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1/16 GMC General/Chevy Bison update 46 major pieces set in place, sleeping cheap, overall pix

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Super work so far! I am watching closely to see how you do the emblems..............sounds like it MAY be something that I might try, as long as the magnification is high enough to see it! This build is very instructional in the ways that you get a piece made with ZERO kit parts available.Thank you!

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  Looks like you are well on your way> Too nailing this one. Looks good !

 

 

 

  Be Well

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Thank you all for your very kind and encouraging remarks.  They mean a great deal.:)

First attempt on the side emblems are underway. I stumbled across what can only be called metal duct tape. It has a near chrome like appearance and is quite thick. An HVAC installer gave me a left over on a roll and is good stuff. It is almost like heavy duty aluminum foil with a VERY sticky back. It is made by 3M and might be in hardware stores though I have not looked. It is being used for intake and exhaust clamps.

Anyway, like tin foil, it can be easily made to have some texture with a toothpick or a mechanical pencil. In experimenting I stuck some on a strip of very thin plastic and free handed it. Once reasonably close, I then went over the low spots with black paint and allowed it to dry. A dental pick afterwards easily scratches off any excess. Trying to replicate ANY font style will take many many attempts to get right and one “goof” on the impression stage means scrapping it and starting all over. You will get an idea of the process with the grossly over-sized first attempt at a bison in the pix. This technique was used on the hood ornament and suffices. While FAR from perfect, it has the desired effect, passes the arms length rule, and cost virtually nothing other than a bit of time. The solder blob idea for the side bisons is yet to be tried. If this does not pan out, I will go that route and post the results.

Headlamps have been applied. The only power source laying around was a weak 9V battery so they are dim. If anyone has a little HO scale train set transformer laying around, feel free to send it my way!. These bulbs are rated for 12v and want at least 10V and plenty of milliamps going through them to look right. The roof marker lamps and tail lamps are 1.5V. Plans are to hooked them in series so a common power source and just 2 wires can be used for everything. The uprights in the grille still need to be blacked out which will help “Chevyfy” it. While the grille remains stationary when the hood is tilted in the real world, that was going to introduce far too many assembly and alignment problems. Since there is no PTO or other junk up front to worry about, a bit of liberty was taken. Turn signals will be underway as soon as some deep orange transparent plastic or perhaps glass is found at the grocery store, Dollar General or ????. The steering wheel is nearly finished with a CD drive doo dad mentioned earlier as the spokes and baling wire wrapped around a paint bottle for the rim having good potential.

Peace.

 

PS - still welcoming (low cost) suggestions for OEM style muffler shields and seats.  Any ideas anyone?

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Apologies for the dust and horrible photographs but just wanted to do a brief update.  Steering wheel is done and is next to go in.  I might try whiddling seats out of balsa or ????? though matching two exactly will not be easy.  The cab and hood are still "loose" but mounts have been put in place and the hood hinges applied with room for some final adjustment. 

If you look closely you will see a chunk of coat hanger running visible through the access holes in the bumper.  The hood is easy to apply and remove.  It results in a bit more gap between the fenders and bumper than desired but is durable and adjustable.  The drop on the KW frame rails has made this little part far more of a challenge than anticipated.

The front bumper is a bit large and lower than the real thing.  At some point it will be redone as I have lost the ability to install a set of Perlux fog lights due to the hood hinge.   I will take the blame for the oversize due tor bad measuring and put the remainder once again on KW's frame rails with the "drop"  in them though in truth it is my "oops" for not calculating for this a year ago. Now it is coming back to bite me.  Oh well.  Rome was not built in a day and "rework" on some things was necessary.

Hopefully the next post will have the cab roof, wipers, luberfiner, hood side emblems and turn signals applied.  It will definitely be dusted off and photographed outside if nothing else.

Peace.

 

 

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  That is looking pretty good from where I sit ! great job on it thus far !

 

 

 

  Be Well

   Gator

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Getting closer.  It is still a loose fit at this point but the sleeper is roughed in. The CD cases worked well for the front and back walls.

The luggage compartment will hold the batteries and (hopefully) a sound chip.  Plans are for the speaker to go on the underside of the cab floor,  The search is still on for a smoke generator that (hopefully) will also fit under the cab floor.  It will be a "single stacker" not only for fuel tank/battery box configuration I chose early on but in an effort to only need one smoke generator.

Maybe the next post will have it "done" but it is going to take time as all these little bits and pieces seem to take the greatest amount of time.

The single biggest and most visible OOPS remains the mismeasure due to the front frame drop early on.  As a result the front bumper winds up sitting about 6" too low but there is no way to really "fix" it now.  I might go and "shave" a few scale inches off the bottom of it but that is a battle for another day.

Peace. 

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Back from the dead.    Sleeper had to get a whole "redo".  What's the saying "measure twice/cut once?"  Well, I was way off.    Anyway, here is the new one.  I still botched it as it is about 1/4 inch too tall but it will do.  Looks better and doors came out a lot cleaner.  In keeping with penny budget, the interior is the epitome of sleep cheap.  The mattress is the dense foam used to stuff flowers into a vase. It makes a nice texture and is easy to shape.  Upholstery otherwise is painted sandpaper, painted duct tape and painted used plastic plates.  Prime, then black, then red  (thin).  I apply awash with highly diluted black watercolor. It gives it a nice "sheen" but not too much, pulls out some detail, and has that "oxblood leather" type appearance common in the day.  Detail doesn't show good in pix but it is all ribbed and actually not bad.  The pillow is one of those tiny bags of absorbent found inside aspirin bottles. 

The front wall of the sleeper interior is still to do, trim on luggage door to finish and still have to go back and paint the "vent"  but using a piece of long stiff wire as a single hinge pin, can easily apply/remove doors.

Trying to fabricate seats is going to be tricky but the sandpaper and duct tape might work if I can get it to stick to the flower foam.  We shall see.  

Otherwise, grille surround, grille, bumper, and hood have been redone/repainted in hopes some Molotowe chrome one day.

Darn black paint and flash....dust.  The paint job is clean.

 

Peace

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Glad to see this one back on the work bench! Looking great!

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While  everything is just resting in place or taped in, its enough to provide an overall view. 

Lots still to do but its getting there.   Grille was redone (about the 10th time) and finally satisfied with it.  It will remain stationary with the radiator when the hood tilts.

I knew that drop frame from the KW was going to bite me and did all I could to raise the bumper and have it and the grille sized right.  The grill is still too tall and bumper too low but attacking that was beyond my pay grade.   Ah, the cost of compromise!

Tanks look way too big without the steps (and are) but are just hanging on by the straps over the frame rails.  The search goes on for lug nut covers one size smaller.

Peace

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Man....This bad boy is coming along, for sure....Amazing work....I haven't been looking much, these days....Awesome to find you still hard at work on this and crushing it...Great work....

Keep it going, Bro....

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