Jump to content

Revell 1/25 Mercedes-Benz 1628s #2: Artic Tractor and Low Loader Trailer - FINISHED


Recommended Posts

6 hours ago, busnproplinerfan said:

Good work on the wedge tip, that's sometimes hard to get nice.

Thanks, I actually drew a template this time, for the side pieces. It seems to have worked. I'm hoping to get another ramp just like this one. 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I am working today but needed a bit of a break for sorting some stuff out in my head. Always magically happens when I'm doing something else entirely!

 

I thought I'd document the process of building the second ramp. It looks to have turned out more or less identical to the first, so that's a bonus. 

 

Starting with the cutting of the pieces. Well, that piece on the right was used as it was, lying around doing nothing. 

 

20220916114500-4a96b417-me.jpg

 

This was all cut from .5 mm card which is what I use mostly. Note to self: you're running out! Turns out I still have 3 untouched packs of .25 mm card, which I don't use all that much. I think I may have grabbed the wrong pack last time I was at the LHS. 

 

Anyway, here's the template I mentioned earlier. 

 

20220916114500-633d4942-me.jpg

 

Works well. 

 

20220916114501-a1cfeac6-me.jpg

 

20220916114501-88846268-me.jpg

 

Glue the first side piece. I only use the quick setting extra thin glue so it all goes together quite quickly. I hate having to wait for glue to dry. 

 

20220916114501-e2288896-me.jpg

 

Cut the small bottom piece from the strip which will go on top of the side pieces, it's too long anyway. 

 

20220916114502-fbff527e-me.jpg

 

Glue that in. 

 

20220916114502-886c40de-me.jpg

 

Second side piece. 

 

20220916114459-676ebdab-me.jpg

 

Then the top piece, making sure the inside connection is straight and doesn't overlap (much). The inner sides are less easy to sand. 

 

20220916114459-76eba9df-me.jpg

 

Rinse and repeat for the other side. By the way, I use that plastic triangle a lot more now for scratchbuilding then I ever did in school!

 

20220916114459-0eae66b4-me.jpg

 

Then the large piece for the wedge. Push that on there using lots of TET. I'll cut that to size when the glue has fully set. 

 

20220916114459-637a8101-me.jpg

 

20220916114500-190f84fb-me.jpg

 

Finally, some slivers of .25 mm card, laid across the (tiny, in this case) gaps, doused in TET and mashed in there using the flat side of the knife. The excess will be sanded off, but you need some spare plastic there to get a nice curve. 

 

20220916114500-dca34bb7-me.jpg

 

Now I can finish my real work for the day, then sand all the edges flat. I'll start adding details after that, some crossbars and of course the hydraulic rams, hoses etc. Should be fun! 

 

Looking at the timestamps of the picture files, this took me 40 minutes from beginning to end. The first ramp must have taken a little longer. Not too bad. 

 

  • Like 7
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Both ramps sanded nice and smooth. 

 

20220916215502-f79daf1e-me.jpg

 

Some detail added. 

 

20220916215502-373229cb-me.jpg

 

Now, for the hinges I was thinking along these lines. 

 

20220916215502-969d75c0-me.jpg

 

It should come out like so. 

 

20220916215501-6ad3d7f8-me.jpg

 

They will be static items, but I will use the rod to attach them to the trailer after painting so the gussets (?) will have to be drilled out for the rod to go through. 

 

  • Like 6
Link to comment
Share on other sites

51 minutes ago, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

Interesting approach and Thank you for sharing ? I had assumed it was square tubing you used. 

Thanks Dennis. I have square tubing in 4.8 x 4.8 mm, which I thought wasn't beefy enough. Next size up I have is 9.5 x 9.5 mm which is way too large, they're meant for the 1/16 Peterbilt project. The ramps have 5 x 7 mm "tube". 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Got a little work done this morning, this will be it for today as I have stuff to do, places to be. 

 

I glued in the tube for the ramps yesterday, let that set during the night and sanded the gussets to shape. 

 

20220917121805-2170cb75-me.jpg

 

Then drilled out the card to hold the rod. 

 

20220917121804-853707a3-me.jpg

 

I can now start on the trailer side of things, after which I can make and fit the hydraulic rams. 

 

In the meantime, I put landing legs on the trailer so it can stand freely on its own 🙂 

 

20220917121805-4b160e29-me.jpg

 

The brass rod is temporary until I can think of something nicer. I have something in mind but it will take some careful bending. 

  • Like 7
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Very Impressive, do you have a 1/35 Tank jack in your spares. If you cut it into 1/3-2/3 halves you could mount it on each leg. Run a shaft between the two and add the handle to the larger of the two. Then you have a crank down assembly for the legs

Edited by Corsairfoxfouruncle
  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for the comments people! 

