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    I model a lot of HO scale vehicles. I haven't been finding the beds on trucks available to be satisfactory so I scratch built these recently.

    This, the Alloy Forms Mack CJ cabover with grain body made of styrene:

    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/strype...e2.jpg&.src=ph

    This is the solid resin cab from Sheepscot Scale with a sided flat bed of styrene:

    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/strype...73.jpg&.src=ph

    This last one is a 56 Chvey LCF from Resin Unlimited with a tanker body made from a cigarette lighter.

    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/strype...a7.jpg&.src=ph


    These are easy projects by using a piece of railcar siding styrene from evergreen for the bed and gluing styrene channel around the perimeter. The sides on the grain truck are styrene corrugated roofing with smaller channels glued to the sides. The stake body is styrene strips with channels glued to the sides. The fire tanker simply needed to have the ends of the lighter closed and make supports for the chassis. An evenings work on each for something you can't really buy anywhere.

    http://public.fotki.com/stryper50/

    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/stryper50/my_photos
    http://modelingin1-87.blogspot.com/

  • #2
    Chester,

    Nice body work! I just bought a few IHC trucks with the same idea in mind. Good project of the upcoming winter evenings.
    Bruce

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    • #3
      Chester and Bruce. I found two beds for ho trucks on the Rusty Rail website, Check it out at http://www.rustyrail.com/TrucksHOScalePage1.htm

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      • #4
        Chester

        Great job! They look fantastic! Slick idea on the lighter, I will have to try that one. I too really like modeling vehicles.

        Ben
        http://gande.net

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        • #5
          Most excellent, Chester! On the second photo, the Sheepscot truck, what is your technique for finishing the solid cab windows? Just black paint?

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          • #6
            Thanks everyone for the nice comments. I use Bare Metal foil on the windshield area of the Sheepscot pieces then I mix a heavy wash of Polyscale oily black to fill in the recessed glass area. Apply drop and let the hydrostatic tension fill in the recess just by pushing it around with a toothpick a little. It seems to take the toy-like look away and gives the right amount of reflection. The BMF also does a better job on the grilles too. I use the oily black straight from the bottle on the side and rear windows however. Here's another example of the wash over BMF.

            http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/strype...e2.jpg&.src=ph
            http://modelingin1-87.blogspot.com/

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            • #7
              Chester

              Nice modeling. Can never have enough trucks on the pike.

              Peter [:-kitty]

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              • #8
                Chester, I think you should make a How to Video on vehicles. You have done just about every type there is. A video would surely be accepted by a wide variety of modelers. Only MHO of course.

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                • #9
                  I'm with you, Bill, I'd buy the video too!

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                  • #10
                    Thanks again guys. I don't know if a video is in the works, I'd have to put my teeth in for too long a time. But I am going to be writing a regular 1/87 column for Toy Trucker Magazine that will include a lot of how-to's sometime after the first of the year. I would like to do some more stuff for the rail mags too. In March I contributed an article for the Model Railroading supplement on 1/87 vehicles that came out well. These were the feature vehicles. Sorry, nothing scratch built here:

                    http://www.1-87vehicles.org/photo293...75_ih_td25.php
                    http://modelingin1-87.blogspot.com/

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                    • #11
                      I'm not a big fan of cast metal and in cleaning up this Alloy Forms Mack CJ, I realize why. But I love the truck and didn't want to do just another highway tractor so it will be a tanker.

                      First I took a cigarette lighter, cut it to length and sanded the sides flat as much as I could and still have plastic left. Then I took a sheet of brass and scored the back, cut to fit and glued it on the lighter with styrene panels to close the ends off. I used .060 x .125 styrene strip and cut the bunks for the tank to sit on the frame of the truck and cut them out to fit the tank. Just a small radius is cut on the ends.

                      http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/strype...e2.jpg&.src=ph

                      http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/strype...e2.jpg&.src=ph

                      http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/strype...e2.jpg&.src=ph

                      I cut walkways out of the same styrene strip but I think I will go with wood.

                      http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/strype...e2.jpg&.src=ph

                      http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/strype...e2.jpg&.src=ph

                      Still a long way to go. I can't wait to shoot some paint on this puppy.

                      http://modelingin1-87.blogspot.com/

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                      • #12
                        Nice work Chester, that is going to look sweet!


                        Ben
                        http://gande.net

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                        • #13
                          I can't wait to see it with paint and those wooden walkways. :up:
                          Bruce

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                          • #14
                            Those are some excellent models, Chester!
                            Mike

                            D&B Lumber Co.

                            "The Best Wood You Ever Saw!"

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                            • #15
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                              Originally posted by Cigarguy


                              Those are some excellent models, Chester!


                              Yes they are! I always enjoy seeing your stuff Chester!

                              CD

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