What the kit said...

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by shaygetz, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    I posted pix of this work way back when but, with this new camera, I thought folks could get more from better pictires.

    The Model Power Firehouse comes with what has got to be the ugliest vehicle of any sort on the market. They call it a firetruck and it may indeed be one but only in the academic sense...

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  2. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    A little paint, some kibbles and bits from the scrap box and...

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  3. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Add "Sparky" the dalmation, a bell and fire extinguishers made from sprue material and locomotive gladhands...

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  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    So much for the tanker, now on to the pumper. The hose reel is two brake wheels and thin solder for a hose, the valves ar N scale brakewheels and sprue material...

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  5. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    The crank siren is an old model ship fog horn and more sprue bits.
    The strap bumpers on both of them were the hardest things to do being made from very thin Evergreen Styrene strips. The windshields are scribed clear styrene with the brass frames painted on.

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  6. GMRCNut868

    GMRCNut868 New Member

    Very nice job indeed:thumb: :thumb:
  7. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

  8. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Good work. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: FRED
  9. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Nice job Shay. :thumb: :thumb:
  10. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    If that truly is the same vehicle under all those modifications....

    You deserve some sort of prize for "Kitbash of the Year"!!! :thumb: :D

  11. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

  12. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    :thumb: :thumb:
  13. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    OOOoooOoooooowwwwwww....that hurts, that really hurts :rolleyes: :p :D

    Thanks, guys. They were inspired by a scenery article written by Bob Hayden and Dave Frary. In it they were using the wheels as junk in their scenery. Knowing where the wheels came from and having two of the kit trucks sitting in my scrap box, I figured there's got to be some kind of more noble use for them. There is about 5 hours in each one, plus another hour of painting. The biggest modification is the rear on each one. You can see in the pictures where I cut out the top and back of the body as well as cut out 3 1/2 scale feet in the middle to shorten them up to a more realistic length. I added body panels around the cabs, making them appear to have an open door. I also cut off the axles and replaced them with styrene rod to help them sit a little lower on the road.
  14. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    See... given your description of what you did - it really is a scratch build!! ;)

    I am very impressed! Really! And I do think it deserves a prize - but something better than the standard Gauge prize. However, if you do want those horn-hooks, I'll see what I have got... :D

    Again - nice work!!

  15. George D

    George D Member

    It turned out great. :thumb:

  16. CCT70

    CCT70 Member


    Great example of making ice cream from horse crap.

    I agree, this ranks up there with the Chevron station scratchbuild.

  17. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Now there's an expression you don't hear everyday... Ewww... :p

  18. belg

    belg Member

    Shay I have to say I have one of those nasty looking firetrucks somewhere in one of my junkboxes now I might be inclined to try and upgrade it as well. Your look like there ready to go to the parade. Well done Pat.
  19. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    I think I have one too, LOL came with a fire sta kit in the 70's. Might dig it out if I can make it look half that good!
  20. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    While I thought that they were less than adequate models of firetrucks, I never quite thought of them as equine effluvium:rolleyes: :p :D

    Pat, Jon, when you find them, let me know. I actually have a slide series I took while I was doing it with the idea of shooting for one of them Dremels in RMC magazine. Got the Dremel another way and so the slides got buried...:oops:

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