Late '40's REO?
Posted 08 September 2012 - 07:58 PM
And I'm wondering if anyone does a late '40's REO cab like this in resin, preferably in 1:25 scale. I want to build a replica of it. Well, two- one of how it sits now, and one of how it might look as a restored or original truck. Yes, it was a miltary truck originally- not many were made because they were rather slow (overgeared to compensate for a weak, glorified passenger-car engine). I know I'm going to have to do quite a bit of scratchbuilding on it no matter what, but I'd like to at least find a usable cab.
Some of the early '50's Diamond Reos seemed to havea similar cab (slightly different windsheild), so I suppose I could make one of those work if I had to, provided one is available.
Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:35 AM
Posted 09 September 2012 - 11:20 AM
Posted 13 September 2012 - 11:22 AM
Wespe resin from Eastern Europe does a lot of military models including a 1/24 GMC 2 1/2 ton truck. The GMC was closely related to the Chevrolet 1 1/2 ton truck. Not a REO but I bet it would be a good start for your truck.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 04:45 PM
Edited by Aaronw, 13 September 2012 - 04:47 PM.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 05:04 PM
I'm thinking the Chevy cab might be the best starting point- sad thing is even though I had a '46 Chevy right alongside the REO for years, I never got around to measuring them to see how close they were in size.
Edited by Michigan Madman, 13 September 2012 - 05:06 PM.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 05:37 PM
Posted 13 September 2012 - 11:08 PM
The hood? Easy. Use the stock Ford hood for a foundation. Looks like if you smoothed off the Ford hood and sliced part of the sides off, you'd be well over halfway there. And that grill would be easy...just set up a jig to keep the spacing right.
The fenders are pretty basic...I'm sure you could figure those out.
Go for it!
Posted 14 September 2012 - 03:59 PM
Chris- The '50 Ford cab is a little bit larger in pretty much every dimension than the REO's, and has a flat windsheild, where the REO's is a v'd two-piece. Either way it would be quite a bit of work, though I do think you're onto something with using the Ford hood as a base for the REO. It's a lot shorter, but the basic shape seems close enough to be workable.
Posted 14 September 2012 - 05:45 PM
Posted 14 September 2012 - 07:04 PM