Flame Dog!

Design direction and ideas were first explored through thumbnail sketches.

NAHJI: Intro
NAHJI: Design
NAHJI: Base Vehicle Modifications
NAHJI: Fun with PVC
NAHJI: Wire-Frame Build I
NAHJI: Wire-Frame Build II
NAHJI: Skinning an Elephant I
NAHJI: Skinning an Elephant II
NAHJI: Gold Leaf & Paint
NAHJI: Canopy
NAHJI: Details I
NAHJI: Details II
NAHJI: Burning Man 2012
NAHJI: Henna

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Once a general direction was decided, line drawings that approximated the overall dimensions of the golf-cart, and an elephant profile over that cart, were created in Illustrator. These vector drawings were then converted to a 3D model using SketchUp. With a fairly accurate representation of dimensions and proportions, image files of various views were exported from SketchUp. These images were roughly traced and served as the basis for additional design sketches and ultimately as a guide when starting the elephant shell build.

  • Length: 16 feet
  • Width: 7.5 feet
  • Height: 11 feet+
  • Base Vehicle: Golf-Cart
  • Lincoln-Electric Power MIG 180C
  • Metal band saw
  • Bench drill press
  • Cut-off saw
  • Grinder
  • Misc power hand tools
  • Mild steel tubing (.065" wall)
  • Mild steel bar (1/4" solid)
  • Misc. mild steel
  • Misc. bike and go-cart parts
  • Fiberglass shell
  • LED lighting

Design Sketch - December 2011

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