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BadBob

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My grandson loves wop-wops. When I decided to make one for him I did a search of Google images to get some inspiration and sketched the body on a piece of wood and hunted up some wheels that would fit. The rotors were made buy drawing three circles and connecting them with lines. I worked so well I made a pattern from the finished toy in case I want to make more in the future.

He loved it.
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This is a wonderful little chopper. What is the overall size? I will put this type of toy on our "plans to make" list. Oops-I see the ruler now. It is abut 6-1/2" long with 1-1/2" wheels. Beautiful photo. Thanks for sharing!
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Its made from a spruce board I had left from a bed I built. If you notice the board corners are rounded on the top and bottom. This was already done. The design went off the edge of the board.

I sized it to fit the wheels I had. The rotors have nylon washers onder them so the spin well.

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Great looking toy. I am sure your grandson had many fun hours playing with it.
Thanks for sharing.

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Very cool design and looks like a simple build,
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Very nicely done Bob. Love the paint job.
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I like it, simple and quick to build. Also colorful and attractive.
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Very nicely done Bob. Love the paint job.


Thanks, It's just brushed on craft paint.

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Bob, this is a great design. 
In the design world, designers are often not given credit for their ability to create a "Simple" design.
It is actually harder to create something "Simple" rather than "Complicated" and stay original.
You have nailed this one perfectly.
Simple but proportionally excellent and elegantly built.
True Skill.

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I'm really fond of the cut it out and stick some wheels on it designs. That's why I use the Freaky Fords for my testing. Besides who doesn't like hot rods.

Truly, the Helicopter came out much better than I expected.   Sometimes I think we over think these things.



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ya know BadBob with a little manipulation you could have a tune copter to go with Loyds tune truck LOL

I agree that we sometimes over think the toy's, we put little extra's on them to make them look cool and what not.

At the end of the day though my 5yr old grandson (boss) does not see that all he see's is a toy to zoom around the room or haul stuff in...LOL

Maybe when he is older he will start seeing those things that we see and appreciate, like natural wood finish or even the suttle grains running through the wood ...


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