1937 Wolsely car from the TV series Foyle's War. and how I Modeled it.

  • Advertise with us
Project by bushmaster posted 02-07-2016 03:48 AM 3493 views 10 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have wanted to make a model the car used in the TV series Foyle’s War, A British Drama about a defective during WW2. At the request of a LJ I am going to include pictures with a brief explanation how I make realistic looking models. It is really quite easy and no need to use a scale and detailed plans, It all done for you in the picture.
I had bought some black walnut as I wanted this model to knock your socks off but when I went to lay out the pieces I needed I did not have enough and I didn’t want to drive the 50 miles to get more so just made it out of the birch that I have a huge supply off. the process is the same and I will be waiting to see your favorite car out of exotic woods. This explanation will follow the method I used to make other models I have posted, they are This was the first one I did as a specific car

Thanks Mark for explaneing how to do a link. So lets just get started.
First find a side view of the car you want to model in images on the internet, or you could take a side view picture of a car of interest in your area. With just dog sleds here I just couldn’t get 20 dogs to all stand still enough to take a picture.

Then copy it to your computer and enlarge it so the wheels are the size you are going to use, I use 2 inch wheels, so glue up a block of wood the size of your enlarged car making sure a lamination does not go through the tapered hood. Oh yes you want to know how wide, just one pinky finger wide, or if you must know somewhere between 2.375” to 2.625” this one is the last one other ones vary. In other words what ever looks good.

While you are waiting for that to dry, why not cut the fenders off your picture and trace on a piece of the same wood and cut that out too. You could even look for some nice edge grain wood and cut two thin pieces the size of the side view of your model, say .187”. I will post a picture further down. So now that the glue is drue, surface, copy the position the windows from the picture and draw freehand the interior of the car complete with seats and floor boards.

Cut out with a bandsaw, sand, doesn’t have to done to good, I use a narrow belt sander that pokes in the holes so takes only a few minutes and then stain the inside, I use ebony. Now all you have to do to this part is taper the front hood section. You could cut the sides in a curve but that is a whole nother can of worms, I tryed it on the truck. NOTE, YOU MUST MAKE A STEERING COLUMN AND STEERING WHEEL AND INSTALL BEFORE THE SIDES ARE GLUED ON, easy to forget in your excitement.

Surface bandsaw cut, then take your two thin pieces of wood and cut the windows out, tracing from your pattern on a scroll saw if you have one, sides have to be cut in two pieces where the tapered front is, fitted and gles on. Then front is trimmed off and a contrasting piec of wood is glued on. Body is done except for fenders, start ginding and shaping.

Cut a wedge to follow the tapered front, fit very carefully, and glue onto the fender pieces you cut out previously or waited till now to do using the paper pattern picture. They are glued to the outside fender pieces in the proper position. gell crazy glue is with accelerator is nice when glueing tapered pieces. Then cut only to the outside shape of the fenders, do not cut the wheel well out.

Now you are about done, just grind and shape sand and glue on. try to get a fine glue line. after that just finishing final shaping and sanding of the rest of the car.

Oh yes, I quess you need wheels, Use what you have or may you may be interested in how I modify bought wheels in this link

This time to drill the holes I had one already drill and just made a tight dowel to join the two and drilled through the holes, worked better and faster than the way it did each one before.

Then you need to spend a few minutes figuring out bumpers, lights, horns etc. now that shouldn’t be as hard for you as it was for me. I used 1/8 dowels to attach these. Ops I should have said .125”

Now wasn’t that easy, just put a finish on it and give away to your grand kids, Oh ha I still have all mine.

Guess that was as clear as mud, I can answer any questions you might have, I tried to make the process as brief as possible, wood worker are good at reading in between the lines and adapting.
Any comments and suggestion are appreciated. I am hopeing someone will post a better model soon. It only takes parts of 4 days to complete.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

23 comments so far

View ralbuck's profile


6677 posts in 3271 days

#1 posted 02-07-2016 04:06 AM

Extremely well done!

