The new spring is a modified version of the AMT 33 Willys rear leaf spring. The ends have been cut off and the ends from the AMT 34 Ford Corvette Rear end are being added. The was a corvette IRS so it is less bowed on the ends, which is perfect. The axle above is the one I will be using. I have bet it down and rather than widen it at the centre like the old one below, I simply shaved the stub axle mounts which have become part of the axle. The new stub axles will simply be grafted on from the old axle below. The other thing I have been working on is the chassis. The rear rails behind the cab have been raised to meet the bottom of the cab edge. The rails are deeper and more truck like as result. I have been moulding the cross members from the old chassis to add to this one, rather than trying to scratch build them, that will save time. As for the wheels and tyres I was un happy with the tyres I was using so I have scratch built my own that I hope to mould tomorrow. This will be very different to anything else out there. The centre section was machined from resin with the tread carved in. I am not sure when I will get photos of the finished wheels and tyres, the photo uploader o my computer is giving me trouble. When I do get it sorted out I will have photos of the finished wheels ad hopefully the chassis as well.
Sorry for the lack of updates. I have been somewhat preoccupied. I found a new FB group that is all about 28 to 38 AA ad BB trucks. It has been a wealth of information. Scrolling
down though the images I saw one of a 1935 Dump Truck. I could tell straight away that the front end on the truck was much heavier duty than mine. The spring has less of an arch
and the axle is less bowed. As a result I have begun to rework mine to look like the one in the image.
Hey Craig. I just noticed your post and yes I am interested in the idea and I had a similar idea myself. I am lucky enough to own an AMT Model A Roadster kit which has the stock fenders. I will be getting the new Revell version soon so I can compare the two. The problem with the Revell version is the enlarged rear wheel arches. My advice would be to remove the rear fenders and graft on a set of larger 32 Fenders preferably from a 1:24 version such as the Monogram 32 Roadster or 3 window Coupe. Another thing you should look into is offering a full hood with the chassis/fenders that way the builder can have a full body kit. As for casting experience, I have done various two part moulds for bodies, chassis and recently I started doing them for wheels. The image below is of a 32 pickup I am working on. PM me and I will see if I can help you out. Cheers !
Hey Greg. I wish I could pencil in a date for the trucks, all I can say at this stage is that the first components to be released will be the wheels and suspension. If I could get either the Dearborn C.O.E or 36 Ford Truck finished and cast by Christmas then I will be doing well. Cheers !
Another major change I have undertaken is to include pickups in the range. These will not overlap in anyway with the existing factory based versions from Revell Monogram. I was originally going to focus on medium to heavy trucks, but I realised I could do some pickup versions as well that corresponded with the oddball years that the majors had ignored in their light commercial range. Unlike the trucks, the pickups will be rod based versions, featuring their own updated chassis, suspension and interiors. The image above is of the 35/36 Ford Pickup. The 36 will feature the same cab and hood as the truck, but the 35 version will feature a smoothed hood and chopped cab. There will also be several 35-37 Dearborn C.O.E versions well including some car carrier versions. All the pickups will be pro street versions designed to adapt to the running gear from the Revell 41 Willys Street Rod kit. The Car carrier versions will use standard truck chassis with upgraded wheels and suspension options.
Here is the master for the conventional Ford truck. The chassis for this one and the Dearborn C.O.E above it will be based on the 131 inch version. The fenders, wheels and tyres in this image are the resin versions. I have cast up various wheels and I am undercoating the wheels for a build I am doing to test out the quality of the components. The first release will actually be the wheels themselves along with the brakes, differential and rear leaf springs. These were similar from the BB Ford right through to the 1937 Fords. The wheels them selves will feature separate lugs, hubs and caps. This is to allow the separate parts to be painted in the appropriate colours with out the need to mask parts. http://
http:// Hey Guys ! It has been months since I have posted anything, but I have a major announcement. I can confirm the first official releases will be a range of mid thirties Ford and Dearborn based trucks. Dearborn specialised in converting conventional trucks into cab overs and did various between 1935 and 1937. The one on the left is the 37 version, the one on the right is the master I have been working on for almost 18 months of the 35/36 version. These were true cab over trucks unlike the factory Ford versions that followed. The Dearborn C.O.E actually had more in common with later cab overs in that they sat higher up over the engine allowing more cabin space with a flat floor. The reason I am focussing on these over the earlier AA and BB versions is simply because these are closer to completion. I am still working on the AA and BB kits but they will be released a little further on. Another important optional component I will be adding with these kits is a range of vintage trailers. These trailers will be designed to adapt to the trucks with their own turntable that can be added to the truck. I was not originally planning to release semi trailers but I figured it made perfect sense as sourcing correct vintage era trailers for these kits would be next to impossible. For the moment though I can say the first truck release will be based on the 131 inch wheelbase type chassis. This chassis will also be shortened to 112 inch wheelbase for the Dearborn C.O.E versions. I will still be doing the carry bodies as planned but the first releases will be the cab chassis trucks.
Wow ! This is very impressive, unusual but logical at the same time. I am wondering if at some point someone took one of these original 1:1 buses and did this conversion for a car transporter. I am looking forward to seeing this one finished.
The other thing I have been focussing on is the wheels, especially the rears. This is new rear wheel with separate hub. You will notice the allen key in the back ground. I moulded this to make up the lugs. You can see one of them in the foreground. The lugs are being cut from the hexagonal tubing that was cast, the studs are being cut from the fine styrene tubing. Its a tedious process but it will be well worth the results. The wheels will have individual lugs for extra realism. With my focus back on the chassis and wheels getting them finished will be the next task.
The leaf spring on the front end is actually the rear leaf spring from the Lindberg 34 Pickup kit. I needed this spring due to the higher arch allowing better wheel clearance. Because the new chassis is modified from the 37 pickup version, the fenders sit inline with the chassis rails but there were issues with clearance with the 37 leaf spring. The 34 leaf spring is certainly better detailed and more truck like.http://
The biggest problem was the chassis, it was the wrong shape and the running boards did not sit flush with the bottom edge of the rails due to the depth. I bit the bullet and decided to modify the 37 pickup chassis instead. You will notice the step up towards the front. this allows the fender/floor asssemlble to lock into place. This chassis is also much smaller and finer than the other chassis, so I have decided to make this one a 131 inch wheelbase version.