Peter du hast irgendwie einen ähnlichen LKW Geschmack wie ich ;-) Ich war auch schon länger am überlegen wie ich das F-Modell bauen kann, besonders weil es ja auch für Hayes und Brockway genutzt wurde. Peter your taste in trucks seems to be the same like mine. Since a while I was thinking about how to build the F-Model especially because the cab was use for HAyes and Brockway trucks.
I like the Hayes very much but don't care too much about the Brockway. Can't really explain why. But my favorites are really the Macks especially in ther "European outfits". I still remember those Turkish Macks and even some Iranian on the Autobahn when I was a kid and occasionally you would find also a French registered one. You could identify a Turkish truck from a mile away, they sure had identity back then. Oh my, I'm only 29 and already find myself rambling about the golden old days...
It's a Viewline cab, a rather radical approach to build a "city cab". It was used on the Austin / Morris / Leyland FG trucks. Sava in Spain built it in license and it was marketed in France by Willème as a Willème-BMC. The cab was designed to offer a very good round view and with it's distinctive suicide doors it was easy to enter even in narrow alleys because the hinge side of the door was set a little back. The cab is my master model which needs only a little attention to detail and interior and it's test fittet to a chassis from the Roskopf Berliet GAK to give you an idea of it's size.
And here's a selection of Americans that are close to finishing:
The '62 Plymouth Fury and the Rambler (Minix Reduction) bodies have been lying around for over a year now and when I got the Chevy Impala in the back from Nick (nickvoges) I thought it's time to revive the projects. The Impala still needs a little sanding and bending to shape and it isn't hollowed out yet. The others will only need interiors. I will probably not make wheels for them, there are so many wheelsets readily available for US cars. What do you think of that?
And the least one, my Espada project:
The body is quite ready, it practically need only a cleaning and a little polishing, and I'm working on the interior and the wheels now as you can see. I hope that the glazing will not be too much of an obstacle with the distinctive rear windows but I'm still confident.
Awesome! Thanks for sharing the pics. My favourite has to be the Espada (is that the scratchbuilt one from a few years ago or a new shrunken body?). The Leyland is wonderfully quirky. No wheels for the American cars would be ok with me.
Christian, the Espada is not the scratchbuilt one. I got a 64th scale Espada from Japan and noticed that my scratchbuilt one was a bit off, especially when viewed from above, so I shrunk the diecast model. After doing so I found my scartchbuilt one being even more bulkier and I went for the easier solution.
You probably won't notice how much work went ino this on the first glance, but I do quite enjoy looking at the model as it is now. If you want to play "Spot the differences", then don't read any further after the photos and get your standard Brekina model at hand. I retouched the model in nine details apart from the coloring. I put this in the "in progress" section because I'm not sure if I want to keep the color, it's candy lime green from Tamiya and it doesn't really seem "classic" enough for the 504, depending on the light. Also I noticed a little flaw in the casting after painting it.
The body is cast in resin, because I don't want to do this all six or seven times again (if I can limit my hunger for 504 models to that sum). Unfortunaly I scratched the mold on an early casting, so every additional casting drops out with a big scratch on the hood. But that way I have a reason for another mold, but for a further conversion, the older 504s with the elevated door handles.
But here for the changes: 1. Rear mirror shortened 2. Wheels from the UH coupé with CMW (?) tyres 3. Hood structure altered 4. First hood "borderline" moved a bit towards the rear 5. Rocker panels altered to the distinctive corrugated look 6. Character line on the body side evened out from front to the back 7. Rear end modified beneath the bumper 8. Roof bulged to shape 9. Gap in the side window chrome trim removed
Thankfully all this (except N° 9) was possible by removing material and carving the details out.
Wow, the Peugeot 504 looks very different - much truer to the original.
The Viewline truck looks interesting, the American cars are all fabulous, but naturally the Espada holds the most interest for me.
The rims look perfect. Are they shrunk from 1:64? As for the glazing, it might be easiest to leave the rear window out of it. That little piece of clear plastic could easily be carved out by anyone, or done with Kristal Kleer. Should be fine for such a small space, don't give yourself grey hairs.
The rims are shrunken from 1/64, I don't remeber if they are taken from the Espada though.
I think the next truck cab that will be available will be a Scania LB-76. It only needs an interior: Also I have some modern Japanese cabs tht are high priority at the moment.
The BMC is also quite ready, but I have some issues with the interior, namely the dashboard. On the original the "board" is just a small panel fixed to the steering complex. The problem for me is how to fix it on the model, stability is an issue, as is filigree since everything is clearly visible through the glass front. I haven't found the right compromise yet. But don't understand this as a call for help, I will probably come up with something.