I'm putting this in the Resin section kind of to gauge if there's any interest in them as replacement/conversion parts. I didn't start out intending for them to be cast, but the '67-'72 GM trucks are pretty popular, the kits are still pretty easy to get, there seems to be a bunch of 4x4 builders, and mostly...the kit parts available really blow chunks!
It was the AMT '72 Blazer that spurred me to make these, but from what I can tell they'd be right for any '67-'72 (correct me if I'm wrong), and there's no doubt that this stuff found it's way into tons of other trucks. With the Blazer kit, the frame and springs were fine, but the engine was far short of impressive and the transmission, transfer case, and axles were simply terrible. Better axles and a transfer case can be kitbashed from later trucks, but lets face it those aren't all that hot, either. Plus, I've never been a big fan of the lack of steering knuckle detail that we're stuck with from almost every 4x4 kits front drive axle. It'd be one thing if they were tucked way under the truck, but they're pretty visible.
Anyway, here's what I've made. An SM465 transmission, NP205 transfer case, Dana 44 front drive axle, and GM Heavy Duty 4x4 steering knuckles. The Dana 44 uses a kit center section, and there are two heavily modified kit parts on the transfer case. The bellhousing is a kit piece, and the big block is just something I mashed together out of leftover parts. Everything else you see here is whittled out of raw plastic or metal. There's more work to do, but I figured I would find out if they are candidates for casting before I continued.
So, is there any interest? Casters, is this something people ask for? If there is, I can go back to work on these parts with that in mind, with input on how to do them in a way that makes for better cast parts. If not, that's cool too...but I'm curious to know.
Edited by Gluhead, 07 January 2013 - 03:23 AM.