I choose to make my cardboard contest entry an armored car. For a while, I've found great interest in them, and because I've made several before, I thought that I should make another. Enjoy!
Step 1: What You'll Need
- Scissors Popsicle Sticks
- Large Craft Sticks
- Wooden Dowels
- A Ruler
- Hot Glue Gun (bigger the better!)
- Your choice of paint (acrylic works best)
- A figure (I made my own)
- And other items of your choice to add along the way...
Step 2: Building the Turret
To start the turret, you'll want to find a large, circular object to trace, and a template of an armored car. I choose to base mine off of the U.S. Marine' LAV-25. Trace the template onto the cardboard, and cutting it out. Then take your circular object (such as a can) to start the turret ring. Once that it cut out, cut out a large rectangle to wrap around the circle to make the turret ring. You'll also want to make a seat or two for the figure, which can be done my gluing two pieces of cardboard together, and then adding smaller pieces on the side for arm rests.
Step 3: Adding to the Turret
Once the seat is in the turret, take two rectangular pieces of cardboard to raise the top of the turret up. Then, add side platting accordingly.
- Add a barrel using a large wooden dowel
- Make a functioning hatch by sliding a small wooden dowel through the cardboard grain, and connect that to two Popsicle sticks.
- A machine gun on the top also makes this project look more realistic
- A gun shield on the side
- Sights for the gunner
Step 5: Machine Gun
M240 Machine gun
Step 6: Gun Shield and Gunner Sights
Step 7: Paint the Turret
Use your choice of acrylic paints to paint the turret. I choose a simple army green.
Step 8: Build the Body
Start building the body by finding a large cardboard rectangle. Cut out a hole for the turret ring, and add siding onto the support plates.
Step 9: Front Plating
The front plating is a bit tricky, but by adding a base underneath it, all you have to do is set it on top. Make a variety of angles, just like modern day armored vehicles.
Step 10: Making the Wheels
Making the wheels is a simple but time consuming process. Make 4, 6 or 8 wheels by repeatedly cutting out circles. Glue them together to make your simple wheel. To make a tire, strip the top layer off of a strip of cardboard, and then glue that around the rim to a tire
Step 11: Attaching the Wheels
Cut each of the large craft sticks in half. Drill a hole in the middle of each, and attach them to the bottom of the body. Slide the dowel of each wheel into the holes to make an axle, and add a cardboard spacer at the end to prevent the wheel from falling off.
Step 12: Paint, and All Done!
Find your choice of paint for the body and wheels, and touch up on the details. Once you're satisfied with your paint job, your done!