When you’re the unfortunate victim of an accident and your injuries leave you with nothing better to do, how do you make the most out of your idle time?

For Sandy Sanderson of New Zealand, it’s building model cars from aluminum cans. Needing something to keep himself busy after breaking his wrist in a motorcycle accident, Sanderson began creating cars out of tin cans and his works are nothing short of jaw-dropping.

Calling his creations ‘CanCars’, Sanderson began working on these models after a ‘Eureka!’ moment while staring at a canned soda he had been drinking. After remembering how somebody used to make model planes from tin cans, the draftsman/instrument-maker/model-builder decided to try his own luck in creating model cars from tin cans.

What’s even more impressive is that he’s doing all of this with a broken wrist. Check out the models Sanderson has already created and tell us just how cool those are.


Source: Cancars

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  (612) posted on 02.4.2010

Now that is a great way to deal with your tin can trash problems. I think that he can make a living with those models. I’d say that he can sell them for a pretty neat price. I’d buy one if I had the chance for sure. I wonder how broken his wrists are actually.

  (765) posted on 01.13.2010

The collection of the cars that Sandy Sanderson did was the old one or should I say vintage cars with the use of canned soda that you can see on the garbage can. "There’s money on garbage", that’s a saying that maybe true coz’ he can sell this kind of masterpiece.

  (1023) posted on 12.6.2009

He made the challenge an opportunity. Sandy Sanderson’s story is so admirable. An injured wrist turning garbage into a toy that is worth the world’s attention. Not only that, they aren’t just simple creations, they also help save the environment.

  (180) posted on 12.6.2009

Proves how some unfortunate events like Sanderson’s accident and his broken wrist can lead to a masterpiece like this.

  (182) posted on 12.6.2009

Even if I break my wrist, I don’t think I would be able to replicate a detailed car miniature like this. Hurray!

  (182) posted on 12.6.2009

If I get to create one of these CanCars, my Eureka moment might last a lifetime. I hope he can make a how to do it video just to give us an idea on how the hell did he manage to pull up something like this from scraps.

  (183) posted on 12.6.2009

A masterpiece like that coming from Sandy Sanderson is not that surprising. He’s a really talented guy and is even considered a renaissance man as he is also a draftsman, guitar player, teacher, motorcyclist, instrument maker, model builder and now a CanCar maker!

  (177) posted on 12.6.2009

Recycling at its best! Great job! He’s now even termed as one of the World’s Strangest. It’s really detailed.

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