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Ken Martin

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Hello All

I am experimenting with the Ambulance from the Military Plan set.
Photos below are the first practice build to see what it will look like.
Lots of rough edges here so far, and I am going to make more changes to this model.
But this is where we are so far, after three hours of messing around.
DSC06535_mini.JPG I used 3/4" for the center of the body and 1/4" pieces for the sides.  I think it will look better if I use a 1" piece for the center and two 1/8" pieces for the sides, then the cut out will not be so deep, and will still keep the vehicle 1-1/4" wide.

Photo below gives an idea of how small this is.  The Martin Motors car is about the size of the Play Pals and rides on 3/4" wheels, while the HO Ambulance rides on 1/2" wheels.
I was surprised that this toy still rolls pretty good on such small wheels.
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Two photos below show the front and back.  I don't think the Army Ambulance needs the lights, but I am missing around for when we have to make a civilian version.
DSC06541_mini.JPG  DSC06542_mini.JPG 
I know this is not a quality toy yet, but need you input as to what mods might make it better.  I know, a better paint job for one.  What else.


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Ken - Ambulance project looking good, and great photo showing the size with the ruler. The ambulance is a little longer that the jeep and the cutout for the cross and doors are a real nice touch.
You mentioned maybe using 1/8" plywood for the sides.
   I was thinking maybe you could take a piece of 1/2" MDF about 14" long and layout the pattern for 3 cars on it. Cut out the windows and door and then put the doors back in place, put some clear packing tape on both sides to hold the doors in place and then rip the MDF in half. Using you new table saw.
   That would give you symmetrical sides that would be 3/16" thick, just a little thicker than the 1/8" you were thinking about. Then glue the sides on the your wider stock for the middle and cut the profile of the ambulance out.
   Knowing how talented you are on the scroll saw, I might be easier for you to stack cut 4 pieces of 1/8" stock and cut out the cross and doors and then glue that to your thicker centre stock and then do the profile.
Just thinking out loud buddy.


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Hi Ken -  I like this.  Lots of detail for such a small toy.  And you have set the ground work for a version enlarged.  Did you cut the door out of the same piece of 1/4" and then just glue it back in?  And the added detail on the back door, I can see it is the center piece with the side pieces a little longer, did you make the details of the doors with the saw or hand?
Thanks for sharing - Cindy
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Hi Cindy

Thanks for the nice words.
This was the test model, and I learned the 1/4" sides are to thick.  The next ones will be out of 1/4".
I stack cut the body and the two sides out at one time, so I have the shape of the whole vehicle the same.  Then I take the sides off, re-tape and cut the wheel wells out and the cross and door out.  Then drill the holes in the body for the axles and paint the back ground behind the cross and the window in the door.  Then glue the sides on.  Now it is ready for sanding and painting.

I paint the body then drilled all the holes for the lights and put them in and painted them, then touched up the green again.  The light dowels were so small, they were hard to paint before installing, and the fit was so tight I wanted plane wood dowel in the hole for a better, tighter fit.  Did not want to take a chance that the glue might let go if the dowels were painted first.  Don't want those small pieces coming out.

I am hoping the new ones with the 1/4" sides will look better, and we will have a better paint job on them.

Again thanks.

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looks nice there ken i think the cross whould look better not so deep but the rest looks good. i have been working on a ho size vulcan bomber for some one who use to fly them.i'm still playing around with it hope it will turn out ok.gary
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Gary
I will be looking forward to seeing your Vulcan Bomber when you get it done.
Your stuff always turns out OK, no worries.

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like the ambulance, I was having the same problem with dowel rods and just started using button plugs for lights. if the toys are for younger kids I just drill shallow holes and paint them by dropping a couple of drops of paint in and then inserting a Q-Tip and carefully work it where needed (hands shake too much for paint brushes) lol
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thanks ken i sure it will be ok will be a fair size H 91mm /wing span 346 mm and /  L 339mm  i'm thinking mdf to use and a nice paint job. just like to find some  time to make these toys.
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