AMT ALF Turntable Ladder conversion?

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AMT ALF Turntable Ladder conversion?

Postby cdnguy68 on Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:34 pm

Has anyone successfully taken the AMT ALF Ladder Chief and moved the turntable from the rear to more of a mid-chassis mount?

Is it even possible with the kit as issued? (Yes, I'm assuming some scratch-building will be required).
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Re: AMT ALF Turntable Ladder conversion?

Postby GLMFAA1 on Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:41 pm

I guess my photos have been deleted by photobucket so here is a repeat
The midmount ALF
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The parts used:
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A little detail of the turntable and jack modifications
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Rear profile
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The rear ladder rack
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The interior of the open cab:
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Ultimate turntable modification:
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Re: AMT ALF Turntable Ladder conversion?

Postby maxwell48098 on Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:57 pm

Here's a mid-mount I did years ago. Image
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Here's my version of an ALF Tractor Drawn Aerial
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Re: AMT ALF Turntable Ladder conversion?

Postby cdnguy68 on Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:57 pm

Thanks, gents!

Photobucket has indeed been cruel with image removal so I appreciate you re-posting your efforts. I'm envious of the finished work on a TAL units as well. Those are probably beyond my ambitions in the short term, but making a mid-mount (and going open cab) is certainly do-able.
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Re: AMT ALF Turntable Ladder conversion?

Postby explorer2770 on Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:09 pm

Here's a drawing of a Ford C/ALF mid-mount that might be helpful for making your conversion.

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http://www.smcars.net/attachments/american-lafrance-ford-c-aerial-dim-diag-jpg.60495/

This conversion is definitely on my bucket list. If I could find a 700 series cab, I could even make Fremont's first aerial ladder.
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Re: AMT ALF Turntable Ladder conversion?

Postby GLMFAA1 on Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:18 pm

Maybe we need to ask the elf at shapeway store to let santa know how we would all like to have a 700 ALF
anyways a blast from the past the 'how to' from the late Ted Calvin if you are ambitious
The templates are from bottom to top
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Sorry the windshield template is missing as I used it
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Re: AMT ALF Turntable Ladder conversion?

Postby chariots of fire on Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:00 am

Funny thing you should post that about the 700 ALF. I have a partially finished casting of an open cab 700 that Tom Coolidge began. He sent it to me quite a while ago to finish off. His idea was to do a basic casting and then let the individual modeler do whatever detailing he wanted. I will drag it out so you can see how far he got. Forgot to say it is 1/25 scale.
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Re: AMT ALF Turntable Ladder conversion?

Postby explorer2770 on Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:29 am

Fremont ran two 700 series pumpers and one 700 series midmount, all open cabs. Between Ted Calvin's plans and the re-release of the AMT 1000 series cabs, all that is really needed is a casting of the front nose and windshield to make things easier.

Of course, I should probably just try my hand at making it on my own...but where's the fun in that.
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Re: AMT ALF Turntable Ladder conversion?

Postby GLMFAA1 on Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:40 am

Charlie: I was going to contact you about that as when I researched the plans to see if PB blocked them I came across your thread from 2010. Hope you can do it justice and maybe get it to aim for repos
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Re: AMT ALF Turntable Ladder conversion?

Postby chariots of fire on Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:26 pm

My word! Was it that far back?? :o
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