Light blue car

Light blue car

If you love cars, this is the modeling job for you, Visitor.


Cars come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes

car1 car3 car2

You can see that there are a wide variety of shapes and forms used, but all cars must have at least 3 wheels, space for the driver, an engine, and so on.  What aspect of cars is most important to you, Visitor?

  • Fuel efficient, low cost?
  • Sleek looking, fast?
  • Large storage space?
  • Many passengers?

If you could design a new car, what would it look like?

Initial sketching

  1. First, pick three cars to make sketches of on an A3 sheet of paper.  Do as detailed a job as you're capable of doing, including coloring (this is sketching practice, too. ;-)   Don't pick the ones in the pictures above; make your own selections.


Now, think about how you'd like to make a car.  What is important?  Which features are less important?  Make a list for yourself, or write a description of what matters in your car design.

Sketching again

  1. Now sketch out several ideas that meet your design specs.
  2. Once you have an idea sketched, put it (mentally) aside and come up with another idea for how you could design a car that meets your qualifications.
  3. Do this again, so you have at least 3 different ideas to choose from.  Sketch them clearly and annotate (make notes) as you need in order to fully capture your idea on paper.

Once you've done that, you're ready for the next phase.

From your 3 possible designs, I'd like you to select one that you'd like to model.  Outline it from 3 sides: top, side view, and end or front view.  These should make it possible to build a 3d model of your design in blue foam.

Here's a video of how the process happens.  (In case it doesn't work, the link to the youtube version.)  It's long, so I'd recommend watching it at double-speed. There aren't any words, just a demo to watch; he covers the entire project from sketch to finished model.

If you'd prefer to listen to a walk-through of the basic tools and process of foam modeling, Henry Lin has kindly made that available too.  (Youtube link)

When you feel comfortable that you know the process, you're ready to head into building your model car.  Take your sketches and gather some blue foam, the hot wire cutter, large utility knife, small utility knife, metal ruler, cutting mat, and sanding sponge and get to work.  If you're not sure where to get any of these items, see Number One or Mr. Ahmed.

When your model is completed, turn it in to Number One for a review and discussion (and we'd like to display it for a while, too!).

Yippie yi yay, Visitor!  You're really getting into it, now.  If you haven't yet, you might want to try modeling with foam board next.

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