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McNab

1/32 scale AEC 3 ton Y type lorry

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Hi everyone. Now that I am able to make that flickr thing work (famous last words) I would like to present another completed build to you. Namely, an AEC lorry as wot is described in the title, like. 🙂 

 

It is a conversion from the Airfix LGOC bus. I saw a photo of a real one (the truck not the bus) and thought hmm that should be possible and probably quite fun to attempt. So off I went. The first photo shows the real thing (obviously) :

 

 

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which is, we have to agree, a beautiful restoration. 

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So to cut a longish story short, here is the truck as seen through my eyes:

 

AEC 3 tonne truck

 

AEC 3 tonne truck

 

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Now, even though I had the photo of the truck right in front of my nose, I did manage to miss a key feature. Namely that the sides of the engine covers slope outwards toward the bottom. But as I was so far down the road regards the build I didn't bother to correct it. Of course, there are other things like lights that are home made design rather than true copies of the existing. Probably due to laziness? Mm, yes, probably. No seriously, I try to use a bit of imagination and build something that I think looks right. If not correct ! 🙂 

 

and yes before anyone says anything, bolts and rivets are missing.

 

And yes, it isn't weathered as yet - I am loath to do so as I quite like it's 'parade ground' look as it is right now.

 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it. 

 

Thanks

Andrew

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Incidentally, this model was built back in early 2018 only about 6 months after I took up modelling again. Since then, I have learned much about modelling, and also how many amazing detail scale items are now on the market! Had I known about injection molded rivets and bolts back then…. mind you, it's never too late to add to it, is it? :D I do like to try and fabricate my own bits and pieces most of the time, but I draw the line at rivets. Das Abteilung was very helpful in pointing me in the right direction for such things. 

 

Cheers

Andrew

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That's fantastic!

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8 minutes ago, McNab said:

but I draw the line at rivets.

Rivets are easy - when you know how. I learnt this from another member.

 

I eventually found gluing the riveted panels on wasn't the best way, so I ended up doing this.

 

I think your model looks great as it is.

 

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17 minutes ago, Gorby said:

Rivets are easy - when you know how. I learnt this from another member.

 

I eventually found gluing the riveted panels on wasn't the best way, so I ended up doing this.

 

I think your model looks great as it is.

 

Hi Gorby, I have been watching your scratch build thread with interest, but, as a newbie, I have spent most of the time lurking in the background. Nothing like a bit of a lurk of an evening. I tried your method but was not happy with the result, so I ended up buying some after being pointed in the right direction by the ever helpful 'Das Abteilung' and started by drilling out holes for the rivet stems then thought no bulwarks to this, so I just cut the heads off and glued them in place with thin glue (solvent really?) fine tweezers, and compulsory tongue between teeth to aid concentration. see result here: 

ok, looking at it scale wise they may be too big but I also have to be able to see what I'm doing! 

Cheers

Andrew

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I didn't realise the Seabrook truck was yours - that's also excellent.

 

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3 minutes ago, Gorby said:

I didn't realise the Seabrook truck was yours - that's also excellent.

 

Thank you Gorby, I really enjoyed building it. Was finished about end of last year. Well, finished except for ammo belts, figures, etc etc :D Figures are a new area for me and I am hesitant to get involved…, but I do think it needs a figure or two.

 

 

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Nicely done & well laden. 

 

Pete

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That's a lovely conversion job, and I agree, it looks great in its clean, unweathered state.

 

Andy:cat:

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That's a lovely model, and I agree too that it looks good in its parade ground finish - very nice indeed! And there's nothing new under the sun - the wheels on the wife's Focus are a very similar design to the rear wheels on the truck. And they're a swine to clean properly!

 

I've got a 'thing' for making rivets somewhere (my model room is in the process of a 'makeover' at the moment so don't know where) - it's just a steel plate with domed holes in it into which you press heated kit sprue (or runner for the pedantic) and it works quite well. I should imagine it would be easy enough to make your own should you desire.

 

Anyway, cracking truck! :thumbsup:

 

Keith

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I know it's not normal, but I thought a couple of snaps to show the build may be useful or interesting? Here goes, if Flickr lets me :

 

 

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Hope you enjoy them. Cheers.

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Nice pics - those 'naked' mudguards look fantastic! Very neat metalwork!

 

Keith

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2 hours ago, keefr22 said:

Nice pics - those 'naked' mudguards look fantastic! Very neat metalwork!

 

Keith

Thank you, Keith :) I use the Albion Alloys brass sheet; very malleable and they are formed by sort of bending the sheet between fingers and thumbs very slowly with a stroking motion (steady!) until the desired curve is reached. Really very simple. I used the plastic kit guards as a template for the curved ends. 

 

Cheers

Andrew

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First class conversion Andrew beautifully done,great work.

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Excellent conversion and some great scratch building. Yes, I like the parade ground look too.

 

John.

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