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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 1967 International Loadstar 1600   

    Hi, Terry.  That is a goal but ultimately it will be based on the final product quality.  I don't want to say it will be cast before getting the various parts done and checking on the accuracy.
  2. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1967 International Loadstar 1600   

    As I mentioned there is now enough done to show some of the work done on the cab.  The Revell 1953 Ford pickup kit was the donor for the cab.  The front fenders were cut loose and reversed to form the front of the doors.  The top and rear of the cab have been modified and the whole thing has been widened out 1/4".  There is still some cleanup to do.  The interior of the cab needs some cleanup as well to smooth out the seams.  Some two part resin will be poured around the interior of the top and the inside of the doors to make good smooth surfaces.  The goal is to make the cab with as few hard surfaces as possible so as to make casting easier.


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

    I checked it out.  You might be right about the headlights, Russell.  Fortunately I have some good photos and some measurements of the headlight area so that I can carve them out.  I'll be using some renshape for that since it sands beautifully and is easy to carve in any direction.  Once the cab conversion is done I will be working on the grill section.  It has a nice flat shape and I have good measurements for it.  With that done the fenders and hood will come right along since they are going to have to fit the grill and cowl of the cab.
  4. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1967 International Loadstar 1600   

    Began work on the cab.  The shape is coming along.  The A post is moved.  Side sculpture on the doors is in place and I just finished cutting in the sculpture line around the top of the cab.  Not quite ready for pix yet but when it is I will be posting.
  5. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic Peterbilt wrecker   

    Resurrecting an old build can be more rewarding that starting a new kit!  Have fun with this one!
  6. Chariots of Fire added a topic in On the Workbench: Big Rigs   

    1967 International Loadstar 1600
    For a long time I have wanted to build an International Loadstar 1600 cab.  They were used for all sorts of trucks from dump trucks to farm trucks to school buses and fire apparatus.  The thing that has held me back until now is hoping that maybe one of the model companies would come out with one!  Why they have never done one of them or a B Model Mack is beyond me.
    Anyway with some photos and measurements taken of the rig in the photo below I have begun to assemble information in the form of line drawings, checking and improving them as I study the Loadstar from various angles.  Each time seems to reveal some little detail that needs adjustment.

    Looking around the kit stash I came across a 1953 Ford p/u cab that I think might be turned into a Loadstar.  Using the dimensions, photos and the line drawings I'm now studying the Ford cab to see where cuts might be made and adjustments done to make the changes.  The cab will need to be 1/4" wider overall so some cutting along the top and rear of the cab will be done salvaging the back in such a way that I can reproduce the sculptured effects in the back like the real one.  The A post will have to change and by cutting away the fenders and reversing them left for right the sculpture line across the door and cowl can be done (I think!).  Photos and descriptions will be posted as progress is made.

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  7. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic Galion Tandem Roller Under Construction   

    Looking pretty nice, Tom!  After that is finished you will need to do a paving machine and display them on a new section of asphalt!
  8. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic International Loadstar1600   

    Thanks, Larry.  I added it to my list of info.  Every little bit helps!
  9. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic International Loadstar1600   

    Thank you Scott.  That, in fact, could have been of some help to Jim Clarkson, a great 1/32 scale scratch builder who just finished a Pennsylvania National Guard unit bus for his Armory diorama.  He did the bus as a GMC and as a Loadstar.  I'll try and post his pics.  I'm looking more for cab info as well as for the front clip.
  10. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic International Loadstar1600   

    I don't think it would just be a fender modification.  I think the cab is taller overall and the hood is slightly different.  I'll continue to check out your reference suggestions.  Thanks!
  11. Chariots of Fire added a topic in The Truck Stop   

    International Loadstar1600
    I've been trying without success to find dimensional information on International Loadstar cabs of the 1960's.  I have some photos and basic dimensions but really need some good hard numbers.  Anybody know what might be available?  Back when I was building the Dodge W300 I had the benefit of a 1970 Dodge Body Builder's reference book for every style and size of cab.  It would really great to find such for the Loadstar.  (PS) If I can find the information I will be scratch building a 1/25 scale cab.
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  12. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1941 Chevy pickup, well used   

    It's clear that you know how things fade and wear!  Top surfaces go first and you have shown that to perfection!  Any chance you have a license plate decal you could add?
  13. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic Peterbilt 357 Tractor   

    Hey, Anthony!  Is that your wife's quilting mat the truck is sitting on??  Nice work by the way!  
  14. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic 1950 F-5 COE Tanker   

    Look at where the top of the body sides are with respect to the doors of the cab.  That will give you some idea of the perspective.  Also in the top photo you really only see the top half of the tank.  The body sides come up to the widest part of the tank.  I see you used the Monogram Mack body sides.  They are probably a bit small to start with.  If you have an AMT ALF kit you could make up the body sides using this one.
  15. Chariots of Fire added a post in a topic is there interest in the dodge tom coolidge made??   

    To whom it may concern:  I am the originator of the W300 and W500 that Oldr-n-dirt is referring to.  Here are photos of the first pop of the W300 that Tom Coolidge did.  The same master would be used this time.

    And the W500 was done using a casting of the W300 as a starter.  As you can see the rear window is much larger, the fender flairs are bigger and the grill is altogether different.

    Both of these trucks went on to become fire apparatus models.