Vintage delivery van

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Project by rilanda posted 07-19-2012 08:02 PM 2073 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from a picture of a vintage vehicle seen on the web, a little artistic license has been used to determine details that could not be seen. Made from a wide variety of soft and hardwoods, needless to say most of them would have finished in the wood burner but with timber I am a miserly old skinflint and will waste nothing; the pieces found there way into bit bag and were saved for just this sort of project. The van measures about 9” (225mm) long; 4” (102mm) wide & high. Almost completely made by hand using a wide variety of tools and a home produced disc sander. Glued together using a combination of Cynoacrylate & PVA. the decals were produced on my own computer, glued into position with PVA before being sealed with a clear acrylic Lacquer. The hinges to the rear doors are simple pivots made from brass wire, the canopy supports, rear step supports and crank handle are all made from brass wire. The wheel are composite using two different species of timber.
The four Photos are self explanatory the 5th picture is my drawing and the 6th is the same drawing that has been rendered all produced on my computer. Working drawings to full size details were produced as was a comprehensive cutting list, listing the 38 different items in detail. The project final finish was obtained using a 320 grit silicone carbide paper, a coat of cellulose sander sealer applied, then after rubbing down 2 coats of acrylic lacquer was applied. Although I didn’t keep a record of how long it took me (never do) i would estimate it took me about 30 – 40 hrs.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 07-19-2012 08:17 PM

Bill that is amazing

The design is tops, the detail is great

Also the fact that you did it from A-Z

I would love to be able to make one

like this.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 07-19-2012 09:39 PM

great little truck i like it

-- robert dignam

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#3 posted 07-19-2012 10:17 PM

That really is beautiful Bill, and excellent job on the finish.

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#4 posted 07-20-2012 01:51 AM

Great job Bill. Thanks for sharing

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina ([email protected])

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#5 posted 07-20-2012 04:31 AM

Great truck.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 07-21-2012 03:37 AM

Great job and nice attention to the little things

-- Ray

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#7 posted 07-22-2012 12:20 AM

Those were well spent hours, very nice vehicle. Very good detail and the design is wonderful

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 07-25-2012 06:47 PM

Very cool truck!

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