 

More work on the ramps. I'd like to paint them separately so I made something that I can glue to the back of the trailer when painting is done. 

 

20220918115243-dc646938-me.jpg

 

20220918115243-04b87d9a-me.jpg

 

Like so. 

 

20220918115242-2efc5624-me.jpg

 

The whole thing still moves. 

 

20220918115243-3567f331-me.jpg

 

I'm working on the ram now, but I don't know if it will still move after I've attached that. It's tricky to get the angles right. It's probably going to end up glued in upright position. 

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, busnproplinerfan said:

I just know when I make a part that shouldn't work, it ends up working because you make it like the actual part.

True! Luckily, I had some experience with fabricating rams from when I built the HIAB crane last year. This came in really handy today! 

 

So let's see what I did. The top bracket first. I notched a piece of tube first, then glued in a horizontal piece of rod which I drilled so brass rod can go through. Then I made the bracket around it, making sure it can't move in any direction. 

 

20220918205309-046693d4-me.jpg

 

I cut it to size and glued on end plates over the rod. 

 

20220918205310-9d2353ff-me.jpg

 

As long as it's moved carefully this will do. 

 

Creating the bottom piece of the ram. 

 

20220918205310-e686d20c-me.jpg

 

Then starting the brackets for them. 

 

20220918205311-d7e132a1-me.jpg

 

Shaped and drilled. 

 

20220918205311-56086c61-me.jpg

 

After I took the above photo I realized these pieces look kind of funny 🙂 

 

20220918205312-e4368666-me.jpg

 

Anyway, this is what I had in mind. 

 

20220918205312-e8de4b8a-me.jpg

 

That works!

 

20220918205312-0223912b-me.jpg

 

20220918205313-daa4b4ac-me.jpg

 

Here they are, the both of them. The clamps are so that they don't fall off, as I said the ramps will be painted separately. 

 

20220918205313-3be30aec-me.jpg

 

And they can be lowered as well. 

 

20220918205313-f2f063ed-me.jpg

 

It's nice to have some options, maybe for photographic purposes. 

 

Now they need some hydraulic details and a way to connect them to the trailer so they don't accidently fall down. 

 

I'm happy with the progress I made this weekend. I really need to clean the bench and surrounding area now though, there's pieces of styrene everywhere and it's a mess. 

 

 

  • Like 8
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi Jeroen,

 

impressive does not come even close!

Absolutely brilliant!

 

JR.

  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks gents! This part was a little more challenging than the trailer itself which is pretty straightforward. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

To hold these up I figure the rams would do the work, I guess you can always make a door hook type thing. You know the kind that holds outhouse doors closed. I saw something like that on trailers with no rams, saw those about a foot long and along the outside edge of the trailers.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 hours ago, busnproplinerfan said:

My memory hamster came to work today so I had a brain wave.

It does help to have stuff moving around in there every now and then. 

  • Haha 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I didn't have the chance to work on the trailer during the week, but today I've made toolboxes. 

 

20220924174806-f6a61996-me.jpg

 

They'll be mounted between the wheels. 

 

20220924174805-22329de9-me.jpg

 

I've made some kind of rack, or construction, for safety purposes as well, as you can see. 

 

Brackets for the toolboxes. 

 

20220924174806-3fdc6fe7-me.jpg

 

I'll just glue the boxes on after painting them, nothing fancy. 

 

20220924174806-4ca6d063-me.jpg

 

You'll not be seeing much of the trailer's underside anyway. 

 

  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 hours ago, busnproplinerfan said:

Wonder if you put the boxes on with the latches at the top so the doors don't hit you in the head when your crouched down reaching for stuff.

I did put them the wrong way around! I had the trailer on its wheels, then on its back and it got mixed up. They're supposed to be like this, but I put the handle on upside down so that needs fixing. 

 

20220925094348-14137508-me.jpg

 

I think they're OK, with regard to size and fit, but I've also been wondering about the big empty space at the back. 

 

20220925094348-adca7b92-me.jpg

 

So I think I'll move the boxes back. 

 

20220925094348-42725854-me.jpg

 

I'll make mudflaps for the wheels so it's a little busier down there. Maybe the boxes are a little small now, I don't know. I don't really feel like making bigger ones at this point. I'll see how it looks with the mudflaps on. 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I think it looks OK like this. 

 

20220925111121-1be3741d-me.jpg

 

Now, let's see if I can get that latch flipped over without damaging everything. 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • JeroenS changed the title to Revell 1/25 Mercedes-Benz 1628s #2: Artic Tractor and Low Loader Trailer - FINISHED

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...