CONCEPT CARS - CARVING

Making a three dimensional model of your concept cars

 

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If you cannot afford the latest computer equipment and don't have 3 months to learn Autocad, rendering, etc., why not just carve your dream concept car from a block of wood.

 

 

Wood carving, scale model cars hand carved in beech

 

A 1:50 and 1:24 scale wooden blank

 

 

It's far quicker and much more economical. The only drawback is you'll need a modicum of skill, a good eye and a 1/4" (6mm) wood chisel.  You'll also need some masking tape, a pencil, a sharp knife and patience; while your paint dries.  The whole exercise will last 12 hours.  About 2 hours will be carving and detailing.  The rest is masking and a long wait while the paint hardens.

 

 

 

A 1:50 scale wooden blank

 

 

I used the models above to visualise the concept and for preliminary wind tunnel evaluation. If I liked the look of the car and the airflow was acceptable, I might build it.  In fact I did build the Borzoi below.  It became the prototype joystick car, for which I eventually attained my first patent (GB 2218187). If I were you, I'd not bother with the patent bit, just build the car and enjoy it. For lone inventors who are financially strapped a patent is nothing but hardship. A patent is a bottomless hole into which you pour money. Not only that, but you give all your ideas away to the state for anyone else to copy. Design is much better. Copyright is free you see. You're better off designing a car. The drawings are copyright and the car is "design copyright."

 

 

 

A 1:50 scale model of the proposed sports car: Nelson Wolverine

 

 

The Wolverine above is not that far removed from several production performance two seat muscle cars - see Bugatti and Maserati.  The Wolverine, which was to use a 2.8 liter V6 PRV engine, was designed in 1983.

 

 

 

A 1:50 scale model of the proposed sports car: Nelson Tomcat

 

 

The Tomcat above is the one car I wish I'd built, but never found the time.  To my mind this car designed in 1982, would still be a viable limited edition production sports vehicle for its clean lines. The Tomcat was to use a 2.5L V6 engine and a 5 speed box. The carving below is a somewhat distorted resin-cast of the original Borzoi wooden carving. I needed several models to try out different paint schemes - it didn't matter that the resin castings were not 100% - as with a wind tunnel model.

 

For larger models, use wooden frames and foam. There is a sequence on this website showing the construction and painting of a 1 meter wind tunnel model.

 

 

 

A 1:50 scale model of the joystick prototype car: Nelson Borzoi

 

 

 

As an inventor, you have to become a jack of all trades: draughtsman, mechanic, welder, machinist, painter, etc. Either that, or your cars will end up costing a fortune.  I like doing things differently and this way I can let my imagination go at very little expense.

 

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