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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 Ollie's Dodge Truck   

    Greg, Here you go.  Had to search a couple of hard drives, but I found these pictures that I download from the net a few years ago.
    More at the link:
    http://smg.photobucket.com/user/explorer2770/library/Dakota wildland

  2. explorer2770 added a post in a topic Ollie's Dodge Truck   

    Greg.  That Dakota looks great.  I've picked up a few since they hit the selves again.  You should try a utility bed, while they weren't very common for this pickup, it is a way to change up the kit. 

    I have pictures somewhere of a 2004 Dodge Dakota with a utility bed, 150 GPM pump, 350 gallon water tank, and other brush truck gear but of course, I can't find them right now.
  3. explorer2770 added a post in a topic Firefighting Logistics equipment   

    That is a nice collection of reference shots.  Thank you for taking the time to collect them and share them with us.  I did a double take when I saw the ATWC tanker 8893, 8892 is right down the road from me in Farmers, KY. 
    Quick question, how many rolls of hose are typically loaded on a pallet?  I've had an idea for a support truck for a few years and adding a hose pallet could be an interesting load for the truck to haul.
  4. explorer2770 added a post in a topic La fire dept red?   

    Glad I can help.  Squad 51 and Engine 51 are my holy grail builds since I enjoy building emergency vehicles.  I have done a lot of research on the two trucks, even have the Code 3 Squad 51, but I have yet to pull the trigger on those two builds since I know I can't do them justice yet.  If you need a Ward Cab, contact Cargostar Dave, he sells them. 
  5. explorer2770 added a post in a topic Subaru Sambar Fire Engine   

    There is one major reasons why I will never purchase from a foreign country again.  I had my identity stolen a few years ago from a foreign purchase.  While the purchase was through a reputable company, their employee that was processing the credit card account information was part of a identity theft ring that was duplicating credit cards and making unauthorized purchases.  That was a nightmare to get resolved and I'm still in the hole because of the foreign transaction fees that my bank wouldn't wave on the fraudulent purchases (this was in the early 2000s, before credit fraud policies started to better protect the consumer). I've decided to never put myself in that position again by purchasing from foreign companies, I only buy within the US via credit or internationally with cash when I travel.  And I'm not about to hop a flight to Japan for a scale model, even if it is duty free. 
    While that may sound like a silly reason to not purchase from a foreign country, I would rather put money into a domestic store's pocket for my hobby needs.
  6. explorer2770 added a post in a topic La fire dept red?   

    I have found that Krylon Banner Red (I know, not a Testor color) is a good match when used with a light gray primer for the LACoFD rigs. 
    One thing you have to consider is that while Squad 51 was built to LACoFD specs, neither Squad 51 nor Engine 51's Ward were built for LACoFD, so their paint might not match LACoFD specs for that era.  Universal Studios built Squad 51's rescue body and mounted it to a 1972 Dodge D30 for use in the show because they couldn't borrow LACoFD Squad 8 (1970 Dodge D30) past the pilot episode, LACoFD's squads were in too much demand for them to be constantly used in filming.  LACoFD never owned a 1972 Dodge squad until Universal Studios gave Squad 51 to the county, it was restored in 1999 and repainted to LACoFD specs at that time.  And in 1975, LACoFD went to GM products for their squads until Ford in the early 90's. 
    The Ward LaFrance P80 was built and donated by Ward LaFrance to Universal Studios as a marketing tool since LACoFD had purchased 50 P80s starting in 1971 and Emergency! was a popular television series.  The Engine 51 received by Universal Studios was actually ordered by the Lake Park, FL, Fire Department and was rushed to Universal Studios when it became apparent that the LACoFD spec pumper would not finish the production line soon enough for filming.  Because this P80 was built to Ward "stock" pumper specs, it was not considered to be built to LACoFD specs.  Engine 51 should have had a 1500 gpm Hale pump with a Cummins Diesel NHTF-295 and NTF-365 HP turbo charger, but was actually built with a 1000 gpm Hale pump and Cummins NHF-265 HP diesel engine.  Engine 51's paint color was Dupont Dulex #936744, a Chrysler red enamel, and didn't match county specs but was not repainted when it arrived at Universal Studios. 
    Hope that helps.
  7. explorer2770 added a post in a topic Subaru Sambar Fire Engine   

    The Sambar Fire truck is 1/24 scale and is due to be released in December.  The dump trailer is 1/32 scale and is due to be released in November. 
    I definitely want the Sambar kit so I'm hoping someone will import it to the US. 
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

  10. 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).
  11. 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:
  12. explorer2770 added a post in a topic F150 Fire Truck   

    That is a very interesting fire truck. Are these types common in Australia?
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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...