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12-21-2016 08:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: toy toys riding toddler project hardware

Hey guys-

New grandpa here and I’m building a riding toy for my grandson. His dad is a pilot so I’m making a riding toy that will resemble dad’s plane. Riding toy will be one of the type the little guy can sit on and scoot with his feet and steer via a front mounted “tiller” that will be made like the control yoke on his dad’s plane. Wheels will be where the landing gear is “located” on the real one. Just to get an idea, his dad flys large 4 engine jets so I thought it would be cool to make a riding toy that looks like his dad’s jet.

I’ve sourced the wheels but I can’t find a source for a bearing for the “tiller”. I was thinking some type of very small lazy susan or thrust bearing would work. Anybody build something similar? Where did you get the hardware?

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#1 posted 12-25-2016 02:46 AM

For most of my hardware I source McMaster Carr when I am creating something unique as you are. I have made small children’s vehicles by using the front wheel system from children’s red wagons. The problem with that system is there is a limited turning radius if you keep the handle.

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#2 posted 12-25-2016 02:57 AM

Plus 1 on McMaster. Even though they are more expensive than places like Amazon, they have so many items in stock (and an excellent search engine and checkout system) that I try to order as much as possible through them. It really speeds up the process of finding and obtaining the supplies I need.

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#3 posted 12-25-2016 02:58 AM

McMaster, Graingers, Digi-key, Fastenal, Ace hardware, Tractor Supply, the BORG and my garage… if I can’t find something between one of those, I’ll make it myself :)

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#4 posted 12-26-2016 04:20 PM

I spent a lot of time on the net looking for parts that would fit what I’m trying to do. Found some thrust bearings for the tiller at a bearing house, price was decent, like $5 each (need 2). I found wheels from a caster house. They have grey plastic hubs with integral bearings in 3in and 5 in at line $3 and $5 and kinda look like small airplane wheels if you squint hard enough.

I’m working on an idea for the “engines” using a foam product.

For the refueling boom, I found a magnet house in PA that carries small rare earth magnets that I can embed in the boom end and the nose of the toy jets so he can “tank” his fleet while he rides around the house.

My son pilots a KC135 so I was thinking about an original hub for the yoke, but Boeing seems to be the only source and they want $200 for that little hub piece with the aircraft logo. Guess that will be hand painted along with the tail flash from my son’s squadron.

One thing for sure, ain’t no kid gonna have anything like this. Gotta love the grandkids…..

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#5 posted 02-26-2017 02:28 PM

So here’s the result- more pix in project section

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#6 posted 02-26-2017 02:30 PM

So here’s the result- more pix in project section

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#7 posted 02-26-2017 02:49 PM

Mc Master Carr is the company that Wiley Cyote uses.

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#8 posted 02-26-2017 03:04 PM

Great job!! AND it flies inverted!! (o:

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#9 posted 02-26-2017 03:07 PM

I SEE he fly’s upside down ….probably like his father also ….LOL ....GREAT JOB :<))

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#10 posted 02-26-2017 09:17 PM

I use Mc Master Carr too and have never been dissapointed with them!
I also use Grainger which also has a lot of similar items.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 02-27-2017 03:20 AM

Sorry about the inverted pix, just figured out what happened.

Found the thrust bearings in the correct size from a bearing house in CA that has odd sizes. Grainger didn’t have anything on my list of stuff. The boom is held up by rare earth magnets. I used my hollow chisel mortiser to slot the wings, stabilizer and rudders in. Since mine tilts, I was able to put dihedral on the wings and stabilizer. The slot is there as a weight saving measure, the rest of the plane is solid ash. My 83yo dad (great grandpa) hand painted the markings. He’s also prior service military and painted the acronym NKAWTG on the tail. Saying among the refuelers is “Nobody Kicks A__ Without Tanker Gas!” Wait till the little guy is learning his letters and asks what that means…. Looks like either his dad or great grandpa have some splainin to do.

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