David Carlin - Auto Dice Game
David Carlin is an internationally known sculptor. His subjects have been the Japanese small artworks called netsuke. They are found in collections and museums throughout the world. Dealing with collectors has led to his own collections, which have always been train, plane, and automobile models. His collection has been building, from his first six Dinky Toys and various collections of his father’s similar passion, for well over 70 years. Preferring to craft his own scratch-built models rather than purchase any pre-made, David continues to make rare autos in 1:43 scale, carved from basswood, as well as vintage aircraft in wood and paper. DCarlin@mcn.or
Some of David's Articles: Auto Dice Racing
Auto Dice Racing
Issue #28 May/Jun 2023
The original “Auto Dice Racing” game was conceived and played by my father, Philip Carlin, and his older brother Leon during the 1920s. It was played with on the floor and consisted of handmade paper, cardboard and wood replicas of sprint cars of the period. Using dice and numbered cars, the brothers evolved a realistic competition game. Running two teams, they used six cars and six dice per team.
During my childhood, my father and I would work together; he, with his small lathe, would turn my tiny wheels while I carved wooden original cars and cast them in a rubber mold with “dental stone” (very hard plaster). It took about a half an hour to paint and get a single car rolling. So, each day one would be cast. It would dry for 24 hours and would be finished the next day. It was an absorbing evening hobby. Some of the original models, and a later set that was built during the 1950s, inspired my own 1980s revival and modification of the game.