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Dodge WC51, firefighting vehicle, 1/72nd scale...Italeri from the C-119 kit


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I am pretty sure this build thread can live here, if not, please tell me and help me move it.

 

This is the Dodge WC51 kit that is supplied with the Italeri C-119 Flying Boxcar kit in 1/72nd scale.  I am sure that this kit, or others like it, have been built before so maybe mine will be a bit different.  I would to build mine as a surplus-post-war fire fighting vehicle, similar to those seen in national parks, etc...There is no box art for this, but I did find this nifty photo:

 

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Now, wouldn't that be fun?  Of course it will mean scratch-building the pumps and hoses and all that stuff, but I think it might make for a neat little vehicle model.  

 

Here are some sprue shots.  I have already primed it...

 

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And some resin additions that might be useful...ok, maybe not the barrels...😁

 

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What say ye?

 

--John

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I have dug in...the chassis is awfully nice but with ver small ejector marks that need a light sanding.  At this point I have added the leaf springs, the fuel tank, and part of the transmission.  I felt is was best to let it dry up before adding the rest of the drive train, etc...Nice detail, imho.

 

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So I decided to tackle the wheel/tire halves.  More ejector marks but thankfully they will be on the inside of the tire, and not visible.  Still, a bit of cleaning was required.

 

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And they are together.  The odd looking one is the spare.  Once again, nice detail.

 

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That's it for tonight!

 

--John

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I wonder John, if this coronavirus has pushed you over the edge into building such tiny vehicles, first the UAZ, now this. I can only watch in amazement.. 

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8 hours ago, Terry1954 said:

all sorts hang out here

Indeed!   

 

I am currently having problems logging 'reactions'...it says I am full up.  I can post, but nothing else.  I have posted  a thread in the 'Problems other than Modelling'  section...

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Almost finished with the chassis.  I will paint it and weather it and then add the exhaust, which is a nice rusty colour.  14 pieces in this component.  And some of the build/design is weird.  The two pieces of the front bumper do not fit into anything.  They are just glued on the front pieces of the frame.  Weird.

 

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This is the rear bed.  Persnickety assembly.  Like a little puzzle.  But it works.

 

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Front hood and front fenders...Also persnickety and touchy.  

 

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--John

 

 

 

 

 

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With the chassis fully assembled and set-up, I have given it a coat of my special Truck Underside paint (Natural Steel and Smoke).  When it is dry I will dry-brush a very light earth colour to simulate the coating of road dust almost all vehicles attract.

 

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Here's something fun...the winch that will be mounted on the front bumper.

 

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And assembled...yes, I made the error of not wrapping some line around the spindle to simulate cable.  I'll have to do it the hard way...

 

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--John

 

 

 

 

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How to scratch build a pumper for the truck...Evergreen and eyeball...ok, I also used a ruler.

 

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It's a box.  It is a bit too tall so I will cut it down a bit.  

 

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The reel and hose.  More Evergreen.  Tube for the reel, rod for the hose.  CA to make it all stick.

 

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I almost forgot the cable on the winch.  In the end I had to disassemble the winch and then I wrapped monofilament around it with some CA.  I'll give it a Steel coating today.  

 

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--John

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Headlamps are on...

 

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In regards to the hose reels, pumper...Here is the pump with the reel supports attached.  It is not the final incarnation of this unit.

 

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In the back.  At this point I noticed that the whole structure was too high and the pump block needed to be shorted another 3-4 mm...

 

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So I did that very carefully.  Here it is with a dry run of the hose reels attached.  I'm pretty happy with this.

 

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And here is a dry fit of the vehicle and the pump, etc...I had to engage in a fair amount of fettling to get the front cab of the Dodge to fit.  I am probably doing it wrong.

Oh well...that's what paint is for, right? 😆  Sorry for the dust.  Evergreen filings...

 

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--John

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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