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Fuso Super Great Airport Catering Truck 1/24

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Hello everyone,

 

Today i start a new topic what is already on going for a while.

I wanted to come up with a different idea of a model, and I ended up with this version.

The Fuso can only be obtained from Aoshima, 1/35 or the older model in scale 1/24.

For a newer model Fuso, from the 90s or higher, you have to make it yourself if you want it in a 1/24 scale,  because I also think the Fuso is a cool truck, which you see very little in truck modeling land.

In my opinion, an airport catering truck makes it even more special than a regular tractor or straight truck.

With this project i start to show you the construction of the cabin, and will bring this topic to the current state of affairs.

This is the guy we talk about....

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And here i start with the scratch work of the cab.

The whole cabine is build up with double styrene plates of 0,5mm thickness.

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Then with luck, with a modified windscreen from an Actros kit, I can make a suitable windscreen for this Fuso.

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Then make the fender edges, where I chose the small version.

There are 2 sizes, high and low versions, but at this airport catering Fuso's  I see most of the time this smaller version.

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After I filled up and sanded all the small unevenness, i had to make the 3 speed lights in the front of the roof.

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And the start of the flooring plate....

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Ok guys, this was it for today, and the next round we will continue with the chassis.

I hope you will find this again an interesting topic ...... even if it is a Japanese. 😄

 

Hermann.

 

Edited by Hermann Kersten

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Wow!  What an inventive subject.  The Fuso Super Great  (what a name) is non existent in the US.  The largest Fuso in the North America would a be a light medium duty, 25710lb (11662kg) model, which is used for urban deliveries  The square cab definitely makes your scratch building a bit easier.  

There seems to be some common parts with the Mercedes Benz trucks, since Daimler owns both Fuso and Mercedes trucks.

What technique did you use to make the cab logos?

 

Great start!

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Hello guys,

3 hours ago, chuckyr said:

Wow!  What an inventive subject.  The Fuso Super Great  (what a name) is non existent in the US.  The largest Fuso in the North America would a be a light medium duty, 25710lb (11662kg) model, which is used for urban deliveries  The square cab definitely makes your scratch building a bit easier.  

There seems to be some common parts with the Mercedes Benz trucks, since Daimler owns both Fuso and Mercedes trucks.

What technique did you use to make the cab logos?

 

Great start!

This model was not involved with Daimler, but the facelift model was.....and many other brands.

The last Fuso is the New Super Great with a chassis and engine from the Mercedes Benz New Actros and a cabin from Mitsubishi.

The interior is a mix of Mitsubishsi and MB New Actros.

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These fusos are mainly active in Asia and some in Australia.

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The logos are maid by hand and a Acto scalpel and a thin nail file.

Ok guys, today i will make this topic up to date with the other Fuso topics.

With updating it is then easier to do all of this at the same time.

We start with the chassis, what is made out of 0,75mm thick styrene.

With the clamping between brass tubes I let the chassis dry in this way, so that everything stays perfectly straight.

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The rims are 3D printed, because these rims were not available in resin.

You can't sand them, because the roughness runs through the entire material.
Filling with a filler is the only option, normally I prefer resin, because it is easier to process, and is also smooth on delivery.

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Then it is the turn of the air reservoirs and the auxiliary chassis for the scissor mechanism.

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The modification of the rear axle that comes from the FLC kit, and the construction of the shock absorbers and an air block.

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After this the construction of the scissor mechanism itself.
This is fully movable.
Because this Fuso belongs to the CAT-M category, it must be able to reach up to 7 meters.
This is to be able to supply the Boeing 747 to the 2nd deck.
With this model we are talking about a height of 29 cm.
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And a test with the Marmon box.
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Then make the support legs.
With this Fuso, only the front pots are extendable.
This is not the same for all caterers, some have 4 fixed legs, and others have 4 movable support legs.
With these supporting legs that I make, are made with a threaded end, so that these legs have to be turned out.
This rests the entire model on the support legs.
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And the front legs attached the chassis...
 
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And of course the rear.
 
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The next job is to make a hydraulic tank, fuel tank and a cooling unit.
 
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And lastly, making the battery box
 
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And everything in the black color.
 
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Ok gentlemen, now the topic is up to date.
This was it for today and until the next round!
 
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Hermann.
Edited by Hermann Kersten

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Are you employed by a truck servicing company or an airline?

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I'm speechless!!! I build models, you my friend are an artist! Craftsmanship at its best!! Great work!! Looking forward to more!!

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Wow. Looking good!

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This project is leaving me speechless!! Unbelievable scratch building. I keep reviewing the pictures and studying the detail work. 

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Hello everyone.

First of all, I want to thank you all,  both the viewers and responders, for your interest in this project, I appreciate this very much .

To be honest, I am a bit surprised that there is such an enthusiastic response to this Japanese truck.

