Chariots of Fire

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  • Birthday 05/25/1940

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  • Scale I Build 1/25 and 1/32

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  • Location West Wareham, MA
  • Full Name Charles L. Rowley

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  1. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1935 Ford "Dearborn" C.O.E ,Bogie Drive Car Hauler.   

    That's a lot of work but very effective.  I really like your approach to this.  All in good time as they say.
  2. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1929 Coleman 4wd   

    It's been a while since posting any progress but it has taken some time to make up the various parts of the front springs and inner workings of the front wheels so that they can be posed.  Soldering spring leaves together takes some time.  And the steering knuckles have been a challenge.  The front track is still too wide so I have to pull things together a bit.  (That should be fun!).  Anyway here is where we are so far.
     


  3. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1930 Mack AK Rigging truck, and AC dumper   

    That's looking nice, Terry! Love the scratch building!
  4. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1935 Ford "Dearborn" C.O.E ,Bogie Drive Car Hauler.   

    I'm going to draw up a suggestion for you based on the rim you show. I think it would work for you. Here it is.

  5. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1929 Coleman 4wd   

    With one rear wheel made, the second one came along just fine. And they look alike!! I tried finding some small plastic cups at a craft store that would look like the moon shaped hubs for the front wheels but came up empty. But with some aluminum rod of the right diameter just happening to lie around, I turned out a hub and then made a mold. Now the front hubs are done sans dogs to hold them in place. A few pieces of small strip stock and plastic rod will finish them off. Then I can start work on the frame, springs and axles.




  6. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1929 Coleman 4wd   

    thanks, Jarda. You should hear the old Buda engine run! Quite a sound!
  7. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1970 American-LaFrance Series 1000 Pumper - Complete   

    See? There is always an alternate use for some of this "useless stuff" they put in those kits. Glad to see you turned the hard suction couplings around and not like they show on the box cover. There is a "Filling the Hose Bed" tutorial on the Scale Firehouse Forum in case anyone is interested. Also one on making the hose like Jim did.
  8. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1929 Coleman 4wd   


    I made one wheel! No I have not made the whole truck yet. Just getting started!
  9. Chariots of Fire added a topic in On the Workbench: Big Rigs   

    1929 Coleman 4wd
    This time it is a 1929 Coleman. You may recognize the name Howe-Coleman a well known manufacturer of 4wd drive axles. And they have made a number of trucks under the Coleman name since the 20's.
    This rig was originally fitted up with a big V plow and a wing plow setup but all of that is missing from the refurb. The biggest obstacle has been the rear wheels. Lots of different stuff needed to make up one that looks like the one in the photo. But with some castings and plastic stock the first one is done. It took 58 pieces to complete. Now to make the second one the same!!



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  10. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1970 American-LaFrance Series 1000 Pumper - Complete   

    I'm a bit surprised at the Duplicolor paint. Usually it is a real easy paint to use. I wonder if the can was shaken up enough before you started painting. It should not have come out pink one time and red the next. Don't give up on the paint. Duplicolor is a very fine paint and needs several coats to be effective. Next time try giving the first light coat a fine sanding, make sure it is clean and try the second coat. Each time the paint should end up smoother than the one before.
    That's a nice looking rig. Great jot on the hose load. It's tough filling up a bed of that size.
  11. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1937 Seagrave Tractor Drawn Aerial   

    Here are a few more photos of the truck as it was being built. I wish I had taken some before paint but I did not. First photo is one of the real truck (what was left of it after having sat outside for quite a while). At the end of my visits to get photos and measurements some of the detail parts started to disappear; like the Seagrave emblems on the battery boxes. Headlights were already gone and many of the ground ladders were missing. Seagrave was kind enough to send me a blueprint of their ground ladder construction. It shows everything from a 14' single ladder to the 50' extension ladder that was still on the truck. Guess it was just to heavy for someone to cart off.
    I included a page out of my sketch book that shows the measurements taken and the 1/25 scale conversion for each one.





    This closeup really shows the poor job I did in nickle plating the front bumper! That's a signature finger print that I failed to remove from the brass before it was plated. Maybe I can chock it up to "wear and tear".

    And the last one really shows up the outline of the decals. Today I would do a better job of hiding the edge. Maybe better decal paper would have helped. Live and learn, eh?
  12. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1937 Seagrave Tractor Drawn Aerial   

    No I never did a build thread on this one. I do have a few more closeup shots of the turntable area but that is about it. It was started nearly 15 years ago.
  13. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1937 Seagrave Tractor Drawn Aerial   

    Here are some photos of the truck as it was being built. The rig was built using measurements and photos of the actual truck. That is plastic porch railing stock that I used for the fenders. The hood, doors and bumper are brass.



    Photos of the real truck included side views of all of the fenders. The front fenders are most unique and the rear fenders of the tractor are wider than the fenders for the trailer. So with the profile images brought down to size via computer I trimmed them out and stuck them to the porch railing stock with double sided tape. Once the profile for each fender was cut and sanded to shape the under sides were ground out with a dremel and sanding disc. It took a while for each fender and getting them to look the same while being mirror images of each other was not the easiest to do. The porch railing stock was real easy to work with, however and is quite strong. Once the underside carving was done I smoothed it up with some two part casting resin. Not only did it make each fender stronger, it made the underneath look more finished.
  14. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic A venture into the custom world   

    Easier than it looks, PeeKay. I laid the plastic glass inside the opening and then drew around the perimeter of the opening with a fine tip marker. Then each one was cut out using a dremel with carbide disk. A bit of sanding on the high spots was about all it took. When the fit was right I used a Magic Marker to coat the edge of each piece. Two part epoxy was mixed up and used to coat the edges of each opening. When it began to set the "glass" was pressed into place. Since the epoxy was still soft it was easy to get the pieces set evenly all around without the epoxy messing up the surfaces.
  15. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic Jeep Willys "post-war" (Italeri 1:24)   


    My sentiments exactly, Allen!