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American Lafrance Tower Ladder UPDATED 2-14-18

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I decided to share my American Lafrance build here. I've been building a lot of fire trucks for clients but I've decided I'm going to keep this one. I use parts from the Trumpeter pumper kits to flesh out my builds. As a result I have a bunch of left over ALF parts. I decided to use the spares to build a tower ladder. My truck will be similar to this one but not exactly the same.

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I started with a drawing I found on the net that had a great side shot:

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I figured out the wheel base and then stretched the frame:

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The body on this truck is very complicated so I decided to make it in three pieces. I started with the middle section first:

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The raised cab is from Models by Dave

Next I built the front section of the body:

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And finally I built the rear section:

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This truck will have working out riggers, working lights and sound and movable ladder. 

There is a long way to go with this build as I have to build the ladder from scratch. 

Thanks for looking!

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Good looking build, Would like to see more of your work, Isn't it a shame that this company is now gone along with a lot of great badges of the past.

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Ive been thinking of building my first fire truck so Ill be following this one

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Work has been slow on this one but I'm making progress. I started laying out the compartment doors. I had quite a few Trumpeter bodies laying around so I used the doors off of them. Some were shortened to fit the truck.

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This truck will be part of a diorama so I am going to have some of the compartment doors open, I used spare ALF pieces for the compartment interiors.

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I also started on the outriggers. They don't seem to come out far enough so I will probably make them longer. If it's a diorama truck they don't have to go in and out.

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As of right now I'm adding the diamond tread plate to the top of the truck body. I have to add a bit more and then I can prime it.

Thanks for looking!

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Awesome construction work!That's a whole lot of plastic sheet to cut up and join with such precision, congratulations!

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Very impressive scratchbuilding skills here. A great project as well .

 

 

 Be Well

 Gator

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