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#1 revshag

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:35 PM

I've been working on this build for a little while now. It's the 2010 movie version of the A-Team Van. I started with the Ertl A-Team Van kit. I replaced the front molded springs with wire and will be scratching some new rear leaf springs as well as using a better 10-bolt rear end. I am still modifying the kit dog house and dash to more accurately represent the correct year. The interior of the movie van is different from the TV van in that there is diamond plate in the back, a couple of tool boxes, and spare tires. The interior walls are covered with a diamond pleat patter which I'll be replicating with Plastruct tread plate. The body of the kit is modified in that I added bracing to the front doors like later models. There is a different grille guard/bull bar which I scratch built (there will be a different light bar on the top too). I filled in the holes for the kit lights, modified the rear spoiler to be more accurate. I also added 2 additional sunroofs. These were added for the movie mainly for lighting purposes. I cut the back doors open to show off the interior. I recently got the materials needed for hinges and will be taking on that challenge soon. Oh, and I put windows in the back doors (not pictured). I appreciate any feedback and encouragement you guys have. This project has taken on a life of its own (imagine that! :D )

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#2 crazyrichard

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 11:20 PM

cool , i like it :)

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 02:28 AM

Interesting changes you've done so far.

I'm really interested seeing the hinges you do. I've got an A-Team van I used the build my daughter's '85 GMC and the door hinges were a nightmare. One door still needs to be glues back on for about the 4th time.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 04:08 PM

Looks great. Can't wait to see it finished

#5 revshag

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 03:47 PM

Hey Foxer,

It was your build that actually motivated me to open the back doors.

I'm going to try Jairus Watson's technique for building hinges. http://www.modelcars...om/door-hinges/

Chris

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 03:07 AM

Hey Foxer,
I'm going to try Jairus Watson's technique for building hinges. http://www.modelcars...om/door-hinges/
Chris


Ah ... that's the way I should have done them! Looks like a lot more surface area there to cure the problems I had.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:52 AM

That looks really good so far! Do you have any details on how the front nudge bar should look?

I made a resin one in 1:32 scale as a slot car which leans and steers around corners, I left the spotlights off because I thought they'd break if the van rolls over but I'd like to make a nudge bar



#8 revshag

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 04:44 AM

Just a little update.  Got some paint on some of the interior bits (lots of semi-gloss black!)

 

Mocked up the interior:

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:54 PM

I can't wait to see it all finished. keep up the good work!



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:10 AM

Here are some updates on my van.

 

Here are the brass hinges I made for opening the back doors:

 

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I scratchbuilt new leaf springs:

 

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I made skirts for the seats using masking tape and aluminum foil.  I also added pedestals to mount them:

 

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More work on the dash and doghouse.  Putty, sand, prime, repeat.

 

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Here are the door panels with arm rests.  I am using the back side of Plastruct tread plate for the interior diamond pleating.

 

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Thanks for looking,

 

Chris

 



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:45 AM

I'm in awe at what you've done so far. I used an A-Team van to build an '85 GMC my daughter had and din many of the things you've done to up the look of it. I did the dash and doghouse similar to what you did. Nice job on that!

 

The hinges were my downfall and in the end figured I should have done them out of brass as you did. Please show plenty of photos mounting them!

 

I also built up interior panels using plastic strips .. this is almost like watching my van come together! :lol:

 

It's all looking good!



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:24 AM

Wow! Really awesome work! I'll keep an eye on this build. Your scrhach building skills are awesome!



#13 revshag

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:11 PM

Thanks for the compliments and encouragement.

The plan for the hinges is that once I get them positioned, I'll solder them to a larger piece of brass and glue that to the body.


These vans are like "rolling" dioramas. It's hard not to open them up. I just hope I can pull it all off. My goal is to have it done for NNL East in April.

Chris


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 07:15 PM

Very nice...I like what you're doing...Very nice...



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Posted 09 March 2013 - 03:41 AM

cool



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 03:09 PM

Quick update. Finished the dash/doghouse. Scratched the radio. Drilled holes for cup holders! Few switches to the right of the gauges. Little bit of bare metal to dress it up.

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 08:09 PM

Chris,  Excellent work so far!  I'v always been a big fan of the A-Team although I admit I haven't seen the 2010 movie yet.

 

BTW, is that a Mork & Mindy Jeep you made into Daisy's jeep in the background of a couple of the pictures?

 

Mike.


Edited by crowe-t, 23 March 2013 - 08:13 PM.