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    DIY Opel Memorabilia. Try it just for fun.

    Well, I'm sure some will think I'm a little crazy, but sometimes I just like to do a small Opel craft project for the fun of it. I know there have been several that have spoke about getting the Opel Rock Auto magnet and I also have one coming to me, but here is a DIY fun easy project for anyone. Just take a photo of your Opel, print on glossy photo paper, then get some magnet sheets at the local craft store, and just mount the picture to it. You can do it as I did on a picture of my last truck I painted, or you could just make a magnet out of the whole picture. I cut around the perimeter of my truck picture to make the magnet. Make it whatever size you want. You could even customize it with photo shop and put your own wording on it. Over the years, I have saved a lot of the stickers you get at car shows and races and made magnets out of them and stick them to the inside of my garage door. If you don't like the garage door, I have several on my tool cabinets. It's easy, it's kinda calming to do, and you have your car on a magnet.
    Another little project is personalizing a clock. My wife and I occasionally run into Goodwill stores to see what we find. I usually find clocks with pictures in them. I have reworked one that was made like a car tire and it turned out o.k. Today I did one for my grandson. I have another clock that I found that has a neon ring inside that I'm going to install a picture of my Opel GT. It is just so easy. Just take apart, choose your own picture, print and cut new picture to fit, assemble it back together and there you go. All the clocks that I found at Goodwill were normally priced $5, but I think I bought two of them on half price day. The one that was the "Cars" movie clock is for my grandson and cost me $2.50 for the clock and .50 to print the picture at the library. I chose the cartoon Opel GT because I thought it fit more to the type of clock face and he likes it.
    Oh well, kinda simple and cheap, but may be fun for some of you. Maybe an idea for your grand kids, kids, or spouse to make you for Christmas. Doesn't hurt to have a Opel clock in your garage. If you get tired of the picture you can always go back and change to another one. The pictures of the "Cars"clock are one that I started with originally and then tried two different Opel GT prints. The tire clock was one I had done long ago, but believe I may change the picture in it. How about a Blitz emblem? Hope the pictures came out as I can't see how they appear on this posting. Oh well, have fun, don't be a hater.
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    Pictures

    Sorry about the pics. Didn't know they would come out sideways.

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    DIY memorabilia

    Something I made.
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    Last year my Sports Cars Club here in the Hudson Valley had there annual International Cook off Contest, It was orginally a Chili Contest, than they added main entries, Baking goodies, and recently added Home made craft Beer and wine.

    I came with my famous Scalloped Potatoes with Canadian smoke Bacon was with the Opel Blitz in the center..was a big hit...got me a gift cert. for a meal at local Pub.
    It came out awesome and enjoyed by all...( also am the only Opel Owner in a primarily ""All"" British sports car club)

    Also here a Real Good puzzle of a Opel GT, Print it out and see if you can assembly .... you'll need to have real patience for this one, and some good contact cement "" Do it Your Self """ DIY
    (Maybe a good challenge for Norbert ) not sure where I got it from...maybe OGTS,

    Also my fridge and file cabinets are covered with goofy old memorabilia too.
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    Very nice !

    One of the guys in the TR6 club made this very cool wall clock using an old red line tire, I have the original spare from 1974 from my car which I plan to use for the same purpose

    I love it when people come up with stuff like this instead of just throwing things away and paying too much money for mass produced novelty stuff
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    Another Wood Carver?

    Quote Originally Posted by ubernoob51 View Post
    Something I made.
    Alex, are you a wood carver when you are not doing something to the Opel? As you may or may not know, I do wood carvings of birds and compete at our show in Sacramento. Never thought of doing a GT, now I want to do one. Looks really good, thanks for the idea and I will post a picture when mine is done, it is on the list to be done, but I have the grand kids project to go before getting to the GT. Made them a Noah's Ark three years ago and every birthday and Christmas they both get a pair of animals for the ark.

    Alex, you might want to stop by the show we put on in Sacramento, it's at the Doubletree Hotel just off of Arden Way (your can see it just after the Cal Expo exit on Business 80)). Dates are July 22 & 23. I can even give you some free passes if you decide you want to check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tealcarver View Post
    Alex, are you a wood carver when you are not doing something to the Opel? As you may or may not know, I do wood carvings of birds and compete at our show in Sacramento. Never thought of doing a GT, now I want to do one. Looks really good, thanks for the idea and I will post a picture when mine is done, it is on the list to be done, but I have the grand kids project to go before getting to the GT. Made them a Noah's Ark three years ago and every birthday and Christmas they both get a pair of animals for the ark.

