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  1. It all started with me buying a Volvo B11 fire truck from Editions Atlas. It is from a 1/72 fire truck collection they had. It has a die cast cab while the rest is plastic. I had an idea that I could convert it in to a LV94 truck so I let the saw loose. First the cab was shortened. I had problems getting the new rear wall of plastic car to sticking to the metal. Next was to cut the chassis and add some plastic to get it longer. It doesn't look pretty. A cargo bed had to be scratch built. A wooden gasifier from an ACE model Renault was donated by a fellow modeller. It will be a civilian truck that was pressed in to military service so it will be more colourful than the usual military vehicles. I had to move the steering wheel to the left in the cab. While planning for this build I noticed the First To Fight had a Fiat 621 truck and I was curious if they were present in Sweden. While looking into that I just got a feeling that I was looking at an old Scania Vabis. Comparing data of the Fiat and Scania showed them to be very close in size so I thought that I should try to convert it. But when I got the kits and started to look into the Scania I became confused. The nose looked shorter on most of the pictures but reading more I found that there were a four and six cylinder truck so that was why some pictures were off. So I started on the six cylinder Scania Vabis 324 as the nose in the kit looked as it had the right length. I found a picture of a truck with a slightly larger cab so I moved the rear wall back further. The door will be smaller so the rear line was filled. I looked at some of the surviving trucks and most of them had a 3700 or 3800 mm wheel base and I opted on the longer one for this build, the front axle had to be moved so I rebuilt the front of the chassis. This will not be an exact model, more of a "look a like" I find the FTF plastic to be very soft and since there is no top of the window frame one door had been bent. The other kit will be a Scania Vabis 325. It was the four cylinder truck so I had to shorten the nose. I choose a different way to alter the chassis in the front. The front axle had to be moved on this one as well. I will keep the cab without any big changes. As I will build this with the shorter chassis I can use the cargo bed as well.¨ When I looked closer to the trucks I realized that the front fenders needed to be converted. I got the basic shape on the front fenders done. I thought that it would be a minor job turning a Fiat in to a Scania Vabis but it was more work than expected. I needed to see if any more putty was needed so some painting was done, as expected more putty are needed. Some wood gasifier parts has been scratch built. While in a truck spree I decided to to do another one. I wanted an Opel Blitz with a wood gasifier so I opted for a kit from MAC. It will also be a civilian truck pressed in to military service, so I needed another cab for it. An old Esci wreck will be stripped of paint ad adapted to this kit. This one will be green. Some debris got stuck in the paint so I need to repaint the cab. I think I will paint the wheels black instead.
  2. The new impact rules from 1974 in USA destroyed the looks of many early 70's cars while other disappeared from the market. Like the Volvo 1800 that the Saint drove. The SAAB Sonett got the ugly large bumpers in 1973 but only survived one more year after that. I'm glad that mine is a 1972 model. Mercedes is another who didn't gain in the look from the new bumpers. I missed that Aoshima made an MGB and looking forward to follow this build (even with those rubber bumpers )
  3. That was one thing that was complained about when the Dragon kit came out. I think that there were something about the engine deck as well.
  4. I started a search in Google for the length of the D.VI and almost all results said it to be around 6,23 m, then I found one that gave a different answer. The 9 cyl 120 hpOberusel II powered plane were 5,78 m long and the 11 cyl 145 hp Oberusel III were 6,23 m long. I found this strange so I had a closer look at the drawing on Wikipedia as it claims to be an original one. When I enlarged it the fuzzy letters said: "145 ps Le Rhône (Oberusel)" so this confirms what you said that the prototype was longer. It is funny that so many sources say Oberusel II and 6,23 m long. It is a bit like the common knowledge that the red colour on Italian race cars comes from the winning Itala in the 1907 Peking-Paris race. They say that the Itala was red so Italy choose red for their national race colour to celebrate this. I nice story but the car was grey. Now that I don't need to add to the length of the fuselage I should have enough parts left from my Fokker V.8 build to build a D.VI
  5. Interesting. Where did you find this information? Edit. I now noticed that you already answered this in your original post.
  6. I don't know what to think. Roden claims that the length of the Dr.I was 5,77m and the D.VI was 5,78m There are drawings on Wikipedia that say 5,77m for the Dr.I and 6,23m for the D.VI I have an old booklet called Fokker fighters of world war 1 that say about the D.VI: "By welding an extra bay into the steel tube fuselage aft of the cockpit, yo lengthen it by some 40 cm. (1 ft 4 in.)" A build of the Roden 1/32 D.VI on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WWIinPlastic/photos/?tab=album&album_id=970271626446170) say that it need to be lengthen in the front as the D.VI had two wing spars compared with the single spar on the Dr.1 but he gives different measurements: "We know the overall length of the Fok. Dr.I with the UR.II rotary was 5770mm. The Fokker D.VI length with the UR.II rotary is 5900mm. That is a difference of 130mm in full size." https://www.militaer-wissen.de/fokker-d-vi/?lang=en give the length for the D.VI as 6,23 meters So I guess that Roden took a shortcut with their D.VI using the Dr.1 parts but where the extra length were placed is somewhat unclear.
  7. Yes that's right. They were orange. I have another High-Plane kit in the stash. I'm not sure if I dare to look at it. But even if they need some extra work they seem to look OK in the end.
  8. You are doing a great job on this. I built a Swedish Mk.II and had forgot how bad it look on the sprues. Looking forward to see it finished.
  9. Looking at the Roden instructions of the D.VI and the Dr.I makes me wonder if they used the Dr.i fuselage for both kits. Wouldn't it make the D.VI to short?
  10. Have you seen this: https://trucksplanet.com/photo/aec/mammoth_major_mk3_3671/mammoth_major_mk3_3671_k1.pdf https://trucksplanet.com/photo/aec/mammoth_major_mk3_3671/mammoth_major_mk3_3671_k760.pdf I don't know anything about the Mammoth so I don't know if it is the right types. No drawings but some photos. Other AEC types are also available https://trucksplanet.com/catalog/index.php?id=29
  11. I'm not sure that it will work. I looked at kit instructions for those planes and the clear parts of the plane turrets don't bend inward at the bottom like the ship turrets seem to do.. Here are some links to the instructions: Rescue launch: https://www.super-hobby.se/products/RAF-AIr-Sea-Rescue-Launch.html Whitley: https://www.super-hobby.se/products/Armstrong-Whitworth-Whitley-Mk.V.html Oxford: https://www.super-hobby.se/products/Airspeed-Oxford-Mk.I-with-turret.html Anson: https://www.super-hobby.se/products/Avro-Anson-Mk.I-GROUPE-ARTOIS.html But it probably it is a better option than no clear parts at all.
  12. The Matchbox Viggen wasn't the prototype. They did the production attack version an later modified it to the two seat trainer. Airfix did the prototype an so was the Frog/Hasegawa kit. I think that many prototypes and development planes has been kitted to be first with a new model.
  13. The old Revell Draken has the short tail, short air intakes and flat canopy while the version Revell gave decals for have long tail, long air intakes and a blown canopy. Haegawa Viggen is the early prototype with different shape of the air intakes and lack the hump on the spine and miss the sawtooth wings. Very visible if you know the planes. I know nothing about the F-18 or Rafale so I would not know that the kits were wrong unless I read reviews of the kits. I guess this is why the kit companies continue doing this.
  14. I wouldn't be surprised since Hasegawa has been selling their #1 Viggen prototype as several production machines. Revell did the same with their ancient Draken kit. The Italeri Gripen A has been sold as a Gripen C so it has been done before and it will happen again.
  15. It took me almost thirty years before I thought about it.
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