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#1 crazyrichard

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 04:58 AM

hi all well posted it here because its not really clear what its going to be , yes the base is a pick up but i feel its more at home in this section since everything is possible :)

so , this is my new project based on a a '53 ford pick up kit from amt

i got this kit for free from a guy on a lowbudget chopperbuild forum i'm on , i posted my models there and he had this lying at home for years

the boxart

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de content spread out

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my latest rods have been 1/24 and becuase i chopped and channeled them they look quite small .
now a 53 ford pick up is already way larger in real life then older fords so that got me thinking .....
i decided to use the kit to make it into a fantasy hotrod
first started to look at the shapes and getting idea's flowing

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then i decided to drasticly narrow the body , the roof will also be chopped but first i narrowed it
now it kinda looks silly in proportion lol:)
its now almost as wide as my ford roadster (1929)

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after some chopping and glue

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then sanded the seems and put some polyester filler on and in the seems , that gets rockhard

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after a first flattening

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already put in a chopped firewall for extra stability when chopping the roof , thats now braced and drying
next up i recon is the top chop

Edited by crazyrichard, 27 October 2012 - 12:52 AM.


#2 crazyrichard

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 06:20 AM

went on with the cab , rebuild the original firewall into something new
put it in far back a bit slanted and worked in into the body


it now looks silly due to the roof but that will be fixed :)

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rough flattening (looks like filelr inside the seems but thats not really so 90% of the seems are toutching and glued)

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 07:26 AM

That looks interesting and totally different. Looking forward to more.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 08:30 AM

thnx :)


well turned outi was too soon with the narrowing of the cab ...
thats because last time i kinda had it easy and was able to line up all the panellines without having to cut the body to pieces , so now i didnt realize the chop ment ...

well no issue i just cut it all up and put it back togeher woth lined up panellines
now its filling the gaps wih plastic and flattening everything again

first installed the partially build engine for mock up while channeling and proportioning the cabine

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weird looking cab with the massively hogh roof

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then chopped the roof off

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cut the body in half since that was too long also and well i did the body because the doors looked too long now

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could manage woth 5 separate parts and could do it without cutting the firewall in half again

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roughly put together

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 09:57 AM

filled up the gap of the roof with plastic did the rear first so that would stay in line

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i wanted a sunvisor , this is the rough start will get a aditional strip for depth and it wont be as flat and the sides will be closed , also will sand it in a better shape

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upper seem i fileld with plastic true "plastic welding"
doesnt seems so due to the balck color but ist alreadt sanded an real smooth

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enough work to be done

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well and this shows how much smaller the cab became

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still makes sense these are the tyre of the kit and the engine and chassis still fit

its almost the same as my other ford pick up but a tad smaller .. well i wanted to make it look smaller to try something new , we will see what happens when i'm further along

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small overal sanding job

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then tomorrow i have to really fill all the seems with plastic for strenght and then sand and bondo that cab

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 12:44 PM

I like it..look forward to the finished build.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 03:57 PM

Looks cool but I was thinking it also would have been cool without the top and just a chopped windshield.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 10:58 PM

thnx guys , you mean the sunvisor ? this one is already of and made a new one :)
i like these style cabs more with a steel sunvisor always gives it a badd ass look

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 01:53 AM

today i filled the seems with plastic and bondo-ed it with polyester filler

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also made a new sun visor with a nicer shape

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then added some brackets because its going to be more like a workrod truck ...tow ... ?
dont know yet

then sprayed primer on it that also fills .. prayed it on thick and the shots are right after spraying so its drying now
the detail on the visor will come back after drying and sanding

really needed a good coat to flat the cab later on

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 02:49 AM

I have no idea where this build is going, but it's interesting to watch.

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 03:56 AM

I have no idea where this build is going, but it's interesting to watch.


well me neither :lol: :lol: i just make it up as i'm building...
so far its starting to look nice at least i like the looks :P
the cab is pretty small but thats just something i wanted to try out .. something new and different (proportion wise)
and end up with something thats pretty much not looking like anything specific

i'm thinking about making it into a towtruck ... the looks kinda really makes me feel that would fit perfect

first dressed up the chassis a bit

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then did a dryfit , those wheels wont be used just for the testfit

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then decided to channel the body some more

also roughly scribed the line between sun-visor and cabine , the primer was not 10)% dry yet so i waighted with sanding the line

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 04:04 AM

Very Interesting.

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 04:44 AM

Looks great all the work you did for reduce it! Nice project too!

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 07:31 AM

thnx guys !

i sanded the body real good , tomorrow i will give it a second coat of primer to see if there are small things to be done still
getting pretty smooth already

and maybe the body will be a bit rougher if i will go wth the towrod idea


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Posted 22 October 2012 - 01:57 AM

I like where your going with this.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 06:00 AM

thnx ! , i like the shape of the cab myself the roundness is kind of cool

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 06:02 AM

this is one interesting project!! Keep it up!

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 06:44 AM

thnx and will do :)

the result of a second coat of primer after sanding , i forgot to clean the doorhandles , that will happen and i will ad some losse handles because well that just looks nicer and more realistic
the details will come back more this is a thick coat of primer to really fill the last holes and stuff


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Posted 23 October 2012 - 06:17 AM

using a engine hoast from the fujimi garage kit as crane arm for the rod , still moves now ..
will be changed from here on

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 02:37 PM

Awsume project...great progress