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#1 hooknladderno1

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 03:26 PM

Okay Guys,
After a move halfway across the country, and going from a 4 bedroom house to a 2 bedroom apartment - I am ready to begin building again! As a mostly "fire apparatus builder", and lover of tankers/tenders, I recently purchased the following kit:
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It is an Italeri 1:35 scale HEMTT M978 military tanker. While I usually build only 1:24-25 scale vehicles, this is one that I have wanted to do for a while. Most of these units are in use by our armed forces, but Oshkosh/Pierce Manufacturing offered these as civilian units a few years back under the name Phoenix. Few of these were ever sold. The only two that I know of was a blue/purple demo unit for a contract fire protection firm. The unit pictured here belongs to a fire company in Pennsylvania:
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I do not know if this was part of the Phoenix line, or surplus.... It will be painted to match the livery of my fictitious Bear Fire Department's Lums Pond Station 4:
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I will be attempting to paint this in the apartment in the Florida heat and humidity without the aid of a spray booth or airbrush... Wish me luck! Thanks for looking!

Edited by hooknladderno1, 04 September 2012 - 03:53 PM.


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Posted 04 September 2012 - 04:16 PM

Neat!

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 04:55 PM

Glad to see ya, Dave! How's weather down there in the Sunshine State? B)

#4 hooknladderno1

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 05:43 PM

Here is an article written about the Oshkosh Phoenix:
http://forums.subdri...enix&p=77148400
Hope it provides some insight into this Beast...

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 04:24 PM

Hey Guys,
Here is a little update:While the kit wheels leave something to be desired, I thought I would try to make them serviceable.
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I have been taking my time with the chassis, filling sink marks and removing mold lines. The tank has a large horizontal seam that requires filling.
Posted Image Two axles have been glued in place, the other two are awaiting the drive train painting to be completed. It has been challenging figuring out what colors to paint the chassis components, because the military M978's are painted either all one color or camoflauge. Any feedback or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks for looking!

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 04:17 PM

As a fellow fire apparatus builder, I'm going to be folowing this one very closely! Looks like you're off to a great start Dave!!!

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 04:20 PM

Looks good Dave! good to see you back building!

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:27 PM

Looking good! I'd say, as far as color goes, if they were all the same color when they were OD green, I'd think they'd be the same color when they were yellow too... I know that I wouldn't change procedure just in changing a color... Besides that, the frame looks good yellow!

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 01:14 AM

Very cool, I've driven an Oshkosh, weird but cool truck. There's a mine here in Oz that has 2 of them with service modules on the back, they're used for serviceing the the big tippers etc

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 10:49 AM

Another little update: Work continues on the major sub assemblies and parts. The tank is just about ready for some white primer and color! The rear tank/control assembly also is nearing the paint shop stage. Have yet to start the cab, which will be white over bright yellow. I have been coloring a few different copies of the line drawings on the instruction sheet to see where I want the white/yellow color breaks to be... Plans also include a horizontal royal blue "Z" stripe along the body. I am also considering some "Smokey the Bear" graphics, as this is a brush tanker for the Bear Fire Dept.
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The polished aluminum pieces(fuel tank, small compartment and area over the front wheels) was done with a base coat of Krylon gloss black and Duplicolor Uniiversal Chrome as pictured below:
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Below are close-ups of the tank:
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I have a busy work schedule over the next 10 days, so I don't expect much of an update... Thanks for looking!

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:26 PM

Hi Guys,

Another small update.  I have been working on the cab.  There are a number of molding "stubs" to sand off, on the inside, as well as small round depressions to fill.  The seats needed to be filled as they had such deep creases in them, they looked like they came from the junk yard.  I am waiting on an order of Gator Grip glue to arrive, so that I can glue in the cab glass.  I am also working on joystick controls for the bumper mounted water turret.  This will be a scratchbuilt affair, as the M978 kit does not have one.  Here is a quick photo of the cab mock up in place.

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Hope to have more progress photos to share soon!  Thanks for looking!

 

 

David


Edited by hooknladderno1, 02 December 2012 - 04:28 PM.


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Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:49 PM

Looking good!!!



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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:39 PM

Looking good.. with such a large subject 1/35 scale is probly still big.. I love military based trucks and other veh. I just wish they was in 1:25 too.

Me too Derick!  I normally build 1/24-1/25 scale.  But, since this kit is only offered in 1/35, it was the only option...  I am planning a 1/25 scale Oshkosh P-19 ARFF

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for my semi-fictitious Summit Airport ARFF station. 



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Posted 04 December 2012 - 02:55 AM

is that available in 1/25-24 scale?

No, unfortunately not.  It will require custom tires and wheels, as the ones on the 1:1 items are not currently available.  From there the rest will be completely scratchbuilt.



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Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:32 PM

Hey Dave, looking good. That apartment is not holding you back. So you're in FLA now? Figures, I move to Delaware and you hit the road on me. LOL... Keep up the good work, this will be a neat project, but I'm looking forward to your P-19 in 1/25. Easy scratchbuild!! TS

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:42 PM

I drove the wrecker version of this truck, the 984A1. For having an automatic strapped to it, My Gawd it would pull!!! Love your work on the Tanker!!!



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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:56 PM

Great work, Man...This is gonna be an awesome project...I wish I could get a hold of the 1/25 scaler from Revell..Or was it Italeri....Anyway, that would be so cool...I've seen those go for as much as $500...But this one's gonna look really cool...


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Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:52 PM

GREAT JOB..



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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:58 PM

 Great looking build going on..........

 

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 06:33 PM

Not to get off topic, but I just wanted to let you guys know that my man, Dave is good people...We made a flawless trade through the mail...I've never met or talked to the guy and everything went off without a hitch...In this world that constantly dissappoints, it's nice to know there are some honest people out there, still....I wish to convey my tremendous gratitude for being able to aquire a kit that I've wanted for years and was never able to get until now...And, believe me, I'm loving the kit....Thanks Dave!!!!! You the Man!!!! :D  :D A fine individual, Gentlemen....A fine individual....


Edited by kilrathy10, 22 December 2012 - 06:34 PM.