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#1 hooknladderno1

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:57 PM

Hi Guys,

Well, while waiting for my Gator Grip glue to arrive for my HEMTT project, I thought that I would start a project with some sentimental value.  I began me EMS career as a volunteer with the Palmyra, (NJ) Ambulance Association.  They were founded back in 1921, and are reportedly the oldest emergency squad in continuous service in the country.  History aside, their first vehicle was depicted on the 75th Anniversary t-shirts

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Now I am not an expert on early vehicles, but had picked up this kit at the NNL East a few years ago with this project in mind. 

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I knew that there would need to be some modifications to the kit, as this is what the kit side looks like:

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The box art conveniently shows a side view of the stock kit.  I took some blank index card stock, cut it to shape and mocked up some of the changes that would be required:

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I have made additional progress and will post an update shortly.

All comments and feedback are appreciated.  Thanks for looking!


Edited by hooknladderno1, 21 December 2012 - 08:54 PM.


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Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:36 AM

cool :)

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 11:15 AM

I look forward to following along on this one!



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Posted 16 December 2012 - 03:17 PM

Hi Guys, A brief update...  Work has continued on modifying the kit body to more closely resemble the 1:1 ambulance.  As you will recall, this was the kit side" PalmyraAmb_02.jpg It now looks like this: 1355689257-picsay1.jpg While not the cleanest build, you can see the high degree of changes that were made.  A bit of surface preparation will be done in the next few days.  Here is the stock rear: 2012-12-14_21-50-57_5.jpg And the updated rear: 1355689340-picsay1.jpg It looks really cool when taped together(IMHO)... :D   Thanks for looking!


Edited by hooknladderno1, 16 December 2012 - 05:45 PM.


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Posted 16 December 2012 - 04:07 PM

I will be watching. Cool project. Good luck.



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Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:08 AM

Now this is my type of build! 

 

I've lost track of how many Model T variants I've built over the years, but this one is an Ambulance version I've never seen before. 

 

Usually I build in 1/32 scale and this is an example of a 1/32 scale WW1 ambulance built from the Pyro Model T Coupe kit.  Don't mean to steal your thread, but thought you might like to see it.

 

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I'm going to be following your build with enthusiasm!

 

Tony

 



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Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:10 PM

Tony,

Nice ambulance!  When looking up Ford ambulances from that era, most of the photos are of that style.  I have made some progress on my project.  The frame and engine have been built up.

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I usually don't build engines on my models, but thought I would give it a try on this one.  While researching what color paint the engine would have had, I came across this really neat article.http://www.mtfca.com.../P-R.htm#paint1 .  In addition to the color reference information, there is a great article by Trent Bogess in the text which explains how Fords of this era were painted and with what.

Now, as few photos can be found of what the rear of these ambulances looked like, I am taking some "artistic license" with this build.  I was able to find these pictures of a "closed" style ambulance on the Internet.

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As you can see, the interior is VERY basic.  I did attempt to replicate the vertical "ribs" on the interior, as well as working on replicating the wood grain that is prevalent on these era rigs.  I have added additional trim to the rear doors, which has had Apoxisculpt applied to the joints.  Hopefully this weekend I will have a chance to sand and fine tune those joints.  I am also researching what type of hinges would have been found on rear doors of these vehicles, as I might attempt to open the rear doors.  I will probably include a doctor's bag in the interior, as the local doctor may have accompanied sick patients on the 20 mile ride from town to the hospital...  I plan to go with a black paint scheme with gold leaf lettering.  The lettering will feature a thin red outline.  I have been working on it in CorelDRAW and hope to get my ALPS printer going as well.  More to come :)

 

 

David


Edited by hooknladderno1, 28 February 2013 - 04:15 PM.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 03:39 PM

David , one thing to remember in doing bodies for any Ford Model T or Model A is the fact that most employed Square edges as opposed to bodies of the Early Ford era , 1932-53 . This makes for building a specialized body a lot easier than the newer trucks . Then too, one can gain valuable scratch building experience when starting on such a project . Once you've gained confidence , then take on the newer trucks...........

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:54 AM

Now this is so cool!!! :)  I never cease to marvel at the projects that you guys take on and how good they turn out! This will be an awesome model - definitely something to be proud of based on what you have done so far. Nice work and I am sure that this thread will have a large following! :D



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:39 AM

Great news! (at least for me :D ).  The ALPS printer survived the move!  I was able to create the decals described above. 
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 This was the rough draft to see if I could create something that would be small enough to fit the space, but still be readable.  The second version of these contains a single layer of gold, which will be overlayed by a red outline.  Thanks to the guidance of some great modelers from another forum (thanks Rich and Bob), I did indeed decide to create a tailgate to replace the full rear doors.
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The yellow color that you see on the interior is the first step in replicating a woodgrain pattern for the interior.  Obviously, the project is currently held together by Tamiya masking tape.  Lots more to do!  Thanks for looking!


David



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Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:44 PM

Lookin' good David!  It's nice to see it taking shape!



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 12:34 PM

Hi Guys,
Another update!  After carefully masking off the "natural wood" areas, I painted the exterior with two coats of Tamiya rattle can gloss black.  Between coats, each surface was treated to a warm relaxing visit to the dehydrator, followed by a light wet sanding.  I am not happy with the resulting finish, as shown by the pictures below:
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I may sand down the areas that are black, especially along the raised horizontal molding below the window opening of the ambulance body...  I plan to refinish it with some Model Master or Duplicolor gloss black after doing some compatibility testing...  Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.


David



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 03:28 PM

I am not a fan of the Tamiya black. I get much better results from Duplicolor.