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Chariots of Fire

Class 325 Chevy/Maxim fire truck

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14 minutes ago, DRIPTROIT 71 said:

Frame is looking great!

Attachment points for springs have been added since the photo above was taken.  Waiting to go to the LHS on Tuesday to get my stock for making the springs.  Then we can set the axles and begin the wheel hubs etc.

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Nice frame work Charlie!!! Man wish I had half of your talent!!!

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1 hour ago, DrKerry said:

Nice frame work Charlie!!! Man wish I had half of your talent!!!

Who says you don't??:)  What kind of model work do you find most satisfying and rewarding?

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3 hours ago, Chariots of Fire said:

Who says you don't??:)  What kind of model work do you find most satisfying and rewarding?

Kustom’s mainly and short track race cars. I just mean the work you do in frame work and body work is awesome!! Along with other members of the board!!

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The build is coming along nicely ! It's always a pleasure to watch your work go from a photo to planning into a finished model , it's very inspiring to a modeler like myself trying to push skills and getting out of my comfort zone!  

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Here are the parts so far.  Tires, wheels, hubs and trim rings are all resin castings.  So is the hood and hood sides.  Just finished up the two rear spring clusters last nite.  Now to get them detailed and with some ends that can be attached to the frame!

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Your work is Awesome!!

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Got some more work done on springs yesterday and today.  Here are some pics of the latest .

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Springs are individual 1/64" x 18" brass strips soldered at the ends.  Brass tubing soldered to each end and then cut off.  1/16" tubing temporarily holds the springs in place.  Eventually the tubing will be cut off for final assembly.

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A couple more pix of work in progress.  The rear axle is up temporarily on the rear springs.  U-bolts and plates are in place.  They will be permanently attached after the frame is painted.  Still some minor adjusting to do.  Tolerances between tires, springs and U-bolts are quite small so a shave here or there will make a big difference in the long run.

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The front axle has to be cut to put the pumpkin off center.  Then the hubs can be made up for front steering.

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This is coming along very nicely! 

The more I watch your builds the more I think I'm going to give brass a try!

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Wow! That looks Great!!

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Great progress 

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Front and rear axles are now done.  Last things will be tie rod and tie rod ends, steering arm, etc. before attachment to the frame.  A slight issue with the frame not being quite level with the ground but that will be addressed by adjusting the shims between axles and springs.

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Here's a mockup of the frame and cab with the newly created grill guard.  All soldered brass.

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As always, Charlie, your builds are not only off the top of the scale, but they are very inspirational. You inspired me to try that old Galion roller I did, though nowhere near what you do, it sure was WAY out of my comfort zone. Can't wait to see more on this awesome build. keep it comin'!

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Ditto ! The soldering work is awesome to watch 

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A true work of art just like all of your projects Charlie!!!! Love what you do!!!

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The frame is now finished and has been primed with etching primer.  Will photograph it when the paint dries.  In the meantime here is the frame with all of the details.  Gas tank is also done and has been primed.  Still have the mounting straps to make.  The driveshaft hanging in mid air will go to the transmission when the engine gets mounted.  Since these photos were taken I relocated the front of the rear driveshaft to a slightly lower position so I could get the gas tank in place.  It looks better also not being on quite an angle.  The Universal joints are from Shapeways and are 3D printed.  They will show up better in the photo of the primed frame.

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And here is what it looks like in paint.  Frame was coated with etching primer and then sprayed with Model Master Olive Drab.  Tires and wheels are now mounted on the hubs but both can still be removed by backing out the screws at the hub centers.  Eventually hub caps will hide them.  The engine is also mounted and a gas tank is in place.  Fuel filler will be added after the cab is located.

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Impressive work as always! I enjoy watching you create these works of art Charles, you make it look so easy

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I got started on the fenders for the rig last night.  That is a block of Renshape on the right in the photo.  Beside it is a fender blank cut out using a paper template that was created from photos of the real fender profile.  It was trimmed to rough shape on a disc sander.  The finished right fender is to the left.  Now the challenge is to make the left fender from the blank look like the right one!:rolleyes:

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Wow!! That looks incredible!!

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Here are the results of casting the front fenders.  The two originals are in the mold box ready for pouring the mold rubber.

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And here is the first pop from the mold.  They are a bit sticky which makes me think the mixing of the two part resin was not up to par.  So I will mix up another batch and try again.  I'll leave them in the mold overnight to be sure they have fully set and cured before pulling them out again.

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Amazing details Charles.. Your imagination is unbelievable

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Charles - what resin are you using for your parts ? I ve used alumilite for quite a few  but it tends to set too fast for making parts like your doing .

Your work is incredible 

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