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#1 hooknladderno1

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 04:31 PM

Hey Guys,

This is a project that has taken a few turns along it's journey.  This was the inspiration for this build.

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Since at the time I began this rig, no Freightliner FL Series cab was available( I have since bought the Plaskit version, but that is for another project).  It started out with a Mack R style cab, but it looked a little dated.  I checked my "stash", and found a Plaskit Mack RD resin hood.  It was posed with an R cab for a mockup

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The cab was stripped, hood glued, and painted:

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The dry side tanker body was scratchbuilt.  After the pump panel was roughed out, these photos were taken:

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After investing so much time in the tanker body, I realized, that it was too narrow.  I couldn't bring myself to cut it up, so I set the project aside for a while.  A fellow modeler built a great International elliptical tanker model that I really admired.  He shared his construction techniques and the following advice: "Sometimes a project comes out looking totally different from how we imagined it".  How true!  This is when I made some major changes...


Edited by hooknladderno1, 20 March 2013 - 04:53 PM.


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Posted 20 March 2013 - 04:48 PM

I took a new frame and wheels, along with a New Bright 1/32 elliptical tank.

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Over time, the project evolved to this:

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 Originally, the rear of the body was flat.  I thought it needed a small extension, so I added an angular piece to the outside panel on each side.

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Still, the pump panel engineering was a challenge...  Again, the project was put aside.  Then, we moved and the rig was put in storage.  Until now :D   While on vacation, This project was brought home.  Work began on roughing out the pump panel.  Here is where it sits tonight. 

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As I have a busy week coming up, I don't expect any progress until next weekend.  Thanks for looking!

 

 

David


Edited by hooknladderno1, 26 July 2014 - 09:38 AM.


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Posted 20 March 2013 - 05:01 PM

Another interesting twist in this story is that I eventually did make a few changes to the "dry side" tanker body.  I DID actually cut it in half down the middle.  I also placed it behind a scratchbuilt Pierce Lance cab that I had built.  It is a little oversized as is the tanker body, that has also been modified. 

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As for the above tanker body, I believe I have found a solution:

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The cab is from "Models by Dave".  It's raised roof makes the transition to the high hosebed of the tanker not look so out of proportion...

 

 

David


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Posted 20 March 2013 - 06:44 PM

you have excellent scratch building skills,by looking at all your pictures, what ever way you go it's going to look great!



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Posted 26 July 2014 - 09:34 AM

Another update.  I thought that the pump panel could use a crosslay.  So, I began trimming...

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I also was not happy with the rear of the tanker body.  While looking at reference photos from similar tankers of the period, I noticed that the angular rears often featured full compartments.  So, I fabricated full rear compartments:

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 05:55 AM

It looks great. I dont know much about fire apparatus, but its still a truck and I can appreciate the scratchwork. Ill be following this.

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 08:14 AM

Beautiful work of scracht built



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Posted 27 July 2014 - 05:22 PM

Glad I wasn't on the truck committee Dave! So many changes!! I think it was a wise choice for the eliptical tank. It looks more like it belongs there. Can I make a suggestion for your pump panel? Try cutting a section of aluminum tubing and fit it into a hole that is sized for it on the panel. Let it stick out just a bit. It will look like a gage bezel. If you have some of those hot rod gage clusters cut one out and insert it into the aluminum tubing. Coat it will a bit of Clear and you have a neat gage.
I've also taken photos of actual pump panels, printed out the photos and then punched out the gage face to put inside a bezel. Looks realistic. Naturally you have to size the photo so that the gage face is the right size.