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GE used to say progress was their most important product.  So we got progress.  But I'm not GE.🤣  Lots of detail stuff going on since the last post.  The body and cab are now secured to the frame and the front bar work has been completed.  It stiffened up a lot with the addition of the braces.  Next will be to start the upper brush bars that will be made of brass rod soldered and pinned together.  Here is the progress so far.

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Absolutely great, also the paint job is of high quality and standard.

I mean this in the most positive way, if you didn't know better, you'd think it's a die-cast model.😎

 

Hermann.

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Continuing on...The top bars have been put together all as one piece so that they could be painted away from the rest of the rig.  Trying to do it while attached and with a brush would be a disaster.  The work was done by first fabricating the parts on the top of the body sides.  As one piece they run forward over the cab and stop just in front of the windshield.  Then the two main bars from the corners of the lower brush bar were added and soldered where the first bars stop.  This gave me a solid beginning to work everything else around.  Solid brass rods were used for all except for the short sections on top of the body which were done with tubing so that a piece of plastic rod could be inserted inside.  The rods were ground down at each end to form a pin that would go into pre-drilled holes.  They helped keep everything in place as the soldering progressed.  After soldering was complete the joints were cleaned up with small files.

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Here is the complete upper bar work standing alone for painting.  After it dried it was re-set using the pins as guides.  Note the plastic rods and pins that go in the drilled holes that are visible on the lower bars.

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With the bar work completed it is now permanently fixed to the model.

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Another fire fighting marvel from the east coast. I hope they were exempt from weight regulations.

How many Federal 174 Beacon Rays did they go through?

Great model Charlie

greg

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Hey, Greg!  I don't know how many beacons.  Actually I haven't added the little bit of protection they put in front and in back of it.  Still got that to go along with a lot of other stuff!

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The cage work is fantastic,  always enjoy your craftsmanship with brass 

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I really enjoyed watching this build. Great work. 

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On 4/5/2020 at 10:24 PM, DRIPTROIT 71 said:

Looks Awesome! Incredible craftsmanship!!

Absolutely! This is the kind of work which makes me wonder what I am doing here. Top flight on all aspects.

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On 6/11/2020 at 6:30 PM, Chariots of Fire said:

Check it out in the finished projects.  Lots more to see than here.

Difficult to imagine seeing more than that... it's a piece of art, period... but I will go to check the Under Glass section just in case...

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