Grandson's second Christmas gift

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Project by sras posted 07-23-2020 06:26 PM 758 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Catching up on older projects that I haven’t gotten around to sharing.

This one was a very big hit. My grandson loved watching Daniel Tiger. There is a story segment featuring a trolley car .

I built this one from plans in Jim Makowicki’s Making Heirloom Toys . It is not an exact match to the Daniel Tiger version, but the color scheme got it close enough.

This build is a case where I got so wrapped up in construction that I forgot to take any build pictures. I do remember that it was tricky to get the roof to set on top of all the dowels at the same time. I worked each one into place and had to put the assembly into my bench vise to get everything seated properly.

The coloring is done with TransTint dyes and a couple coats of clear water based polyurethane.

He loved the gift. It was interesting to watch him with it. Rather than drive it around he would just hold it while he watched the show.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 07-23-2020 07:39 PM

Nice Steve, my first thoughts: Los Angeles.

BTW trolley car has a dead link, 403


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#2 posted 07-23-2020 07:48 PM

Sweet. Making wonderful memories for the little ones!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 07-23-2020 08:03 PM

Dutchy – LA or San Francisco! Not sure about the broken link. It works when I use it. Makes it kind of hard to fix.. Here’s an image from the link:

Lew – Definitely! And pretty good memories for me too!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 07-23-2020 09:34 PM

Very nice trolley car, Steve! All five of my granddaughters would love one.

BTW, the link to the trolley car works for me. Don’t know if you fixed it, or if it was never broken.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#5 posted 07-23-2020 10:09 PM

Thanks Don! It was a fun build. I suspect the link might have some issues from overseas…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 07-23-2020 11:28 PM

Nicely done. I saw it and immediately thought Mr Rogers.


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

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#7 posted 07-23-2020 11:38 PM

Chris – that means I did something right!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 07-23-2020 11:46 PM

Mighty Fine, job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 07-24-2020 12:17 AM

Thanks oldrivers!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 07-24-2020 12:57 AM

Great job sras... with your kiddie centric models, you and crowie should be twins... alternatively, going by the colour of the trolley… at least blood brothers.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#11 posted 07-24-2020 03:59 AM

Thanks LBD – at some point I hope to make some grownup models. Right now it is fun to see the grandkids enjoy them!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 07-24-2020 10:52 AM

Superb toy Steve, love it.
I’ll have to follow it up and look for the plan.

And for ducky; who can pass up the reward & payment of joyous smiles from a child.

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

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#13 posted 07-24-2020 01:33 PM

Thanks crowie!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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