Well I think my new tablets are helping to the point i have 4 days into the hauler and only a few little bits to do before paint. So before I post my progress lets play a game and see if you can guess what it is. What has 4 wheel drive, 4 wheel steering, a mid mounted twin turbo v8 and is as wide as the trailer? All will be revealed later (around ten pm my time) but i dont think anyone will guess it correctly
Man did I miss this thread!!! Sorry to hear of your medication troubles Les. I went through something similar about 10 years ago (although it didn't make me angry ) and that stuff put me through the dang wringer!
Looking forward to your update here.
Yesterday's gone and Tomorrow aint here yet. Today IS the best day we'll ever have.
So just to keep you guessing I'll start with the boat. So far all I've done is cut a jaguar xj220 in half and chosen the engine I'll be using. The engine will be a ford drag version from a mustang funny car as it's a little bigger than the stock hemi, and is already supercharged. Besides the kit engine looks more suited to a hot rod than a boat.
Well resorting my pics took longer than i expected, lol. The chassis is from a mercedes actros semi, along with its twin turbo diesel v8. The front axle and forward rear axle are also from the mercedes.
I guess now you want to know what this (and much more) will be going under so allow me to reveal......
a 1955 bedford cab from the parts box down in Oz. And for a bit of time this was the plan but we all know how it is, once you start there's no telling where it will end up.
but this led me to the problem of getting it to sit level instead of like a dog on heat.
So out came the saw and within a few seconds the chassis was in two pieces, and a few seconds after that it was one again,
The engine had no place to go except for behind the cab as it would have meant the cab sitting a scale 3ft off the ground and that would never do for this build.
Just enough clearance between the chassis and turbos which will be important later
You can see one of the modified rear wheels in the background of this pic
and I'll finish this batch with a very early mock up with the bed I made from two choclate boxes (monsier, you are really spoiling us with this chocolate)
Much more to follow shortly, but I change up the bed a little to something much more stylish. The last clue i havent explained for the hauler will also become clear.............
.....And on with the show. I left the hauler sitting as it was in the last pic overnight as I absolutely hated the wide arches, they just didn't look well thought out so I stashed them away for the future and looked through the bedford box. Since it was supposed to be built as a tractor/semi unit it came with 4 rear fenders. I cut down 2 of them and cut the bed sides to fit them.
The next thing that cropped up was it just looked out of proportion so out came the saw yet again and the spare arches were also narrowed and the bed sides cut again.
I now had to come up with something for the rearmost axle so i hunted through some broken up trucks and random scraps and found 3 trailer axles, so one got narrowed to fit, and then I cut some heavy duty looking ladder bars and made a bracket to mount them to.
Next I started thinking about a few custom touches and looking at the kit dash it just looked too plain.
so back into the scrap box and I found the dash from the amt 60 chevy pickup but all I used from it was the add on brows for the gauges which I used back to front. I also made the bed top you see from coffee stirrers glued to an old piece of trailer top, and then filled using 3m green putty sanded down smooth to show off the grain and shapes more.
Since i was using the cab a lot during mock ups and to line things up i noticed fitting the windows correctly just wasn't going to work, so I made a sun visor out of a scrap 57 chevy bonnet/hood which will hide the inevitable gap at the top (theres no mounting surface for the glass at all). It still needs some trimming and ends built but it should work out pretty good.
NOTE that the black bits are from sanding the visor and are not pin holes in the resin. I made a small start on painting parts and since the intake had some nice mercedes lettering I foiled the centre before spraying it matt black, then a bit of light wet n dry with 1500 on the lettering and it came out pretty good
I did the engine in red and the turbos got aluminium and steel colours
I'm going to assume you've all noticed the part I havent mentioned.... and to finish a quick mock up of how it will look together (2 1/2 ft long)
Holy crap ...what drugs are you and deecee on and can I have some. Both super efforts. Wish I had the time to get cuttin' on mine but I am pushing to find time to do it as a pretty basic build. Great work!!
Hey bazzoka in my case its weed and anti depressants but i think deecee is overdosing on that ozzie sunshine (I wish they deported us brits still, for sure i would rob a bank, lol. Time for another update I guess. Unfortunately for the sake of pictures I got really into the swing of things and completely neglected to get pics during most of the work. I began with the hull and glued more coffee stirrers on the sides and rear, again I used green filler as I still havent got any wood filler, which were then sanded completely smooth (when the lights behind the hull it shows through the wood). Next I trimmed more from the jag body top as it needs to be removable for painting and getting the interior in. I also cut 3 full deck tops from some styrene sheet and removed the center to leave just the edges and raise the deck edges for the next step. next I took the front deck from the kit and covered with wood. I filled it with green filler and busted out a big rough file, then proceeded to file it all around the edges to put a curved profile to the front of the deck, its subtle but it is there, and i reckon on having 2 days just in reshaping all the wood. The full interior from the jag fits perfectly once the stringers inside the hull are cut down. For the engine I dived into a polar lights gas ronda kit, and grabbed the spare engine so I could have a full drag engine. I was kinda surprised the spare engine in the kit was a mopar hemi as I was sure it was a 429 ford but since it has a lot of height it'll work ok. The scoop sits just above the roof height. I think I might also be able to use some of the jag engine bay to complete that part a bit more. I just have to finsh the filler at the rear then its paint time and for once I'm looking forward to paint (big plans for it). I'm not sure if the boat will match the paint as I'm tempted to have it match my chevy crew cab. I hope the pics are in order.
Got everything in its first coat of primer last night and had a minor disaster. The chassis for the truck fell while wet and is now in lots of bits, but I found it all so its in stripper, and next time its painted it will be hung up rather than leaned against the wall (I rushed getting everything laid out for primer as I am away from home for the next week working nights). I've also had to do away with the middle steer axle as it left no space for a fuel tank or any of the other gubbins diesel engines need to run. For priming the boat, I started by clearing the wood to hopefully prevent the colour bleeding into the wood as I want a sharp pinstripe around the wood. There will be pictures next update as I've put my camera in my computer bag so I dont forget it again.
DeeCee: Bloody Tom....
Aug 22, 2019 3:50:30 GMT -7
RetroSpectKustoms: Can me enter more than 1 model for JDM LMS?
Sept 2, 2019 18:46:40 GMT -7
RetroSpectKustoms: MOTM Curbside too?? I have nothing on the bench and the PERFECT excuse to build a grail kit!
Sept 2, 2019 19:25:45 GMT -7
DeeCee: Do 1 for each mate, that should keep you busy..
Sept 3, 2019 5:05:46 GMT -7
spdyft: Build that grail..I seem to remember that thread being the genesis for the contest.
Sept 3, 2019 12:38:59 GMT -7
leon: I have a nice curbside i want to build! the only problem is the kit came without doors.Need to contact Revell again and see if there taking replacement part orders yet.
Sept 3, 2019 13:31:01 GMT -7
stitchdup: Hey guys, you dont have to start with a curbside kit, you can just glue the hood down and save the engine for something else
Sept 4, 2019 3:41:18 GMT -7
Deano: This is a busy place at the minute, something new to see every time I log on!!! Awesome stuff but it does cut into building time!!
Sept 4, 2019 23:09:36 GMT -7
RetroSpectKustoms: I got to agree there Deano. But I do love seeing what everyone else is working on too.
Sept 5, 2019 15:50:47 GMT -7
DeeCee: CONGRATULATIONS DEANO AND SHARP... great builds guys
Sept 6, 2019 20:04:10 GMT -7
Deano: Thanks Dale and to everyone who voted and it's a great tractor Les!
Sept 7, 2019 14:31:52 GMT -7