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WIP: 3D 1953 Studebaker pickup + MPC 1984 GMC 4WD

My first 3D printed body project, built on a donor kit that Hobby Lobby sells.  It was recently announced in a Facebook group, for some reason I had to build it because I've been into old pickups (own a '68 Chevy C-10, had a '48 5 Window last century).  The donor kit needed a bunch of work to look right.  The body was designed to be a Pro Street, so the bed is extensively modified to look original.  Hood was opened, is hinged using 100 year old fusee watch chain.  Interior is 99% scratch-built, did not modify the VW Bus steering wheel.  Made the leaf springs, steering column connected to steering linkage, disk brakes, gas tank, mudflaps, exhaust and shocks are modified.  The book by AK Interactive 'Extreme Weathering' inspired the paint job, it's actually easier and faster than doing a shiny paint finish which is always a challenge for me, and it hides mistakes.  When wet-sanding for the process of polishing paint, and you go through the paint it's a disaster, here it's a reward.  Started Feb. 26, 195 hours later, barely finished before the Desert Scale Classic show!

















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7 hours ago, oldnslow said:

now that's just cool , nice job 👍

Thank you!

5 hours ago, Chirps said:

Very nicely done.  Love the weathering and the tiny in-cab details.  Also cool to see a seldom used subject like a Studebaker pick-up!

Thank you!

3 hours ago, Ace-Garageguy said:

Yup, but "cool" doesn't begin to describe how cool this thing really is. I want one.  :D

I know right?  Thank you.

2 hours ago, Classicgas said:

Me too. Stock of course 😁

Thanks.  You can be the first to build one. 😁

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THANK YOU everyone!

Well, the pickup class was better attended than many other classes, and there were some very good builds, that have very good shiny paintjobs, so I didn't medal.  But I did enter 6, and got 3, so I have no reason to complain.


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Oh, still getting comments....

On 4/19/2023 at 6:25 PM, DRIPTROIT 71 said:

Very cool build!! Excellent work!

Thank you!

13 hours ago, ChrisR said:

Looks great!

Appreciate that!

10 hours ago, slusher said:

Fantastic build Kurt!!

Much appreciated.

I have added mud underneath, regular Model Master with tile grout mixed in.

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