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Trucks!

Since shortly after the little guy arrived I have been pecking away at a project to make some toy trucks. This is definitely one of those projects with a long-term payoff. I'll be a couple of years before he's ready to play with these. But, the work is pleasing, and rewarding, and produces tangible results. This has been a wonderful elixir to offset the nerve-fraying duty that is tending to a baby who manifests colic reliably from 5:00 to 9:00 PM every night.

This is my third truck, and the most complex so far. It's an eight-ton dump truck (probably an International or a Sterling) with a 12' "one-way" plow, done up in the livery of the Town of Glastonbury's Highway Department. I put many of the lessons on assembly I learned from the first two trucks into this one (such as, do not glue on the wheels until after you have painted the frame).

Trucks #1 and #2 are a 16-yard 10-wheel dump truck in the livery of the now defunct McClain Trucking (green with a red undercarriage) and an 18-wheeler tractor (mustard yellow with a dark gray underbody) with a flatbed and a box trailer.

Next up will be a sander for the plow truck, a low-boy trailer for the truck tractor, and when I get really ambitious, a TATA heavy truck from India. Now that will be a challenge.
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britgeekgrrl
Mar. 24th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
That truck is SO cute!!
netcurmudgeon
Mar. 25th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
Thanks!
half_elf_lost
Mar. 24th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
Adorable! Don't forget to sign and date the bottoms (in paint or wood burn them?) so when they get passed on through family, they'll always know you made them with love and when.
netcurmudgeon
Mar. 25th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
Oh, now there's an idea. I have just the item too -- a silver 'paint' Sharpie!
stwish
Mar. 24th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
McClain Trucking was based near me, in Mt. Airy, and my wife's father retired from there. I know one of the heirs, but she blew the money foolishly.

The guy from McClains invented the shipping container, did you know?
netcurmudgeon
Mar. 25th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
A different outfit, actually. This McClain's was a local gravel-pit operation based here in Glastonboring. It ran two generations, then the current owner/operator had a couple of small strokes. Last I knew the land that the sand pit and gravel operations were on had been bought up by Toll Bros. and was destined to be McMansions.

Interesting to hear about the McClain's in your neck of the woods!
shesingsnow
Mar. 24th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
That's just beyond cool...
netcurmudgeon
Mar. 25th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
Thanks! You should stop by some time ... the little guy is a lot less little! (And we'd love to see you!)
shesingsnow
Mar. 25th, 2008 09:54 am (UTC)
okay, yes! I'd love to. When's good? Perhaps Thurs/Fri/Sat? Let me know!
-Mars
shesingsnow
Mar. 26th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
You know - I was thinking. I could stop by during cranky colicky baby time and you guys could go out for a bit, take a ride around South Glastonbury or something, get some quiet -- let me know --
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