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Orange Hauler II: Radical Custom truck + wild trailer, Nov. 11 update


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#1 Ace-Garageguy

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 12:30 PM

Well, I've got some orange paint left over from the Gearz Chevelle project, so I'm thinking to use it up, it's time to bring this one back on-line. There's glass-work curing on the Phoenix, and I can't afford parts for the 1:1s this month, so here we go again....

I scored a cheap, partially-built Orange Hauler a while back, mostly for the tires and the Buick nailhead, but I got to thinking of an up-dated rework of the general concept.

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The first mockup keeps the general theme of a short wheelbase show-truck, but loses the bubble top in favor of a roadster-pickup vibe, a raked wrap-around windshield, and completely new front and rear end treatments.

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I want to keep a slight resemblance to the original Darryl Starbird design, but clean it up and smooth it out a little. The distracting hole on the front fender will go away, the rocker moldings will be continued forward, the nose gets extended, etc. To make it at least somewhat practical (in theory), I'm thinking fifth-wheel race-car trailer-hauler. An alternate-reality Viva Las Vegas sort of rig.

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The hood and surround from another Starbird creation, the Predicta, takes the place of the fussy and dated original upper front surfaces.....

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For an over-the-top showcar power plant, a twin-blown Viper engine is in the works......

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in the chassis....

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and as she sits today.....

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Tonight's project is working out the rest of the design of the front end. I'll be trying variations until something clicks.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 01:48 PM

I was wondering what happened to this car . Glad to see it in progress again . I like what you have so far .
BOB .

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 02:13 PM

I recall this one. B)

#4 Ace-Garageguy

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 02:15 PM

Thanks, Bob. It got shelved along with everything else during the thrash to finish the contest car. I'm trying to limit myself to two or three simultaneous builds, 'cause I actualy like having one finished.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 02:23 PM

Cool idea

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 03:25 PM

That is really cool. Great idea & some fine modelling. I really like where this is going.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 02:33 AM

Thanks guys. I'm still not entirely happy with the front end, but I'm getting closer.

Surfjunke, what is the car in your photo? It looks kinda Porsche 904, but I've never seen anything quite like it.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 03:27 AM

Great Start!

The Convertable Top is perfect on this truck!

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 03:30 AM

Haven't seen this one before and really like the concept. Keep going and finish that puppy.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 04:42 AM

I'm watching this one waiting for more progress. Great (never seen) subject matter for me.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 05:39 AM

This should be good! Nice start...

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 07:35 AM

Nice to see the Ultra Truck resurfacing, even if being reworked. You just don't see them being built that often!

You're showing some great ideas here ... blending the original design with some new cues.

Keep it up.

Watching ...



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Posted 28 May 2012 - 08:12 AM

I picked this model up a few months ago and plan on building a replica of the real one,man I have used so much spot putty to try and fill the cracks on mine.Best of luck with your build.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 08:37 AM

Thanks for the interest and comments.

Austin T, I have an anmolested kit of this too, and at some point will build it box-stock (wired and detailed) and show the two together.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 02:46 PM

I like how the front end is coming along,personally I think it looks much better than the original.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:50 PM

looks weird but cool.

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 03:00 PM

Now thats an unusual kit!

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 10:54 AM

I love were your taking this one, that motor is just sick! Keep it coming

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 11:51 AM

A true blast from the past, and looking good! Dual diagonal scoops. That's just plain sick brother!!

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:39 PM

Thanks guys. And....I never liked the front end I had, kinda reminded me of a character from Ice Age. Reworked it with higher headlights, new lower pan, different wheel / tire combo. A little more tweeking and I think I'll have what I was after.....

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