Sandy Sanderson (yes, that’s his real name) is just one more person whose talents I am envious of. Granted his skill set is something of the unique variety, but nonetheless it is very cool. You see Sandy makes cars… out of beer cans, and if you think they’re just little aluminum mock-ups then you’d be dead wrong. The detail that Sandy puts into his recycled creations is simply staggering. Leaf springs, framed out windows, mag-wheels and HEMI engines are just a few of his trademarks.
• First a car is decided upon and then the cans are chosen.
“The two most important things you have to consider when making a Can Car are firstly the car itself, and secondly the cans you wish to make it from. These decisions are not as easy to make as might seem the case. The car itself must be easy to represent by using flat panels, single curvature panels, or combinations of the two. Most popular subjects like VW Beetles, Minis, and anything modern, are virtually all compound curves. This makes them impossible to represent in a realistic way. The easy answer to that problem is to pick something easier, or compromise on the realism aspect.”
• Then comes the plan:
“By looking at the colour(s) and graphics on your target can you have to assess how they will translate into the different parts of the car. I have spent considerable time wandering around supermarkets and liquor stores “checking out the cans”. This usually creates acute embarrassment for my wife, and some suspicion and confusion for the store keepers.”
“Having made those fundamental choices the plan may now be drawn up. The basic size of the car is decided by the size of the can. The wheels are made from the bottoms of two cans put back to back. The further up the can you cut the bottoms off, the wider the resultant wheel will be. You can’t alter the diameter of the wheel so you have to scale everything else to suit. The size of usable panel you get from the sides of the can, when it is cut open, determine the size of part you can make from it. This has to be considered when drawing the plan, and sizes and positions of things often have to be jiggled about to find the best fit.”
• Then the final product:
“Because the Moke is a fairly simple model it means that, where there are details of interest, these must be included on the model. Otherwise there is a danger of the thing looking rather plain. The other method I used to avoid that are making the car a bit of a HOTROD. Bucket seats, roll-bar, racing fuel filler, high flow intake and exhaust, and beefy suspension components, all help create the impression that this little car is built for speed.”
You really need to do yourselves a favor and check out the rest of Sandy’s creations at his website: cancars.webs.com, as what your going to see will simply blow your mind.