JeroenS Posted May 20, 2020 Share Posted May 20, 2020 Hi all, it's been a good while since I've posted anything, but for a good reason. I joined up for the Nordic GB and had a blast building a Volvo F12 with a Swedish touch. This build needs a bit of background though. As you may (or may not) know I've been building quite a few 1/35 scale trucks lately. I'm enjoying that scale so I thought I'd do something similar for the Nordic GB. There are no 1/35 Volvo's but Heller has a couple of them in 1/32 scale. Seemed like a good idea to me! Fair warning: this post is photo heavy This is the kit: Looks pretty good, right? It does, actually... douze points for the box art. So the story begins... A story, by the way, that turned out to last 4 months and 18 pages of build! The first time I opened the box to start the build, I noticed 2 major things. One, the logs are actually provided. And two, and this was a bit of a letdown, the kit turned out to be a snap-tite! There's no mention of it on the box and I certainly wouldn't have bought it if it had been. However, in that case I would have missed out on a fun build! Somehow I think this is not the reason why Heller chose to ignore this little fact. Some examples of what's in the box. One piece chassis. "Engine". Front axle assembly. Leaf springs? Where? Cab. This part is pretty good! Notice the moulded on side panels however. Lots of moulded on detail at the back. But, letdown again, a Globetrotter roof... nothing at all like the box art. I like that low roof! It took me all of 5 minutes to put the chassis together. Some crude detail there as well. Mudguards pass the test however, they're not bad. So now what?? Well, I like a challenge so I decided to get out my stash of white plastic and get to work! I'd always wanted to build my own chassis. And I thought I would see how much I could improve on the kit. Off went the high roof. And the cab detail. I got medieval on the engine. Fuel tank... phew... The mudguards escaped annihilation. And some of the other parts as well. Early on in the build I also decided to ditch the trailer. Here's a photo of it before it went missing. Again, crude and it seems only half finished. Fast forward a few months and here are some "after" shots. Chassis. Not many kit parts used up to now... Some detail shots. Engine. A lot of time went into this one! With yellow paint on. Nordic theme, remember? Some parts were kept and improved upon. The wheels are rather nice as well. Together with the cab exterior the highlight of the kit I'd say. The tyres are hard plastic of course, not unusual in this scale. This puppy needed some talking to but it came round in the end. The very basic interior was upgraded with some flatpack furniture. Driver gave up his comfy bed for this. Doorcards were added as well. Cab received some nice side panels. OK so here we are, after 4 months of almost continous building. I've had a load of fun with this kit and I learned a great deal in the process. You can literally put this kit together OOB in an hour. If you paint it nicely, and look at it from some distance it will not look that bad either because the key components are pretty good and the bad ones (engine, mainly) are invisible forever. However, as you can see there's a whole lot that you can do with it. Because of its shape, the cab can be scratched as well, leaving only the need for a set of wheels. Just skip the kit altogether. But, it will make a nice gift for young or novice builders who've never built a truck model before and wish to have a go. Right. If you can spare a week here's the whole build: And if you're still here, here are some pics of the finished product! I'm sure the colour combination will look familiar to all of you. It's the first time I made pictures with a photo backdrop by the way, I like it a lot but need to play with it some more. It's a photo of a barn in my area which I've made myself (the photo, not the barn) and had printed on A3 paper. I also made a concrete/ tarmac base. Full album here. I hope you've enjoyed it, I certainly have. I love how the little truck turned out and will certainly take a lot of experience with me to current and future builds. Thanks for watching! 26 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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