April contest - To scale. Winner is Mountain City Bill

April contest - Built to scale

  • 1. Alan J - Post and beam barn

    Votes: 4 16.0%
  • 2. Alan J - Planes, trains and automobiles

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 3. Bob Vaughan - SUV

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 4. Mountain City Bill - Jewelry cabinet

    Votes: 7 28.0%
  • 5. drw - HMS Bounty - kit

    Votes: 4 16.0%
  • 6. JNCarr - LesPaul guitar

    Votes: 1 4.0%
  • 7. Clark - turtles

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 8. rcarmac - Apache helicopter

    Votes: 3 12.0%
  • 9. rcarmac - Abrams tank

    Votes: 4 16.0%
  • 10. rcarmac - tractor

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 11. tghsmith - RAF rescue craft - scratch built

    Votes: 2 8.0%
  • 12. reference handiwork = 69 Mustang

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 13. Golfdad - semi-trucks

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .

Phil S

Board of Directors, Events Director
Phil Soper
Staff member
Corporate Member
I was quite sure this contest would bring out some great entries, but never expected this level of precision and craftsmanship

Thank you all


scratch built 1/16th scale,, RAF 63ft type II HSL,,(48"long) model is the 145 several days before D-day.. these boats formed the core of the RAF air sea rescue,, the last chance for pilots and air crew that had bailed out or ditched.. model is wood, metal, resin, fiberglass, plastic and 3D printed.. several parts are made from wood from the real 145 (sadly rotting away in a back river marina) not quite finished, still needs final topside painting and rigging, model is radio controlled and tank testing show she should perform as well as the real boats did..


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The pic below is NOT my work unfortunately, so it's not a contest entry, but I figured I would share it anyway. My 3x-great granduncle, Gullik Gullikson, was a shipbuilder in Sweden who in his spare time would build model ships. (I wish I loved my job enough to do it in miniature in my spare time haha.) I imagine it is pretty accurate as these were the kinds of merchant ships he built in the mid-1800s. It came into my possession when a distant cousin passed a few years ago in Southern Pines and it was willed to my family. I've been meaning to make a nicer case for it.
Not exactly "to scale," but I've started making toy cars and am making some of them in the shapes of actual cars. They're a great and fun use of the scrap bin. Here is a 69 Mustang out of pallet oak (glued up) and scrap walnut.

Great fun to make and super simple!
While I've done lots of wooden toys, this entry, I think, is the only one I've done to scale and that's a pretty big stretch. I took the dimensions of my Wife's SUV and a side photo and scaled it to fit the wheels I had. On paper, the original looked sort of goofy so I took some liberty and made the toy cars a little off scale so they would look like toys. I've also made some scaled down tables and chairs for small children but I don't think that's what we're looking for.

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I love how the wheels are set into the body of the cars! I've got to try that!

Phil S

Board of Directors, Events Director
Phil Soper
Staff member
Corporate Member
Poll added
great entries - tough choice

Bill Clemmons

Corporate Member
WOW ! ! ! We have some amazingly talented (and patient) members in this organization. This was one of the hardest choices I think I've had to make in one of these contest. There were 8 I wanted to vote for, but alas, we only get one vote. Great job everyone!

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