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    .... !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabe G View Post
    Well, I'm sure some will think I'm a little crazy, but sometimes I just like to do a small Opel craft project for the fun of it. .... Oh well, have fun, don't be a hater.
    Gabe,
    No, not a hater at all, but you still might want to spell that mystical creature as an "Ogre" and not an "Oger"... just sayin'
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    Quote Originally Posted by heimue View Post
    Gabe,
    No, not a hater at all, but you still might want to spell that mystical creature as an "Ogre" and not an "Oger"... just sayin'
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    My brother "rOger" agrees! . .

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    Actual trading card #103

    Quote Originally Posted by heimue View Post
    Gabe,
    No, not a hater at all, but you still might want to spell that mystical creature as an "Ogre" and not an "Oger"... just sayin'
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    I stand corrected, but on the actual trading card it was spelled Opel Oger, so that's why I spelled it that way because I figured the artist that drew it was the one that named it on the card. I don't know where I got that card from, but I believe I've had it for at least over 15 years and haven't seen another one. I told my grandson it was actually what I turn into when I drive my Opel. When I type it out, it does want me to correct the spelling.
    By the way - Nice Avatar or should I say Nice A.
    Well, now to go find a block of wood. That carved out GT in previous posts was just too cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tealcarver View Post
    Alex, are you a wood carver when you are not doing something to the Opel? As you may or may not know, I do wood carvings of birds and compete at our show in Sacramento. Never thought of doing a GT, now I want to do one. Looks really good, thanks for the idea and I will post a picture when mine is done, it is on the list to be done, but I have the grand kids project to go before getting to the GT. Made them a Noah's Ark three years ago and every birthday and Christmas they both get a pair of animals for the ark.

    Alex, you might want to stop by the show we put on in Sacramento, it's at the Doubletree Hotel just off of Arden Way (your can see it just after the Cal Expo exit on Business 80)). Dates are July 22 & 23. I can even give you some free passes if you decide you want to check it out.

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    I will definitely take you up on that offer. Sounds like it might be fun.

    I recall you posting somewhere that you liked to carve teals (species of duck) out of wood, hence, Teal Carver.

    I'm not sure I'd call the method I used for making that Conrero carving, though.

    I had just finished making something for my dad, when I spotted a little scrap of leftover hard maple by my bandsaw and thought, hey, Opel GT!

    So I sketched it out, rough-cut the shape on the band saw, did some more shaping on an upturned belt sander, and did the final shaping with a Dremel.

    Then I drew on all the details, and burned them in with my pyrography station.

    I ordered a finer tip yesterday to really get all the fine details in on future cars.

    First two photos are the GT before the details, third is the Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 I'm making for my brother-in-law.
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    And ultimately, the source of that maple was left over from a juicer tamper, and that was left over from this:
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    Quote Originally Posted by ubernoob51 View Post
    And ultimately, the source of that maple was left over from a juicer tamper, and that was left over from this:
    I don't play, but I'd rather have "this"! I could always hang it on the wall with my other art! WOW! . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by opellane View Post

    Also here a Real Good puzzle of a Opel GT, Print it out and see if you can assembly .... you'll need to have real patience for this one, and some good contact cement "" Do it Your Self """ DIY
    (Maybe a good challenge for Norbert ) not sure where I got it from...maybe OGTS,
    Not my level at all
    But I know one,who can use it for round kitchen windows

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    Quote Originally Posted by slracer View Post
    I don't play, but I'd rather have "this"! I could always hang it on the wall with my other art! WOW! . .

    Doug
    Thanks Doug!

    The funny thing is, neither do I. Just something I do for fun.

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    Guess That Shape!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ubernoob51 View Post
    Guess That Shape!!
    Looks like a Manta A
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    10 points to Gene!
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    Another DIY project on the cheap side.

    I've been watching Youtube again and found a good video on DIY silk screening T-shirts. I kinda scribble around from time to time and thought I'd work on a couple of t-shirt designs to try out. One for the front of the t-shirt and one for the back of t-shirt. Not quite ready yet and still working on them, but here's a rough draft. I like the old style Dave Deal cartoon cars, so my GT is a cartoon GT. I know there are some professional silk screen people on here but I'm only trying this at home as an amateur. Again, just having fun with the little cars.
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    Alex, just reread your post and you made the GT out of maple? Good lord that is almost like trying to carve solid rock. If you want to try something a little easier to carve, try basswood, or jelutong. So much easier on the knives and the creative genius inside everyone.

    Mine is going to be made out of either one of the ones mentioned above. Don't know when I will get to it. have to carve four animals for the arc and finish rewiring the GT before Christmas. Time goes by fast when you are retired.

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