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2 hours ago, gotnitro? said:

fantastic work, always enjoy your skills w brass.  looking forward to you starting on the wrecker body

I hope you have a lot of patience, Jeff!  Got a long way to go.  But I did get one fender shaped and sort of put in position.  Not final yet as I think it needs to move forward a tiny bit.  And a notch needs to be cut out next to the radiator.  

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They came out ok.  The side sections need to be cut to follow the fender contours.  I marked the right side for reference but before doing the cutting I need to be sure the fenders are where they belong.  Here's a look at the latest work.  The windshield is built and a basic frame for the soft top is at the back of the cab.

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Got some paint on the fenders and frame.  Headlights and guards have been installed along with marker lights and blackout light.  The winch is now in place and wrapped with mylar coated wire for the cable.  The cable will have a chain and hook.  Glad hands have been painted; yellow for rear, red for front.  the cab is in primer and awaiting the final fit of the hood sections.

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Progress continues.  Just a lot to do to get the details down.  Bit the bullet and did some painting.  Got the hood louvers done and went to work on the windshield wipers.  got them done although I should have darkened the blades first.  Wiper arms will get OD color.  Started work in the cab interior with making up the dashboard.

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Concentrating on the cab interior the last couple of days.  The dashboard is done and made up using common pins, gage decals and small beads.  The steering wheel was converted from an AMT wheel using bent brass wire.  The horn button has a Ross insignia in the middle.  Treadplate is on the floor of the cab but is hard to see.  The windshield is done except for the two clamps that hold it in the upright position.

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A few more details done inside the cab.  Handbrake lever, transfer case lever and power takeoff levers are installed.  Steering wheel, accelerator, brake and clutch pedals are in.  I found two M-1 rifles in the stash and they were painted up, placed in scabbards and mounted.  Inside door handles are added also.  That's a carbon tet extinguisher sitting on the seat.  It needs to be finished and mounted on the cab wall next to the driver's seat.

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4 hours ago, DRIPTROIT 71 said:

I am speechless!! This thing is beyond Amazing!! It looks perfect! Top notch work!!

Welllll,.... not quite.  I worked yesterday on the compartment and step for the right side of the cab.  Got it all done, glued it in position only to find that it is the wrong shape for the open cab version of the truck!  So it will have to come off and get revised.  😆

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The step and compartment came off without too much of a struggle.  There was some rebuilding to do but it's back on the truck where it belongs.  In the meantime the fuel tank and step for the other side was done and has been installed.  Also I found a good looking GI gas can in my stash but it needed some tweaking in order to be cast.  I need several for this build.  A mold was made and castings started.  After the castings set all I have to do is add the three handles and a cap.  Some paint and highlighting it all it takes to set if off.  And the batteries were made for the compartment on the right.

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Wow, Charles!!! What amazing build roud here!

I like the way you make louvers on hood! Nice touch!

The only minor thing I see is distance between steering wheel and door way. It seems that driver should Squeeze through to get in and out the cab.

I guess the tent can be done in down position.

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Work continues.  The hubs have been added to each wheel.  The body has been started and I did some experimenting with facial tissue for the top.  The kind I tried is too coarse and does not look good.  I found some fine tissue that will work much better and I need to find a way to get the side curtains to the right place and then cover them with the top.  50/50 white glue and water were used to "paint" the tissue.  Once it hardens the top stay in shape and can actually be removed.  Another detail will be the rear view mirrors.  They will be turned from aluminum rod so that the faces can be polished.  Then the backs can be painted OD and the arm and mounting brackets done.  The "Press and Seal I used to cover the truck while doing the top I found makes a very nice rear window; just like the real one.177.thumb.JPG.b72a18aec24db89719688d86dc896347.JPG178.JPG.d361d1d0650a6dd9a1c544ae6079dc25.JPG179.JPG.b69ffa529e69e9730bac1d1073f1606f.JPG can be polished.  Then the backs can be painted OD and the arm and mounting brackets done.

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