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  • Location Morehead, KY
  • Full Name Brandon VanNess, Ph.D.

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  1. explorer2770 added a post in a topic '23 T Delivery Van   

    I saw the kit in the Lexington, KY Hobby Lobby on Friday.  I skipped it because I'm looking for the re-issue Ford Ranger.  I've noticed that Lexington gets new releases sooner than others, so it should just be a matter of time before it shows up in your area.  If you need it sooner, send me a PM.
  2. explorer2770 added a post in a topic Looking for a 1/24 light strip   

    So, the Rough Country straight bar comes in a 50" length by 3.45" depth by 3" height, which would be 2.08" by 1.44" by 1.25" in 1/24 scale.  An easy way to make this would be to cut a strip of 0.125" square strip styrene (or .125" by .158") to 5.3 cm.  Paint the bar black, then print this image on glossy paper (height should be 0.125").
    Cut out bar face image and glue to the styrene.  Then, either cut a strip of clear acetate, mylar, or Dura-Lar to cover the face or use a clear epoxy to give the smooth glass look to the face of the bar.  Then, use some aluminum or sheet styrene to make the mounting brackets.
    A curved bar can be made in the same way, just heat the strip styrene in hot water and bend it to the shape you want.

  3. explorer2770 added a post in a topic Clarification: AMT C-series Fords   

    Fuel tanks on fire trucks (custom and Ford C series) are usually mounted between the frame rails behind the rear axle(s).
  4. explorer2770 added a post in a topic Clarification: AMT C-series Fords   

    Lots of fire apparatus manufacturers used the Ford C cab chassis, the only way to tell which one made your truck would be to find the manufacturer plate in the photos. It could be an American LaFrance, Pierce, Sutphen, E-One, Grumman, Oren, Hahn, or any number of local/smaller fire truck builders.

    Do you know if the Ford C was sold to Dixie FD? Then it could be a Fire Boss.

    The Century Series AeroChief (snorkel) is most likely a 1977 with serial number CE 145165.
    Many have made the conversion to the twin drive for the AeroChief and Ladder Chief over at the ScaleFirehouse.com Check them out.

    Other Tyler TX fire trucks that might interest you:
  5. explorer2770 added a post in a topic F150 Fire Truck   

    That is a very interesting fire truck. Are these types common in Australia?
  6. explorer2770 added a post in a topic 1/25 MPC Mack DM 600   

    Well, this is going to be fun. I scavenged a Ford LN rear axle from the race transporter kit and plan to scale up the 1/32 pumper body for the Mack pumper, the Alf pumper just doesn't look right with the Mack cab. Then the race transporter will go onto a Ford C chassis from the Pepsi box truck kit, while the box will go onto a snap Pete for a simple Hazmat truck.

    If I plan to do more of these conversions, I will have to make some copies of the leaf springs.
  7. explorer2770 added a post in a topic 1/25 MPC Mack DM 600   

    Just picked this up today, it is a nice model. I don't have a lot of experience with Mack trucks, I build mostly fire/police/ems vehicles, so would it be possible to convert this into a single rear axle for a volunteer pumper build? If so, would the Ford C's rear axle be a decent representation for making it a single rear axle?

    Thanks guys!
  8. explorer2770 added a post in a topic First Detailed Look - Revell's new Ford F150 SVT Raptor kit   

    This is a nice kit. I have one and plan to make it a fire chief's ride, something similar to San Diego County FD's 2010 Ford Raptor...

    I'm glad that they included the chrome pieces for the side mirrors (something missing from many of the older snap kits, especially the Ford Expedition kits). Now I just need a decent truck cap...
  9. explorer2770 added a post in a topic Lindberg's Dodge Raminator real dimensions?   

    I always go directly to the manufacturer for drawings. Dodge offers their 2004 - 2015 Body Builder guides electronically in pdf form
    This will load a pdf that is not navigable in Chrome or Firefox, so you'll have to use IE or another web browser.

