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29 minutes ago, Bullbasket said:

To say that that cab is "busy", is the understatement of the year. Brilliant work Rich.

 

John.

Seconded! Since my English is poor, I can't find the right words for that, so I have to quote others...

 

Vytautas

 

 

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You guys are just great with the comments.  I'm glad everyone is following along.

 

Hey Guys,

 

  This week was installing the cab into the cab frame.  The actual install was just slipping this into place, but getting everything to squeeze into the cab when putting the roof on was quite a tight fit.

 

  The build for the roof was very simple, and only the interior lamp and the sun visors needed to be built.

 

All I did for the sun visors was a bit of card, wrapped with .05mm styrene rod.

 

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This is turned over and secured into place.  Once the fit was tight I sealed this up with the remaining cab skeleton top, so the roof is sealed inside permanent. 

 

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It is such a tight fit in the cab that photos, are what they are.

 

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All tightened up and ready for some skin.

 

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And it all lives about right here.

 

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The skinning of the cab looks to be a ridiculous sort of affair.  Wrapping around the cab, much like around the radiator vents.  Just crazier.  

 

 That's it for this week.  I had an art commission so not much done.  This week ahead, I will find out if this all is a really bad idea with the skin wrap.  More photos to come.

 

Thanks All.....

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Hey Altogether,

 

  I spent most of this week cutting out the craziest shapes, and getting stressed about fitting these into place.  I bounced around a bit with the skin.  I also worked on the doors.

 

  The crazy shapes to work with........

 

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The doors are doors and not so hard to build.

 

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I made the leather stow bags from brown paper grocery bag soaked in water and PVA glue.

 

I used the rod to hold the shape...

 

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Then I would go back to work on the cab skin and get thing bent into shape, sort of....  I test fit as I go but I think I got things a bit tight.  More struggles ensuing.

 

 

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Then I would go back to the doors.........

 

Making the little latches was about the hardest thing to build for the doors.....

 

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And these live here......

 

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So that's about it for this week.  I'll cut the windows and detail the outside of the doors and continue to wrap the skin.

 

  I might have something in place next time.  Thanks All.......

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Great work as always.

 

Hollow cabs with large windows and lots of interior detail makes for challenging subject matter.

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Another chapter in this master build. Excellent work Rich. Keep it up.

 

John.

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Hey All,

 

  Spring has sprung and modeling has slowed somewhat.  I've been busy working with my Dio and doing yard work.

 

  I have managed to skin the top and back of the cab.  I started with an easy piece to get into shape.  Once I had this portion bent into place it was off to the paint shop.

 

A little more sanding ......

 

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Nice clean paint.....

 

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This lives here....

 

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The color's coming around...

 

I'll be back with more skin next time.  Thanks All.

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19 hours ago, RichO said:

Spring has sprung and modelling has slowed somewhat.

 So I'm not the only one who has to put modelling on hold to go do some gardening then ;)

 

 You must have used hundreds and hundreds of the MC resin bolts on this epic journey of yours.

 

 Matt

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10 minutes ago, Cerberus said:

 So I'm not the only one who has to put modelling on hold to go do some gardening then ;)

 

 You must have used hundreds and hundreds of the MC resin bolts on this epic journey of yours.

 

 Matt

Gardening?  It’s been Baltic here.  Frozen over night so can’t get out to do anything in the garden.  I tried to take a picture of my latest Spitfire in the garden and the wind nearly blew it away before it started tried to snow.  Hardly UK April weather.

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Hey Guys,

 

  Not to much progress this posting, however this was a big step!  I got the nose of the cab built and finally installed.  I still have a bit of work to smooth things out, but, installed and in place.

 

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I have a bit of puttying to do, and sanding, with details for the nose to add, but the cab skin is on.  YA!

 

This is where the build is as of tonight.  The single hardest part of the build is behind me.  I'll report back with whatever is next.

 

Thanks for looking.

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Rich, Impressive work as always. I think the expression for the looks of the cab is 'Homely'. 

Only a Mother could love the design.

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1 hour ago, Pete in Lincs said:

Rich, Impressive work as always. I think the expression for the looks of the cab is 'Homely'. 

Only a Mother could love the design.

Yes, what Pete said. Aesthetics never really figured in Soviet designs.

 

John.

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You have captured the, er, purposeful look very well Rich!  Great work.  I think it is the flat windscreens that give her the brutal look

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Hey guys, thanks for your brutal comments.  Appreciated.

 

Hey All,

 

  Work with the cab continues.  I have done most of the putty work and added most of the out side details.  I still have a load of items to add to the cab, but, light at the end of the tunnel.   I thought about leaving the putty work in the corners as is, just because when fiberglass gets bashed, you have to fill it with bondo putty to repair.

 

  I also started to add the exterior details.

 

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You can see that I still have a lot to do with this. Mirrors, grab handles, door handles........

Still a ways to go before all is finished.

 

All the littles details are quite tedious to work on, so, Back Bumper time.

 

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The back bumper was partially started before the move and storage.  I haven't seen this for a while, so I have to think on where I left off on this build.  You can see tho, the Blast Brace extended......

 

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The Blast Brace retracted.  

 

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I'll do a good once over on this back bumper, get caught up on what's left to do with this, and get it painted and installed.  Also sally forth on the cab details.

 

Thanks All for dropping by.

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Hey Guys,

 

  A quick posting for now.  I have come to the point of moving on from the cab.  I still have a ton of items to be placed on the exterior of the cab, but I do not want to loose or break off all the items that hang off the cab.

 

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As you can see, a ton of things to add.  Antennas, spot lights, mirrors, grab handles........a list of items that are very fragile to build and keep in good order, all the way to the display cabinet.

 

So what I'm going to do, is just move to the rear bumper, and save all the delicate items for the final rendering.

 

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Including, fitting the doors and grates and straps and.........what ever else, when I come back to this.

 

I'm creeping up on the end of the build for the Zill carrier.  I have the rear bumper and then just the missile crane to build, and the truck will be finished.  The launch system is a nightmare I'll deal with afterwards tho.

 

Ill be back with the bumper madness next time.

 

Thanks All.............

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