Airplanes and Rockets' history & copyright Google search American Modeler Air Trails American Aircraft Modeler Young Men Hobbies Aviation Flying Aces Saturday Evening Post Boys' Life Hobby Distributors Amateur Astronomy Engines & Motors Balsa Densities Silkspan Covering Comics Electronics My Models Model Aircraft Articles Plans Model Boat Articles Plans Model Car Articles Plans Model Train Articles Plans 1941 Crosley 03CB Radio Model helicopter articles & plans Crosswords Model Rocket Articles Plans Restoration Projects Photos Peanuts Collection Model Aircraft Articles Plans Sitemap Homepage Hints Amateur Radio Everything from the homepage Airplanes and Rockets Hero Graphic

Vintage South Bend 6-Player Croquet Set Restoration

While visiting our daughter in North Carolina, we ran across someone who had a vintage 6-player croquet set for sale for just a few dollars. As the photos below show, it has been completely restored. All components (except the balls) were stripped down to bare wood or metal, sanded, primed, and then painted with four coats of enamel spray paint for color areas and three coats of polyurethane clear on the natural finish portions. The balls would have been too difficult to get to bare wood, so I sanded down to the point where the paint was stable and strongly adhered to the underlying wood. The two end pegs were fabricated from new wood because there was only one original and I wanted them to look alike (same size and color pattern as original).

The finished croquet set looks amazing. An Internet search on this particular set did not turn up an exact match for the paint scheme, and is seem like there was quite a wide variety of placements and numbers of color rings. The wheeled cart appears to be fairly rare on this set. There is not manufacturer name on it, but it looks like the South Bend variety sold in the 1960s and 1970s. I did all the work myself, and spent way too much time on it, especially since we ended up selling the set before playing even one game on it.

 

Supermodel Melanie with Restored South Bend Croquet Set - Airplanes and Rockets

Melanie holds a yardstick next to the restored 6-player South Bend croquet set.

Left-front view of restored South Bend 6-player croquet set - Airplanes and Rockets

Left-front view of restored South Bend 6-player croquet set.

Rear view of South Bend 6-player croquet set before restoration - Airplanes and Rockets

Rear view of South Bend 6-player croquet set before restoration.

Croquet Set restoration (paint removed) - Airplanes and Rockets

Paint has been stripped from all wood and metal parts.

Right-rear view of restored South Bend 6-player croquet set - Airplanes and Rockets

Right-rear view of restored South Bend 6-player croquet set.

Left-front view of South Bend 6-player croquet set before restoration - Airplanes and Rockets

Left-front view of South Bend 6-player croquet set before restoration.

 

 

Posted August 23, 2019

Try Using
SEARCH
to Find
What You Need.
>1,600 Pages Indexed

About
Airplanes & Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets
Kirt Blattenberger
Carpe Diem!
(Seize the Day!)
Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD ...
Copyright
1996 - 2018
Webmaster:
Kirt Blattenberger
BSEE - KB3UON
Family Websites:
RF Cafe | Equine Kingdom

All trademarks, copyrights, patents, and other rights of ownership to images and text used on the Airplanes and Rockets website are hereby acknowledged.

Modeling Resources
Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) - Airplanes and Rockets
Academy of Model
Aeronautics
Tower Hobbies logo - Airplanes and Rockets
Tower Hobbies
Horizon Hobby logo - Airplanes and Rockets
Horizon Hobby
Sig Manufacturing - Airplanes and Rockets
Sig Mfg
Brodak Manufacturing - Airplanes and Rockets
Brodak Mfg
spacer