Hullo John, and to anyone else reading - sorry to have given you a sleepless night John!
No, I have nothing to do with cars or design – as per my 1st post, I’m a retired free-lance aircraft engineer.
And the design has little or nothing to do with me either; I bought the plans from a US Company on the Internet. I have made some modifications (“improvements” I hope) but in many cases these have added to my difficulties in completing the build – the “Law of unintended consequences” and all that!!
But I’m getting there and the car should be OK in the end.
As to craftsmanship, I consider myself FAR, FAR away from pro level, honestly. All the wooden parts are simply ply (mainly three quarter and one inch thicknesses) and there are no proper wood workers joints – just butt joints, screws and glue, plus softwood strengthening battens where necessary. All external screw heads to be covered with automotive 2-part body filler and then rubbed down flush before painting, so hiding my LACK of craftsmanship! Looking back I already see stuff from the start of the build that I could now do much better – learning curve, which I guess is one of the main reasons for doing this stuff.
The colour will either be “British Racing Green” or “Fire Engine Red”, I haven’t decided yet.
And the car will certainly not be lightweight either, on the contrary, but should be tough enough to withstand the rigours of boisterous play and last on to the next generation (or 2, hopefully).
Yes, purely as a hobby I’ve been an aeromodeller since I was about 10 years old, and some of the techniques from that have been used here, suitably scaled up of course.
In particular with this project I have worked on the same basis as model aircraft “Semi Scale” or “Stand-off Scale” models – i.e. you choose those aspects of the original which make up the character of the whole thing, then highlight them on the model. So for example, those swooping “mudguards” MUST feature on the toy, ditto those big headlamps, the louvers on the bonnet (“hood”) sides, that very distinctive radiator grille, etc, etc. The whole idea being NOT to produce a 1:1 real scale museum model but to capture the “air” and “feel” of the whole thing so that when anyone who even vaguely knows what they look likesee the toy then they immediately say to themselves “Oh look, that’s an MG Midget” - it's just the same as a model Spitfire not looking like a Spitfire without that very distinctive elliptical wing and very narrow-track landing gear.
Anyway, once again I’ve written on and on instead of being in the shop working on and on, and it’s already just past 11.00 here – I’ve got a Christmas deadline to meet and at my VERY slow working pace that’s going to be a tight deadline. But I will continue taking WIP pix and post again here when the job’s finally done.
Meantime my apologies for referring to you as a “pretty active member” in my 1st post John (!) – I now see the whole of this kit & caboodle belongs to you. So thanks to you Sir, it’s an interesting Forum with some good ideas around and I’ll be pleased to become a small part of that.
After the MG I’ve got a small pull-along “wobbly fish” to finish off for a real youngster who’s just started “staggering” now (plan from a US Scroll Saw mag) and then I want to have a go at your Mercedes tipper truck and the Mega Wrecker – so much to do, so little time!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I shan’t be posting here again all that often for a while yet, but will be keeping my eye on the Forum and if anyone out there thinks I can help at all (talk about the blind leading the blind!) then by all means send me a PM.