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MartinGTE

1/20 MPC '71 Ford Econoline Van

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Thanks to Greg (GLMFAA1) willing to part with one of his Econolines, I got a complete set to rebuild my Shorty '69.

Starting with this:

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via intermediate cutting with a hot stanley knife (using a 'creme brulee burner'!

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(Roof needed to be cut exactly half-way as the van is tapered front to back...)

to get it shortened to the 105" Shorty wheelbase (1:1)....

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More to follow!

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Final goal is to get it to resemble my '69 Shorty Chateau Club Wagon:

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Great to see what you got and what you are going to have, Glad to be assist. This is what I like about car modelers lots of sharing and caring

greg

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NIce cut!! I would love to see how this one turns out. I have a red 1970. I will probably do mine in Red and White.

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... Glad to be assist. This is what I like about car modelers lots of sharing and caring

greg

Really appreciated Greg!! Always interesting to buy online & see what you get afterwards... :) Defenitely 100% satisfied; Especially with the extra '69 side-markers & grill!

Will share the proceedings offcourse!

NIce cut!! I would love to see how this one turns out. I have a red 1970. I will probably do mine in Red and White.

If you're going to shorten it too, I would suggest an even smaller blade for 'more difficult' areas.

You do need to push quite a bit & my thicker blade did not brake.

Making the blade 'red hot' seemed to work well, but you need to cut quite fast. Failure of speed will start melting the material too much....

Now need to find out how to put the 2 parts together.

Used some preliminary Ductape ducttape.gif on the inside...

Was thinking of filling the outside first with small layer of glue & then smoothening it with some polyester putty.

Any other suggestions MORE then welcom...

Thanks!

Martin

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nice build!! :)

btw, are you Dutch and posted the 1:1 van a time ago on amerikaanseautopagina? :D

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nice build!! :)

btw, are you Dutch and posted the 1:1 van a time ago on amerikaanseautopagina? :D

Double 'JA'! :)

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Anyone have a copy of the directions? I purchased a 1970 1/20 MPC ambulance version a while back, but the directions were so deteriorated, they kept falling apart any time they were handled. Any help would be appreciated! I would like to build my Squad's rig. Thanks!
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David

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Double 'JA'! :)

hahaha I knew the real van pic looks familiar to me. :D

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Anyone have a copy of the directions? I purchased a 1970 1/20 MPC ambulance version a while back, but the directions were so deteriorated, they kept falling apart any time they were handled. Any help would be appreciated! I would like to build my Squad's rig. Thanks!

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David

Great picture!!

I have the '71 manual; will scan it & post it here.

Martin

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Shortening the chassis...

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adjusting here/there...

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Some nails as reinforcement....

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Fits underneath!

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'Some' smoothing/filling/painting to be done!

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Found myself some Milliput; great stuff. 2 way Epoxy. You can use it with some water to make it more flexible.

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filling... sanding....

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And some grounding-spray from Revell, to see where some more work needs to be done...

Not bad for first layer!

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Roof lines matching up 100%!

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niceee! need to start the G20 project i got from my friend Jonathan. :)

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Rode from LA to WV twice in Dad's 70 Econline Club Wagon.....it was the long WB.......good vehcle...will watch your build!

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I saw they released the High Jacker version of this. I would like to get one ,but I have to many kits now.

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Martin,

First off, thanks for the instructions! They will be printed out and put with the kit! Got a "few" projects to finish up first... Making GREAT progress! Great job on the body conversion!

David

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Nice job! Keep it coming!

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Very cool build.
I have a 69 econoline shorty too!

Cool! Saw you're on econolines.ipbhost.com too; best place for 1:1 Ford vans!!

Meanwhile on the workbench... 3rd spray; the milliput still shines through it...

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I must warn you of miliput...it takes for ever to stop shrinking. Though you only used minimal amounts, so you may be safe.

The van looks great! I wish I could find one to accompany the mobeus 67-72 f100

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Great effort on the cut and shut, loving watching this come together. It looks great.

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I must warn you of miliput...it takes for ever to stop shrinking. Though you only used minimal amounts, so you may be safe.

The van looks great! I wish I could find one to accompany the mobeus 67-72 f100

There is a 1/25 version of this van out now in resin. It was mastered by Tom Elifrit and is being cast by Motor City Resin Casters. Very nice kit!

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Thanks for that, Ben! I'm going to order one real soon!

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