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Custom Pierce Enforcer 1750 pumper

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Been working on the interior panels for the sides of the cab.  Pierce MFG has some great photos of the interiors of their apparatus.  And you can do a virtual walk around of the entire inside with just a move of the mouse.  It's been a blessing to pick up on some of the details that will go into the model.  Using that information here is where we are with the interior panels.  I used some brushed aluminum for the lower panels, painted the rest with a gray primer and then used a black felt marker to darken in the edges of window openings.  The same will be done with the exterior window openings on the cab.  Clear sheet stock will be locked in place between the sides of the cab and the interior panels. 

The Trumpeter kit has door latches that were meant for the outside but they nearly are the exact match for the ones that are used on the inside of the Pierce.  The outside ones will have to be made special as they are a unique feature not like any other door handles.  The aluminum panels are held in place with CA behind but to be sure they don't come apart (aluminum does not really like CA for the long haul) they have been pinned at each corner.  Pins were glued from the back, cut off and the ends sanded smooth with the back of the plastic panel.

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Still to be made in the two panels are holes for the door latches and some window cranks.  The yellow bands represent the reflective safety striping for visibility when the doors are open.  The pull handles are made from the same soft bright aluminum wire as the window cranks.  They are bent "z" shaped and then the ends are squeezed to flatten them out.  Holes are drilled in each end and through the aluminum panels and plastic backing sheet.  As with the other parts,, they are pinned and glued in from behind and then filed smooth.

 

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Great project and well executed on this classic truck! Love it!

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Got a little painting done on the cab.  Duplicolor #398 bright red.  Since the photo was taken the windshield has been outlined in black.  Working on the headlight bezels now.  Got to get the compressor out to do them in Alclad II.

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