I am trying a few different things this time around. I was reading about Styrofoam fillers used to smooth things out and prep before paint and plan to see how that works as a base coat before painting. I was also inspired to have the engine show. This engine has been loving donated from a Hot Wheels car (I think it was supposed to be a golf cart). That’s a good tip for you first timers… A Revell engine costs like $4.00 at Michaels or the hobby store (and is metal and can add weight where you don’t want it). I got the Hot Wheels one for $0.94 at Walmart, it's lightweight plastic and it’s chromed (which you can’t easily reproduce with paint). One small cut and it came right out. In another, different donor car, I had to pop the rivets on the bottom and destroyed the car. There are at least 3 or 4 models that have a ridiculously oversized engine that works well in a pinewood derby scale.
Your shape for the Shasta 1960's airflyte camper trailer is looking petty close also..
Maybe just flatten the top some more to get away from the tear drop shape
What you have in mind for the wings?
Pop sickle sticks shaped to look them might look good on the on the camper.
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Well Whoda, I have five very creative children. My four girls never felt that their AWANA Grand Prix racers had to be car shapes. As a result, I’ve help them craft butterflies, lady bugs, gerbils, dogs, boats, water skiers and more. Do that enough and it helps elasticize your brain some, so now I’m just taking after them.
I saw something similar on-line that someone else had built and in my trips down the toy aisles at Walmart, there seems to be an abundance of car/trailer combos being sold. I was originally going to make it like the Cubmaster’s car pulling a pack trailer and detail it up that way, but then I thought of all the trips my family took when I was a boy in the trailers. The Shasta trailers my folks owned were all boxy, so I could flatten it some to make it look like them, but I really like the tear drop shape. Adding those classic Shasta wings and painting the accent color orange will suffice for the homage. Popsicle sticks are an excellent idea! Maybe even find a way to wrap them in foil tape. I think they will be thin enough that I can keep the rounded end and not have to cut that. Thank you!
Some of my builds are dictated by what I’m trying to create. The OA Hummer I posed earlier is an example. They have a look and you can deviate to much or be too creative or people won’t know what it is. Behind the hotrod and trailer, is a Smart Car. I’m looking for the right color of ugly lime green to paint it. It was made from scraps and I don’t plan to weight it up or do anything really with the axels and wheels. Although Tesla is giving electric cars a real performance edge with “ludicrous speed,” this one will represent the early, classic, ugly and pokey electric car. I think the common term is a turtle racer. That way any Cubs racer should be able to beat it. Behind the electric car is the core and initial sides for a LandMaster, from that classic Sci Fi movie, Damnation Alley. I took it to the scout center to test whether it would drag on the curve, but they had a homemade track setup with no real curve to it. Hiding behind that is one of my all-time favorite toys from my youth, a GI Joe Mobile Support Vehicle. I’m thinking about using magnets to hold the two parts together. I also just bought three new Canadian 18-wheeler kits to make an Aussie-style Road Train. In the States here we call them double triples. Only a few states allow them on the road any more. I’ll make them flat beds so I can display other racers, rockets and Raingutter Regatta boats the kids have made.
For the ugly lime green paint..( pea lime green should just about do it!)
The Australian Road Train idea sounds like a really good one.. let me know if you need ideas for making the Bogy's.
I don't know if you know of Aschi's Work shop ..web site or not!..
However he has some cool looking Road Train Truck ideas along with patterns.
Just check out the West Australian Iron Ore Tipper truck seen almost to the botton in the link!
Share some more pic's of the car & camper build.. as it go's on will yah ciodude!