Jump to content
Model Cars Magazine Forum

The Beast...KW winch truck

Recommended Posts

Looks like my eye balls are out of calibration,  guesstimating the frame length was off after the bed was mocked up. Called in the squirrels that love playing with a torch and manned the fire extinguisher...


now everything fits nice and snug..and our furry friends found time to add a hamster wheel on the back  !  Check out those sweet gaps !!! OSHA approved 20200415_135119.thumb.jpg.f909b6d4e85a27107e16045d5992f7a5.jpg20200415_135123.thumb.jpg.3a209b29ce202b9e16715c982e26da2c.jpg

Rough draft of the rear plate , felt like doodling the tail lamps and pintle location...now to weld up the winch tower


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks I appreciate the feedback

I knew the winch tower would be a focal point,  so a few  attempts later the newest squirrel called me over and asked what I thought...20200416_175653.thumb.jpg.b6f3328ddd7bd9f6eaadf239d5ff4854.jpg

Happy with his work I sent him off to lunch , and mocked everything up 



this small broom closet has been crying for something.. after I lower the battery box 20200416_183115.thumb.jpg.ea1d10b8e4cdd9bdd758a2acc6e44721.jpg

Possibly a stack of air tanks w a donage box for timbers , tool box ..gonna play around w a few ideas. A larger box will live in front of the fuel tank 

Thanks for following along 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 hours ago, Hermann Kersten said:

Nice scratch build progress so far.



Thanks it's fun building these heavy trucks 


4 hours ago, Mr mopar said:

Yes real cool looking truck ! where did you get the front Axel from ?

Thanks , my buddy sent it to me yrs ago and never had a project heavy duty enough for it. I'm not sure where he got it 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

8 hours ago, Jim B said:

Not another OOB build?  You going to be ok? ?

Lol I'll probably need to return to work soon..so a fast box shaker isn't a bad idea ..I have a Trumpy kit in mind w a large cannon if I get sidetracked 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Time to fill those huge gaps..I decided to bash together a couple tool boxes.  They scaled out around 36 " boxes , just eyeballed space and guessed what looked cool. 


cut out openings for don mills rectangular slam locks , and added bread tie wire bottom hinges 


test fit mounts to achieve proper distance under deck..3/8 I beam scraps from a lowboy build was tacked on. The fuel tanks received the same 


lastly the broom closet is getting detailed.  Adding a stack of air tanks against the frame , or the brakes wont work..then chatting w Tbill, I'll make a screen basket coming off deck for odd n ends 20200417_191319.thumb.jpg.b7a1591220583dbaea00aa186abece72.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

19 hours ago, Sam I Am said:

You're doin it proud Jeff! 

Thanks Sam !!! It's been fun bringing it back to life and giving it a new look 

Few smalls today , I kept looking at the winch deck and wanted something like a platform the driver could use to access the bed..digging thru spare parts, I found a section of screen...bingo 


The other side also got the basket , and a dunnage rack.  I'll fill w 4x4s after painting...and the squirrels whittle them down...



I mounted the rack a little short , I'm moving the exhaust system to under the cab, and new battery boxes . I'll have another 1/4" space 


Link to comment
Share on other sites

I started the push bar /bumper last night.  Luckily I still had enough solid rod to complete it .  Gonna close in the ends and add supports later . I used a pipe cleaner for bending template for the larger bar. That sucker is 6.8mm rod...yeah heavy duty . 20200418_223955.thumb.jpg.63680177f7e736fc6c1ae6be65014cdc.jpg20200418_224339.thumb.jpg.8a623e417e973c86611d0b5572d12ef1.jpg

The rear mount was square stock I filled w smaller sizes to make a solid bar. I ground the bottom over for a profiled look





Link to comment
Share on other sites

7 hours ago, tbill said:

Looks like it’s ready for business, great looking bumper

Thanks Tom ! I had a few tweaks to make and fabricate a skid plate .. I forgot most of these trucks have a hoop for chains to feed thru . 

I removed the center bar , and cut the top plate open. A scrap piece of square tube looked to scale,  I rounded the end and attached. The ends were closed off , then made the skid plate.20200419_182226.thumb.jpg.0bc8382172b0ac3d245fb1cd1b0ccd12.jpg





the major parts are done , time to add all the small stuff and get into primer ! 

I tried brake fluid to strip the tins , and everything cleaned up decent all but a slight staining..which primer should cover 20200419_123816.thumb.jpg.677d2975adc7ee8df12fe7745f12942c.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The rattle cans were flying yesterday,  grateful to have an indoor spray booth cause it was snowing again  !!! 

Semi gloss black  frame and sunburst yellow tins . Once the colors dry..itll get faded out . 


Edited by gotnitro?
Link to comment
Share on other sites

My first attempt w salt weathering,  and it was surprisingly easy.  I wanted a heavily scuffed winch deck with multi paint layers .

I started w red oxide primer,  stippled water then dried w hair dryer ( thanks Tom for that tip) a few different color coats went over that then brushed off. The randomness showed thru after a couple times.  Heres the results 




I'll add a few scratches once the deck is mounted on the frame which has started to receive some dust buildup 


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...