Hi fellow model builders,
over the summer I built a couple of 1/25 trucks and have another underway. I've built a few of these type trucks in the past, and finally think I have a system in place - this is relevant because the trucks are largely scratch built. I keep the body from a kit, and if available, the cab tub and firewall.
Below you'll see one truck that's built following these criteria, which in real life is called a "trophy" truck. The first picture shows a prototype, followed by my version - using an oldish Chevy body (early/mid 90's).
The next project, just for fun, is a 1970 Ford F100 4x4 I built into a chase truck. It received a utility body, 4" lift kit, dual shocks up front, and a cantilever rear end. The bar out the rear is for storing multiple spare tires.
Finally, you'll see the current project - I couldn't believe it!! I found a 1/25 scale, nice quality, plastic model of a 2016 Chevy! So, yes, i decided I needed one more trophy truck!
This is the prototype:
The rear ends on these have lots of travel - are generally a four link with panhards, shocks and coilovers. And with some paint:
Next up, the chase truck:
And with some (mediocre!!) paint:
And now, the current project - first pic shows the 2016 out of the box, and the chase truck...don't worry, it gets changed:
the yellow tape is my guide for cutting the cab down. As this truck model has no interior or engine/trans, I needed to make one - just to get going:
And below is where it sits as of this morning:
Now that I've built a few of these, I have gotten better with the front suspension - it steers, but does not go up an down. Just getting the spindles to look right, steer, and fit to convincing control arms has taken me a few builds to get resolved. It't hardly perfect, but I like it more now than on the last few.
The last few show the body work - and yes, more putty needed - photos do show the flaws nicely - lol - and you can see a bit more of the cab cage -
I'm waiting for a rear axle - ordered a resin one from BNA, which is pretty far from me!
thanks for having a look