I've had this project in the box for almost a year now gathering parts. I wanted to build a replica of my 1:1 rig-
I started with a used/painted Revell VTS kit. I pulled the engine and axles (318, 9.25 rear, Dana 44 front) out of the Revell Gone Fishin' Ramcharger. It's really the only kit out there I found that has the right axles, and it just happened to have the 318 engine. I'll need to update it a bit to 5.2 specs, but no big deal. I pulled the wheels from the AMT Jeep kit, tires are from Ma's Resin (BTW- absolutely great quality and customer service). I spent months trying to find one of three kits out there (all too expensive to pull one piece out of) that have a Torqflite 727 trans, which is the only thing available that looks like a 46RE trans. I ordered it from MAD modeling, it's the only thing I don't have in my hands yet. I'll just need to change the tailshaft a bit and add a transfer case to make it work.
The biggest challenge was updating the dash/interior from the 1997 truck to the 2001 truck. There aren't even any diecast models out there in the 1998-2001 years. Luckily, the Lindberg Dakota has the older dash style, which is pretty darn close to the later Ram style-
So I sectioned out the Dakota parts to extend them to fit the Ram dash-