 3 coats on “tung oil” on it as a finish and I think it’s come up okay.
I took something like 20 plus hours it took to make the toy.
I realized after I’d finished the steering wheel is on the wrong side for an Australian truck….lol.

This was one of the first of this sort of project and it did help improve my skills for the next project, thank you. Cheers from On Top DownUnder, Crowie

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

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#1 posted 03-12-2013 01:41 AM

Looks great Crowie

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#2 posted 03-12-2013 10:16 AM

Looks good Peter is this another one for the grand children

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#3 posted 03-12-2013 10:48 AM

Rugger little guy. Nice job.

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#4 posted 03-13-2013 01:14 AM

I love the cab….I’ll use that idea when I make my flatbed cribbage board. Great job! I have to try and figure out how you made those exhaust pipes..


-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#5 posted 03-14-2013 03:23 PM

Wonderful toy trailer! Like every detail of it, well planned and constructed. Kids will have loads of fun playing with it.

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#6 posted 03-15-2013 10:15 PM

G’Day All, Thanks gents All…....
Prez, I firstly use a centre finder to get the centre point of the larger dowel, plus scribe marks for parallel lines down the length of the dowel, the 2 smaller dowels are just glued into a hole in the large dowel at its centre, after marking out & spacing all the indents along the large dowel I use an engineers “vee block” on the drill press table, the drill bit has tape for depth control and away you go drilling all the holes…. I hope that makes some sense…. I could at sometime, maybe the next time I make one, do a small tutorial with WIP photos of the process.

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

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#8 posted 02-25-2018 01:00 PM

Late to the party but loved making models from the Norm Marshall toy books also.

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