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Model T tow truck scratch built AMT 25 T

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#41 Custom Mike

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:07 PM

Alyn, that working boom is great! Now you've raised the bar another dozen or so notches, thanks buddy!



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Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:43 AM

awsome boom , really something !!!!

#43 John Teresi

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:14 AM

Alyn......."WOW"........that boom is cool .......the build is AWESOME!!!!!!!!



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Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:02 PM

looks like its about ready to do some repo's Alyn!! boom and winch turned out super cool!, of coarse I will expect a full demonstration when I get to see it :D awesome work buddy!



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Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:30 AM

Thanks, Corey. Just trying to keep up with you other truckers. (did I pronouce that right?)

 

Mike, you can find working wrecker booms on $ 1.99 push toys, so I think the bar's already been set. That and that georgous pickup bed you're building.

 

Richard, John; always appreciate your opinions. Thanks for checking in.

 

Bill, the whole thing is fully functional, with the exception that I may not bond the small gear to the crank shaft. Therefore, when the crank is turned, the gear doesn't move. A slight crimp in the shaft to cause a force fit, and a drop of CA would do the trick, but I figure that if I glue it to complete the functionality, idle hands may think they have the need to "see if it really works" more often than I'd like. I'll let you pretend that you're sitting behind the wheel though.


Edited by Alyn, 21 January 2013 - 08:19 AM.


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Posted 12 December 2012 - 02:25 AM

I can't imagine some one would touch a model with out permission Alyn!  lol



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Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:08 AM

Nice work.

 

As for your nylon gear, you could try dying it with fabric dye.



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Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:24 PM

Nice work.

 

As for your nylon gear, you could try dying it with fabric dye.

 

OK Dave, I just happened to have some matte ebony fabric dye, so I slapped a coat on the main drum with a toothpick. Tomorrow I'll give it a scrape to see how durable it is. Your reputation as a master painter is on the line :)

 

Here's some of the fun I've been having over the last few days.

 

I added brackets on the body to support the top bows, and also a couple of loops on the rear of the tub to tie down the top straps. Both are made from brass.

 

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Here's the top bows made from 1/16" and 3/64" round brass rod. I tapered and flattened the ends where the holes are drilled. The main bow has a notch on each side with a small piece of flat brass soldered in place. This allows an attachment point for the smaller bow.

 

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bows temporarily attached to the tub with straight pins. Some tiny brass brads will serve as the permanent hinge pins later on. Hopefully, they'll work like rivets.

 

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and here with the bows in the up position

 

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I permanently glued the windshield frame to the tub to aid in building the top bows. A lot of trial and error to get the brass into the right shape.

 

For something a little different, I decided to cut off the rear and corner/side panels of the top. The one on the right will be used.

 

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Here's where it sits at the moment. When done, there will be a strap on each side of the rear, extending from the top of the main bow down to the brass loops on the rear of the tub.

 

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Edited by Alyn, 14 December 2012 - 07:29 PM.


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Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:06 PM

Hi  Alyn,   That top is just a great piece of craftmanship.  Heck,  the whole build is!!!!

 

                     Randy



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Posted 15 December 2012 - 05:14 AM

To properly dye a part you need to soak it in the dye for about 24 hours. Most dyes require you to heat the dye in a pot and add the parts. The heated dye works much faster, about 20 minutes or so IIRC.

 

The thought of dropping a part in boiling water is a bit scary, "Surely it will warp" we thought back in the old days of racing RC cars. If it is nylon, it should take the dye no problem.


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Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:26 AM

just plain awsome :wub:



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Posted 15 December 2012 - 10:02 AM

This thing is looking awesome Alyn.
Cant wait to see it in person some time.
Corey

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:39 PM

Fantastic engineering!!

 

B)



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Posted 16 December 2012 - 07:47 PM

Thanks for hanging with me guys. I certainly appreciate the good words.

 

David, I really appreciate the advice on the dye. Just painting on the dye that I'm using seems like it will do the job. I just re-read the label and it actually says fabric paint and seems more like craft store acrylic paint that anything else. Next time I have occasion to color some nylon, I think I'll give you advice a try; sounds much more durable, and the proper way to go.

 

Now I'm trying to decide what to do with the motor to step it up a notch. The whole assembly is only 7 pieces :o



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Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:21 AM

Hey Alyn, the top bows look fantastic!! I have some material you could use to cover it with :D ...you need to bring this thing to the meeting, I would love to see it!! awesome fabbing buddy!!



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Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:12 AM

Thanks for checking in Bill, and thanks for the offer, but I'm taking the easy way out on the top; styrene fabric all the way. Durable and easy to clean.

 

I'd bring this to the Slammers meeting, but it's not fit to travel. Still a collection of loose parts.

 

Now get back to your soldering iron, or in your case, mini-tig.



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Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:01 PM

What color do you plan to paint it Alyn?

Corey



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Posted 18 December 2012 - 05:12 PM

Alyn, you sure you don't want some fabric over those bows? It really would set it off....nudge nudge!



#59 Alyn

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:33 PM

What color do you plan to paint it Alyn?

Corey

I want it to be a dark color, and just happen to have a partial can of Krylon Hunter Green; so that works for me.

 

The paint is a matte finish, so it will require a gloss clear coat. I did a test shot and the green lifted after a somewhat wet coat of clear acrylic laquer. I'll need so it not so wet, or switch to a water based acrylic such as future.

 

thanks for asking



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Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:22 PM

Fantastic work, Alyn!