I've been wanting to do a steam-punk rod for some time now but could never figure out how I was going to design it. Normally with builds I have a mental picture in my head of what I want it to look like once it's done but this time I made it up as I went along until I was happy with the end result. Other steam-punk rods have been done but not in this scale and I really wanted to see if I could pull off the steam-punk look.
About this creation
I went with a steam engine look and decided on a cast iron body with wooden cab. Steam-punk things are normally walnut panels, clock-work gears, copper pipes and brass fittings, but I wanted this moc to retain the hot-rod look while still looking like it was from the 1800s.
Of course there had to some visible gearing, so I put these on the back axle. The way I imagined it was, the drive shaft and differential drive the large cog, in-tern spinning the rear wheels. Unnecessary for a normal rod but this is steam-punk.
I borrowed the twin-front-axle idea from my Octorod, in-fact, this moc started out as my Octorod and then I stripped it back to just engine bay, front axles and chassis and went from there.
I went with a wood cab because black made it look too much like my Munster Koach.
The "steam pistons" on the side at the front are actually fuel tanks and the swing arms on the rear wheels are part of the suspension assembly (if it were a real car)
On the front, the head-lights are train lamps and I've even put a whistle on the roof. The funnel on the front is the air-intake.
I used as many analogue gauges as I could find to go into the dash to make it look more like a train-cab. I also made the steering wheel 90 degrees to the floor, it looks older that way. I also include piping for the whistle inside the cab.
The round part at the front of the engine bay is made of 7 large dish pieces because they where the perfect diameter and 7 of them fits perfectly behind the front axle.