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#1 explorer2770

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 01:22 PM

I am building two 2 Weis Fire Safety Quick Attack 300 flatbed brush trucks in 1/25 scale.  For more information about these types of brush trucks, please feel free to go to http://www.weisfiresafety.com and check them out, quite informative although technical specifications have been removed from their website in the last update.  Anyway, I'm originally from Sandusky County Ohio and Helena Community VFD, Lindsey VFD, and Ballville Township VFD have have taken delivery of Weis brush trucks within the last 4 years, so that's where my inspiration for these builds comes from.

I have finished one flatbed assembly (11.0 cm long by 9.8 cm wide) while the other flatbed is halfway done (11.0 cm long and 9.7 cm wide), both are designed for a 60" CA chassis.  Each flatbed features a firefighter walkway between the cab and the tank body so that firefighters can stand and use the 2 tank mounted hand lines to fight the fires.

Progress so far:
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The underside of the bed shows how I assembled it, not the best, but it works.   
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The Dodge Ram 3500 is for mock up purposes only as I haven't decided on the chassis I want to use yet.  Wish I could find a Ford F-350 in plastic, but I might consider modifying the '99 Revell Silverado into a Silverado 3500 4wd chassis since I have a handful of the Revell kits. There are some decent diecast F-350s near 1/25 scale, but there is a contest I'd like to enter these in which does not permit diecast cars or trucks, even if I do all of this scratchbuilding.

I'm working on 300 gallon water tanks, side compartments, and hose reels this weekend.  I have to decide how I'm going to make the pumps, but those shouldn't be to difficult.  

 

I know, it sounds weird to build the flatbed first, and then the pickup truck chassis, but that's how I'm going with these builds right now. 

I'll keep you guys posted on this and hope to inspire you to tackle a truck like this.

Brandon V.



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Posted 26 October 2013 - 02:16 PM

Neat subject,I work on similar style trucks I'm 1:1,fire,construction etc. Can't wait to see more.

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 03:31 PM

Great looking project..



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Posted 26 October 2013 - 11:22 PM

nice indeed :)

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 11:25 AM

Thanks guys.  I finished up the storage boxes last night.  I'm leaving the doors off right now until I get around to painting the cabs, that way they match the cab.  Each box is 30 mm tall, and 24 mm deep, the officer side is the same length as the tank, which is 62 mm, while driver's side is 76 mm long.  Since I made 2 of each box at once, it was a good thing I had my NWSL duplicutter.  On the 1:1 rigs, the diamond plate is going around the box and is flush with the edges of the doors, so that meant I had to adjust the measurements for the thickness of the Plastruct diamond plate, another good reason to use the duplicutter.

 

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Once the boxes were done, I moved onto the Hannay hose reels.  I could have used the hose reel from the AMT ALF pumper, but I only have one set and need to make at least 2, so I had to cut some more out of sheet styrene.

 

The hose reel mounts face plates were cut from 1 mm thick styrene sheet, then, doubled up with carpet tape so that a 1/16 mounting hole would line up correctly.  The sides of the hose reels mount feature 2 holes, so I decided to indicate this by using a hole punch to knock out 1/4 in holes.  On the first one shown below, I didn't get the holes on center and had to adjust them a few times.  I also used a hole punch to punch out 3 1/4" circles which I drilled a 1/16" hole through, these will act as the spacer.

 

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Once the crossmembers were cut to length, the reels were made by using 1/8" tube and 5/16" tube.  Still have to work on those a little to make them not wobble when they rotate.  As you can see, the overall effect is fairly decent.  If I can find my sheet of Archer bolt heads, I'll add those to help raise the level of detail for these parts.

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Still need to make the electric rewind motor, but that's just finding a 1/4" rod and cutting a hole in it.  Then come the guide arms, that will be some more engineering to figure out.  I also need to remember to buy some 1/16" rod the next time I'm at the LHS, the metal tube just looks weird. 

 

Overall, the rigs are coming along nicely.  There is some serious sanding that needs to get done, but this is a good start.

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 12:55 PM

Great job on the hose reels might be able to find a resin f-350 on e-bay or something

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 03:22 AM

Nice, where did you find the plates with the tears on it?



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 11:31 AM

Looks awesome so far. The bed looks spot on so far. I wonder if someone out there has copied the matchbox f350 in resin. If I see anything out there I will be sure and send the info your way. Anyways, looking forward to seeing more.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 01:04 PM

@ mnwildpunk: Thanks.  I'll keep looking, all I've found is the SSB resin's Ford F-350 quad cab for $100 and that's too much for a cab I'd have to chop in half.

 

 

Nice, where did you find the plates with the tears on it?

Thanks.  The "plates with the tears" are the Plastruct 91687 HO scale (1:100) diamond plate sheets.  At least that's what I hope you are talking about.  If not, send me a PM and we'll figure it out.