Still a playable toy and an art piece to!

Can be on the mantle or I n the toy-box and be at home ether place!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

View John's profile


2007 posts in 2275 days

#2 posted 02-07-2016 04:07 AM

Great looking car Brian. Nothing wrong with your Birch supply.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

30597 posts in 3343 days

#3 posted 02-07-2016 04:34 AM

Very cool

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

View Mark Wilson's profile

Mark Wilson

2914 posts in 2068 days

#4 posted 02-07-2016 05:06 AM

Modern car makers can’t touch the carriage builders of the first half of the 20th century, Am I right? I have pie-in-the-sky thing in my head about someday building a full-size, wooden Deusenberg or Rolls Royce touring car. I puleed up the links you included here, and really got some of my buttons pushed.

-- Mark

View crowie's profile


4307 posts in 2956 days

#5 posted 02-07-2016 05:11 AM

Beautiful Brian, You’ve certain done the old Wolseley proud with your model, lovely lines… great TV series too….

Thank you for all the extra photos and build notes…..

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

View Jim Rowe's profile

Jim Rowe

1124 posts in 3317 days

#6 posted 02-07-2016 09:58 AM

Very nicely done.
Thought you might like to see a picture of a wooden shooting break built on a Daimler chassis. It’s in the Queen’s collection at Sandringham. I think the builders were Hoopers of London. It was used to carry shooting parties on the big estates in the Uk and also saw service in Africa.


-- It always looks better when it's finished!

View BobWemm's profile


2951 posts in 2931 days

#7 posted 02-07-2016 10:53 AM

Great job Brian, it looks really real.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

View recycle1943's profile


5041 posts in 2627 days

#8 posted 02-07-2016 11:39 AM

There are tutorials and then there are tutorials. This was a 2 year course in design engineering condensed into a 5 minute tutorial. Never saw a discription so easy to understand and precisely written, oh yeah – the car is pretty nice too !!

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

View becikeja's profile


1166 posts in 3818 days

#9 posted 02-07-2016 12:07 PM

Thanks for the tutorial, love the car

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

View Redoak49's profile


5088 posts in 2994 days

#10 posted 02-07-2016 12:18 PM

A great car and a terrific job. Thanks for showing us how you did it.

View clieb91's profile


4201 posts in 4940 days

#11 posted 02-07-2016 12:21 PM

Very nice and a great tutorial.
Thanks for sharing.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

View bushmaster's profile


4118 posts in 3287 days

#12 posted 02-07-2016 03:10 PM

Up early this morning and would like to thank all of you for your nice comments, Was thinking I should include a photo of my secret weapon, well it almost looks like a gun if you shut your eyes. Most valuable for quickly building models and numerous other jobs for quickly removing edge material and shaping. I seen this at Home Depo when visiting my son on sale, and packages of belts for about 80% off. bought all they had and then went to another and bought there’s. Quess no one could figure out what to use this sander for and I most likely didn’t either at the time, but am a sucker for wood products on sale.
If anyone needs an extra picture for clarity I can include it. I had more but didnt want to bore you.

Another way you can remove edge material and carve is it to draw your wood backwards at an angle to the bandsaw blade, it works quite well but be careful and practice on a long scrap of wood to get the right angle. Move the wood quickly.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

View a1Jim's profile


118161 posts in 4582 days

#13 posted 02-07-2016 03:24 PM

Very cool build ,thanks for the photo explanation too.


View Roman - THE BOOTMAN's profile


1065 posts in 3691 days

#14 posted 02-07-2016 04:15 PM

Lovely bit of work and an excellent tutorial.
The Bootman!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

View Sasha's profile


1281 posts in 2217 days

#15 posted 02-07-2016 06:40 PM

I Take off a hat…. Thanks for the Lesson…... I liked it very much…..

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

showing 1 through 15 of 23 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics