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Chariots of Fire

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About 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 International Paystar 5000 & Lowboy Trailer & Stalowa Wola HSW L-34 (hand work)   

    A fine piece of work all around!  Well done!
  2. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic International Loadstar Is Finished   

    Thanks, guys for the kind comments.  To those of you who may have or will be picking up the kit from AITM if you have any questions about it give me a shout.   
  3. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic International Loadstar Is Finished   

    Hi, Mike.  PM me or e-mail me.
  4. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic International 2500 Dump Updated 11/18/17   

    That is nice work!  Nice color too!
  5. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1967 International Loadstar 1600   

    And another build begins.  I don't have any specific information yet on the truck itself.  That will be forthcoming.  However, I do have a photo of the rig to be built.  Originally built by the Maxim Motor Company of Middleboro, MA, it was recently upgraded with new body and bar work as well as a new paint job.  The upgrade is more in line with current practices of shortening up the rear of the body and making it higher.  The reason is to allow the truck to transition from dirt roads to the adjacent woodlands without bottoming out.  Gone is the concept of a low rear step where the crew would ride.  As with the Loadstar dump I will be posting in progress photos and some how to's along the way.  

    On this model the doors are going to be opened as well as the butterfly hood.  In the photo below you will see the right side door has already been separated from the cab and the hood sides have been cut free of the center section.  It was a pretty easy thing to do albeit a rather tedious one.  The resin casting scribes well with the back of a sharp Xacto knife and a razor saw.  Real care had to be taken around the corners of the door and where the door line is rounded near the bottom of the windshield.  With the doors free, they will be sanded smooth inside and made more adaptable to the inner door panels.  
    There was a bit of a learning curve with the vacu-form machine to get a nice clear windshield.  I found a source for good clear plastic that is pre-cut to fit the machine and the results have been pretty nice.  Once trimmed to fit the windshield just pops into place and no gluing is necessary.  Dave Natale did a great job of casting the windshield trim without any flaws and that made the fitting of the windshield real easy.  The benefit of the vacu-formed windshield is that there is no stress on the plastic and with a good fitting buck for the plastic to form against in the machine, all it needs is trimming around the edges.
    In the photo below you can also see that the grill was opened up as well.  Again Dave Natale did a great job with the casting by leaving just a thin skim coat of resin on the back of the grill.  It is easily removed with an Xacto knife and then the opening can be cleaned up with a small flat file.  I also set the floorboard/firewall in place as it comes as a separate piece in Dave's kit.  The opening between the cab rocker panel and the floorboard will be filled in with plastic stock to stiffen the cab and make for a clean fit for the separate door.
    Six spoke wheels are used on this truck.  The fronts are covered with a full hub that covers the inner workings of the all wheel drive feature of the front axle. 

  6. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1981 K100   

    That is super excellent work!  Thanks for taking us on the ride through the building process.  Very impressive!
  7. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1967 International Loadstar 1600   

    Hi, Mike.  Thanks, the next one will be a brush rig.  Next town over has one and that will make the building much easier.  I will be able to get all of the photos and measurements I need to do a good build.
  8. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic International Loadstar Is Finished   

    I can't say for sure but I think most were gas powered.  And perhaps more of a competitor for the F series Fords.  I'm no expert in those sorts of things.
     
  9. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic International Loadstar Is Finished   

    Here you go, Brian.  It's a bit tight in there as you can see.  I used the IH Scout engine as it is typical of the one IH used in the medium size trucks.  The automatic transmission was cut off and was replaced with a standard one that is much smaller.  I de-chromed the valve covers in hopes that the "International" would show up better but it didn't.  The script is so small it sort of got buried in the paint.
  10. Chariots of Fire added a topic in Under Glass: Big Rigs   

    International Loadstar Is Finished
    Final touches were put on this build last nite so I'm calling it done.  It was a good exercise in working with the resin casting.  On the next one I will make a few changes that will enhance the build a bit more.  But here it is ready for work!

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  11. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1967 International Loadstar 1600   

    Ok, We're done.  I think this rig is ready to do some road work.  Just have to go and get a little cold patch to put in the back and pick up a small roller!  The body and its details are now done.  Some mud flaps were added to the rear, some license plates and a short square shovel hangs from the front of the body.  And we added some traffic cones so that when they actually do some patching, traffic will keep clear!

  12. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1/160 1920 Macdonald 5 ton low bed truck   

    That's a neat comparison.  Here's another one that Jeff did.  An early Federal that was used by the Cape Cod Shipbuilding Co.  The company is still around building fiberglas boats.  During WWII they built boats for the Navy.
    1/25 scale Federal from photos found on line and one early Cape Cod Ship photo that showed some of their detail.
  13. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1967 International Loadstar 1600   

    Found one at a show and it was a mate to one I have in the parts box.  The brackets are soldered wire.  PS.  The next one will be red!
  14. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1967 International Loadstar 1600   

    The last couple of days were spent making up the lift mechanism for the body and the hydraulic cylinder to raise it.  After much trial and fit the lift mechanism was finished up.  It took some adjusting to get the body to raise all the way and at the same time have the lift settle in between the frame rails without cramping. I ended up having to cut away some of the differential to allow one side to drop down.  Guess I won't be driving it too far!
    The cylinder and piston are brass tubing and aluminum tubing.  There is a stop on the low end of the piston and one on the upper end of the cylinder that keeps the piston in place.  The hydraulic line fittings are bead details from a craft store.  
    The two circles on the ends of the body are for reflectors.  They will be painted silver and then topped with clear amber on the front and clear red on the rear.
    The body has now been painted and the cuts that had to be made for the tailgate locks have been filled in with sheet plastic and sanded smooth.  The only thing that shows now are the ends of the locks that keep the tailgate closed.  With the body up the tailgate lever can be pulled, the locks raise up and the tailgate opens.
     
  15. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1/160 1920 Macdonald 5 ton low bed truck   

    I can't imagine doing this one in 1/160 scale!  A friend of mine did this one in 1/25 scale a number of years ago from drawings that he obtained.  It took a lot of study just to figure out where everything needed to go.  It is scratch built.