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  1. I had hoped to put the gold rear wheels on the rear axle of the hauler, but as most of us are aware, there is no common element between and among diecast manufacturers. How wheels and tires are attached is just scratching the surface of the other details we have to work around when we are mixing two (or more) manufacturers. Now, if I could find some gold chrome paint, doing the rear wheels of the hauler might be possible, as the wheel outer comes off pretty easily. I'll put that on the list. Thanks, All!
  2. So, what do you do with the bed of a pickup that you just scavenged the chassis and cab from? Well, if you are lucky (and no, I didn't buy a lottery ticket on the same day), you find a replacement chassis on eBay, and get to work. I had cut the front hitch off one of the 1/18 scale GMP trailers, which I used for another project, and with some styrene sheet and angle, produced a new trailer tongue. Top Bottom Then bolted it all back together. Looks pretty cool behind the ramp back hauler.
  3. Buttoned it all back up yesterday, and found something to pose it with. Seemed appropriate that a Hemi Under Glass Barracuda might fit. Still have a little bit of detailing to do, but this one, for all intents and purposes, is done.
  4. Using the same technique I used on the prior custom ramper, taking advantage of the diecast ladder frame of the donor ACME ramper. Ground away all the conflicting plastic on the Warlock chassis, trimmed the ACME ladder frame to the proper length, taped the two components together, applied JB Weld, and prayed. Removed the bandages this morning, and it looks like the surgery was a success. If I can get enough JB Weld to wind its way around and through the two components, I get a good connection. And a sneak preview. Some assembly still required.
  5. Nice job! These were available in high-end 1/18 scale diecast from Exoto, and your detailing meets or exceeds their specifications.
  6. The white one does make a nice static display (all the openings are sealed), especially for a period Camaro.
  7. Here's where I ended up last night. Unfortunately, something has gone terribly wrong with the rake of the body as it sits on the chassis. I fit and refit everything several times last night, and this is the best I could get. As compared to prior. Going to require more research and development.
  8. Got all the pieces. Looks promising. Will probably make a trailer out of the pickup bed. Stay tuned!
  9. Darn, you beat me to this one! My approach will be to use the 67-69 GMP Trans Am Camaro chassis, and try to add the Ertl '70 Camaro body. Got the donors, just some Petty stuff in the way. I did do a "tribute" retro version, though, several months ago.
  10. Forgot to take a picture of the cleaned up outside, but was so excited about how well it looked I took off on the next step. Here is a picture of the next size smaller tubing (brass in lieu of aluminum) that will be the transition piece to the plastic "fuel hose" attached to the top of the fuel cell. And then, after a lot of trimming, a new longer and radiused brass piece, and some fore and aft shifting of the fuel cell top, here's where we are this morning. The extra brass tubing on the outside of the fender will be ground down flush with the bodywork. One thing to notice is that the rear package tray is not installed (for ease of multiple iterations of body/chassis separation), but that it forms an integral component in body height location, which also influences trunk location. I am hoping that when I do a semi-final dry fit of everything tonight that I'm still close.
  11. One other work in progress is the fuel cell/fuel filler set up. As you can see, there is a gaping hole where the stock gas cap used to be. Here's the pieces that need to fit. The outlined piece is actually multiple diameters of different tubing sizes, all cut to the same length, with ends clearanced so that they fit inside each other. This is what I hope to build a realistic looking fuel filler with cap. This is the trunk with the fuel cell and fuel hose mocked up. This is what I did last night while my wife watched this season's premier of Dancing with the Stars. This is the largest diameter aluminum tube, JB Welded in place. I'll clean this all up with a Dremel sanding drum, and get the outside back to the proper body contour, and clean up the inside so that the tube just touches the edge of the trunk. After that, I will start staging the other tubing sizes to create the effect I am looking for.
  12. Wrapping up the Weekend Update with a lot of progress. Here is a picture of the front of the engine compartment, with the cage tube coming around in front of the radiator, and a piece of brass channel to fill in a gap. Here we are with that fabrication completed. Essentially, I had to take about a 1/4 inch slice out of each horizontal tube, and used my post technique to rejoin them. And then for the chassis attachment, I drilled two holes where the cage mounts meet the frame rails, and then drilled two more smaller holes in the brass channel (now painted gloss black to match the rest of the engine compartment). Ending up with what I feel is a reasonable solution. The bar coming around the front of the radiator is actually critical as it locates the height of the body at the front.
  13. Now, for the weekend update. I'm Chevy Chase, and You're Not! Anyway, been working, off and on, trying to get some details done. Built a package tray out of really thin aluminum sheet. Don't have pictures of the structure underneath required to bring it up to the correct height, but trust me, it was clearly a "Hold My Beer" process. For a reason that defies logic, the steering column of the Superbird was diecast, and damned brittle at that! It shattered into more pieces than I prefer to count, but I was able to salvage the hockey stick that actuates the steering and the plastic steering wheel. I have fabricated a steering column out of brass tubing, along with a collar to match up the steering wheel to the column. Again, didn't take a lot of pictures, but trust me, considerable brass tubing was sacrificed to get to this point. I also needed to relieve the cockpit footwell (which includes the cage from the Superbird), and the firewall (from the Belvedere) in order to get the alignment. And then, re-attaching the firewall, to the Superbird chassis, with the Belvedere firewall to match the body, required some ingenuity. I have become an advocate of using pins to connect pieces (my "pins" are actually pieces of paper clips). Here's how the firewall is attaching. You can see the holes I drilled into the chassis to accept the pins. And here it is, assembled.
  14. The good news is that the cats (Pumpkin - "Junkins" and Bistro, and our rescue Chiweenie, Lady Finger) don't usually go in there unless they follow me in, so under pretty good control. Running out of room, clearly. Collection is now close to 25 years old, started out with 1/18 scale only, and stayed that way. Lots of Ertl, Racing Champions, Revell, and Action Nascar, then branched out to road racers and winged sprinters, and of course, anything else I liked. Thanks!
  15. It is right at 18 inches, which I guess scales to about 27 feet or so. And it lives in the truck lot, along with all the others.
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