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Opel Blitz Custom Car Carrier
AussieReg
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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 09:36 PM UTC

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Why when I was a child we had to walk 5 miles to school - Uphill! - BOTH WAYS! Old man's adage!



And barefoot!

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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 11:06 PM UTC
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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 12:17 AM UTC
Carrying on with the bits'n'pieces.

AK Xtreme Metal Steel on the fuel tank


Quarter windows tidied up and glued into place with Testors Clear Parts cement



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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 02:07 AM UTC
D,
The cab windows came out perfect. I've been using Extra Thin to carefully glue my clear parts, but that Testors clear plastic glue looks like it does the job perfectly.

What happens if you do get some of it on the glass? Is it removable or just vanishes?

Joel
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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 07:52 AM UTC

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What happens if you do get some of it on the glass? Is it removable or just vanishes?



Hi Joel. Id dries clear but distorts the vision through the clear part. It is a water based white glue and very easy to clean off with. Q- tip dipped in warm water.
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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 09:07 AM UTC

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What happens if you do get some of it on the glass? Is it removable or just vanishes?



Hi Joel. Id dries clear but distorts the vision through the clear part. It is a water based white glue and very easy to clean off with. Q- tip dipped in warm water.



D,
Thanks for that information. I have a sticky white Arts & Craft glue that works but no always as I wanted it to. I had concerns that the glass would eventually pop out. Most of the time it's easy to replace, but there are times when the glass is in the interior and no longer accessible once the body is glued in place. Tough call. Just might stick with the Extra Thin for now. I've got more then enough issues to deal with my latest build.

Joel
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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 09:22 PM UTC
Don't ya just love the idea that on period trucks you had to open the passenger door and lift up the bench seat bottom cushion to gas the truck!

Bet the girlfriends really loved that.
- Com'on honey gotta move so I can "full 'er up"!
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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:02 PM UTC

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Don't ya just love the idea that on period trucks you had to open the passenger door and lift up the bench seat bottom cushion to gas the truck!

Bet the girlfriends really loved that.
- Com'on honey gotta move so I can "full 'er up"!



Agreed, not the most convenient of filler locations! I've been looking for a technical drawing of the fuel system to see if I can run some fuel lines, I don't suppose you would have something in your library Michael?

Cheers, D
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Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019 - 01:19 PM UTC
No sorry, regarding info on the fuel system, I got nothing.

I just freelanced the fuel connections on the Blitz bus as shown above.



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Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 11:42 PM UTC
Great photos Michael, many thanks. There is a lot of info there for me!

Installing a few more items, the fuel tank, dashboard assembly, steering column and steering wheel.



Test dry fit of the cabin floor assembly to make sure things line up ok.



After dry fitting the two halves of the cab it was clear that there was no point in putting any more work into the seat, it is just too dark and unless you put an arthroscope camera in there no fine detailing is visible. The next step was to carefully clean off the paint where the two halves meet, which I did with an Excel knife, then slowly work my way around the glue joint lines with Tamiya Extra Thin so that none of the pain was damaged.




Once that was cured, time to test dry fit onto the chassis for a progress report!




Next steps are to build the forward drive shaft, and do some detailing on the engine (ignition wiring, fuel lines etc.).

I have ordered some Evergreen sheets in various thicknesses to use for the wedge tray, and I have a cunning plan to make some diamond plate for the ramps.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 12:41 AM UTC
Wish Evergreen would get into the diamond and tread plate business. They do all those assorted siding sheets for the structure modelers. It seems like a embossed pattern applied with a hot roller over the sheet would be an easy thing!
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Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 01:04 AM UTC

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Wish Evergreen would get into the diamond and tread plate business. They do all those assorted siding sheets for the structure modelers. It seems like a embossed pattern applied with a hot roller over the sheet would be an easy thing!



Such a common item in 1:1 scale, you would think it would be a great seller for them.

I just did a quick search and found a company called JTT does single and double diamond plate sheets in 1/22 and 1/24 respectively, close enough for what I need, so I have ordered some to see how it looks.

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Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 01:47 AM UTC
D,
You've certainly upped your game with this conversion/scratch build. the fitted cab just looks sensational.

As for the Diamond Tread Plate in 1/24 scale, Detail Masters does have it.



http://www.detailmaster.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Session_ID=d3c81fb3bbe148ed6e7c343b156edcbe&Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=detailmaster&Category_Code=Sale

I'm just not sure what it's actually made out of. I do use their products quite a lot, and have always had great service from them.

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 10:14 AM UTC
The truck build is progressing very nice, D!
Good job with the windows and with the interior. I use for gluing the transparencies Micro Klear, which is thick enough to cover the eventual gaps as well. Being water based, I clean right after application the joints and the window surfaces if contaminated.

The chassis looks great and I have to agree with you regarding the front bench. He upright position of the bench and the tall cabin make the bench nearly invisible from a normal viewing angle.

Gabriel
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Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 10:41 PM UTC
Looks amazing D. Everything is really coming together beautifully.
I'm contemplating colors, for Monogram's 1931 Rolls Royce Phantom 2. I've seen a picture, of a 1/1 RR, with a color combo very similar to the one on your Opel. Looks amazing.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 01:24 PM UTC
Well, D, I've certainly missed a ton of action here whilst I've been down with illness!

Certainly very fine work and too see the reflection of the louvers in the mudguards is really nice!
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Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 06:15 PM UTC
This looking great Damian. The truck has come together superbly. I am looking forward to your finishing touches for the engine.

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Posted: Friday, November 08, 2019 - 03:51 AM UTC
Damian I saw this today on Facebook (author unknown) and thought of your project.

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Posted: Friday, November 08, 2019 - 07:02 AM UTC
That is brilliant! Large scale scratch building and custom paint work at its finest. Thanks for posting it here Micheal.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, April 02, 2020 - 06:44 PM UTC
Hi D - - I was wondering, what happened with this build? I came across a few COE car haulers, and another - pickup, if you get bored...lol - take a look:











Or, I know you've always got a few builds in the works, so maybe someday -

Cheers
Nick