Willy’s jeep

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Blog series by FrenchGoattoys updated 08-04-2019 10:40 PM 8 parts 5669 reads 23 comments total

Part 1: Axe and shovel

02-24-2019 08:26 AM by FrenchGoattoys | 3 comments »

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 ...

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Part 2: Slight progress

03-07-2019 01:54 PM by FrenchGoattoys | 0 comments »

Well, I haven’t had loads of time to spend in the Bar and Drill lately. Ergo, work on the Jeep has been slow. However, I did make some progress and think I have a way to make the canvas. I might have to do something different with the shovel handle. Still seems a bit crooked. Look, they fit! Not sure the canvas color is right.

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Part 3: Undercarriage

03-15-2019 03:52 AM by FrenchGoattoys | 4 comments »

I managed to find a few hours to spend in the Bar and Drill. I started working on some undercarriage ideas, and this is what I came up with. Still needs some cleaning up, but I thought I would get the pictures up, so if someone had an idea, it wouldn’t be to late to change direction. That is all I got today, cheers.

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Part 4: In the details

03-22-2019 03:12 AM by FrenchGoattoys | 5 comments »

As usual, things need a bit of cleaning up, but here is where my experiments regarding details have taken me thus far. Gas , clutch and brake. From the back seat From the passenger seat. Canvas seat covers. Well, there are some of my ideas for some of the small details and the introduction of other textures in my wood models.

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Part 5: Prototype support system for canvas top

03-27-2019 07:26 PM by FrenchGoattoys | 3 comments »

Ok, this is why it takes me so long to build these things. I am constantly fudging around and I am afraid to clue anything. Because my best efforts to make the system hardware out of wood completely failed, I settled on other options. I am concerned I am getting too many textures and the hardware is over sized. After some toying, I see I am not likely going to be able to combine stowing and mounting. So, I am going to have to make it mount in the back. Any thoughts would be welcomed...

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Part 6: It’s not the top, but I finally made progress.

04-15-2019 11:09 PM by FrenchGoattoys | 2 comments »

I am glad to note, I made progress. Still hopeful I can work in the functioning top. The goal here was to add some color and different textures without completely losing the wood. At the same time, I wanted to add some details and create a worn crudeness to the overall look. A few things I would do differently, a few mistakes, but alas; I own it now. Where it all started; the shovel and axe.

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Part 7: Getting closer

07-14-2019 09:15 PM by FrenchGoattoys | 5 comments »


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Part 8: Ta-da. I don’t know what else I can do. Je suis complète

08-04-2019 10:40 PM by FrenchGoattoys | 1 comment »

So, finally, I am done. I had several goals in mind when I started this project. The first was to build a Jeep and give it color and parts that provided a worn look. Second, was to interject different mediums to add a hint of detail without losing the overall wood appearance. I am certain there are pure of heart wood modelers who are cringing at the sight and cursing my name. But what the heck, I haven’t been much for boxes; they clutter my shop. Third, I wanted to make some functional parts...

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