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1st WIP - Topkick: Update 05/28/13 She's Complete


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#41 Erik Smith

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:37 PM

That's looking really good Doug. Engine is a great piece - lots of work and it shows.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 03:36 AM

awsome progress



#43 steve7119

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:25 PM

Nice work Doug!  I am following this one.

 

I got a conversion kit for a Topkick from Plaskit resins. includes the hood, bumper and firewall for sure and I think the fender extensions too.  I know they are on ebay but I think they have a website too.  They are out of Canada so it takes a little longer to get the parts and you have to mess with the currency conversion.  a littlle expensive after you pay for the shipping and so on but the pieces are good and include instructions on how to convert the silverado p/u. 



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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:17 PM

Nice work on the Top Kick.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:06 PM

Update 01/18/13

 

I have to commend those you who do thorough wip’s with lots of pictures. I found myself making progress and forgetting to take pictures of the work done. It gets to be a lot of work trying to build and document what is done. So great job to those who do it so well…

 

The chassis is painted and assembled. While doing research on the Topkick suspension and test fitting I discovered the Ford chassis didn’t include front shocks. The lower and upper shock mounts were made out of sheet and channel styrene and shaped to replicate the Topkick mounts. Tube styrene was shaved to create the shock bushings. The shocks were fabbed from tube and rod styrene.

 

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As I stated earlier this rig was going to include a hitch. The hitch from the Revell 65 Chevy pickup/Hemi Hydro (HINT) boat kit was flipped, trimmed and extended using sheet styrene. 

 

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Finally the hood, cab and bed are in primer and the first complete test fit. 

 

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I think I finally have a paint scheme in mind. Just for a teaser the colors I’m thinking about using will be Tamiya pure white, Tamiya Clear Orange, Duplicolor GM silver metallic and styrene smoke. I’ll let your imagination run wild with the possibilities.

 

Thanks for looking...



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Posted 19 January 2013 - 02:29 AM

Wo! Really cool, I like it!



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Posted 19 January 2013 - 02:19 PM

Looks awesome so far!!

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:29 PM

This is turning into one slick truck, and your workmanship is impressive.



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:55 PM

This truck is progressing nicely!! B)



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:25 PM

stunning !!

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:40 PM

Fantastic! I wish they made one in kit form, this would be a big seller!



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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:47 PM

Very nice!!



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Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:55 PM

Update 02/07/13

 

Thanks for all the great comments guys. It's coming along but not as quickly as I would like. I have a little progress to report. My paint order finally arrived so I’ve been working completing the chassis. First up was the exhaust. I thought about using the stock Louisville exhaust and running up through the bed, but it didn’t go with theme I’m after. So I used tube styrene and the mufflers/tips from a Big Foot monster truck kit and fabbed my own exhaust. Here is the comparison of the stock vs. custom and the final installation on the chassis. I used Model Masters iron rust to lightly weather the exhaust around the mufflers and bends from the exhaust manifolds and BMF the exhaust tips.

 

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On the Louisville short hauler kit the flaps were attached to the underside of the box and had to be shortened to fit their new location. The mud flaps where shortened, painted and weathered and attached with styrene tube run through the frame.

 

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And now the radiator/shroud, engine/trans, drive shaft and exhaust is all in place.

 

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I’m still prepping the body for paint and have started painting and detailing the interior. While waiting for my paint order I’ve started on what the Topkick will tow during the summer months…here is a teaser that started with great resin parts from Calnaga Castings,  http://www.calnaga.com/index.html.  Enjoy!!!

 

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Enjoy and thanks for looking...



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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

what a baby of boat B)



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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:38 PM

know of any 1/25 ford f600s? i want to do a ford 600 or 650 pickup soooo bad. and GREAT WORK!


Edited by Platerpants, 12 February 2013 - 01:38 PM.


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:03 PM

Excellent !

 

Your chassis is a dead ringer for the ones I use to steam clean and paint back in the day. Nice work



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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:46 PM

know of any 1/25 ford f600s? i want to do a ford 600 or 650 pickup soooo bad. and GREAT WORK!

 

Every once in a while I see on eBay a 1:25 resin 80-96 F-600-800 cab, grille, and interior. Would make a good starting point. Although being 1:25 scale you'd be limited to the AMT kits and a dually bed was never kitted. It could be made, though.



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:03 AM

Thanks for the comments. It's been a learning experience getting it to this point. As Kataranga said I've only seen a couple F600 resin conversions on ebay and they aren't easy to get. Also while doing 1:1 research with google on the topkick I found a couple of modeler's who've converted die-cast F600s. Again very few at that.



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:09 PM

know of any 1/25 ford f600s? i want to do a ford 600 or 650 pickup soooo bad. and GREAT WORK!

 

 

 

Get ahold of Eric Jones over @ P and P vintage resins....He has an f650/800 resin conversion kit!...i have it to and im building a fire truck with it...



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:22 PM

Actually Revell Did do a Dually ford Pickup.

It was a Snap kit and a Shortbox. I have the body from it