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Since this is a vehicle as opposed to an aircraft, I figured I should put this here. A brief backround. This is a Freightliner  FL60 with a Crew Chief RV body. This truck is what's called a toter. This one pulls the Take Me Home Huey around the U.S. here's the link to the build of the Huey. On the first page is a link to the Huey's story or just look up https://lighthorselegacy.org/

https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235032875-124-uh-1d-huey-conversion-take-me-home-huey/&page=3

The truck's cab is resin from Plaskit in Quebec. The frame will be the single axle Revell fire truck frame. I'm using this one because the actual truck does have rear air suspension. and it's a parts frame. I do want to add the front axle and springs from the AMT Ford Louisville. The RV body(or sleeper I guess) is being scratchbuilt. The floor is .080 and the walls are .060. The corner tubing is Strip styrene 234 11.1mm (7/16")

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The red portions are from a Revell sleeper air deflector. The cab was grafted to the sleeper as precisely as I could, then the rear wall was cut out. A lot of fich plates to hold the two floors together to so they don't break. The roof will be cut out after more of the top is made. The green sprue or runner is just there to support the roof for now.

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Nice, I'll be watching this one!

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11 hours ago, JeroenS said:

Nice, I'll be watching this one!

thanks.

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Here I added some bits to the roof to sides area. The red airfoil parts did fit nice until the glue sat and went it's own way. Now I have to add the fillers on the side front areas. The area between the front wall and the airfoil is strips of plastic glued together, Wood could've worked to.

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Here's the roof roughed in, some bodywork done. Now the fun part, sling some mud on it and make it look good. Took about ten hours to make the roof parts. The walls are 0.060 and the horizontal parts are all 0.040. The strips between the cab roof and rv roof are 2.5 mm square strips. I had to bevel the center one to help make the curve. At the tops of the cab's doors, there's a poiny rounded shape, hard to see in these pictures. I made those from the front tips of an 1/72 S-3A fuel tank. The curved sheet behind it was supposed to go there but would hold the curve. Make sure to scratch up any gluing surfaces or it will fall apart, didn't happen yet but it did before. It's just sitting on the frame. The front suspension won't be put on till everything else is lined up on the frame. This is to make sure the wheelbase is exact since I have no measurements.

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Here's the inside view showing all the structure that was added. I want to make the body so it's separate from the floor like a regular kit to make it easier for painting. The tape on the sides is to protect the walls when I'm sanding the filler since I already scribed out the windows.

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Major body work done. The shapes on the roof are made from stretched sprue then carefully puttied up. It's just decorative. Also made the washroom vent on top.

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Here's the start of the air conditioner.

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Here's the start of the rear body and the mostly carved out a/c unit. The sheeting on the body is all 0.060" sheet. Wanted to have strength and no warping, plus be easy to cut. Lots of eyeballing. The plans I drew myself from various photos online of Crew Chief bodies. I do everything on paper to scale first. 

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I cut out the deck from flat sheet, then added the diamond plate. I should have left the rear longer because I wanted the rear panel to tuck underneath it for a better finish. Had to carefully add the little bit to make up the difference. Made up stairs the same and covered them in diamond plate. I had to also move the right side tail light opening over a little. The top corners are round tubing cut into about a quarter, not easy to do. 7.9 mm stock I think. Lay the tube in a piece of angle, hold it and start scribing and cutting slowly is what I did, even on the edge of your bench can work.

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The bottom side. Still lots of measuring. Measure once, cut twice. The wheel well openings were left until after the major body was made. I had to for some reason, realign the diff on one side by 1 mm. The fender flares are 2.5 mm 1/4 round carefully messaged into a round shape then glued on and left a bit long. They were trimmed off later.

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Here's the putty mostly flung on. Holes for the lights cut out. I made trim rings for the lights from aluminum tubing. I heard of a trick used for dash guages. You take an aluminum tube the size you want. make sure the end is square, polish it to the finish you want. Bevel and round the edge as you want, finish it in fine sandpaper then repolish the edge. Carefully cut the tube in a mitre box, you can leave it a bit long so you can handle it. Drill the hole so it's snug and slip it in to the depth you want. Fill it with epoxy, colour it with acrylic paint if you want for lights. I have yet to make up the epoxy but it should work. I'm sure you could put functional lighting in to. The lights will go in after it's all painted. The tops of the wheel wells are small lengths of diamond plate only on the top, glued in from the bottom. The bottom will be 0.020 sheet added after paint work underneath and some extra framing is added to hold them, as well as the storage box on the left side. The S-3 Viking tanks are there to hold the wheel wells level until the glue sets and I make the vertical parts.

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I cut the tail light holes after the panels were installed and crossed my fingers everything went straight. I pre marked and punched the marks before they were put on. The two inner lights are actually close together than the outer one, just by a tiny bit. Don't know why, but the picture I saw show it like this.

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There I was, thinking "It'll just be another truck" - how wrong I was!! This looks lovely so far: can't wait to see how it progresses.

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Wow, this is some serious business!

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8 hours ago, Sabrejet said:

There I was, thinking "It'll just be another truck" - how wrong I was!! This looks lovely so far: can't wait to see how it progresses.

Thanks, I just can't build from the box when it comes to trucks.

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8 hours ago, JeroenS said:

Wow, this is some serious business!

thanks, i get these ideas in my head and have to build them.

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This is very impressive stuff, is it 1/24? I've never heard heard of Plaskit but that moulding looks very nice, does it come with a resin cab interior or is that going to be scratched as well?

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17 hours ago, phildagreek said:

This is very impressive stuff, is it 1/24? I've never heard heard of Plaskit but that moulding looks very nice, does it come with a resin cab interior or is that going to be scratched as well?

It’s 1/25, unfortunately the Huey is 1/24 so there will be a small difference. I hope to blend the two scales somewhat. Plaskit is in Granby Quebec. He has a photobucket page with his stuff. Search Plaskit and ssk him for the link. It does have the full interior, bumper, tanks. Everything except the frame and drivetrain. It’s a beautiful casting.

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