The Making Of

When designing a Knot Rod, the process begins by reducing the size of the chosen car as accurately as possible down to 1:16 scale on my drawing board from all angles. From those drawings a list of parts is generated as well as the templates, patterns and jigs necessary to shape the individual pieces.

One of the biggest challenges in the design and development of a new car is figuring out the order in which to shape and/or assemble the many pieces. Once all the machine work is done and the core block of the car is assembled, the hand work begins.

The work that cannot be done with a machine, small or large, from that point on will have to be done with hand chisels, hand files, and sand paper. Any machining that is necessary for installing trim such as fenders, bumpers, head and tail lights, windshield, wind wings, axles, etc. has to be done to the individual parts prior to the assembly of the core block.

Precision and accuracy are of the utmost importance in every step. Any deviation or discrepancy will have a ripple effect that will render the entire work unsavable.

Many features of a specific car such as delicate grill ribs, louvers, and trim inlay are not recognizable when they are in the core block form. These features will be revealed as predetermined areas of the block are cut away. The slightest inaccuracy in this area will also render the piece expensive firewood.

Once all the fine details are in place and the car is nearing completion, it is finish sanded, branded with our logo, dated, numbered and then signed by me.


After a final inspection under an illuminated magnifying glass, the car is ready for two coats of sanding sealer and two coats of top quality satin lacquer, with a light, ultra fine sanding between each coat. After curing, the car is ready for a final light polishing, pictures... and a new home!