View Full Version : 1/8 scale 52 Willys Pickup one off

12-16-08, 08:31 PM
Hi guys, I am new here and wanted to show you a one off body I am working on. I made it from scratch from Styrene. I am planning on many more models/makes because this one came out pretty good. What do you think?


12-16-08, 09:26 PM
WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!! Nice work. If you have more photo's feel free to post them with a description of what you did and how you did it. Please, when you do your next build, do it as a tutorial, we can all learn from you.

Welcome aboard!

Don Garrett
12-16-08, 09:33 PM
Excellent....as Rick mentioned, we'd love to see more and welcome to the forum. 1thumbup1

12-16-08, 10:12 PM
Welcome to the group. This site is just becoming very well endowed with some serious scratch building. By all means show us more of your great craftsmanship. Photos and tutorials are always most welcome.

12-16-08, 10:40 PM
Santa I want one under the tree!!!! Cool truck and looks dead on!!! Show us more.

hot ford coupe
12-17-08, 02:02 PM
How the heck did I miss this yesterday?? That's one fantastic Willys body. You did an absolutely first rate job. Welcome to the forum and hope to see more of your great work.

12-17-08, 06:51 PM
Thanks guys, the next one I do will have alot more pics, as this was my first one and I seemed to work rather than take pics. I am going to do a 36 chevy truck next, as I own one. What car/make do you guys just really want to be produced? I need some ideas to help me decide.

12-17-08, 09:07 PM
What car/make do you guys just really want to be produced? I need some ideas to help me decide.

Did he just say that? 1thud1 Oh how the mind wonders. How can I possibly pick just one. Lets see, um..... Dusenberg model J, Na to big, Isseta, nope thats just silly.

OK Its not a pickup but anything that looks like this would be perfect for me.

12-17-08, 09:41 PM
Hmm, that is a good challenge. I was thinking more along the lines of 30's/40's american iron but that works too. A Chrysler Airflow picks my interest at the moment.

12-17-08, 09:57 PM
I will take a 33-34 Ford coupe? Please!!gringrin

12-17-08, 10:15 PM
I second that - a 1934 three window coupe with the original flathead and mechanical brakes.

hot ford coupe
12-18-08, 12:55 AM
I like what Dan picked. Anything from the Pebble Beach group is good with me.

Don Garrett
12-18-08, 07:23 AM
Vancraft, my choice would be whatever sparks your imagination.
If you are doing one off builds your only limitation would be something that will hold your interest through the many hours of construction. There are members here on the forum that have the capability to cast bodies. If you have any interest in that give me a yell.

12-18-08, 12:07 PM
Do you plan on sticking with "square" bodied builds or are you going to challenge yourself with something more traditional? Also, are you going to put a chassis and running gear under the Willys?

12-18-08, 12:27 PM
Just out of curiosity, did you build your Willys by eye, or were you able to find scale drawings of it somewhere? If so, where do you find your references? I am really wanting to do a 1970-72 Camaro, but I have been unable to find good reference for it.
Keep up the good work, it looks amazing!1thumbup1

12-18-08, 03:37 PM
Did he just say that? 1thud1 Oh how the mind wonders. How can I possibly pick just one. Lets see, um..... Dusenberg model J, Na to big, Isseta, nope thats just silly.

OK Its not a pickup but anything that looks like this would be perfect for me.

A cross breeding between an elegant Rolls Royce and a Chrysler Air Flow is just wrong! 1sad1
Even if this predates the AirFlow by 10 years. Some combinations may be funny, but leave you feeling that your eyes have been violated.
Like an Isetta and a MACK cab over. < Shudder >

12-19-08, 09:33 PM
I did happen to find one site that had scale drawings, but I could only use about 50 percent of the drawing. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and computer design so I did the rest by looking at about 100 pictures of different angles and making my own scale drawing. The next body I am going to do is going to be a more "round" car. I would love to put a chassis under it and motor but where am I going to find a willys inline 6? I would love to have casts made, actually a dream come true if it could be done.

Don Garrett
12-20-08, 08:06 AM
Hold that thought....I'll drop you a line this afternoon and we'll chat a little about perhaps casting a few bodies......1thumbup1

Dreams have a way of coming true here at ScaleMotorcars Jeff.

12-20-08, 03:35 PM
Do you work in 2d or in 3d Vancraft?

12-22-08, 07:07 PM
No 3-d yet, Doing it all by blueprints and my eyeball.

12-27-08, 04:14 PM

If you like eyeballing...

12-29-08, 06:23 PM
In the process of doing a 1936 Chevrolet truck, I am going to be doing a cab, grill, and bed. Also a frame but I am not going to do fenders or running boards at this time. I have a 36 chevy hot rod and I used all early ford for suspension so the revell 32 kit or T should work to finish it off. If it comes out nice, I am going to start offering it if the mold process works.

Thrillbilly Rich
12-29-08, 07:08 PM
Keep it up! the Willys looks fantastic!!

05-18-14, 04:38 AM
That is a beautiful model!
I have been looking for that same truck for years! I know it is a 1 /8 scale but what would the dimensions be?
Would you ever consider selling it or building another to sell in 1/18 scale?
I am going to try to attach some pictures of my truck. 52 willys pickup
I only joined this site to chat with you. After searching the site for over a year looking for model of my truck, I have finally found one
I am interested in purchasing
Hope to hear back from you
Let me knowif you can see the pics tried to add to this Message
Thank you

05-18-14, 07:30 AM
That is some awesome craftsmanship...Looks to be very accurate.. Great job man..1thumbup11clap1

05-18-14, 04:29 PM
Does anyone know where I would be able to get a 1952 willys pickup truck? Just like this 1/8 model. By the way this model is incredible! Great would!

02-19-17, 11:45 PM
amazing work on the body and paint-cant wait to see the 36 chevy.....check out ''headquake'' on youtube this guy is really into building scratch jeep bodies for RC

03-25-18, 01:50 PM

I am new to the forum and am in Southern California. That photo of the RR with the amazing body is owned by the Peterson Museum (in LA) and was on display at the La Jolla Motor Car Classic here in San Diego a couple of years back. We get some amazing cars here as now we are referred to as Pebble Beach South (only smaller) with the beautiful marques featured here. It is growing into a very hi end concourse show now going into our 14th year.

It is a car lovers display of all types and marques from present (New RR's, Lambos, McClarens, Bentleys etc., etc.) to years gone past. We have a nice display of Brass era through the classics of the 50-60's era. Something for everyone.

I noticed that the original thread when you did the Willys was in 08. What are you working on now? And what area of the country are you located?

03-26-18, 03:32 PM
"Headquake's" work is featured a lot on http://scalebuildersguild.com/ and there may be some build threads of this type of jeep there. Most of the work there is in 1/10 scale and made to go on a scratchbuilt RC truck chassis. There may be others on that site who have done this one too.

06-29-18, 10:06 AM
I am amazed by your "first" build, I want one! You are very talented and a great addition to the world of model making, CHEERS!