Jan & Dean?
or just voices in your head...
Where was I....?
Oh yeah, Wood!
It's all around us, and one of the greatest renewable resources available to mankind for construction. It's strong, cheap and easy to work with. I love the smell of the wood while sanding on a piece of Oak, Maple or even Fir! Incidentally, my savior was a carpenter if you didn't know.
The wood for this little piece could fit into your shirt pocket so not much actual material is needed to build the box. Most of it is tiny and can be found at the local hobby shop in the railroad section for a couple of bucks a package. (Ironic that the wood and the motor both come from the model Railroad hobby!) Railroaders use it to build scale HO buildings, bridges, water towers and other such scale related pieces. Therefore all the measurements are in HO scale. So I won't bother calling out any sizes. If someone is following along to build their own woody, simply buy a range of sizes that look right and you cannot go wrong. Oh, and contrary to popular belief the wood used is not Balsa but Spruce. Spruce is much stronger than Balsa because of it's tighter grain. Therefore can be milled down into tiny pieces much smaller than you could ever do with Balsa. Because of this, it's available in a large range of dimensions and great for those wanting to build a scale woody!
As Don did in the above article, 4 strips are soaked in hot water for about 10 minutes. After that the strips are very pliable and wrap around an object quite easily without breaking. After holding in place with rubber bands or a clamp, it is left overnight to dry.
The bent pieces are for the wheel arches and I did them side by side and stacked so that there are 4 total in two different diameters.
Then pieces are slowly cut and glued down in place using Elmers Carpenters glue because it is very strong and waterproof. Epoxy is used only where additional strength is required.
First attached: a top rail, then the doorposts and then the belt line and bottom piece. Lastly the inside structural pieces are laid down using the kit parts as a pattern, horizontal first and then the vertical.
While things are drying, I turned my attention to the floor. After cutting out clearance for the wheels, gears and motor... the rear fenders ended up loose and flopping around. A set of "donor" inner fender wells are added to the chassis. Well beyond the needed depth, but this provides a ton of strength where it will be needed.
Very important is to test fit the side panels from time to time in order to see any problems that might crop up down the road.
Edited by Jairus, 01 January 2013 - 08:27 AM.