Willy’s Jeep

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Project by FrenchGoattoys posted 08-04-2019 11:01 PM 740 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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, to wit: the canvas top, which turned out to be a tad too heavy so it didn’t pack as well as I hoped, the top bow, and the windshield. There were other goals in mind, but why drag on.

One last thing, kudos to the wife for making the top. She did a great job!!!

So, without further ado, here is the good, the bad, and the ugly. Mission accomplished, I think.

See my blog for more photos if you want to see it coming together.

PS. My goal is not to create a part exactly, rather, it is to create the idea of the part.

I hope you like this Jeep as much as I do. It was a fun project.


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

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#1 posted 08-04-2019 11:27 PM

You did an awesome job on that! Brings back memories. When I was little my dad purchased a WWII surplus jeep from some army surplus outfit. We had that jeep for, well until I graduated from high school. Use it for hunting, fishing, and as our tractor pull our hay cutter, rake and trailer. It was a workhorse.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 08-04-2019 11:29 PM

i love this Jeep KJ …. soooo whats next …. GREAT JOB :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 08-04-2019 11:31 PM

i love this Jeep KJ …. soooo whats next …. GREAT JOB :<)))


I think a stagecoach.

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

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#4 posted 08-05-2019 12:28 AM

what a beautiful specimen of love of labor. There are way too many features to pick anything special being that the whole model is special.
You should be proud of it and even more proud when the DT3 shows up

-- 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

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#5 posted 08-05-2019 01:04 AM

What a fantastic build!!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 08-05-2019 01:22 AM

An extraordinary job with wonderful details.

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#7 posted 08-05-2019 01:40 AM

That’s a great model. One of the best I’ve seen on LJ I think.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#8 posted 08-05-2019 02:14 AM

All I can say is “Wow!!!!”

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#9 posted 08-05-2019 04:07 AM

I think it looks fantastic, the details are really well done. It looks like you didn’t forget a thing. Congrats on your DT3.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#10 posted 08-05-2019 07:09 AM

Excellent and detailed work. This is my favourite vehicle ever!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 08-05-2019 08:08 AM

Doubleplus good.

How about a WW1 aircraft next?

-- Bruce, UK

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#12 posted 08-05-2019 12:07 PM

Very nice job with the completed project, including the top.

Note that conventional fabric is going to be too dense for a model. Something like linen, instead of canvas, will have a closer appearance on a model.

If going that route, then fabric dye could attain the desired color.

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#13 posted 08-05-2019 12:10 PM

Wow. I love it. As a Jeep fanatic err owner, I approve!

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#14 posted 08-06-2019 07:43 AM

I can’t top what’s been said. But I do have to chime in with reference to authentication. It looks as real as real can be. I drove one a hundred years ago to get the mail for our submarine crew while in Italy. The jeep was fine but it was dangerous sending an inexperienced guy 23 miles for mail who had never driven on the “wrong” side of the road.Good memories, good looking jeep.

-- DonB

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#15 posted 08-06-2019 05:21 PM

Wow! Finn that is certainly one of the coolest toys that has ever been displayed here. The detail is over the top….just one question… many hours did this take you?

-- Mike

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