1886 Benz Motorwagon Model

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Project by tim0001 posted 07-25-2021 07:25 PM 916 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a really fun project and my favorite model – so far; and I have made a few. This is a Forest Street Designs plan and has a lot of challenging parts, and I love this model. I of course added my own “fingerprints.”

The wheels were a major part of this build, as you can imagine, but not as difficult as I thought they would be. I used 3/16 baltic birch ply for the wheels (for strength) and made a fixture to drill the 1/16 inch holes for the spokes per the plan. I first used a 3/16 inch brad point bit on the drill press and mounted jig to just drill a slight pilot hole using only the brad of the bit, which subsequently helped keep the 1/16 inch bit from wondering when drilling the through holes. The plan suggested using an awl to mark the holes but the brad point bit was more precise than I could do with an awl, especially in keeping centered. The spokes are 18 gauge copper wire; almost 30 feet of it. And yes I had to strip all of it, and straighten it by pulling about 6 feet at a time with pliers with one end in the vise. Installing the spokes was a bit tedious but once I got the hang of it it went pretty fast. I did one side at a time which seemed to go faster than alternating front and back of the hub. The finished wheels are more sturdy than I had imagined. The plan suggested painting the spokes black (as original) but I just could not paint those fine looking copper spokes! The engine flywheel was cut with a scroll saw using a bit of double bevel technique to fit the outer maple and inner walnut rings. The wheels and some engine parts all rotate. The front wheel also turns and steers.

Wood types: Frame and floor slates are Mahogany, wheel hubs are walnut, bloodwood for springs and front fork/frame. Seat frame is maple with applied copper on sides. Seat is leather over a pine base and a bit of foam, with brass pins. The seat back is Cocobolo. The steering pieces are cooper on holly. Engine is a combination of Sapele, Maple, Bloodwood, Walnut, and brass rods, some brass applied to maple, and some brass tube. I painted some parts, Wheels (black), and some engine parts. lacquer finish.

Thanks for looking and comments are always appreciated. (Next up is a stand for the marble machine.)

-- TimV: The understanding eye sees the maker's fingerprints. They are evident in every detail ... Leave Fingerprints. Author: James Krenov

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#1 posted 07-25-2021 07:48 PM

very nice job. chuck

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#2 posted 07-25-2021 09:05 PM

Extremely well executed model. Very nicely done. If I remember correctly there is one in the Brumos Museum in Jacksonville, FL. If not the exact one one very similar. Same engine configuration. Also a lot of Brumos Porsche race cars, and a lot of older Mercedes Benz cars.

-- Ron

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#3 posted 07-25-2021 09:30 PM

Oh Man! That is a super build, a great price of art. Excellent workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 07-25-2021 09:31 PM

Absolutely stunning !

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#5 posted 07-25-2021 09:41 PM

Incredible work. Didn’t read the owner’s manual you wrote but I sure did enjoy your photos which were also great.

-- James E McIntyre

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#6 posted 07-25-2021 09:47 PM

Fantastic Job. Keep them coming.


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#7 posted 07-25-2021 09:53 PM

Beautiful project and just have to love them wheels.
Please tell us it’s measurements.

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#8 posted 07-25-2021 10:14 PM

That is unreal….ur model making is exceptional!!! Wnat is the overall size? Thank you for showing us that!

-- Mike

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#9 posted 07-25-2021 11:19 PM

Tim, Amazing patient craftsmanship sir as the model is gorgeous.

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

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#10 posted 07-25-2021 11:21 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship, and a very neat model, great build. I would have left the copper bare also, it will turn color in time and add to the model.

Top marks.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#11 posted 07-25-2021 11:39 PM

Wow, that’s totally amazing!

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#13 posted 07-26-2021 12:51 AM

wow,did i say wow,i meant wow.thats model making at the highest level.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#14 posted 07-26-2021 01:42 AM

i just love the wood choices on this very nice model or should i say art work GREAT JOB :<)))) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#15 posted 07-26-2021 11:54 AM

VERY, VERY nice work. I’m pretty sure the wheels alone would have made me give up. Congrats on a job so well done

-- 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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