"A Grave Service" kitmash hearse project for Halloween - WIP and Finished


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I've started this project with intent to finish by Halloween this month.

I already had the M113 built up and painted. It was an older build and was tired of looking at it so I wanted to do something else with it.

The Vanpire kit I had in the stash but I knew I wouldn't ever build it.

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I cut 1 wheel section of the lower hull of the M113 to make it shorter. An easy task on the bandsaw.

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While helping me figure out the best configuration and fit, Mr. Mohinga got tired and decided to take a nap.

thanks for looking

Edited by Edward Gore

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I cut off another wheel section from the lower hull to shorten it. Chopped some rear door frame off then flipped it around.

I set the upper hull cab on top and it fits better this way.

Some kit parts were cut to fit over the rear wheel wells.

The bottom floor part from the Vanpire kit was cut and trimmed to fit into the upper hull cab but glued onto the lower hull part.

thanks for looking

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Very Interesting!!!

B)

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Very cool project. l really like your model buddy....

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Thanks for the comments fellas !

Progress continues because I still need to get paint on this little dude.

I decided to make it a grave digger as well. A hearse/digger vehicle. The digger will be a cable operated shovel mounted in front of a similar design to this one:

http://www.hcea.net/Default.aspx?pageId=1493429&id=10109172&dh=184&cppr=3

The parts were cut from the chassis of the Vanpire.

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1) I drew a template to assemble the parts onto.

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2) a steel square was set down and the parts glued together

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3) the shovel bucket was modified from the front seat part with additional bits for the hinges etc.

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4) dry fit assembly of the shovel system. The pulley for shovel articulation was made from one of the wheels of the casket trailer.

This part was chucked into my drill driver and turned with a small round file to get that round channel for the cable (following pictures)

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I was pretty stoked the way it worked out.

Thanks for looking

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I like where this is going. B)

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Thanks, Chuck

Current configuration:

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The tracks were too long , so I cut 19 'links' out.
Then used a stapler to connect the loop.
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This should be fun to watch! Good concept.

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This is cool.

G

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Thanks for lookin in guys.

A view of the quick and dirty dash board - front seat controls area. Some parts are from the M113 kit and other stuff is scratch built.

Before Paint...

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Edited by Edward Gore

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The build up is complete except the cables. The glass is safely in the box.

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In sub-assemblies for painting but what color(s) :unsure:

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thanks for looking

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Great Halloween Build!

Real Nice Work Edward... B)

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This thing is gonna be awesome...I can see it already!

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In sub-assemblies for painting but what color(s) :unsure:

How about High Gloss Camouflage!!!! :D

Looking good by the way!!

Edited by mustang1989

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Very cool!

Edited by Bigjeff

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Ira, BluePopsicle, mustang1989, Bigjeff > Thanks for the compliments Fellas !

- "Gloss Camo", Haha !

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Ira, BluePopsicle, mustang1989, Bigjeff > Thanks for the compliments Fellas !

- "Gloss Camo", Haha !

I got a laugh out of it myself but hey, it fits!! lol

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yup, I went with a gloss black with subtle weathering

Finished !

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Happy Halloween, Samhain and thanks for looking

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You definitely get an "A" for creativeness on this one. The curtains give a nice effect as does the worn black finish. Us ex-field artillery folks wouldn't have a problem being transported to gravesite in something like this instead of a Cadillac! Good job Edward!

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Really different. I like it, good job :D

Mark

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Where'd you get the idea for this anyways? Just curious.

Edited by mustang1989

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Very cool!!!! Both project and your helper!!!

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Wow. You have streamlined the process of burial. Throw the coffin in the back. Drag it to the gaveyard, dig hole and plant.

Or this could be a grave robber.

Either way, i like it

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Love it!

G

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