U.S. NAVY 1955 Chevy Step Side in the Philippines


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This is my current kitmash project in 1/25.

This is a pre-CUCV and pre-MILCOT of a U.S. NAVY '55 Chevy Step Side Task Force Second Series.

The prototype pics are from my dad's film footage when he was enlisted.

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The iSheets indicate location for these exhaust parts, but there are no holes for the pins.

I had to drill hole at 1/16" through the top side of the chassis frame part.

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thanks for looking.... build continues...

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Hooyah!

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Nice topic. I look forward to seeing more of this

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we carried a Dodge MaxiVan to Diego Garcia in 1983... by the time we got there, it was so rusty that the windows fell out of it and the Bo'sun refused to lift it back onboard with the ship's crane..... so, we transferred it to the shore installation. hope they enjoyed it.

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I have GOT to get one of these kits! Looking good!

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Perhaps its a stupid question, but why you need two kits? Where is the different of both? Can you explain it to me? In my view, the Stepside is correct to the pickup in the first picture.

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Perhaps its a stupid question, but why you need two kits? Where is the different of both? Can you explain it to me? In my view, the Stepside is correct to the pickup in the first picture.

The Stepside kit doesn't have the stock engine parts, mainly the intake system, exhaust system, and rocker covers. It also has a dropped front axle and non stock wheels/tires. The Cameo kit provides all the missing stock components.

A tip to pass along about the 1:1 '55-'59 Chevy and GMC trucks, the spare tire carrier that's molded to the frame on the AMT kits is actually a Cameo/Town and County specific part, not used on other trucks. The correct under frame spare tire carrier can be found in the AMT '50 Chevy 3100 or the Revell '64 and '65 Chevy truck kits.

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good info on the spare tire carrier, Longbox55, thanks

Thanks all for looking in and your comments

The interior door handle deatil tooling wasn't satisfactory so new ones were scratch built from parts from a cassette recorder and a disposable lighter.

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Then some work on the seat back detail with filler putty

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Very very nice. I will be watching.

G

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Good job on those door handles, major improvement on what the kit provides.

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Thanks fellas!

progress continues . . .

Painted the chassis flat black for now and cleaned up the flash on all the AMT/ERTL kit parts for assembly of the bed and step side fender parts

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Following this build..nice clean work on the chassis.

And the door handle details ...dang Son !

That's MaGuyver written all over them.

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Thanks for looking in Joker!

I'm jumping around on this build

Careful and extensive online research revealed pictures of what the shifter base plate and auto-tranny cover plate looks like. Then I realized that I'm going to install a floor mat so the hole and any scribed in plate parts will not be seen anyway . . .

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cab floor base plate photos:

floor shifter base plate

cover plate w/o floor shifter

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I'll probably use this piece of styrene or textured paper.

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I also realized this 'unseen' fact regarding the gas tank part as well. . .

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Nice work! Love the scratch built door handles! Need to start scavenging more household items to see what can be used in modeling!

Tim

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very nice work on the chassis and interior!

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Wow very detailed. Nice.. im building one currently as well.

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Thanks for the comments on the detailing !

pancake - is the WIP thread in the 'Workbench' forum? I'll check it out

The rear turn signals needed to be built and installed. These were made with the parts from the this AMT Dodge pickup kit parts 65.

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They are the correct diameter so I used them.

Digging them out of the kit box I notice that they are bad bad, terribly tooled parts as you see below

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I used tube putty to reshape the backs into a shallow dome shape

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Clear lens parts from the spares box were sanded down to an appropriate thickness

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The bracket was an electronics component. The lens looks weird in this picture because they are tacked in place with tac-putty temporarily

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Bolt details were made by slicing hex rod then gluing them in place next to the tailgate hinge on both sides

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This pickup is a small rear window cab version. Work will continue on this . . .

thanks for looking

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Neat project! B)

As detail oriented as you seem to be, I'm sure you're going to correct the sloping door tops on this cab, yes?

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I have the reissue version tooled kit so I don't have to. It's already corrected ;)

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What color will you be using for the overall gray finish?

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Cool build...love the look of those old trucks..

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Thanks fellas.

I don't know what gray that I'll paint it yet. From the prototype pics, it looks like a dirty/dusty gloss Navy gray.

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The more I look at that pic, I'm thinking neutral gray. Use MM Neutral Gray, then gloss coat, or maybe even semi gloss.

Just my 2 cents.

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Good suggestion. There will be some base coat followed by weathering

These are a couple more shots:

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Really nice work on a very interesting subject. Will you weather it to replicate the look in the old pic?

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