Commission Build Firetruck

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Ok, I was tasked with taking a 1000 Series American LaFrance firetruck and making it look like a 700 Series from 1949. So, with that said, here are a few pics of what I've done so far. The first is a picture from the box and the rest are after surgery. I hope to finish this thing up in the next few weeks (at least have it ready for paint anyway).

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This is a pic with the back-end after I hacked out the more modern fender wheels/storage boxes and made it look more like the picture you see standing beside it.

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Since I had a spare kit to work with I glued one up to look like the box and set it beside the other.

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And I had to chop the darn thing plus fabricate headlights to look like the picture I was given. Still got some work to go.

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Once I get 'er done I'll post the pics. Btw, if someone has the old American LaFrance emblem that goes on the front of the cab I could sure use it so I don't have to figure out how to fabricate that :)

Scott Murray

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COOL BUILD

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I want to see that when it's done.

I built one a few years back. It's a big model when completed. Good luck!

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Looking forward to seeing more progress.

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Posted · Report post

Keep up and she'll be a nice one!

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Nice work! The 700 Series La France has many subtle differences than the 1000. I have been trying to adequately sculpt them into a classic 700 Series for some time. No one offers one in 1/25 or 1/24 scale, although Dave "Cargostar" Carey and Tom Coolidge are reportedly working on them. I can't wait til one becomes available, cause these have been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. My hometown ran a '53 into the early '70's.

Edited by hooknladderno1

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The 700 series is notably narrower than the 900/1000 series cab you're converting. The nose needs to be angled and narrowed to be accurate.

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Tom's right. There's nothing subtle about the differences between a 700 and a 900 or Century/1000.

Side by side:

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Edited by Danno

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Yeah...I know about the cab differences but was told by the person who asked me to do this to not do that surgery since I believe the cab on back is narrower as well. The goal is to make it as close as possible with the 1000 Series.

I do like that pic though and will have to swipe that from ya.

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