1/24 Leyland DAF DROPS with King Trailer
Posted 26 December 2007 - 02:17 AM
Working on a mainly Scratchbuilt construction of a truck and trailer combination I used to drive with the Territorial Army.
Home made resin HIAB Multilift hoak loader system was cast in a mould formed from gun applied silicon mastic in a plasticene mold box. Masters were carved from balsa wood
Rear twin driven axles and leaf springs use altered set from a heavy duty Merc rig
Resin cab is from KFS (plasticard attempt maid prior to KFS cab going into production)
Wheels also KFS with alterations
Test fit of truck
Combination will have a scale length of 700mm approx
Side locker construction
Correcting first attempt at hook arm using plasticard
Hope you like. More pics to follow soon as build has progressed since.
Seasons greatings to all on here and I hope to browse round all the variou threads in time.
Posted 26 December 2007 - 11:12 PM
You just know it's gotta be serious scratchbuilding when you see the micrometer on the work bench! That's pretty impressive work there, too - I don't know a lot about trucks, but it's looking like a lot of work. What percentage of this would be cannabalised from other kits?
Cheers from NZ
Posted 27 December 2007 - 01:01 AM
It is hard to say what amount of cannabilisation of kits I will get away with
Look over the plans and pick an area
Hunt the Spares box to see what fits or is close
Go in a huff when can't find
Look at aftermarket companies for something to fit or close
Go in a huff when can't find it or is too expensive
Try to scratch it
Go in a huff when I ain't got a clue how the hell to start it.
Ask how on these sites
Posted 27 December 2007 - 01:17 AM
Altering the resin cab
Drilling out the cupola with a stepped drill bit
Cupola cover and ring is from a milk carton (was a perfect diameter)
Got to get rid of remainder of civvy roof vent
Got to replicate the corrugated roof sections around cupola by scribing and scraping.
Tape to protect surrounding areas
Taking time here was worth it as cab roof looks good
Weapons mount brackets
Side lockers needed to be cut out of cab for storage of ratchet straps
Dry fit to check progress of work
Hope you like
All the best
Posted 27 December 2007 - 02:24 AM
I adjusted the wooden jig I used to make the truck chassis by widening the rail width
Nails were used to hold the two end rails where the iso locks are located
Turntable ring from fire ladder kit used for dolly axle turntable
Towing hitch formed from plastic tube heated and flatened then sanded and drilled
Hitch rotates freely on internal pin to allow truck and trailer to take on rough ground
Dolly axle, hitch triangle and hitch itself all will rotate freely giving ability to pose model on rough terrain dio (hopefully rear axle of truck model will also allow a high degree of articulation to be posed)
Trailer spare wheel hanger
Front end of trailer
Rear of trailer
As it stands for now
Hope you like
Posted 27 December 2007 - 11:49 PM
It is great to build something with a connection. Are you still in the Army and are you with RLC? I am still lacking some detail pics and construction information. Would you be in a position to assist? I am also trying to build 1/24 Bedford MK's and possibly TM much later. Any info you might be able to find again would be greatly appreciated.
I am trying to find chassis and GS body dimension and componant drawings to scale to scratchbuild from.
Hope to hear from ya
Posted 28 December 2007 - 10:29 AM
Excellent build. May I suggest you contact Peter White, editor of Truck Model World magazine, I'm sure he'd find it interesting. Incidentally, I noticed you used the slewing ring from the Turntable Ladder kit to use as a basis for the dolly on the trailer, what are you doing with the rest of the parts rom the kit?
Posted 30 December 2007 - 01:01 AM
This is a blog I started on a Bedford MK build I hope to have running parallel with the DROPS.
Running into a bit of a brick wall on drawings and dimensions to get a start on it though. Early days, and I have put a few more feelers out for detailing.
Having driven them, would you have any such info or pics?
Glad you like
Posted 02 January 2008 - 11:59 AM
I am sure some really great resin maker has got the vehicle lined up for production in 1/35, but being in resin it will probably cost heaps. My first model that I collected of the DROPS in 1/50 die-cast is by Smith Autos and cost me a wacking 120 pounds way back in 1991.
The resin cab for the 1/24 scale is 65 pounds. It was a must have but it was as heavy in the pocket as the amount of resin. Shame this process is so expensive. It is a lovely vehicle and the KFS parts are nicely detailed and easily worked on for these wee conversion tweeks.
Bloody hell great work ..shame there isn't a kit of this one in 35 scale
Posted 11 January 2008 - 01:50 AM
I found these at a craft shop and wondered what you think of them for use as the NATO towing pintle for the DROPS?
They are used for necklasses and the like but to my mind have a reasonable resemblance to the pintles. It looks like it would be easy enough to secure them to the chassis using the ring and might allow it to pivot if shown towing a fixed eyelet trailer. The advantage of allowing the pintle to be opened and closed instead of having to make a cut in a plastic version. I know I would never get a plastic hinge to work at that scale.
I have still to get the sizes of the real pintles to scale it down but I know these come in a few sizes.
What do you think?
Posted 15 January 2008 - 09:09 PM
Found an unusual source for the first leaf of spring by straightening out a 'u' shaped strip of metal that last saw action in my wifes bra that dug in too much (to my wife,,,,,,,,,,,,,not me I hasten to add). She's not got my size!!!!!!!
The additional layers of plastic strip made up the 7 leafs on each
I decided to drill out the centre rear of the resin hubs to insert plastic tubes that will in turn insert directly into the axles so that I can spray the model with the resin wheels off as they will hang heavy on the axle and spring hangers
I had to build up the height of the rear axle sring hangers as per the real trailer using plasticard (laminated and glued to give me the thickness I needed as I had no plasticard thick enough)
These will be glued onto the axles and will have a plate and "U" bolts added
Posted 18 January 2008 - 12:46 PM
Had a peak at the KFS site you mentioned, I'd be happy to see the Alvis Stalwart kit go into production. I was a lucky boy and got to drive one as part of my 21st birthday pressie
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