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#1 MonoPed

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 05:02 AM

Making a wood bed for a model isn't that much different than a 1:1. For this project, I used some 1:32" basswood, and some Evergreen 1/16" U channel. Grandt Line bolts are optional. The pickup in this demo is the Monogram '40 Ford pickup. First, the materials:

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Measure the width of the bed, and decide haw many planks and spacers you want. For the '40, I went with six planks. To fit them properly, the two outer planks had to be just a tad wider than the others. Cut the channel to length, and if you are going to have an opening tail gate, you can cut a cap for the ends of the planks for a more finished look.

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Here it is shown in place without the bed, and with the bed in place.

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To finish it off, add small bolt heads to the channel where any cross supports are placed under the bed floor. Stain and finish the wood as you wish, and use BMF or Alclad II for the spacers.

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#2 Wildrice

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 06:34 AM

Thanks for the tip. Might have to try that on a 50 Chevy I have.

#3 Matt T.

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 03:12 AM

One of these days I'm going to use this method, instead of installing a tonneau cover, like I always do. :roll:

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Posted 09 September 2006 - 12:10 PM

Hey....the Sharpies worked out pretty well, didn't they? :wink:

Great tip, Brian! I'm looking forward to trying it as well some day.

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 05:47 PM

Great tip! I'll have to give it a try on my next truck kit.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 04:47 AM

I think the BOLTS are the new trick!!!

What size?

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 12:40 PM

How about a photo of the finished product? Channels chromed, wood stained and poly-ed...

#8 Tom Setzer

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 01:38 PM

Nice How to, on doing a wooden pickup bed!

CHEERS!
Tom

#9 Darren B

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 02:48 PM

How about a photo of the finished product? Channels chromed, wood stained and poly-ed...

Yeah that is what i am curious to see how it all comes together.............

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 06:43 AM

Beautiful results and great tip. Thank you.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 10:37 AM

What's your method for cutting the basswood? The time I tried doing it, it went crazy and starting splitting. I couldn't get it to cut how I wanted it to.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 12:06 PM

What's your method for cutting the basswood? The time I tried doing it, it went crazy and starting splitting. I couldn't get it to cut how I wanted it to.



I use a sharp fine tooth Zona razor saw....NWSL makes "The Chopper " it uses razor blades...works well!

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 12:58 PM

Thanks for the how-to, Brian. Thanks to you I finally out what I've been doing wrong. I've been trying to get the wood to fit into the channel of the styrene and it never looked right. All I'll have to do from now on is turn the styrene so the channels are up & down instead of left to right. I'll have to get some of those bolts, too. Does Rob carry them?

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 05:55 AM

Great how to! I 'm going to try this on my f-100.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 05:11 PM

I haven't been building much lately, but this truck is back on the bench. To cut the basswood strips, I used a balsa/bass strip cutter from Master Airscrew, adjusted to width, and drawn along the grain of the wood. To cut across the grain, just an xacto with a #11 blade, a steel straight edge, and multiple passes to keep the edges clean.

Jim, not sure if Rob carries bolts like this or not, I've never looked.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 03:24 AM

I'll check Rob's next time I'm up that way.

What are you using to glue the wood to the plastic, Brian?

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 04:38 AM



I use a sharp fine tooth Zona razor saw....NWSL makes "The Chopper " it uses razor blades...works well!

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Hi,

I was looking for a choper like this one for a long time.
This is what exactly I want.
Could you please put a link of where to buy and maybe how much it costs. I am really interested about this tool.

Kind regards,
Kostas.


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Posted 27 November 2011 - 05:11 AM

Just google Northwest Short Line. That particular unit runs about $40.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 05:06 PM

I'll probably use Formula 560 Canopy glue.

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 10:05 AM

Yeah that is what i am curious to see how it all comes together.............


I too would like to see it completely finished.
But more curiously, did you just lay it on top of the molded in bed floor onthe frame or did you cut out the molded bed floor/
I have the same 40 Ford pickup and really want to do this to it, but if I do it, I will be cutting the moled in bed floor off the frame so you can see it from below as well.