Willy’s jeep #1: Axe and shovel

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Blog entry by FrenchGoattoys posted 02-24-2019 08:26 AM 704 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have decided to build a WWII Jeep. Oddly enough, I, uncharacteristically for most, started with accessories, to wit: the shovel and the axe. I like to mix mediums in my projects. Ergo, instead of wood, I forged the shovel spade, handle, and axe blade from tin. I used solder to fill in the gaps of the folded tin, which also allowed for additional shaping.

After cutting out the general shape, I shaped most of the items with a file. On the folded axe blade I was able to use a grinder to hone it and finished up with the file. I think the shovel handle needs some touch up work, but wanted to get the project posted.

I used a toothpick for the shovel handle, making an indentation in the ends. I then wrapped the tin handle around 18g wire. The wire acted like pins and held the toothpick in place.

The next step is figuring out a way to make canvas for the seat covers, real canvas seems a bit too thick. I also need to figure out the angle of the Jeep body on the sides as it transitions to the engine area.

I know, I know, I am building this backwards. I just can’t help myself when it comes to seeing if I can make an idea work.

Although I wanted them to have a used look, I am concerned they might be a bit too crude looking. Overall, I do think they look kind of cool considering I am a novice to toy/model builder.

Hopefully there won’t be a long duration between part one and two.


-- KJ, Spokane, WA.: Don’t count the days; make the days count.

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#1 posted 02-24-2019 02:43 PM

These do look pretty cool and they should make your jeep model look more authentic too.

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#2 posted 03-07-2019 05:39 PM

Cool tools!
Need to make a pick to go with them.
I don’t know why but they look like tools you would use as you searched for the last Dutchman’s mine.
Been watching to many metal detecting videos. lol

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#3 posted 03-09-2019 02:35 AM

Cool tools!

I agree, they are rustic. But that is what I kind of like about them. Been through war looking.

-- KJ, Spokane, WA.: Don’t count the days; make the days count.

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