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#41 Gluhead

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 05:06 PM

Hey Darrick nice project. Could you post up the army toy you found the tires/wheels on? They look like a great alternative for those of us who want something a little tamer than the soreal offerings. Thanks.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 04:10 AM

a pic can be found here!

http://www.modelcars...showtopic=53470

a big thanks to plowboy / ROGER HAYES for directing me to it!
Many thanks again Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The ones I have found at Dollar General come in a playset in a blue box and costs $8.00.
I have found and bought 4 of these sets so far and will probably buy more when I find them. Not sure what I am going to do with al these sets of wheels but i know one thing, once you find a good source for parts you should use it as much as you can before it runs out!
I got the back half of the frame redone last night! And exactly like I thought, it was a blessing in disguise! box sits were it should now and the frame looks so much better!!!!
pics later today!

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 02:09 PM

a pic of a mock up I did a couple months ago. Looked good but didn't have the feel for it that I wanted. to over the top.

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Got home last nigh after work with the house all to myself and jumped right in an fixing the rear of the frame.
opened up my styrene stash and found I was out of my styrene rod needed to fix it!
Bam! ran right out to Hobby Town! Bought the .100 x .125 strips needed to get it done! out came the knife , sanding sticks and superglue!
how it was
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after!
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Now the bed sits were it should and I can get back to making the rockrails!
I think it made a dramatic change to the overall build. Seems a better quality build to me now. I am happier! I guess that is all that really matters!
Here's a pic of the fuel tank I scratchbuilt to look like the one that was molded on the frame. Looks to small to me. If this was areal truck I was building I would have the biggest fuel tank I could put on it. Leaning towards making another tank and locating it at the back of the frame
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Posted 10 March 2012 - 04:53 AM

I got a lil bit more done last night. not much but I scratchbuilt my 1st Optima dry cell battery. I could have done a lil better but I am happy with it. For now! lol!
I still have to add the terminals and wiring and scratchbuild a battery hold down for it. I have been kinda lazy on this since I redid the frame. I almost didn't work on it last night but once I started playing the plastic addict in me came out! lol!

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 09:36 AM

Here is a very bad pic of my Optima battery!
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I am going to have to take some better pics of this!

This is the kit along with a derelict Lil Red Express that have donated most of the parts for this build
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I bought it mainly for the cab, hood and grille so I can make a model of my father's 1:1 79 D-150 2wd long box truck.
the cab I am using in this build is from an older MPC moster truck kit.

a few shots of the motor/trans and the t-case
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I added the trans mount and also added some ribbed sheet styrene to the trans pan to create a ribbed pan for the trans. This beast would need all the help keeping fluids cool in the real world!
I am also going to add a trans cooler in front of the rad as well. still debating weither or not to try to add the tranny lines!
THe oil pan is from a AMT 67 Chevelle. It's all I really had that somewhat fit the motor and looked close a truck oil pan. It has been section in numerous places to fit. I still have some work to do to it. but it works for now for mock up.
and a pic of what the front bumper might be.
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It's the front bumper from a Maisto Hummer diecast. I cut the ends off and added some styrene to it to widen it to fit the Dodge. The bull bar is from a Maisto Ram diecast. It will be getting to round off road lights yet. And Ithe winch came from a Jeep CJ-7 kit from modelermike! thanks again Mike!

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 12:50 PM

Yep that does look better. Nice work on the updates.

I have to admit that I'm not normally much of a 4x4 guy. I normally gravitate towards customs and hot rods, but for whatever reason I have the bug lately.

I did hit a DG here and found the army set you spoke of. Like you, the rc tires are too over the top for my tastes. These being smaller they are just the ticket, so thanks for pointing me in that direction.

I have 4 off road projects going now (one main, an easy jeep cj, and two on deck in parts collection stages). Lacking much parts fodder for these and not being satisfied with much of what I do have, I'm making a lot from scratch. So far I have finished a SM465 tranny and NP205 tc combo, and am almost done with a proper Dana 44 steer axle with proper knucks.

