I started by considering the head of the ram. I would have liked to have Grond, as it appeared in Jackson's RotK, but I'm no sculptor. I thought about going to a toy store and looking at their plastic animals, particularly for a ram, but my health at the time precluded that. So I settled on a giant fist.
I started by rolling out a quarter inch slab of Fimo clay, then cutting a basic hand shape out of it.
I managed to form it into this crude fist.
So many of the other members on Terragenesis were making marvelous models with wood, I thought I'd try it once. And while I could have made it faster, and more to scale, out of my usual plastic, I have to admit I really enjoyed working in wood. (I am not anti-wood, it is my material of choice in full-scale projects.) But I decided if I was going to use wood, I would do it right, with real wood joinery. Here I have notched the various pieces, glued them, then drilled holes for toothpick pegs. I should point out this is, I believe, bass wood, not balsa. (It came from my wife's dollhouse stash.) The disks are scribed sheet for the wheels.
Trying to decide on the wheels. I started with three pieces of quarter inch balsa, glued together, then cut into circles. Some more of the lead, cut into strips, and nailed across the strips. A hardwood dowel for the axle, held together with a steel washer and a brass pin.
I will return shortly with Part 2. Don