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"A Grave Service" kitmash hearse project for Halloween - WIP and Finished

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#1 Edward Gore

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 07:03 AM

I've started this project with intent to finish by Halloween this month. 

 

I already had the M113 built up and painted. It was an older build and was tired of looking at it so I wanted to do something else with it. 

The Vanpire kit I had in the stash but I knew I wouldn't ever build it.

 

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I cut 1 wheel section of the lower hull of the M113 to make it shorter. An easy task on the bandsaw. 

 

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While helping me figure out the best configuration and fit, Mr. Mohinga got tired and decided to take a nap. 

 

thanks for looking

 


Edited by Edward Gore, 30 October 2013 - 08:20 PM.


#2 Edward Gore

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 02:16 PM

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I cut off another wheel section from the lower hull to shorten it. Chopped some rear door frame off then flipped it around.

I set the upper hull cab on top and it fits better this way. 

Some kit parts were cut to fit over the rear wheel wells.

The bottom floor part from the Vanpire kit was cut and trimmed to fit into the upper hull cab but glued onto the lower hull part. 

 

thanks for looking 

 

 



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Posted 15 October 2013 - 04:27 AM

Very Interesting!!!

B) 



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Posted 15 October 2013 - 01:08 PM

Very cool project. l really like your model buddy....



#5 Edward Gore

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 02:44 PM

Thanks for the comments fellas ! 

 

Progress continues because I still need to get paint on this little dude. 

 

I decided to make it a grave digger as well. A hearse/digger vehicle. The digger will be a cable operated shovel mounted in front of a similar design to this one:

http://www.hcea.net/...2&dh=184&cppr=3

 

The parts were cut from the chassis of the Vanpire. 

 

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1) I drew a template to assemble the parts onto.

 

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2) a steel square was set down and the parts glued together 

 

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3) the shovel bucket was modified from the front seat part with additional bits for the hinges etc.

 

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4) dry fit assembly of the shovel system. The pulley for shovel articulation was made from one of the wheels of the casket trailer.

 

This part was chucked into my drill driver and turned with a small round file to get that round channel for the cable (following pictures)

 

 

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I was pretty stoked the way it worked out.

 

Thanks for looking 

 

 

 



#6 Chuck Most

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 09:16 AM

I like where this is going. B)



#7 Edward Gore

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 02:24 PM

Thanks, Chuck 

 

Current configuration:

 

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#8 Edward Gore

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 11:42 AM

The tracks were too long , so I cut 19 'links' out.
 
Then used a stapler to connect the loop.
 
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Posted 20 October 2013 - 02:30 PM

This should be fun to watch! Good concept.



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 05:07 AM

This is cool.

 

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 12:46 PM

Thanks for lookin in guys.

 

A view of the quick and dirty dash board - front seat controls area. Some parts are from the M113 kit and other stuff is scratch built.

Before Paint...

 

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Edited by Edward Gore, 21 October 2013 - 12:47 PM.


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Posted 26 October 2013 - 06:06 AM

The build up is complete except the cables. The glass is safely in the box. 

 

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In sub-assemblies for painting but what color(s)  :unsure:

 

 

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thanks for looking 

 

 



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Posted 26 October 2013 - 04:59 PM

Great Halloween Build!

Real Nice Work Edward... B)



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Posted 26 October 2013 - 05:08 PM

This thing is gonna be awesome...I can see it already!



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 02:26 AM

In sub-assemblies for painting but what color(s)  :unsure:

 

 

 

 How about  High Gloss Camouflage!!!! :D

 Looking good by the way!!


Edited by mustang1989, 27 October 2013 - 02:27 AM.


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Posted 27 October 2013 - 03:46 AM

Very cool!


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Posted 27 October 2013 - 12:01 PM

Ira, BluePopsicle, mustang1989, Bigjeff > Thanks for the compliments Fellas !

 

 - "Gloss Camo", Haha !



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 12:58 PM

Ira, BluePopsicle, mustang1989, Bigjeff > Thanks for the compliments Fellas !

 

 - "Gloss Camo", Haha !

I got a laugh out of it myself but hey, it fits!! lol



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 08:18 PM

yup, I went with a gloss black with subtle weathering 

 

Finished ! 

 

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Happy Halloween, Samhain and thanks for looking



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Posted 31 October 2013 - 12:44 AM

You definitely get an "A" for creativeness on this one. The curtains give a nice effect as does the worn black finish. Us ex-field artillery folks wouldn't have a problem being transported to gravesite in something like this instead of a Cadillac! Good job Edward!