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2001 ALF Eagle Pumper

Postby hooknladderno1 on Sat May 24, 2014 12:31 am

Hi Guys,
I thought that I had posted this earlier, but couldn't find it. So, here goes... As my fictional fire department has several support units and smaller scale apparatus on the roster or "on order, we need to start "purchasing" some larger apparatus. Currently being "built" is this American La France Eagle pumper. The graphics will be similar to this Ventura County Fire engine:
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The project began with the Trumpeter kit. I wanted to make roll up doors instead of the standard swing out doors provided in the kit. Careful removal of the doors and replacement of the frame material was built up from Evergreen styrene strip. The recessed style roll up doors were created from Evergreen v-groove sheet.
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Note that in many of these photos, the body is just tacked together with masking tape for mock up.
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Re: 2001 ALF Eagle Pumper

Postby hooknladderno1 on Sat May 24, 2014 1:03 am

The paint separation line was lowered, and added with Evergreen half round strip. The kit's upper paint break line was sanded off, sealed and primed to prevent "ghosting". All chrome trim was masked off with Tamiya tape for later Alclad or BMF application.
Attention was now turned towards the pump panels. As many of today's apparatus have black gauge panels,I sought to replicate this look. I had stumbled upon this process and thought I would give it a try. I applied BMF to the areas that I wanted chrome or painted instead of the black.
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For the textured black areas of the panel, I used Rustoleum Textured paint.
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This is how the panel looked after the texture coating:
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Some time, q-tips, fine microbrushes, andTamiya fine cotton swabs and small amounts of lacquer thinner revealed this:
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Still have to remove the paint from the officer's side panel:
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I also modified the area above the pump panel, cutting out and filling it to contain a hose reel.
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Future updates will show the hose reel and modified area above the pump. Let me know what you think. Thanks for looking!


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Re: 2001 ALF Eagle Pumper

Postby jimb on Sat May 24, 2014 9:02 am

Your ALF is looking great. I like the roll-up doors.

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Re: 2001 ALF Eagle Pumper

Postby chariots of fire on Sat May 24, 2014 4:10 pm

Nice approach to the black vinyl pump panel, Dave. That's going to be a nice rig!
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Re: 2001 ALF Eagle Pumper

Postby sffire on Sat May 24, 2014 8:25 pm

Looking good. Keep up the good work.
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Re: 2001 ALF Eagle Pumper

Postby hooknladderno1 on Sat May 24, 2014 10:52 pm

Another little update. Cleaned off the officer's side panel. Still need to touch up the area where the water tank level lights are.
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Here is the modified top area of the pump panel.
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The hose reel was made from AMT ALF hose reel ends. The ends were sanded to a much thinner thickness, as from the box they are way too thick. The ends then had Evergreen round stock applied around the outside. The inside ends were filled with dissolved sprue, allowed to dry and sanded. The insides were then sanded flat. The hose reel frame was constructed from Evergreen stock.
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Still have to decide on Alclad finishes for the diamondplate. I want to complement the colors and other metallic finishes. I appreciate your comments. Thanks for looking!


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Re: 2001 ALF Eagle Pumper

Postby GLMFAA1 on Sun May 25, 2014 11:37 am

Nice job , nice idea on the booster
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Re: 2001 ALF Eagle Pumper

Postby chariots of fire on Sun May 25, 2014 1:39 pm

Ever try the burnished aluminum foil trick David?
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Update: 2001 ALF Eagle Pumper

Postby hookandladderno1 on Sun Oct 26, 2014 10:24 pm

Hi Guys,
A little more progress on this project. I thought the ladder rack just looked to plain, so you can follow the progression in the photos.
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I assume the tubular rectangular structure at the top is an enclosure for the cattic ladder? Deciding if I want to clad it in diamond plate...


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Re: 2001 ALF Eagle Pumper

Postby Robbo on Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:31 pm

Wow, such detail. One very fine project.

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Re: 2001 ALF Eagle Pumper

Postby Modelmaker on Tue Oct 28, 2014 12:53 am

Robbo, That is one fine looking rig ...Gary
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Re: 2001 ALF Eagle Pumper

Postby Jeff_C on Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:58 pm

David,

Use the "improved chrome" by BMF. It sticks well and when you burnish it with a qtip it shines up nicely.
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Re: 2001 ALF Eagle Pumper

Postby Firepig on Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:00 am

Good looking project, David.
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Re: 2001 ALF Eagle Pumper

Postby hookandladderno1 on Sun Jan 11, 2015 6:50 am

Another little update. First, thanks for the kind words! For Christmas, I got some great presents! Two of them were a Tamiya diamond tipped photo-etch file and a Small Shoppe 4" photo-etch bending station. These have been on my wish list for a while, as the Trumpeter kit has a lot of it! Tonight, I played with it a bit, bending and glued many of the "edging" pieces of diamond plate. It takes a little practice as with any new skill, but I think I can handle it. Didn't take any pictures of that step yet, but I do want to share some photos with you. I hope by now you are aware of the great 3-D printed fire accessories offered by fellow fire modeler Matt. Well I ordered a set of his deck guns and once again, I was not disappointed! Today, I shot a light coat of Duplicolor primer/sealer on them. Below, you will find a few photos of it mocked up with both the straight bore and fog nozzles. Let me know what you think! Thanks for looking!
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Re: 2001 ALF Eagle Pumper

Postby Firepig on Sun Jan 11, 2015 3:08 pm

That deck gun looks good. I may have to rob the piggy bank for some of Matt's stuff.

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Re: 2001 ALF Eagle Pumper

Postby chariots of fire on Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:08 pm

Keep the fog nozzle and simply stow the straight tip next to it on the deck. Never know when you will need it for heavy knockdown!
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Re: 2001 ALF Eagle Pumper

Postby hooknladderno1 on Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:23 pm

Another update! Most of the diamond plate areas have been completed and finished in Alclad Highly Polished Aluminum. Started painting the deck gun as well. Compartment ends were also completed. Slowly getting there... Tons more to do...
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Re: 2001 ALF Eagle Pumper

Postby chariots of fire on Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:51 pm

That's looking nice, David. Deck gun looks great!
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Re: 2001 ALF Eagle Pumper

Postby Bigaldetroit on Sun Apr 05, 2015 11:33 pm

Hey what's matts name on here so I can see the stuff he makes for models please and thanks
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Re: Matt's info

Postby MMFAAFireModel on Sun Apr 05, 2015 11:54 pm

Al - look under the Parts Bin tab and the thread titles "Shapeways Store" the link to Matt's stuff is there his screen name here is mdlbldrmatt135

http://www.shapeways.com/shops/DownRangeProductions1-35th-scale
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