Model AA Nick's Carpentry

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Project by romansfivefive posted 02-15-2008 03:54 AM 3127 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my third crack at a Model AA. I am starting to learn from my mistakes and it is taking a lot less time to make one of these. My friend gave me some scrap soft maple that I was able to use for this project. Maple is so much more forgiving than a spruce 2×4. The rad is made with toothpicks inset to mimik the rad fins and I used sanded plugs for the mirrors and tail lamps. The box is laminated maple and oak strips with maple rails. THey are finished with a light oak stain and varnish. The lettering is a touch I thought some people might like, I can do logos too.

There are some deviations from the original photo, but I like the way it looked. It is 12X6X6 with 2 inch wheels. I spent more time on the undercarriage of this one, the muffler, rear axle, leaf springs are little details I have spent more time on. The little do-dads in the bed are just made out of scrap I had laying around. there is a door, window, ladder, sawhorses, lumber pile, tool box and hardware crate. It was a lot of fun.

In the 2×4 contest, Some of you had mentioned in jest that you wanted one of these, I was wondering if I were to sell something like this, how much do you think I should ask? I was wondering if any of you in southern Ontario wanted to trade display toys for second hand power tools or equipment?

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#1 posted 02-15-2008 04:50 AM

Very nice. I simply cannot imagine the perseverance and patience it takes to makes something like this. This is a wonderful piece.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-15-2008 04:54 AM

Looks good. I do believe you are starting to get the hang of it..LOL.. And just from pictures too.. I am impressed…

Selling stuff like this is hit and miss. If you are lucky enough to meet someone that really wants one they will pay you, but in most cases people won’t give you you it cost ya….... Trading for suff you need sounds like the way to go. I am in S Ontario, but I don’t have any spare tools that need a new home, and besides; I have little toys all over the house, and more on the way…...... LOL :-)

Keep up the good work.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#3 posted 02-15-2008 07:39 AM

The truck is really nice. What sets it off is the do-dads, gold lettering and pin stripping.


-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 02-15-2008 09:00 AM

I really like your truck – the attention to detail really jumps out at you. I wish you luck selling them – no doubt you could sell a bunch, but probably not for what they are worth. Customers have no concept of what it takes to do something like this.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 02-15-2008 03:05 PM

I think that the trucks are extremely nice. I would believe that the time involved in building them is greater than the the price that someone might pay. However, with Your talant , one just never can tell what another would value them at. Keep up the work, andtime will tell.

-- Saved, and so grateful, consider who Created it ALL!!!

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#6 posted 02-15-2008 03:27 PM

great truck – and the extras make it extra-special!! Love it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 02-15-2008 06:15 PM

VERY VERY NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#8 posted 02-15-2008 09:09 PM

This is soooooooo cool! I used to build lots of models when I was a kid. I love this.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 02-16-2008 12:07 AM

Absolutely fabulous.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 02-16-2008 02:32 PM

Really nice truck, like the small details. Nice work.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#11 posted 03-18-2008 04:50 PM

Wonderful job, great work.

-- Ray

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#12 posted 07-27-2008 07:53 PM

Fantastic! It is also heart warming to see how many Christians there is on this site.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#13 posted 10-18-2008 11:20 AM

Awesome truck. The colors, along with the lettering, are the bomb. I’ve considered selling some things, too. I don’t think we could ever factor in the actual hours involved when figuring a price. When it comes to selling something I think it’s better to go with something that isn’t so detailed, but still unique and eye-catching. One thought might be to take it around to businesses and see if they will “commission” a truck with their logo on the side. Then you might get a more reasonable price for it. Maybe they could write it off as advertising?

-- Joe-Carver, MN

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