Beer Wagon

Built by: Eric Grey in Palo Alto, CA

I started this project thinking "I don't think the world needs another yellow beer wagon." I looked at the bed and decided since it was wood, a little balsa upgrade would work. I used a 1/32 inch balsa sheet for the bed with square posts and flat boards for the siding. I painted it a flat earthy color.

Once I got the bed made I realized a glossy finish probably wouldn't go with it so I started thinking of colors and went for my stash of military paints. I picked some german tank grey with a light coat of graphite metallic. I ended up dry brushing some steel to bring out the details in the body molding, although I think I over did it.

I like the interior--I used flat rust for the seats and painted the beer steins white and steel. The barrel got the full weathering treatment with brown paint, a black wash, and some gray pastels.

As a final touch, I drilled out a front hole and placed some mosquito netting behind to make the grille. I did not particularly like the decal of the grille--I think it was made for the RC cola wagon and kept in the decal set for the beer wagon reissue. By the way, If you want to work with 1/32 inch balsa which is very soft a prone to splitting, use 2 1/2 in masking tape on the back side before you cut. It offers stability and prevents an annoying split.

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