23 December 2012

A Veritable Fleet of Trucks!

The newly completed trucks just waiting for their coat of shiny varnish later tonight.
Here they are, all done except for a shiny coat of acrylic varnish.  From left to right: a city garbage truck, a Federal Express truck, a UPS (United Parcel Services) truck, and a United States Postal Services truck.  Paul calls the latter a 'Leslie' since that is the name of our local mail lady.  

 Normally, we teach him to call all adults either Mr., Mrs./Ms., or whatever professional title might be appropriate, but we are actually friendly with our mail carrier and began introducing Paul to her before we knew her last name.  So, she remains Leslie to him.   Whenever we are out together in the car, or on foot, and the Young Master spots a small mail van, he calls out, "There is a Leslie!"  

For those who might be interested, the trucks measure approximately 33/4" long x 2" high x 11/2" across.  I used blocks of wood plus wooden wheels, tiny metal screws, and washers plus various tubes of acrylic paint by Liquitex.  I wish I could add a convincing blue eagle to each side of the US Mail van in the right foreground, but my painting hand is not good with large birds.  It's a foul state of affairs, but there you are.  I suspect that the Young Master will not mind at this point in his life however.  

And it seems that this year is shaping up to be the Christmas of wheeled vehicles.  He'll be getting all kinds of cars, trucks, and heavy equipment from various family members and Santa Claus.  Christmas Day should be loads of fun for him.  The vastly increased level of awareness and excitement the Paul displays multiple times daily this Christmas season about seeing the trees and the Swedish star in the front window are truly a joy to behold.

6 comments:

Bluebear Jeff said...

Wooden toys for Christmas is so wonderfully "old fashioned" (in the best sense of the term) . . . Bravo, Daddy Stokes . . . Bravo!


-- Jeff

Fitz-Badger said...

It's a Festivus Miracle!

Nice work. :)

Peter Douglas said...

Stokes
Well done on the trucks - I am sure Paul will love them. Enjoy the young master this year. It seems only last year that I made a castle out of foam core board to match a set of Playmobil figures. But - well have a look at my post for Halloween to see my daughter today!

Cheers
PD

Der Alte Fritz said...

Go to the US PS website. I bet that there are plenty of logos there that you could copy and past. Same for Fed Ex and UPS.

tradgardmastare said...

Wonderful wooden toys,the young master is a very lucky fellow indeed!

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Der Alte beat me to it... just print them on paper cut them out and paste to the side of the vehicle - with a coat of shiny stuff over the top they'll look good!

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