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2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby explorer2770 on Sun Dec 25, 2016 11:10 pm

The 2017 group build will be officially known as the Rescue Unit build-off. If you have had a desire to build a rescue squad, surf rescue, technical rescue, heavy rescue, light rescue, rescue pumper, paramedic rescue, or any other type of vehicle with the word “Rescue” on it, now’s your time to do so.

Deadlines:
Entrees can start now. You can join up until December 15th, 2017 at 11:55 PM EST.
Finish date: December 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST
Judging will commence thereafter and winners will be announced by December 31, 2017.

Try to post a beginning photo, a couple of in-progress photos, and of course, plenty of finished photos to highlight your builds.

I'll try to keep a list of participants and their build plans here.

Participants
rescue 74 - Ford F350
Gary (ModelMaker) - Ford E-350 rescue
Pyrman - Dodge 3500 speedway crash truck
Jonah (Gator52) - '94 Freightliner FL70 rescue
David (hooknladderco_no_1) - Mack CF/Swab Heavy Rescue
Dom (FF10129) - Mack R rescue
James (jshep26101) - Dodge Ram rescue and Chevy Impala

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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby rescue 74 on Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:08 am

This should be fun!

For my build I'm going to restart a previous rescue truck that I never finished. Truck will be based off a 2007 Ford F350 crew cab with a custom rescue body. Looking forward to seeing what others build on this topic, should be a good one!
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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby Modelmaker on Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:25 am

I'm in not sure yet what I'm going to yet, that will have to be determined. I will advise...Gary
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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby pyrman on Wed Dec 28, 2016 4:55 pm

I'm in with a speedway crash truck based on a Dodge 3500.

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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby Gator52 on Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:10 pm

Great idea, I'm in with this '94 Freightliner rescue truck:

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I've got the FL80 cab from Plaskit; need to stock up on slam locks and treadplate from Don Mills, and order more sheet styrene!

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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby Modelmaker on Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:44 pm

Hi Guys, I've made up my mind on what I'm doing.....it was between the ssbresins Lacfd squad or the FDNY style Ambo.. And I have decided to go with the FDNY style Ambo....it wont be an FDNY, it will be done for West Granville. ...Gary. PS we can do more than 1 right.... :D :D :D
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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby hooknladderco_no_1 on Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:09 am

Hi Gang,
First off - Happy New Year! As my history with group builds has been rather dismal, I will hesitantly join in. What you see below is my favorite piece of fire apparatus. It is a Mack CF/Swab Heavy Duty Rescue. It was delivered to the Independence Fire Company No. 1 of Palmyra, NJ. I had the privilege of serving on her for several years. To replicate this rig, I started off with an AMT American La France Ladder Chief which was modified to length and configuration. The cab is from MTFA and the wheels are from AITM. The drawing in the third photo was drawn about 35 years ago. I plan to use the technique that Charlie shared a while ago to replicate the rolled front of the rescue box.
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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby FF10129 on Sun Jan 01, 2017 1:47 pm

Happy new year to all, not much has come off my bench lately but I will throw my helmet into the ring for this build. I am thinking of doing a Mack R model rescue. Possibly the one Elizabeth NJ used or an FDNY style. David from the photo that will be a great looking model!

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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby chariots of fire on Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:51 pm

In case you are not up on what David is talking about, here is an in progress pic of an M-725 USAF ambulance I did a few years back. Instead of trying to bend sheet plastic over the very rounded front portion of the body, I curved the side pieces to the right contour and then glued strips of thin plastic stock across the top adjacent to each other. That made a series of straight edges that could easily be sanded out and filled as necessary. This assured that the strips would not be under stress. Thin sheet stock when curved between two spaced edges tends to curve inward in the middle creating an unwanted depression. This does not happen with glued up strips. In addition, the curved part of the body becomes extremely strong. To eliminate the look of individual strips inside, I mixed up some two part resin and simply flowed it all over the inside of the curve. It made a nice smooth surface that I did not have to sand out.
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In the photo you can see the result of the glued up strips and some areas of gray that were filled with Tamiya putty and sanded out. After several years there still is no sign of the individual pieces of strip stock. The top remains smooth. And here is the finished model with a view of the top.
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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby mdlbldrmatt135 on Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:43 pm

might get me to finish my F-650 diecast conversion.....
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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby Daveski25 on Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:19 pm

I'm in for a Rescue truck of some sort, Ill decide this week what I'm going to build.

