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Recent commission – card bus / coach. Really simple design that will be branded up and possible personalised per recipient. It will be supplied flat to be constructed by the person receiving it so it had to be a simple tab and slot design.

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Dump Truck

Inspired by Martin’s Mini Digger I made a dump truck for my son. Taking a different approach to normal it is made from glued slices of 4mm Ply with 3mm steel axles. The wheels press fit on to the axles and the bucket is hinged on the rear axle. My son has now decided I have to make more construction vehicles, the first one being a tractor (more farm yard but never mind!). Will upload the files when I get a chance to thiniverse

Here is the tractor – I will get these up on thingiverse soon.

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Trade work & cars

Luckily I have been producing a lot of trade and commission work recently which is great for me but means I haven’t been able to put anything up. Hopefully I will get more time to mess about soon!

For Christmas my wife very kindly got me an Acme Racing Raptor 1/10 Truggy radio controlled car kit which turned out had a load of bits missing, most of those have been sent by the manufacturer. Unfortunately I still don’t have the turn-buckles for the back wheels or body clips. After a number of frustrating emails I have decided to find a solution. The body clips were a £2 fix from The Model Shop Northampton (they are not on their online store unfortunately) but the turn-buckles have proved a little more tricky. Luckily I have discovered that M4 Threaded bar, at £1.45 for a metre from B&Q, is a perfect replacement! The only issue is that is not reverse threaded on one end so you have to undo one end to adjust it – not too much of a problem on an RC car.

Now to the laser part! There has to be one really. Within the first 5 minutes of testing the car I have managed to crash into an immovable object and snap the front right lower suspension arm, the front shock tower and bend the right shock. Oops. The shock has bent back in to shape so no problem there, and I have my eye on a set of aluminium arms. The shock tower however only comes as part of a set of parts I don’t need so its time to laser one! I took the very literal approach of scanning in the original and tracing the parts then checking the measurements. Surprisingly it worked first time! Its only 3mm acrylic so any weight saving cutouts were ignored and the other parts beefed up as I am not sure how well the acrylic will cope. As you can see I am waiting for the arms to arrive. As usual the files are available on Thingiverse. If anybody would like one please let me know.

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More Toys!

Ok, I am getting a bit carried away now! I am going to start thinking I am Santa Clause or Geppetto in a bit. Last one is a glider based on a Spitfire from 2.6mm balsa wood with a 5mm clear acrylic nose and 3mm dowel pins holding it together – no glue this time. As it has a 350mm wingspan I can see this one trashing quite a bit of the house on christmas day! I apologise to my wife in advance. Flight was about 15ft before it was stopped by a digital printing press. Oops. I will stick the plans on thingiverse when I get a chance.

Edit: Thingiverse link –
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Today I have been making last minute christmas presents for my sons including this train. It is 3mm ply with narrow dowel for the axels and fixing pins. It will be waxed and polished tomorrow ready for christmas. When I have finished it I will put the plans on thingiverse.

Edit: Finished the train and carriages.