I was a bit hesitant in the beginning to post it on a US forum, because I thought maybe Americans were not so much interested in Japanese trucks.
So, now you see how a person, like me,  can be so wrong.:lol:

On 10/20/2019 at 3:19 PM, chuckyr said:

Are you employed by a truck servicing company or an airline?

Chucky, 2 answers....no and no.

In my private- and professional life, I have absolutely nothing to do with trucks.

After I built a lot of military and aircraft models, I got stuck in truck modeling, because you have so much freedom in building them.

Before I start, I look for as much information as possible, and there's a lot to be found out there.

After I have collected this info, I will start working on it, and see what I can use in this scale to create a model that is as realistic as possible.

Years ago I made a number of metal models, a nascar 1/10 and a Messerschmitt BF109 1/24, where you can go into great detail.
Now that I work with styrene, which is a very pleasant material for these types of structures, I try to maintain that level of detail of the metal models as much as possible with these truck models,
and see how far I can go with styrene and some times with brass parts so that it remains nice.

 

On 10/20/2019 at 3:27 PM, gotnitro? said:

Amazing fabrication its gorgeous detail

Thank you for your enthusiasm Jeff!

On 10/20/2019 at 4:08 PM, Dave Van said:

Unreal;!!!

Thank you for the compliment Dave.

On 10/20/2019 at 10:50 PM, DRIPTROIT 71 said:

I'm speechless!!! I build models, you my friend are an artist! Craftsmanship at its best!! Great work!! Looking forward to more!!

Thank you for this nice compliment Brian!

On 10/21/2019 at 12:43 AM, Danno said:

Wow. Looking good!

Thank you Danno.

On 10/21/2019 at 12:48 AM, iamsuperdan said:

Very, very impressed so far!

 

Thank you Dan, I do my best to keep it that way.:D

On 10/21/2019 at 8:56 AM, NothingAsFineAsaW9 said:

Artist you are Mr Hermann just amazing work on everything you touch. 

Thank you for your nice compliment Vince.

18 hours ago, Deathgoblin said:

Outstanding scratchbuilding work.  :)

Thank you Brian.

6 hours ago, Modelbuilder Mark said:

Great looking model

Thank you Mark.

3 hours ago, Tesla said:

This project is leaving me speechless!! Unbelievable scratch building. I keep reviewing the pictures and studying the detail work. 

Thank you for the nice compliment Dennis, and I will post as many detail photos as possible. ;)

 

Hermann.

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Hello everyone,

 

Now the Lowliner is finished, it's time to continue with the other projects.

Today i kick off with this one!

Since the cabin was made a few years ago, and I didn't know at that time  it would be a cairport catering truck,  I now had to revise the roof a bit.

This means that i had to cut a hole in the roof and make a roofwindow above the driverseat.

This window is for the driver to see, if he dont touch the cateringbox to the fusalage of the airplane.

The transparent part is from a roof hatch out of an Actros MP1, MP2 or a MP3 kit.

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And a strip on the side of the roof, I'm not really sure what this strip is for, but later there must be a ladder attached on the driver side of the cabin, so I think this is for standing.

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And the start of the front leaf springs of the front axle, the steering pump is from a Actros kit.

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To be continued.

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Hermann

 

Edited by Hermann Kersten

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Hermann, it's not that we are or are not into Japanese trucks,  nobody can deny that you are a master of scratch building.  It's great that you took photos along your way and posted them in order!   

Anyone who wants to scratch build from flat sheet stock needs to review this thread.  A long time ago a fellow named Joe Cavorley told me that you can build anything if you break it down to a series of shapes.  You certainly prove that right!

Build on!

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😎😎😎

Have enjoyed watching your progress.... I must say, you are definitely one of the most TALENTED fabricators I have ever watched!!!!

DJ

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On 10/22/2019 at 7:22 AM, Hermann Kersten said:

Hello everyone.

. . .

To be honest, I am a bit surprised that there is such an enthusiastic response to this Japanese truck.

I was a bit hesitant in the beginning to post it on a US forum, because I thought maybe Americans were not so much interested in Japanese trucks.
So, now you see how a person, like me,  can be so wrong.:lol:

Hermann.

Well Hermann, we have proven you wrong. ;) Personally, I'm interested in all sorts of cars, trucks. bikes, airplanes, ships, etc.  American and foreign. Any miniature model is interesting to me.  But what captivated me here is the documentation of your scratch-building efforts.  Anybody can put together a plastic model kit. It takes a real talent to scratch-build a very detailed, and what looks like accurate, model.  I'm also impressed how you create complex 3D surfaces using simple lamination of flat plastic parts.  Reminds me of paper models I used to build as a kid.

How are you sizing the parts? Do you have blueprints, or just using photographs of the 1:1 truck? 

Amazing job!!

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