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    A.J. Ramming

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  1. Firetruck lime yellow paint

    In my final year of college in 1973, my thesis was on emergency vehicle color. I spent nearly 7 months gathering several thousand pages of information and notes in researching the area, conducting over 100 interviews with everyone from ordinary people on the street, to first responders, to emergency and normal vehicle manufacturers, to paint manufacturers, to opticians, to color and lighting professionals. Except for traditionalists, the light, not quite florescent green (under mainly by the Ward LaFrance fire equipment mfr. at the time) was proven to be the best, most visible color under all lighting conditions, while lighter yellows were also a good choice. Of course at the opposite end of the scale was black, and traditional medium and dark reds were in the bottom quartile. It was amazing to see the differences in visibility under different lighting conditions. But in the end, tradition seemed to be the driving factor in emergency vehicle color. Ford example, Chicago's black over red color scheme goes back to the late 1800's when the chief's rode in buggies to fire scenes. The buggies themselves were painted red while their canvas roofs were black, and thus began a tradition. Fortunately, emergency lighting has come a long ways to make up for any loss of visibility under anything but bright sun light. I wish I still had a copy of my thesis today as it would be interesting to see where we've gone since then.
  2. Great execution of weathering and detail.
  3. Firetruck lime yellow paint

    The current Mt Horeb WI fire apparatus are painted black. Here's a couple of them:
  4. Here's a 1975 Ramcharger I made out of a '75 D100 pickup.
  5. Here's one I built that was based on the 1:1 company car I had.
  6. 1967 Loadstar Brush Truck is Finished

    Holy Cow!!!! A.J.
  7. model king 72 blazer

    Here are a couple of Blazers, Jimmys, and a Ramcharger that I built over the years. The biggest thing lacking from the Blazers and Jimmy's is the outside rear view mirrors.
  8. Firetruck lime yellow paint

    Each paint chip sample has a number on it in the lower right corner which they then cross-reference to the brand and type of paint the customer wants on the apparatus. In person, you can see the very, very slight differences between them. There really are 42 different whites that they offer. Having been to both the DuPont and PPG color studios while I was working for Chrysler, I can tell you that there are literally 150 - 200 different shades of white, and nearly the same number of blacks. So life really isn't as simple as black and white.
  9. Peterbilt 359 Revell AG

    Wow. Nicely crafted. A.J.
  10. Really nice looking. A.J.
  11. Firetruck lime yellow paint

    Here's the standard paint samples that Pierce offers their apparatus in. Look at the different shades of red, white, yellow, green. Almost any shade you choose would be correct.
  12. '32 Ford Sedan Delivery

    Use the chassis and stock parts from one of the many AMT '32 Ford kits and you can build a stock version. A.J.
  13. If I recall, those old US Mail and NAPA C600's didn't have any chrome parts. The tree was left unplated.
  14. Of course you can also take the coupe kit and the touring car street rod and combine them into a stock touring car like this:
  15. Ford 4x4 Styleside snap kit

    I used several of these kits as the basis for other models by lengthening the frame and adding resin wheels/tires. I did a min-pumper, a light rescue, and a wrecker. The only one I could find images of was the mini-pumper.