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  1. Hi folks, with the Mystery Machine silliness behind me, time for something a little more serious. Going to stay over here in the truck section. I will start with an apology to Mark (‘70 Grande). He has a really nice build of this kit underway already, which I’m sure if you are reading this you have seen his build. Thanks for sharing your insights Mark!! Mine will be a little different, it will also be VERY different from my usual low, pro street/pro touring type of builds. This will also likely be a slow build, as bench time is limited in spring and summer for me. Enough pre-amble, here we go. The plan is to kit bash the Blazer with parts from the Deserter GMC truck. I haven’t built a 4X4 since I was about 13, roughly 40 years ago! I’m going to try to keep it relatively simple, and not fuss TOO much over details. Having said that, I want a nice looking truck for my shelf. So the last time I built this kit, (about 15 years ago), it looked like this… Here’s a mock up of where I’m heading with this one… (pardon all the tape) As mentioned in Mark’s thread, the tops on these kits are warped. I have a total of 5 of these, 3 already built, this one, and the recently released Jimmy. All had warped tops. For this build, I definitely want the top on, so it will get glued in place. The body will be Hugger orange, a colour that I think looks amazing on 1:1 versions of this truck. I’m tossing around two options for the top: blend it into the body, smooth it out and paint it body colour, or…. paint it flat white and leave the “fibreglass” texture on it. Final decision will come to me as things progress. I’m open to opinions on that of course. The wheels are parts box items that I believe were from a dually Chevy 4X4. I’m 95% decided on the wheels, but I do have another set I like. The tires are from Modelhaus. I bought them a few years back before they retired, I know they are doing tires again so they might be available again. Along with the Deserter parts, there will be some parts box items. I dug up this bush bar, which I believe is from the “Bandit” version of this kit from wayyyyyyy back. I’ll strip the paint and see if it cleans up ok. That version had an awesome full roll cage too. I have started work on the frame and will try to have an update soon. This should be fun! Thanks for taking the time to look, and as always, all comments are welcome. Cheers, Steve
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