Well, at least on the road again with a new project. This one is going to return us to our Basset Hound theme but, for a change of pace, add in a bit of motion along the way.
Here’s the start to a vintage race car piloted by a couple of fun-loving Bassets. I’m looking forward to including lots of detail in this one like panel lines on the car, horns ( no, it won’t actually work ), lights ( won’t work either ), clutch handle ( nope ) and I’m even thinking about a spare tire on the back. One hound will be driving and the other will be trying to hold the map against the wind.
I started this one with clay. Now you might ask why I bothered with clay but the car actually has a lot of interesting contours and I want to make sure that it has the shape of a vintage car but that it will fit two little Bassets side by side and still look “right.”
After cutting the outline out on the bandsaw, I used a Merlin tool to do the rough contouring. This little tool is handheld and basically has a little circular chainsaw blade at the end that spins and removes wood pretty quickly. I followed up with the same tool but with a coarse disc that looks much like a Foredom Typhoon bit. The two allowed me to make some pretty quick and very straight flat planes that you would expect as segments of a car body.
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