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Here are some more of the Christmas list this year. So many cars, I think I'm in love with these little cars :)

The first is another car hauler set that we gave to our Grandparents to keep at the house for the their Great-grandchildren to play with when the visit. They're so supportive of my woodworking, and have huge hearts with regards to their kids. So we thought this would be fun (as well as the "chain saw"). The next is a farm truck and trailer for a good friend of ours little boy. (that's my beautiful little girl modeling it there! :) I was originally going to make some farm animals for this, but just ran out of time. So plastic animals will have to do :) But they are very popular here with our kids, and seem to bring out great imagination too, so hey it works. And the last is a new helicopter for our little neighbor girl. This was a request from her Mom, because I guess she always talks about the one that we have here. And points out that our daughter does not let her play with it. Tisk-tisk. ;P They're about 3 months apart in age, so they're the best of friends and the worst of enemies. LOL

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I gotta make one of those helicopters and the tank thing you made in a previous project. Those things are too awesome in a cute toy kind of way.
 

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These are real nice and I can see the little ones really enjoying them.
 

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Nice looking set of toys. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom
 

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These are so cool. I think the helicopter is my favorite, but I love them all. May I ask you what kind of paint you use on them? My partner made up some wooden animals and I am going to paint them very simply. Some of them such as the giraffe have a head that you can pose up and down. We are afraid that the paint may stick or rub off from the constant friction of moving the pieces. I am thinking I will use DecoArt Enamels, but I would just like to know what you are using and if you have encountered any problems with your paint and moving parts.

Thanks so much in advance. Sheila
 

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Thanks Jason, Charles and Tom! :)

Sheila, I'm really excited to see these little animals, I bet they're so cute. I use latex interior house paint, some left over, some are those small sample bottles that you can get at HD. And the details and some cars (if I have the color I like) are craft paints similar to DecoArt enamels. Although I don't think they are the particular brand. Any would work. I leave bare wood when there are moving parts contacting each other, because it does rub off, and will change the tolerance between parts which makes it difficult to keep parts snug fitting. If I could suggest anything, I would say give water-based wood dyes a chance ( have used Mixol personally, but I know there are others). You mix to your concentration desire, and they blend nicely. They will raise the grain, so count on light sanding (I just use 320grit even), and a second coating….. but they are well worth it for this. I have used them on tinker toy stick replacements, and they have held up VERY well with literally no removal of color. You could use these as a base color, and then detail with acrylics.

Hope that it turns out to your liking whatever you two end up using, and I can't wait to see them.

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Those are really nice. Lucky Kids.
 
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