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      Board Status   07/20/2018

      I'm scheduling a maintenance window tonight starting at 9PM Pacific Daylight time. Might be down for a while, so you west coasters should plan on building something tonight. 
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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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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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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