Building The Widowmaker
VW Widowmaker (I.E. A Ninja Turtle Van.)
Widowmaker Rockets (I.E. A Pair of Dissasembled Binoculers)
How to build this baby:
To start, you need an old out of production Teenage Mutant Ninga Turtle Van from the late 80's/early 90's.
This toy, will be the van itself.
For the rockets, I used a pair of dissasembled binoculers.
Don't take apart your nice expensive ones, these were little cheapies from the dollar store or something.
You will also need a can of red spray paint, a can of white spray paint, and a little bottle of silver paint.
To start building, remove all the stickers on the van, mine had about 19,000, so I'm gonna bet yours does too.
They can be pealed of with fingers and water (takes way to long and they never come all the way off) or you can take them of with rubbing alchohol (at least I'm told, I used my fingers. DOH!)
After this is done, you will be ready to paint.
Paint in one section, with one color at a time!
I started with the white paint, but you can do it either way.
The ship took paint well, but make sure to apply in several coats, one side at a time.
To make sure white paint didn't get on parts that were to be red, and vice versa, I newspapered off the sections I didnt want to get paint on.
The execption to this rule was with the aread that needed to be silver.
To make it easier, since all the areas to be silver were surrounded by red I simply painted those areas red first, and then painted over them in silver.
I gave both the red, and white sections 4 coats of paint, and it looked marvolous.
Make sure you also do the inside of the ship.
The hardest part of the ship was the silver detail paint.
It had to go in many places, and it was very fine tuned.
As a result, you can't use spray paint, brush paint is nescessary.
Amoung other things, I paint the door handles, exhaust grates, and headlights silver.
Believe me, take your time!
I put 2 coats on all of the silver parts.
After this is all done, perform any spot jobs with paint (Such as paint over places where the silver blead) and you are ready to glue.
We will now be gluing the rockets to the side of the ship.
I originally planned on placing them in the back, but to make it more "official" looking, I elected to place them in the middle of the ship.
If you elect to place them in the middle, you will need to cut 3 of the notched segments off of the swinging door.
This is not that difficult.
Unscrew the back plate on the door, and pry it off.
(There is a little piece of plastic that still connects them after you unscrew the 2 pieces. This piece will break.)
Cut the 3 segments off with an exacto knife as close to the main face of the door as possible so the door will fit snug.
In order to make sure there would be no holes in the ship, place a segment of electrical tape over the back of the door and paint it red.
Oops, guess we weren't ready to glue, now we are.
Ok, you will need to line up the rockets so they look right, so do the one on the swinging door first.
Place it so it covers as much of the painted electrical tape as possible, but not up so far as it covers the passenger seat door.
Hot glue it into place.
You are going to have to eye up the other rocket so it looks right.
This isn't overly difficult, but it takes a few minutes.
Once you have it set, glue it into place.
I colored cotton balls orange and glued them to the back of the rockets to make the ship look as though it was more functional, but this is not nescessary.
There, done, whaddya think.
Now all you need is a Mini Pearl.
- Jeff Zehnder Jr. 4/13/2000, #95033
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