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Jacked '49 Merc Wagon 11-19-14 Frame shortened

09 November 2014 - 06:45 AM

Of course I shouldn't start a new build, but I'm actually near completion (!) on a Sambar and HAVE to get something else going!!!


I'm getting old I think cause I keep looking at jacked-up trucks running around here ... I'm a sports car nut thru and thru. I thought it would be cool to do one that's all beat up and muddy from running around the trails here in the Berkshires. One thing led to another and this is what I ended up with .. something different for the Revell Merc Woody wagon AND .. let the photos show ...











Yes .. that's a a 1/25 Wagon sitting on a 1/24 TRUCK chassis!  The wheelbase is almost exact and only had to remove some side pods and rear of tailpipe to fit it. The truck frame straddles the Merc gas tanks nicely and only needed a couple little notches for the truck frame to drop right in level!


Now the research begins. The Monogram truck tires don't look bad, but I'm looking into something a bit larger. These scale out to 30" od with the rims scaling to 17" in 1/25 scale. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


The engine .. looking at just dropping the Monogram truck engine in with some hop up goodies. Will be easiest since it will fi tto frame but might be tight in the Merc fender insides. I'll see when glue on engine halves dries.


The body I'll do a little customizing on but nothing too radical .... not chopping top.  Thinking one tone wood and something cheap for paint .. like flat black primer.  Some rust and dirt with worn wood too.


Bumpers probably left off or some homemade wood ones. The ribbed bumpers from the Revell Merc custom may be too much, as nice as they are. Maybe some other custom parts from it I can borrow,


So .. that's it at this stage. I'd love to hear any thoughts you might have on this!

how would you make these turn-sigmal pods?

19 October 2014 - 02:06 AM

I have a resin Triumph TR4A build going that needs the turn signal pods made from scratch and has put a halt to the build until I come up with a way to make these, which are significent to a TR4A. My thoughts are to create them with plastic sheet and rod, but I would greatly appreciate some thoughts from the great builders here.


Here are some good photos of the unit ..













2014 Lime Rock Historic Festival

01 September 2014 - 04:54 AM

Here are some shots of the 2014 Lime Rock Park Historic Festival in Connecticut. This is of the Sunday On The Track show .. the complete track was packed with cars of all types on display.


Ralph Lauren had some of his cars there including his 1929 Birkin Blower Bentley




I was in love with this Delage ..





Here's my Photobucket folder of photos. If anyone can use a larger resolution image of any, just send me a PM

Hobby World, Adams MA

20 August 2014 - 12:43 PM

Hope this isn't taken wrong as I have no connection to Hobby World other than as a dedicated customer. As with many local hobby shops, the owner has decided to retire and has put the business and land up for sale. As I said, I have no interest and am not trying to sell. I will miss this shop dearly if it ever closes .. this shop is what we all think Hobby Shops should be .. small but always seems to have what I need .. and if not, can be ordered. Owner is a car modeler but his stock and knowledge covers many hobby areas.


This is located in the far western part of Massachusetts in the Berkshire Hills .. a beautiful vacation area but only an hour from two major cities. We are extremely fortunate to have a resource like this so close.


Hobby World

171 Grove St. (Rt 8)

Adams, MA 01220


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Spintires ... drive through the mud!

15 August 2014 - 02:56 AM

Spintires is a PC driving game where you can drive trucks through the best modeled mud on the PC.


Per their website ...


Spintires™ is an off-road driving experience designed to challenge the player's driving skill and endurance. Take responsibility of operating large all-terrain vehicles and venture across the rugged landscapes with only a map and compass to guide you. Explore the levels and unlock portions of the map whilst discovering new trucks, fuelling stations, garages and lumber mills.


There is a Tech Demo on their site you can download for free and try it out over a pretty wide landscape. All you truckers should give this a spin.