Shops continue to be busy zeroing in on the last of the major building. One more trip to the fire station is in order to get information on the pump and plumbing for the rear behind the tank. The side protection was added today along with a few decals. The end caps were added to each of the wheels so hopefully they will not need to come off again!
Some more progress since getting back from NNL EAst. The brush bars are done and the tank and new hose bin on the top have been finished. Got some hand tools done up with more to come along with some forestry hose and larger filler hose to put in the bin. Next up will be to finish the side protection for the fuel tanks and then move on to the pump and plumbing for the rear. We're gettin' there!
Here is some more progress with the side protection partially completed. There will be more bars that will run from those at the front of the cab to the upper bar that is out front. There is also added bar work that extends toward the rear. I re built the hose basket on top of the tank but have not added the mesh sides yet. Glue and paint have to dry some and I need to finish re painting the tank. After that the fuel tank protection and sides under the cab doors will be done.
After a short layoff on building we were back at it again. Had to get several more measurements in order to begin the bar work around the truck. If that front bar looks high and way out front that is how it is on the real truck. Too much IMHO but that's the way it is. Water tank is done but I messed up on the hose bin up top and will have to do it over. It should have gone all the way to the back end of the tank! Should have studied my pics a little more!
The winch cable is bead wire I found at Michael's craft store. It's real springy so when you wrap it on the spool you have to keep it tight and then superglue it in place. It does have a realistic look to it. Better than just plain wire or thread.
Got the shops in full gear today. Finally got the hood sides completed and a bit more wiring under the hood. The front bumper is in place along with some skid plates under the front. Directional lights have been added and the doors and hood have been lettered. Still to be added are the small centers to the hub of each wheel. Those brass screws that hold the wheels on will be covered.
Alain: I can attest to how you must feel. I have had that happen, not once but 3 times on 3 different models! All you can do is watch it go and then when it hits it is like a bomb explodes under it! Parts go every which way. That having been said, I know you will put it back together. That's what modelers do.
An update with a few more details added. Under the headlights are a pair of hi intensity lights that are used for night driving in a woods fire setting. To the outside of those are the red emergency lights. The winch is now installed. The cab interior is finished and the big red box that sits in front of the grill guard is to ward off tree branches from poking holes in the radiator when in the woods. it also covers the winch for added protection. Won't be long now and work will start on the body.