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64 Dodge D100 Pickup: 4 year project Completed


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Hello Everyone!

Done, Terminé, Completado, Abgeschlossen !!!

It's over guys, after 4 years on my bench, I can now say that this adventure is over.  For all of you who have followed this build from the beginning, I cannot express how grateful and honored I am to have received your feedback and support.  Since the beginning of this long project, I have met an incredible number of passionate people here, learned many new techniques and found an inexhaustible source of advice from all the talented modellers on this forum.  I can only wish long life to this forum and this wonderful hobby !
With this build, my first goal was to reproduce in Styrene the body and the interior as close as possible to the original based on pictures and references found on the internet.  The mechanics and chassis components are pure fantasy and some technical aspects have been addressed and modified with the help of comments from friends more knowledgeable than me on the subject.
This unlikely truck is a mix of everything I love, that sixties body style, a big healthy engine, a flashy color and wide tires.
The real connoisseurs will probably find a lot of technical flaws, but it's just a hobby that allows me to satisfy my search for precision and to make my brain work during my too short moments of free time, obligations and responsibilities of life come first !
Now it's time to clean my bench and think about my next project.  It will be strange for me to not see this thing on my workspace anymore but it's high time to move on.
This is a good time to get it over with as summer is not my most productive season with all the maintenance work that the summer season brings, it will give me time to find motivation and choose the next subject as they are rather long on my workspace.

Thanks, Francis

For anyone who is not familiar with this project and would be curious to know more about the construction steps, you can find the WIP thread here :

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7 minutes ago, Ian McLaren said:

Francis you have raised the bar to new heights.  I'm going to spend hours just looking at these photos, so much to see.  I am in awe of your talents my friend.

Thanks again Ian !

I must say that I am quite happy with the final product.  There are some things I would do differently today, but I'm going to leave it as is, I see it as room for improvement on my next adventure because as they say, there is always room for improvement! 😉

Francis

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Amazing level of detail throughout. I also agree with everyone else about having to study the pictures to take in all of the fine details. 

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Another league of craftsmanship, can understand the 4 years wasn't just thinking about it.  This is what is called a hero project, super build.  I would be happy to just build hood hinges that nice.

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Hi Francis!

Well, my friend, I've seen most of your previous car "in the flesh", but this has to be your Magnum Opus. 

Congratulations, Bravo, Félicitations... and I'll be back later with more translated terms. Can't wait to see it in person this fall, and to hold it! I'm certain it must be of respectable weight, with all the metal work that went in! 

Enjoy your summer, you deserved it!

CT 

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My friend, it was a pleasure to watch this come together, over these past few years. These might be my favorite pickups--these '60s Dodges. You nailed it, sir! Thanks for sharing your experience with us. It's been informative and entertaining. Your work has also inspired me to stick my toes in the water, so to speak, with my mill. Thank you, for that. Very well done, Francis! I'm looking forward to seeing what's next on your workbench!

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Hi Francis.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! I hope to see it in person some day. I think the whole is even greater then the sum of all the parts. Everything fits. So impressive.

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22 hours ago, James2 said:

World class build, very nice job sticking with it for so long. One question.

Now that it's complete, what would you have done differently?

Thanks James !

The most difficult part of the build was to recreate the body of course and my stubbornness to use as little putty as possible gave me many headaches with the finish.  I also used a rather simplistic method for the door hinges and I would definitely do something more realistic if I had to do them again, this will be something I will approach differently on my next project.

Francis

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18 hours ago, espo said:

Amazing level of detail throughout. I also agree with everyone else about having to study the pictures to take in all of the fine details. 

Thanks David !

This is the curious part, when I look at some of my models after a while in my shelf, I often find details that I didn't remember making, I guess it's kind of called aging or is it doing too much...? 🤔

Francis

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15 hours ago, Toys4Don2 said:

Looks absolutely amazing, top, bottom, inside and out!!!  Level of detail is off the charts. 

Thanks Don !

The pictures don't do it justice, but I'm very happy to have managed to get him across the finish line.

Francis

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15 hours ago, 89AKurt said:

Another league of craftsmanship, can understand the 4 years wasn't just thinking about it.  This is what is called a hero project, super build.  I would be happy to just build hood hinges that nice.

Thanks Kurt !

The hood hinges are certainly something I'm very proud of, my first set of working hinges and not the last if the project I plan to do requires them.

Francis

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