    To help speed things up:
    2006 1500 120.5" wb 4x2 : http://www.rambodybuilder.com/2006/dr/drreg/drreg1500120.54x2.pdf

    BTW, Ford and Chevy/GMC offer their own body builder guides online too for most trucks. Ford's go back to 1997, while GM's go back to 1999.

    Here's the gist of what is in the Dodge Ram 3500 snapper:

    This is one of my bench warmer projects, so the rest of the interior (seats, steering wheel, and dashboard) is still in the box.

    I saw a guy at the 2014 Cincinnati Auto Replicas show turn a toy Dodge Ram Raminator into a decent scale model. I've only been able to find the Road Rippers Dodge Ram 1500, but more exist.

  10. explorer2770 added a post in a topic Customization   

    Two options to lengthen the drive shaft: cut the u-joints off of the original drive shaft and use tube styrene (or K&S aluminum tubing) to reconnect them to fit the new length. Option 2, use the round spruce in your kit that you no longer need after cutting the parts off, cut a piece to length, cut the u-joints off of the original drive shaft and sand them to a smaller diameter, then drill a hole in each end of the spruce to accept the u-joints. Either option works, just depends on what you have on hand. I typically use 3/32 to 1/8 inch tubing when I make adjustments for fire trucks, just depends on the original kit drive shaft diameter.
  11. explorer2770 added a topic in On the Workbench: Pickups, Vans, SUVs, Light Commercial   

    1941 Chevrolet light rescue
    Last weekend, a colleague gave me his stash of kits that he was never going to build and one of them was a 1941 Chevy pickup kit. Instead of building it as a pickup, I decided to do something different and make it a war years light rescue.

    I figured that a cash strapped municipality needing something to haul rescue tools after the start of the war would have gone to the local car dealerships to find something, anything, to haul their gear and they found this half ton truck. Instead of just throwing everything in the bed, they had a couple of handymen on the department make a simple box to carry the equipment. And voila, a light rescue was born.

    I used the old Bell telephone boxes as a guide for this rescue box. Once painted, I will have silver straight pin heads to act as exterior bolts on the hinges. I plan to add a ladder rack and might throw some tool boxes on top to carry more gear. If I get really ambitious, I'm thinking about making a trailer pump for this to pull.

    Now to decide upon the color combination:
    Maroon red over black like the box art
    Beige over black
    or Tan over maroon red.

    Recommendations welcome.
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  12. explorer2770 added a post in a topic Modelhaus Utility Bed: Has anyone built one, or have pics?   

    I know this is a long-dead thread, but I had a question about the Modelhaus utility bed. What are the utility body's actual measurements? I know it will fit and replace a 1/25 scale 8 ft bed, but is it 8 ft long or 9 ft long in scale? I have need of a 9' long utility bed for a project and want to know if this will work or if I need to scratch something myself.

  13. explorer2770 added a post in a topic LACoFD Squad 10 gets special attention   

    Greg. Great job on the model and congrats for meeting Randy and having him sign your models. Randy is an awesome guy, a true TV legend, and a great spokesman for the fire service.

    I've always wanted to build the Squad, but I've never been able to get the body dimensions right. I seem to always make the aft wheel compartments too big. Would you mind sharing your measurements to help us all build better squads?

  14. explorer2770 added a post in a topic Ford Flatbed   

    Beautiful. I love the attention to detail and all of your hard work that you put into making this functional. I might have to try my hand at one of these roll back wreckers eventually.
  15. explorer2770 added a post in a topic Mack Fire Tanker   

    Dave, I concur with Charlie, remove the radiator guard and railing on top of the bumper, they just don't look good with the Mack's front end. I have always been a fan of front suctions, and 4Guys does a great job of adding those to pumpers. My personal favorite setup is Cobleskill NY's front mounted suction.


    You can always add a rotoray to the grille if you want to add some bling that way.