It's proving to be a good exercise. Once I am closer to a complete drivetrain/chassis, I'll post up.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 04:10 AM

Cool! I am glad I could help you out! They are not the best wheel/tire combo, but from a cheap Dollar General toy they are pretty good!
I have never been a big offroad fan myself but I have been gravitating towards them lately. In the scale world and in the real world!
I would really like to see your builds! Especially your NP205 t-case!

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:03 AM

Yeah, the tire to wheel interface at the front is a little wonky, but I figure I can help hide that by trimming the lip back a touch and adding some rock guards and turning the wheels into beadlockers. I may think of another way around the issue but so far that makes the most sense, considering.

There are a few pics in my fotki (link in sig), but my camera sucks and to make matters worse the parts are still bare styrene...so it's not easy to capture them properly. I think I stuck them in the "stuff" folder. About all that's left to do on the tranny and tc are the pto covers and add more bolt detail. I need to get to a real hobby shop and pick up some various hex rod.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:54 AM

FINALLY scored a Ramcharger kit to build along side these 2 beasts!!!!! Can't wait to dive in on it like I am this stepside!

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 07:14 AM

After a couple failed atempts at making a rear bumper that I liked I found a bumper in my stash that works perfectly!
It's the rear bumper from the AMT 77 Ford Courier pickup. all it tool was some sanding the rear mount on the fram a lil bit and added just a lil more styrene and BAM! perfect fit and look I was going for!
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:23 PM

Here is a 1959 Power Wagon built from a resin kit and a lot of scratch building. The cab came from Scale Equipment Ltd and was originally a '58. I changed the grill, fender flairs and constructed the body from plastic sheet. The prototype was built by American La France as the Little Mo. New York state bought some for use on their interstate.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 03:11 AM

VERY NICE!!!!

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 12:02 PM

Not much work done to her lately. I did some work on the frame/chassis. What would be the cab floorboard. removed some material to make a lil more clearance for the exhaust tubing. bought some 3/32 brass rod for the exhaust. I think I am going to pick up some aluminum scupting wire and try that. the brass is good but I can't quite get a tight enough bend in one spot.
I really want mufflers that look like Flowmasters, so I think i am going to scratchbuild some or alter some to look more like a flowmaster 40 series.
Still kicking around what to do for a fuel tank. just make the one I already made bigger and deeper. Scratchbuild a tank to set in the rear of the frame? I am torn because I really like the stock location and the easily accessable filler neck. I also like the rear mounted tank but I don't want the filler neck to be in the bed of the truck. That really wouldn't be feasible if this was a real truck so I have that stuck in my head. PLus I don't want to carve a fuel door into a rear fender. that's the only way I feasibly see how it could be done. open to any ideas! SO if you have any let me know!

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 09:12 PM

Well it is too new to have one in the cab behind the seat like my 75 PowerWagon.
Under the bed where the spare tire would go would be the next feasible option with filler neck
like the stock one.
Or make a Longer one out of the stock one, more under the cab..

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:04 AM

I have decided to do both. I am going to make the one I already made bigger and I am going to Make a rear mount one. Then I will see what one looks better!
On another NOTE! These 2 Power Wagons will very soon be joined by a Ramcharger!!!!

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 03:38 AM

Heading to the Post Office today to pick up the Ramcharger!
Sounds weird, but now having a "3rd leg" on this build should only help me pick up some steam on finishing these!

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 01:00 PM

Just going to throw these teaser pics in here for now. She will get her own log soon!
a few quick mock up pics trying to figure out how much I will need to lift her.
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and a couple together!
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I have never had a Ramcharger kit yill now. It has it's pros and cons, as does the AMT pickup. I think the AMT kit is actually the better kit. Even with a lot of flaws in it. It is a much easier platform to better replicate a 1:1 truck. I have a 79 Dodge as part of my family since 1983 and IMO the AMT kit is the better kit.
The proportions are better and the body lines not as crisp/edgy as the Monogram kit. I am still very happy to finally have it in my MOPAR collection!

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 11:34 AM

Very impressive collection of Dodge trucks! Nice progress too!

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 03:09 AM

Thnaks Steve!!!
Work on them has slowed a bit, but some new progress pics are coming soon!

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 02:12 PM

Wow cool stuff. I love power wagon. ram chargers . I have to finish my lowered ram soon to get it off my table.