Mow, mow, mow your lawn

by brae  

I've built a handy push mower to make quick work of the upkeep.

It's a Phoenix Model kit from Jennifer's of Walsall.

It's recommended to use Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy, so I bought some from amazon.  This stuff stinks to high heaven with the hardener smelling like rancid, rotten eggs, but it is as advertised at least.

I prepped and washed the pieces with dish soap in preparation for painting before assembly.  I primed with Rust-Oleum Self Etching Primer.  It's a smelly primer, but its purpose is to bond better with bare metal surfaces.  I sprayed the handles with Testors Model Master Metalizer Lacquer in Aluminum Plate.  It buffs to a fine metallic finish.  I hand painted the grips semi-gloss black.

The blades are also painted in Aluminum Plate.  I detailed the roller in the middle and added some grime from use.  At first, I thought I might be able to get the wheels and blades to turn independently, but it didn't end up working.  These are rather fiddly kits as the epoxy sets, so I was happy to get it assembled at all.

To keep it simple, I chose black for the wheels and guard.  The hubs and connecting rods are Testors Flat Olive Drab, leftover paint from the Sopwith Camel from years back.  After assembly, I touched up the paint and added a bit more grime detailing...just enough to give this mower a few years of service.  I glued the handles half-way between resting and upright so it would look natural while still being able to sit close to a wall, or against a tree.

In the interest of time, I am stopping here though I'd like to add a grass catcher at some point.  :]

7 comments

Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
Nice mower! Much needed come spring! :D
11/22/16 @ 17:38
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]  
Your lawnmower looks Great Brae and so does your lawn!
11/22/16 @ 18:17
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
Wow! My neighbor had a mower like that... no fun on long grass...though you did get a good aerobic workout using it. Looks just like I remember, but cleaner.
11/22/16 @ 19:00
Comment from: Jodi Hippler [Visitor]
What a fun detail! I love it!
11/23/16 @ 00:07
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Cool! My daughter bought one of those last Spring, but I don't think she's used it yet.
11/23/16 @ 02:56
Comment from: The Grandmommy [Visitor]
Great job! Brings back memories!
11/23/16 @ 22:25
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>>
11/25/16 @ 09:05


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