Toy Lorries

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Project by rilanda posted 07-28-2012 07:06 AM 2204 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Many of these I made for my Grandson when he was about 3 – 4 years old. They are my original design and to give you some idea of scale; the tank on the back of the tanker was made from the cardboard tube that runs up the centre of a roll of carpet about 4” (102mm) diameter and 12” (305 mm) long. No metal of any sort was used in their construction all mechanical fixings were dowels. MDF was the predominant material and PVA the adhesive used, paint was all child safe, wheels were self made usually from Beech, axles were 12 mm doweling (needed to be strong because he used them to ride on. They were used, abused and crashed umpteen times over but they survived until he outgrew them, probably gone to that great big toy lorry dump in the sky by now. Made many variants of them for a number of the local kids and they all did what they were supposed to do give pleasure and foster imagination in young minds.
photo 1; Milk Tanker, could easily be a petrol tanker; 2- Low loader, Milk tanker and pantechnicon, all using the same tractor but differing trailers; 3- Milk tanker, different tractor from photo 1; 4- tractor unit; 5- low loader; 6- Tipper truck built off the same tractor unit (more about the bus in my next post)

-- 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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#1 posted 07-28-2012 02:17 PM

Well done!! Great design and build.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#2 posted 07-28-2012 02:23 PM

Those will be a few of the fond memories he will have of his Grandpa.

Nicely done. – Grandpa Len. :-)

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 07-29-2012 02:32 AM

Wow!!! what a great fleet. Amazing paint job. goodonya mate.

-- Dave -

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#4 posted 07-29-2012 01:47 PM

Love the style! Great job Grandpa!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#5 posted 07-30-2012 11:58 AM

Not much into toy making but you did a great job and sure the kids enjoyed them.
Take care

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

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#6 posted 08-09-2012 04:07 PM

great job. :)

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#7 posted 01-16-2015 05:31 PM

Everyone above has pretty much summed it up!

I make toys and wish my paint jobs were 1/2 as good as yours!

I also use my own designs—sometimes they even get to a template stage!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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