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  • Full Name David Gusky

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  1. hooknladderno1 added a post in a topic Aussie shed   

    Awesome project!  I too will be following along.  I have always wanted to build a "barn find" diorama featuring a 1920's - 30's fire truck.
  2. hooknladderno1 added a topic in The Truck Stop   

    Converting 1957 Chevy Cameo P/U Into 1957 GMC "Calamity Jane" Civil Defense Rescue
    Hi Gang,
    I am not an expert on vintage Chevy/GMC trucks, so I am asking for your help.  My first fire department's second rescue truck was a 1957 GMC "Calamity Jane" style Civil Defense Heavy Rescue unit.  A huge step up from their original panel van.  From the few photos available, the hood looks similar to the AMT 57 Chevy Cameo pickup.  I realize that the larger GMC chassis would be wider and taller than the standard Cameo sheet metal.  I also plan on adding the round front wheel wells with Evergreen strip stock.  Below is a photo of both the AMT kit and the eventual goal. Any guidance or suggestions would be appreciated!


    Thanks in advance!
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  3. hooknladderno1 added a post in a topic Eisbrenner Seagraves   

    Works of art as always!  I have often thought of buying one of the Uptown Automotive incarnations to build this 1951(?) Seagrave TDA.  It originally served Mount Holly, NJ.  It was later purchased by Masonville(Mount Laurel) NJ.  It is maintained by a good friend of mine.  As much as my heart would like to take on this project, my head reminds me of the many unfinished projects that I already have "on the shelf"...  I know it would involve modifying the grille, front fenders, body AND fabricating the trailer...

  4. hooknladderno1 added a topic in General   

    MicroMark Home Photo Etch System?
    Hi Folks,
    Just wondering if there are any other owners/users of the MicroMark home photo etch system out there?  Is there a forum or group of users to share tips, techniques, etc?  I have searched here and on Facebook.  I purchased my system about 6 years ago.  I was pretty happy with my first couple etches!  It was packed away for a move, and only recently unpacked.  Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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  5. hooknladderno1 added a post in a topic AMT's Phantom van   

    She looks GREAT!  Must feel good to make a vehicle from your past!  Well done Brother!
  6. hooknladderno1 added a post in a topic Early 80's Ford Van Ambulances?   

    Thanks Mike and Jonathan!  I did take a set of rear doors and cut them to go on the side.  After numerous measurements, cuts, filling, etc, I realized that they were too short and didn't match up with the rest of the body.  Going to use Mikes excellent example and techniques and give it a try!  Thanks again guys!
  7. hooknladderno1 added a topic in Truck Aftermarket / Resin   

    Aftermarket Resin Hinged Side Doors for the AMT Ford Vantom Kits???
    Looking for resin conversions of these if they are available?  Any help would be appreciated!  Thanks!

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  8. hooknladderno1 added a topic in On the Workbench: Pickups, Vans, SUVs, Light Commercial   

    Early 80's Ford Van Ambulances?
    Has anyone ever had any success replicating the hinged side doors of these rigs?  I am trying to replicate several ambulances and paramedic units that I served on early in my Emergency Medical Services(EMS) career.  

    I look forward to seeing anyone's projects, hearing their solutions, and feedback!  Thanks!
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  9. hooknladderno1 added a post in a topic AMT's Phantom van   

    Very nice replica!  I have a few of these kits that I am trying to "massage" into the longer wheelbase Ford vans of the early 80's that I served on as an EMT and paramedic.  As an EMT, on some early Braun ambulances, as a medic in both regular long wheelbase and rear body extension models.  The rear body extensions should be quite a challenge...

  10. hooknladderno1 added a post in a topic Revell Ford Expedition Police   

    I have considered doing an Excursion conversion with either the Meng kit or pieces  sourced from the resin aftermarket like Trailer Trash Kustoms.  You know I can't just build anything box stock...
  11. hooknladderno1 added a topic in The Truck Stop   

    Hi JT!
    Don't know the status of your Simba ARFF build, but saw this and thought of you!

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  12. hooknladderno1 added a post in a topic 1911 Christie fire engine WIP   

    I stumbled onto this beautiful thread by chance.  I have long planned to build a backdated version of the Christie kit sans motorized tractor.  I already have two "Breyer" horses to pull the rig, and reference materials on the harnesses and other equipment  that will need to be fabricated.  I still need to source the front wagon wheels.  Can't see buying an $85.00 kit just for a set of wheels.  Harry, fantastic job!  Thank you for sharing your step by step photos!
  13. hooknladderno1 added a topic in On the Workbench: Pickups, Vans, SUVs, Light Commercial   

    1/25 1960's Chevy Longbed?
    Does anyone know if a long bed 1960's Chevy or GMC pickup?  I bought a 1964 Chevy kit at a show and want to convert it into a longer chassis utility body. Any help? Thanks!
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  14. hooknladderno1 added a post in a topic Anyone use Alclad?   

    Any surface that is to have Alclad applied has to be ultra smooth. Thee are a few ways you can acheive this. There are some products for 3-D printed parts. Smooth On makes a coating that can be applied to the parts, let dry and sanded to fill in the lines left by printing process.  I have also heard that some 3-D filaments can be sanded to remove the lines. The gloss black undercoat used by many when put on a little heavily can also help. I've used Tamiya gloss black spray from a rattle can with good results. As mentioned above, Alclad sprayed at as low a pressure as you can get away with,  very thin mist type coats, and at multiple angles is the key to success. You may wish to try a gloss gray enamel instead of black to reduce the "dark" tone of the "chrome". Hope this helps!