 

 

Looks awesome so far. The bed looks spot on so far. I wonder if someone out there has copied the matchbox f350 in resin. If I see anything out there I will be sure and send the info your way. Anyways, looking forward to seeing more.

chris

Thanks.  The other bed looks better, closer to the 1:1, just needs to get the headache rack finished.  I don't see why AMT or Revell can't buy the Matchbox F-350 molds and release it in plastic, similar to how the recent Revell Jeep Rubicon was redone.  Of course, I'd take any new pickup truck kit, even an extended cab, as long as I can make it a 1 ton or cab chassis.

 

I do have some more progress but it is going to take a few days to show up.  Last year I had purchased an MPC Lotus turbine car with lawn tractor last year and started looking at the engine parts.  I had made a copy out of styrene, but I just didn't like the way it turned out.

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Then I saw my Alumilite resin starter kit.  Now I'm waiting for the RTV mold of the original parts (and some other things) to cure, fingers crossed that I did it correctly, then I'll be able to make a couple of resin copies of that engine and go from there.  I know, I could have ordered a few from SEL, but I went this way to prove to myself that I can make a mold.  Once I have that figured out, I might consider making a newer engine and pump to use on these and future rigs.



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 03:00 PM

Double post

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 09:18 PM

Thanks for the info Chris, thatch exactly what i mean  ;)

 

You are making good progress!



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Posted 03 November 2013 - 06:45 AM

Brandon,
Awesome work! I thought I was the only person who built brush trucks... Great job on the hose reels! I like your approach. I modified some of the AMT ALF hose reel mounts, just have to cast them.

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The angled arms are the toughest part in my opinion.This is a photo etched Hannay hose reel end that I made with the MicroMark kit.

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 The Orange County, FL FD has some similar brush trucks that look great.  I have thought about building one similar, but need to finish some of the pickup based brush units in the pipeline first. Look forward to future updates! BTW, build what you want. Don't let a single contest's rules stop you... : )


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Posted 03 November 2013 - 09:34 AM

Looking good!



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Posted 03 November 2013 - 01:28 PM

Very nice work!

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 03:17 PM

David, your parts look very nice.   I have been looking at the AMT ALF kit for some more parts, just have to get the hang of resin casting first.  While I would never let a contest's rules stand in my way of building a model, I don't have any more Maisto F series trucks but I do have a few of the Silverado kits in my stash...just makes sense to use what I have.

 

I found something this weekend that will help make better hose reels, a "My Jewelry Shop" 1 inch circle lever punch.  It can take up to 0.020 thick styrene and punches a perfect circle.  Will take some experiments to make see how well a hose reel with sides made from the lever punch will turn out, but that's for a future build.

 

After a few tries with the Alumilite kit last week, here's where the portable pump engine progress stands:

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Not bad for a first timer once I figured out how to weigh the resin and get a good thorough mix (far right never quite set up).  Now I just need to figure out the extra parts to make it look more like a modern Briggs and Stratton engine for the Hale HP200 series pumps I'm trying to simulate.  At least the impeller turned out okay. 

 

Oh, that's the second body I've been working on, it still needs a lot more work which will have to wait for this weekend.  I did spend some time this weekend looking for some chicken wire mesh for the top portion of the headache rack and ended up with Activa Activ-Wire mesh which might work.  Can't wait for this coming weekend to get more work done on these utility beds.



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Posted 04 November 2013 - 05:30 PM

There is a nicely detailed 1/32 scale hose reel that was given to my by a good friend. I believe it came from one of the Aurora American LaFrance kits. The frame is pretty plain though... I also need to get the hang of casting down a little better... With a little flat brass strip bent to shape, the PE ends, some brass "L" angle, and the above mentioned hose reel would look pretty good. I like your engines! I have modified some Don Mills Models cast metal gasoline engines from his portable generator set. The impeller was made from sprue, epoxy putty, and Evergreen tubing. I will try to post some pictures of it when I am at home.


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 11:31 AM

A lot of real nice work on this , look forward to seeing more.



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 12:25 PM

Well, I wasn't happy with the engines for the pump.  While the MPC kit is a nice engine, it doesn't represent a V-twin engine like the newer B&S Vanguard engines used by Hale for their pumps.  Therefore, I took a couple of already cast pieces and an old motorbike engine and made something that looks like a 18 hp V-twin engine.  I haven't found a decent way to make the overhead valve covers, but I sort of like this look without them.  The exhaust system needs to be rigged, but I figure that will happen after I run all of the pump plumbing. 

 

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Now to get some more castings done to make a couple more engines and pumps...then get back to the flatbeds.



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Posted 15 December 2013 - 05:16 PM

Well, here's some more progress.  I'm making more progress on the flatbeds so I have to start working on the chassis.

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 05:32 PM

This is a serious project.....I like all of what you've done, here.....Excellent work, Man....Excellent work....