This Silverado body is turning into quite a project. I decided to scrap the long bed idea and go with a crew cab which was my original plan. The bed was starting to look good but no matter how careful I was the small surface area that I had to glue the bed extension kept cracking. So I found another Silverado kit. the best place I found was at Walgreen's for $10. this time I cut some pieces and tried different glues to see if any would work better than CA glue (the CA worked but the small butt joints were too fragile). NOTHING would glue this stuff, I don't know what kind of plastic it is. After reading some posts I decided to try to weld it. My welds made a bit of a mess of one side of the truck and the roof but the sculpting is coming along very well. And the body is as strong as if it was molded in this configuration.
Here's ho it looked with the long bed. I'm kind of glad it wasn't strong enough like this as a crew cab was how I originally imagined it.
One thing that I gained from it though, in trying to reinforce the bedside from behind I used a spent dryer sheet soaked in epoxy. It did make the panel much stronger and I think it replicates the fiberglass texture of the inside of the body fairly closely.
But the joints would still crack and be seen through the primer so I had to figure out a different way to attach the two pieces along the edge of each other.
I cut off the long bed at a point where it looked to be where the crew cab would start.
And then cut away the front of the second body.
After mocking it up and being okay with the location they match up I dove into welding.
I cut some strips of plastic from the tabs that mount the body to the radio controlled chassis, which I had cut away from the body anyway, and used them and my soldering iron to weld the two pieces together.
I trimmed away the second roof and replaced it with a shape cut from the hood of the second truck. More welding.
Added some styrene strips to match up the window frames. CA works great in this situation as there is more plastic surface for it to bond to. Nice n solid.
Edited by Toast, 21 May 2013 - 06:30 PM.