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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby EdselDan on Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:11 pm

I wanted to join last year, And have 2 Rescues to finish but....
Both are 1/32. a small Utility Squad I am replacing the Utility box on and
a MACK CF Heavy started Many years ago!!
Shown both here s few timed too.

Oh well. Maybe I can get luck this time and find a place to work
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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby Gator52 on Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:34 pm

Today I received my AMT race car hauler kit that will donate its chassis to my FL70 rescue truck. I also received my treadplate and slam locks from Don Mills over the weekend, so I anticipate some actual construction in the next week or so.
While waiting for those materials I sketched out some scale drawings for the body, next step will be to line those up with the AMT frame.

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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby explorer2770 on Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:35 pm

Dave, I'll go ahead and assume that you're building a lime-green rescue to match the rest of your fleet. Let me know the chassis you want to use and I'll sign you up.

Dan, 1/32 scale is cool with me. Just let me know your build decision(s).

Johan, I'm very interested in seeing how you handle this build. I hope you keep us posted with plenty of pics.
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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby Daveski25 on Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:23 am

It most likely will be Lime Green yes! :D

I will be using the Meng F350 pickup truck kit as a basis for it !

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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby chariots of fire on Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:37 am

Can I enter a rescue that is already built if I include some in-progress pix?
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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby pyrman on Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:10 pm

chariots of fire wrote:Can I enter a rescue that is already built if I include some in-progress pix?

This a CURRENT group build aka I'm currently building this group build, not a "I built this back in the day" group build. :o
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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby chariots of fire on Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:09 pm

Ok! Figured I'd ask! ;) Will have to figure out something after the Maxim is done! :)
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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby EdselDan on Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:19 pm

Remember my 2 are "in-Progress" builds
Actually the Utility Squad is a re-build of the box. I had her done with
Plastruct sheet and decided to replace that with Evergreen Styreen sheet
this is why I did not outright enter

The MACK got as far as the first coat of red on the box and had to be stripped
The Cab/chassis is basically completed, the box needs to get there

Here is the current state of the re-build (same as a few years ago when I last showed her)
of the Light-Rescue Squad
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and here is the Heavy Rescue MACK
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I need to check if I got the Cab/chassis completed
theses pics are a Few YEARS old!!!!!

The 1/32 Fire album is here for additional pics
http://s145.photobucket.com/user/EdselD ... t=3&page=1

And YES the MACK Will have 3 Roto-Rays facing front
2 on the Grill of the cab one on the front of the box
there will also be 4 of those Flood lights around the box 1 at each corner,
besides all the other lights she will have


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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby GLMFAA1 on Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:43 pm

Just to give you an idea from a few years ago Harry and Larry Mattingly did this rescue squad
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This not an entry, just an example of what was done in the past. Have fun with your builds

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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby hooknladderco_no_1 on Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:33 pm

Greg,
Thanks for sharing this photo! I remember seeing a black and white copy of that I believe from an issue of the FAMBA newsletter many years ago. What a great setup!

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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby Aaronw on Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:24 pm

I will come up with something, I've got a few ideas but I have a huge backlog of started models so want to carefully decide on a new project.
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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby Aaronw on Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:25 pm

GLMFAA1 wrote:Just to give you an idea from a few years ago Harry and Larry Mattingly did this rescue squad
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This not an entry, just an example of what was done in the past. Have fun with your builds

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I love photos of real trucks with everything on display like that. What a neat idea for a diorama.
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Re: 2017 Group Build: Rescue Units

Postby chariots of fire on Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:11 pm

I got a photo of that myself out at NNL Nationals in Toledo back in the day! If memory serves me correctly it was 1/16 scale. Pretty good size. That sound right, Greg?
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