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@Sergey Your scratch-building skills are beyond kompare!  Kraftsmanship komes from hands on experience with a konuntless number of tools and techniques!! 

I'll be watching over your shoulder, Brother -KK

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  • 3 months later...

Thank you Kit and Bob for your support!

Let's continue!

I decided that it is easier to process panels individually than together. The stiffness is greater. I sanded off the excess plastic on the roof.
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The front side of the roof had to be lifted with putty.
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I'm slowly processing it, but this is not the final yet
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I took care of the sidewalls. I started making stamping lines. The upper one:
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... bottom one
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So - it 's clearer
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Next - putty in the right places, but first - are masks
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Then the most dreary thing for me: putty, sanding, putty, sanding ... :wo_ol:
Thank you for watching!

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Hello, Friends!

It's time to upgrade, after 3.5 months. About the long break a little later.

I have sanded trim lines in the draft version

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Yes, I noticed that gutters run along the upper edges of the roof...

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...decided to reproduce them. Cut "skis" out of brass

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Something like this they could look like:

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And here's the reason for the break: 5 or 6 times I glued the side panels. I was never able to glue them perfectly, and even squeeze a piece of brass between the roof and the sidewall   :( 

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In general, "skiing" has been postponed for now. Then I'll stick it on...from Evergreen.

I took care of the front axle. The donor Ford has a narrower track than the GMC. Front axle with rotary fists is about 64mm, and you need about 80.

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I cut off the plastic axles from the gearbox, replaced them with brass. It's harder.

Drilling the differential was difficult. One half inside is a pipe, but of a smaller diameter than necessary.

 

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The rotary knuckles also had to be drilled to accept the brass pipe. First with drills, and then, at the edges, with an end mill. Yes, the reciprocal parts of the fists were also drilled and cut to accept the brakes. The right one hasn't been cut yet

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I tried on the wheel on the cargo hub. There was a reason to start learning 3D. To begin with, the wheel hubs are the very thing.

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The front of the cabin lacks rigidity. Pasted sheet plastic for now

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Only in the photo I saw that the front of the roof on the left is lower than on the right. I'll have to re-glue it again   :(

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Enjoy watching! 

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Hello, Friends!

There is nothing to show about plastic today, but I will show the first modest experience in 3D modeling.

Front hub

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Many thanks to Mikhail aka Stratos75! He has drawed the cap.

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It was already faster with the rear hub

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I'm slowly getting into progress. I should learn a little more and to may print out something more serious  :dance:

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Hello, Friends!
Let's continue our perversions. :)
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Re-glued the front left upper corner. It became even.
It's time to make the fire wall.
I have finally found a picture of the most "stripped" front wall of a cab
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Started from styrene:
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Next - putty
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The floor is made of "candy" plastic 1.5 mm
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It will be further developed (however, like everything else)
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Molded a plastic pad under the wipers. It's still an intermediate option.
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And I tried on a long-prepared etching
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Enjoy watching! 

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How d'you!

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The working season is over and finally I can get in modeling, my precious!

I remembered that there is such a project where it's time to put something on wheels. I started with axels. Shortened both about 10 millimeters.

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From knitting needles bought earlier, I cut the spindles. The rear one is longer. The rear hubs and brake discs will sit on it.

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And the front ones are very short. Actually, only the hubs and disks fit on them. Here, by the way, is the proof.

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The holes in the brake discs from Plamoz (and, accordingly, in the hubs) are about 2.3 mm, and there were no such spokes in the arsenal. It is obvious that the brakes with wheels will stagger

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However, with the help of adhesive tape, you can glue anything! In this case - electrical tape. One layer was enough.

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I made new steering rods. Ford's one were too large and in wrong place for GMC.

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Finally - test fitting!

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Enjoy watching! Feedback is welcome! :bye:

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Thank you Dennis, Alan and Francis! I try my best! :)

To catch up to yesterday: I soldered and put in a steering link, and also made a blank cover over the clutch. It will also be necessary to process the edges.

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Stay turned!

 

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On 12/2/2022 at 2:34 PM, Sergey said:

Thank you, Anton!

I recently saw your 88' Silwerado. That is beautifull work too!

Thank you Sergey! It‚Äôs almost done now, are making some final adjustments to it now but will be under glass by the end of the week ūüôā¬†

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