Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Adventures in Woodworking (Continued)

My daughter's birthday is coming up, and since she is into Thomas the Train, I decided to to build another train. I am still working on the next train (pictures to follow), but I did not see why I could not make a helicopter that could be transported on one of the freight cars. Thus, I attempted a Harold the Helicopter (one of the characters on the show.)

Queue the M*A*S*H theme...

So, here is my attempt. I think it turned out pretty well. I actually got the pattern out of the Scroll Saw magazine, though I did modify it slightly. 

The propeller is actually a blank CD, which I thought was extremely clever from the original pattern.

I modified the tail section and added the pontoons, which I figured out from the M*A*S*H reruns I watch. (The clip above is labeled at the 1972 intro, but Mike Farrell didn't come on the show until 1975.) The original pattern just had wheels. I am going to have a little dowel sticking up from the freight car for the helicopter to sit on when it is moving.

I do not think I am going to paint it. That's a lot of work, and I don't have the time to do that before my daughter's birthday. Frankly, I like the straight up wood look and feel on toys. If I want groovy colors, I can but the cheap plastic toys.

1 comment:

TLF+ said...

I would hope that its mission includes sushi delivery.