Pete's Pickup

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Lighthorseman, Apr 7, 2003.

  1. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    During a foray into Toys 'R' Us, I found a Matchbox 1:43 (roughly O scale) Mack 1923 fire truck... The last one for half price. I wish they'd had a half-dozen. These are wonderful little models. They're held together with three small machine screws, making kitbashing a snap. This little feller is in the process of becoming a small railtruck. I cannot claim any individuality of this idea, as I've seen something similar for a cost of over $200 USD:eek: :eek: However, my pocketbook managed to handle the ten bucks for this little guy.

    The wheels were removed, and replaced with MDC HO scale truss rod trucks. I will replace the plastic wheels with metal ones. The water tank on the back was removed, and will become a small backwoods critter refuelling station. (Hey - 2 models in one!)

    Stripping the paint was a big job, considering the diminutive size of this model. A thick layer of red metallic paint was covered by an equally thick layer of clearcoat, resulting in a beautifully lustrous finish, but an incredible amount of work to get (most of it) off.

    Here is a shot of the mostly stripped cab and frame.

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  2. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Front View...

    ...And a shot of the front.

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  3. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    ...And The Flat-Deck...

    The start of the flat deck...

    More to follow.:)

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  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Very nice...!

    Just right for my era, but unfortunately it's too big (or is my stuff too small...;))

  5. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Looking good, but you think stripping O scale is tuff, try it on N-scale! :eek: :eek: :eek: :D
  6. Greg Elems

    Greg Elems Member

    That is just too COOL!:D I can't wait to see how you power that log jumper.

    Greg Elems
  7. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    I like it ! 1/43 is just a touch larger, but you really can't see it in that Mack. Great idea !!
    BTW the track is excellent !
  8. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Steve I love well done my friend , just goes to show , that you must always be thinking or your railway when you are looking at anything.:D :D
  9. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Oh to be modeling in O or G where you can find neat vehicles like you did. The truck makes a good project and you look like you are having fun doing this. Nice work.
  10. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Steve, that's going to be a beauty!

    Gee I wish Corgi and Matchbox would get into 1:87!

    :D Val
  11. satokuma

    satokuma Member

    :eek: Great Bashin' you will be doing a "Goose"...
    :D :D :D
  12. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    The Flatdeck...

    I put the sides on the flatdeck, but have not as yet trimmed them.

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  13. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member


    I'm going to have to hide the slabs of styrene used as spacers...leaf springs or something, maybe?

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  14. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    The Open Top...

    offers lots of neat load possibilities.

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  15. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    The Last For Today...

    Here's a last view of this morning's work.

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  16. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Steve: to conceal your bolsters, consider a toolbox or re-rail frogs. Another set of springs might be overkill, or featherbedding, or something...
  17. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Thanks, All!

    Just a quick note of thanks to everyone who had something kind to say. You folks are great.

    Andrew... Have you looked at the Jordan vehicles?
    Tyson... I can't imagine trying to strip N scale vehicles!
    Greg... I agree. It's going to be a right challenge to power this guy. I'll get to that later.
    Pete... Even at 1/43, this little truck is still little. This is soooo much easier in O scale.
    Chris... Yes, always keeping an eye out, as I'll bet you do!
    Robin... These trucks are available in HO, but as to N scale...??
    Val... No kidding. One of these would be great in one of your back yards as someone's "resto" project!
    Satokuma... I wanted to start with something easier than a Goose. So far, this one's not been too difficult.
    David... Thanks for those excellent ideas. Both a rerailing frog and a toolbox will find their way onto this little unit.

    :) :) Thanks to everyone!:) :)
  18. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Solving The Power Problem...

    I hummed and hawed for quite a while, trying to figure out how to provide power for this little guy. Obviously, I figured, it requires some sort of micro-motor hidden in a crate or something in the back. But then, how to run the driveshaft to the swivelling truck? Where would I get gears? ...Everything ground to a halt.

    Then I had a look at an HO brill trolley I had picked up as a future On30 boxcab bash. The little power truck would make a great....trailer. All it would need is some sort of fabricated body.

    Maybe you folks could provide an idea or two. A water tank, perhaps? Running up to the logging camp with more water for the steam donkey? Does that sound plausible?:confused:

    Here's a quick shot of what I'm working with.

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  19. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    ...And with only 2 days to go, it doesn't look like I'll be in time for the kitbashing contest. ...Just like the mini-scenes, scratchbuilding, etc., etc., etc. Oh, well. :rolleyes: :(
  20. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I don't know what is available in O scale, but those old Macks were chain drive. The drive shaft went to a differential in front of the rear axle about 3 feet, and then it had what looked like a bicycle chain on each side going to the rear wheels. Instead of a truck in back, it would really look neat with an axle to one large wheel on each side. A motor hidden under a load in the bed driving a sprocket to to a chain driving that one rear axle would really look neat.

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