Tips and Blueprints

Tips

So a few tips to get started:

1. Be careful using tools and knives; they cause painful injury!

2. If you are looking to reduce cost on your projects, use pine for a building material. When you have the money for oak, maple, cherry, walnut, etc. you can move onto those woods. For now, pine is just fine. Also you don't have to have the best tools in the world to cut project parts. Sure Makita, Snap On, and Dewalt are great tools, but for our intended purposes a cheap tool will do the trick unless you plan on using the tools for other applications. Obviously if you work in construction a Harbor Freight saw isn't what you want, but if it's strictly for hobby purposes they'll serve you well.

3. The Internet is one of the best resources for drawings. There are many good websites that will give you the plans you need for your projects, and if you're just looking for something to do go to Pinterest. That is a wonderful site for getting ideas.

4. STOP! Don't throw that away! If you have a unique material or object consider if it could be useful in modeling. Pipe insulation worked well for an M16 grip. Thread and insulated copper wire is great for cable, instrument strings, and other applications in model making. Dowel rods, small nails, toothpicks, and other items are wonderful pieces to compliment your project and bring a new level of detail.

5. Build models to scale. This isn't necessary between projects, but I really like being able to compare my models side by side and have a better understanding of how large or small one airplane or ship is to another. My 747 is to scale with my Embraer, shuttle, and several other pieces. This adds to the enjoyment of seeing them together.

Building to scale is where your math skills will come into play, and within a model based off a drawing keeping the ratio accurate is essential. First keep in mind that you are building off of your drawing, so you need to measure out the drawing and come up with a scale to use. For simplicity let's say we have a ship drawing that on paper is 9 inches long and the ship is 900 feet long, then if we intended to build a 9" model we would say 1" of model represents 100'. This would be a very small model as I typically use 1/32" to represent 1' (or 1" equals 32') when building ships. However it is usually more complicated than that. For example, if you are using 8.5x11 paper then your model will always be drawn less than 11". If you are making an airplane that in real life is 180' long, but on paper is 8" drawn, but you want to build your model using an available board that is 20" long, what scale would you use? Well start by finding a relative ratio between the drawing and real life length; 8" to 180'. You could do a straight division and say that 1" represents 22.5' or you could convert to roughly 20 centimeters and say that 1 cm represents 9' of actual length. From here you could say that every 1 cm of drawing will represent 1" of model. 20 cm of drawing to 20 inches of model will work for your 20" board.

Alternatively you could/should base your models off a fixed scale like 1/16, 1/32, 1/64, 1/128, etc. I build my ships to 1/384th scale or 1" representing 32'. You can probably think of toys that you buy from the store that are commonly 1/32nd or 1/64th scale; this is probably too large of a scale if you are building planes and ships. Remember that the smaller the number on the scale the larger the model and vice versa. An airplane that is 128' long in real life would be 8' long on a 1/16 scale, but on a 1/64 scale would be 2' long.

6. At the time I write this craftparts.com is great resource for supplies, and there are many other outlets that would work as well to simplify your model making processes.

7. Have fun! Remember if you're not having fun there is no reason to be doing this; it is merely for enjoyment and relaxation, so keep that in mind. Happy carving!

 

Blueprints

Nativity Drawing

Any drawings that I provide below are my own sketches that you are welcome to use for personal craft purposes. I do not guarantee them to be completely accurate and am not liable for any possible problems that may occur as a result of your using them. Consider your download and use of them as consent to a hold harmless agreement. Thanks!

Bible

The Nativity

Nativity Model

Submarines

Narwhal and Fleet Class Submarines WWII

Narwhal Submarine

S Class and B Class Submarines WWII

S Class Submarine

Trucks

Semi Truck and Trailers

Semi Truck and Trailers

Trains

Thomas and Friends

Thomas and Friends 1

Thomas and Friends 2

Locomotives

SW1500 and F7/F9 Diesel Locomotives

Dash 7 and Class X2 EMU Locomotives

Series E3 and Series 700 Locomotives

Class SP-1900 and ERL/CRS EMU Locomotives

old trains

Classic Locomotive

locomotive

Train Cars 1

Coal Cars

Train Cars 2

Train Cars 3

Tanks

Sherman tanks

Sherman M4 Medium Tank

Airplanes

Boeing 747

Boeing 747

ERJ 145

ERJ 145

DC3/C47

DC3

CRJ100

Concorde

DHC 7

DHC 8

A320

A330

Saab 340B

BN2 Islander

ATR 42/72

EMB 120

Ilyushin IL 114

 

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