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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby explorer2770 on Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:30 pm

The Revell GMC 4x4 pickup with snow plow is a decent kit, considering it was first released in 1977, but does have some issues.

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First, it is a short wheelbase (117.5") and I needed a long wheelbase (131.5") chassis, so I added the 14" difference by splicing in 1.5 cm of .156" x .125" strip styrene and sanded the joint down. To make sure that everything would hold the weight, I reinforced the cut with a strip of 0.040" x 0.156" that overlapped each side by 5 mm, then added a top piece of 0.040" by 0.156" to keep things level. While at this stage, I did remove the driver's side fuel tank since that was not present on Brush 508.

Next I fixed the toyish differentials. I only covered up the hole in the front differential with a sheet of styrene but I attempted to make the rear differential look better by building it up with scrap styrene pieces. Sorry, no before or after photos.

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Since I had to remove the mufflers/exhaust and cross member when I lengthened the chassis, I had to replace them. I cut a new cross member out of strip stock and covered up holes in the mufflers. Even though 506 only had 1 exhaust, I do like the look of the double and will keep that for this build.

Some other things I did: replaced the molded in front sway bar with separate pieces; lengthened the drive shaft by slipping a 1/8" tube over the existing pieces after some careful sanding; and filled in the top of the fuel tank since that hole would be noticeable in the gap between the cab and bed.

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Off to make the truck bed now.
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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby Daveski25 on Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:41 am

I started something similar this summer. Its been kinda sitting in limbo till you gave me the inspiration to finish it!
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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby Daveski25 on Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:44 am

Started working on the slide in tank assembly today for the GMC brush truck, and the hose reel.
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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby explorer2770 on Mon Dec 22, 2014 12:51 am

Dave, your GMC looks a lot better than mine right now. Where did you get the wheels for yours? I've been looking for a decent set of duallies for some other projects.
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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby Daveski25 on Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:57 am

Thanks. Those are the Modelhaus 1 ton wheels and rims along with their Utility body.

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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby ghoodii on Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:46 pm

I'm in.....was getting ready to post in the "in progress"section....perfect timing. Using the Meng F350, based on Engine 5-4 from the Benedict VFD, Benedict, Maryland. Cut 15mm from the chassis and from the front of the bed and gave it a 1/4" lift. Wheels are "Scenes Unlimited", tires are from an Aoshima Toyota
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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby Aaronw on Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:52 pm

Good to see some progress, and nice choice of projects so far.

Well not time at the bench but I've spent some time trying to design a set of vintage 17" Firestone split rim wheels for the F-3. There are no correct wheels available for this truck, so I'm going to try getting a set 3d printed.

The rims so far, still need to work on tires and hubs.

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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby Daveski25 on Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:28 pm

Love the progress pictures guys! Some nice projects in the works here.
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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby chariots of fire on Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:21 pm

Aaron: Once the rims are done what will you do for tires?
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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby Aaronw on Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:13 pm

The wheels are just the start, there really isn't much available for older light and medium duty trucks. Most tires are also modern designs. Coker Tire specializes in vintage tires for car and truck collectors, so I'm looking at their site for ideas.

I'm also working on tires, the tread is a pain, but I think I'm getting the hang of it.


I'm going to try and do something similar to this Tornell Traction

https://www.cokertire.com/tires/styles/ ... 0-ply.html


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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby GLMFAA1 on Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:34 pm

Here is my start
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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby chariots of fire on Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:04 pm

What will it be, Greg? B & O FD?? :lol:
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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby Aaronw on Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:16 pm

The track section looks good, curious to see what's going on it.
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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby explorer2770 on Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:43 pm

Here's some of my progress over the last month:
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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby hooknladderno1 on Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:37 pm

Brandon,
Looking sharp! Nice clean building style! Look forward to seeing the next update.


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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby Daveski25 on Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:49 am

Looks great so far!! Is that going to be a 3/4 ton utility box?

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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby explorer2770 on Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:41 pm

David and Dave, thanks.

Dave, yes it is a 3/4 ton box. Just need to add compartment doors after I decide to bite the bullet and order some slam locks from Don...just wish he would get the chrome slam locks back in stock soon.
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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby FIREMODELMAN on Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:53 pm

Well, I must say everyones builds look great so far. I would love to get in on this, but I'm dealing with SEVERE modelers block. I haven't built anything for almost two years :o :o :o :o . Some of you may even remember who I am. ;) :D
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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby explorer2770 on Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:37 pm

FIREMODELMAN wrote:Well, I must say everyones builds look great so far. I would love to get in on this, but I'm dealing with SEVERE modelers block. I haven't built anything for almost two years :o :o :o :o . Some of you may even remember who I am. ;) :D


I'm sure you'll think of something to build. Your collection of 1940s Fremont FD rigs could use a brush truck, maybe a '37 Ford or '41 Chevy.
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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby Aaronw on Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:56 pm

FIREMODELMAN wrote:Well, I must say everyones builds look great so far. I would love to get in on this, but I'm dealing with SEVERE modelers block. I haven't built anything for almost two years :o :o :o :o . Some of you may even remember who I am. ;) :D



I was wondering what you were up to, there has been a serious lack of tunnel lights without you.
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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby Modelmaker on Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:05 pm

I've been working on my grass rig for the build. I'll try to send pix soon as to where I am on my progress....Started with a Ford Pickup......I may do a second one if things go well......Gary
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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby hooknladderno1 on Thu Mar 26, 2015 9:26 am

Hi Guys,
Here is my entry for the group build. It's a 1979 Dodge Power Wagon run by my original fire department. There is a separate build thread elsewhere, but I'll post progress here.
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New fender flares have been fabricated out of layered Evergreen strip stock and filed to shape. Rear angle irons are tacked in place with Blue Tac. Lots of fine tuning to be done with all of the components in the pickup bed.
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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby chariots of fire on Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:13 am

David: Just eyeballing your build and comparing it to the nice side view of the rig you are modeling I think your rear angles and deck gun might be a bit too high. Follow the roof line of the real truck and see where that line intersects the line of the rear angles. (Just my 2cents ;) )
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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby hooknladderno1 on Fri Mar 27, 2015 4:05 am

chariots of fire wrote:David: Just eyeballing your build and comparing it to the nice side view of the rig you are modeling I think your rear angles and deck gun might be a bit too high. Follow the roof line of the real truck and see where that line intersects the line of the rear angles. (Just my 2cents ;) )

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Re: New Group Build for 2015?

Postby Modelmaker on Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:21 pm

Hi Guys, Here is where I am at with my rig for Rugby Jct FD......still need to put some things on board....but sending link for pix.....Gary

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