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    Brandon VanNess, Ph.D.

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  1. Okay, I'm late to the game on this kit, completely forgot about it tbh. I see that there's a lot of issues with warpage, so, I have two questions for anyone that has the kit. 1) what is the cab to axle measurement for this kit? The kit looks a little long and I'm suspecting something around 108". 2) Are more kits going to be released? I'm only finding the kits at Model Roundup, so...I'm really hoping that more will be released in the future. I build fire trucks and ambulances, so the issues with the warped racers wedge don't bother me. I'm a little tired of stretching chassis for longer rigs, so I'm happy to see this one finally released. I can throw on another cab if the warpage is too bad, but as long as the chassis is straight and there are 1 ton wheels, I'll be good to go.
  2. This started life as a Revell Peterbilt 359 snap-kit and became the new Gables Corner VFD's Incident Support Unit 1. The box design is based on Summit Fire Apparatus' air cascade units, similar to Kenton or Columbus's units. Lots of scratchbuilding and a few parts from shapeways.
  3. Will this help? The drawing is based on a Hackney trailer for LA County FD but I modified it to fit your picture. but I can change the bay/door sizes to 52" if you'd like some extra length or add another bay. Send me an email and I'll send a pdf that you can print.
  4. Here some paint comparisons that I did today. For each comparison, I used Krylon white primer (Left), Krylon gray primer (Middle), and Plastikote Filler Primer (Right): Krylon Citrus Green: citrus green by Brandon VanNess, on Flickr Rust-oleum Key Lime: Key lime by Brandon VanNess, on Flickr Krylon Ivy leaf: ivy leaf by Brandon VanNess, on Flickr Testor Fluorescent Yellow (airbrush): testor fl yellow by Brandon VanNess, on Flickr I hope this helps!
  5. The paint looks like Krylon Citrus Green to me. Joel's half top was made by cutting down the original full top in the kit.
  6. I hope that Round 2 will re-release a Paystar 5000 kit (any version) and the Autocar Dump Truck within the next decade since there are so many possibilities for these kits. I have enough Mach's, Peterbilts, and Ford LNs to keep me busy, but I'm lacking these two trucks for some projects.
  7. Krylon Gloss Citrus Green and Ivy Green might be other options to try, although these are more green than yellow. I picked up the Ivy Green to make this someday: Slime lime is a hard color to get in a can, but the Rustoleum Key Lime is my go to if I have to use a rattle can. Rattle cans can be decanted and shot through an airbrush, or you can get acrylic paints and use aerosol adapters to shoot them. I have used DecoArt Americana Chartreuse Yellow acrylic paint for a slime yellow. I know a guy that uses Tamiya XF-4, which is a little greener than you might be looking for. You can try mixing various acrylic yellows and greens to get different shapes of slime. I'm going to try mixing Testor's Fluorescent Yellow and Fluorescent Green airbrush paints (picked them up on clearance at Michaels) to get a slime lime paint. Gravity Colors offers a National Fire Safety Lime Yellow color for airbrushing. Good luck with your builds.
  8. It's not too hard to convert the Ford Raptor kit into a crew cab. The hardest part is to resin copy the door handles and scribe the rear door line. 20180202_225908 by Brandon VanNess, on Flickr As you can tell, I'm not quite done with the crew cab. The nice part is that you can get a regular cab and a crew cab out of the conversion. 20180202_230414 by Brandon VanNess, on Flickr Not much to do with the regular cab, I'm thinking about using a utility box or making a long-bed. 20180202_230518 by Brandon VanNess, on Flickr
  9. I used the Ford LN race car hauler as a guide. If you line up the wheel wells on the ladder chief with the race car hauler body, you will notice that the ladder chief is 1.5 cm longer to the cab. Of course, I couldn't find the ladder chief side panel tonight for comparison. Anyway, because of the length change, I used sheet styrene to make my own sides for a new race car hauler bed. I plan to finish this off with a diamond plate deck and use the ramps from the race car hauler to load the cars. My build sits higher on the frame, I plan to add a few pieces of strip stock to the bottom of the bed to make up the difference from the frame rails so it looks better. I don't remember if the ladder chief body is the same width as the race car hauler, but you could clip the two kits at the top of the wheelwells and splice them together with the ladder chief on the front and the ramp body on the back. Another option would be to use the race car hauler and move the tall compartment forward to make up the distance between the cab and body, then fill in the lower portion with sheet styrene. If I can find the side pieces for the ladder chief tomorrow, I will post a picture showing the difference between the race car hauler and the ladder chief body.
  10. This is what I did when I started converting the ladder chief to a car hauler. Just need to finish it one of these days.
  11. Highway, the hardest part for me when cutting down cabs is getting the trim molding off after I've cut the cab down. I always seem to forget to shave if off before I cut the cab up. This one is going to become an FDNY Tactical Support Truck, eventually, when I find time to actually build something. Mike, I'll keep a lookout for Issue 200, although I'll probably have to order a "back" issue to get my hands on a print copy now. I checked the LHS (50 miles away) but they had already pulled it. Oh well, still have to track down a Meng, the LHS guy just laughed when I asked if he could order one for me. I guess that's why they made the internet.
  12. Thanks for the help guys. I will admit that Miller Industries website has a lot of good information, but I wish they would include more information on their customization options. Heck, I had to go to Zip's to find owner manuals and parts lists. You would think that as the largest manufacturer of towing and recovery vehicles in the United States, they would want to highlight their custom pieces a little more. Almost all of their examples are the standard configurations with very few options listed. I guess the fire truck/ambulance manufacturers really spoiled me with all of their spec drawings. Next step is to find a 1/25 scale cab for this build...going to have to cut up a Meng.
  13. This little fella rescued my sister after her transmission failed last weekend. I asked her to grab some more pics (I was 300 miles away), which she didn't, but she did ask the guy about the truck and he told her it was a 4 year old Ford with a gas engine. My eyes are telling me this is either a Vulcan 881 or 882 with a composite body on a F-series 164" wheelbase (84" CA) wrecker, but the cabinets are throwing me for a loop. I'm used to seeing the compartments like these, with that taller tunnel cabinet behind the cab and a shorter cabinet next to the wheels. Has anybody seen a similar modification of a composite body wrecker with larger storage cabinets or know of a company that is doing similar modification? Thanks!
  14. Here's an idea that I have been working on. Not finished, had to strip and repaint, just haven't gotten back to it yet.
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