A highschool classmate of mine makes these things and sells them. She takes patterns and sets nails into the wood, then wraps string around them to make pictures. I had her make this for my 1 1/2 year old son so I can hang it in his room. Turned out way better than I expected
The only thing I have bought specifically for this model is the model Car Garage photoetch set. I always have the Scale Hardware stuff around, and the tubing, etc. With the kit included, it will probably have around $50-$60 worth of stuff, including the paint.
I would actually be up for this. I'm not a great model builder in general, but engines are my favorite part and I would say definitely my strong point when compared to other parts of the vehicles. Even if you get someone else to do it, I'd still be up for it if you want a second one. I don't build to necessarily put them on my shelf, I enjoy the process. So if it is something you would be interested in, I would be happy to help. I couldn't guarantee a finish date though, I have been very busy with work lately. I would however, be happy to set my other projects aside to do this. what kind of engine would you want? I even have a few that might work. I have the Revell chrome parts pack Chevy 289, a 440 from the 68 Dart kit. I have some detailing items I could use, etc. Here are a couple examples:
4 link idea was short lived. I am not knowledgeable about this stuff and I realized there wasn't enough room to install it with the way the frame is. Since I already painted and weathered the chassis, I didn't want to go backwards and hack it up I made my own U bolts from some detail wire and used .8mm brass nuts. The detail wire was soft, so the nuts cut threads into the u bolts and I don't have to glue them. This is a very rough mockup, there is still plenty to go. The setup is not ideal, but for the sake of not losing my mind and actually finishing this model, this is basically what I am going with.
If this type of stuff interested you, or scares you just a little, please Google Michael Hastings. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Hastings_(journalist) http://www.rt.com/usa/michael-hastings-car-neighbor-853/ http://www.occupy.com/article/exclusive-who-killed-michael-hastings http://nymag.com/news/features/michael-hastings-2013-11/ http://www.wnd.com/2013/08/mystery-grows-in-journalists-death-prepping-obama-expose/
I didn't take his post as condescending. I appreciate straight forward information, especially when it reveals something like a bias in the presented technology at a trade show like suggested here. If that's true, it's pretty shady and deliberately preventing people from being exposed to newer, more efficient technology. I don't know anything about 3D printing other than what i can order from Shapeways right now, and the basics.