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Old Busted Hotness
02-19-10, 04:26 PM
One of my buddies on another forum suggested a station wagon to tow the camper, so I'm putting this together. It'll have the same road-weary, beat-down flavor you've come to expect, and ride on my old Losi XXX-S. So I'm calling it the XXX-SW.

After a long day of styrene slinging, the XXX-SW is starting to take shape:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/198.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/199.jpg

The hood was tricky. Trailing edge still needs work.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/200.jpg

Some of the wood trim is missing, too gringrin

hot ford coupe
02-19-10, 10:11 PM
This is gonna be good. I can't wait.

Old Busted Hotness
02-20-10, 03:14 PM
More progress:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/201.jpg

Headlights

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/202.jpg

I thought the hood was tricky, but this thing kicked my butt for about 4 hours.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/203.jpg

A shot of Mexican chrome and it's looking good.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/204.jpg

Cargo area. I'm tossing around the idea of a working tailgate. Maybe even the magic 2-way gate, we'll see.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/205.jpg

Homemade Vintage tires for the front...

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/206.jpg

...but only 3 mags.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/207.jpg

Drip rails and final skin on the roof corners

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/208.jpg

And of course a bashed-in quarter panel.

Old Busted Hotness
02-21-10, 09:34 AM
Time to put a face on this hog:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/210.jpg

The driver's side will be busted up a little.

hot ford coupe
02-21-10, 02:59 PM
I can't wait to see what you put in the back. I'm sure there'll be a lot of little surprises all over the interior. gringrin

BrassBuilder
02-21-10, 04:27 PM
You need to slant one of the headlights up or down at an angle. A junker like that would definately have at least one headlight off kilter.

A cracked windshield would look good on that too.
Mike

Old Busted Hotness
02-21-10, 07:06 PM
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/211.jpg

Grille & bumper mocked up

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/212.jpg

Window channels

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/213.jpg

Pillars wrapped; it's amazing how much this stiffens up the assembly, and it cleans up the inside.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/214.jpg

Mismatched door.

hot ford coupe
02-22-10, 12:09 AM
You make it look so easy, OBH. How do you get the undamaged body parts curved the right amount? Are you heating the material over a buck or are you bending it until it looks right?

Old Busted Hotness
02-22-10, 06:54 AM
The body sides are just bent and then glued over a couple curved bits that fit inside to hold the shape. The firewall and rear floorpan do a lot to keep the body rigid. The roof is so thin it holds its shape naturally. Most of the body is .020 and .030.

The character lines on the side are simply folded over and then cut into long ellipses. I haven't run into any compound curves yet, although I'm sure this car is full of them.

hot ford coupe
02-22-10, 02:21 PM
Thanks for the help, OBH. The supporting curved plastic strips is the way to go.

Old Busted Hotness
02-22-10, 04:18 PM
Magic tailgate time today:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/217.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/218.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/219.jpg

Now I need to figure out the latch. I'd like to work it all off one handle like the 1:1, but damn.

sydeem
02-22-10, 04:32 PM
This looks somewhat complex. I don't know how you keep spinning these scratch builds out as fast as you do but if you could slow down just a bit and show some steps as you go along you would have a very attentive following.

Old Busted Hotness
02-22-10, 10:02 PM
Syd, there's probably 500 individual pieces of styrene in this build. The outer panels were made first, then tied together at the bottom (the angled piece you can see at the bottom). Then I attached the rear panel of the rear window frame, roof panel and outer A,B, and C pillars. The pillars were boxed with some 3/8 strips, and the inside sheeted with .010, which gets nice and soft when exposed to mass quantities of solvent.

Most of the pieces are cut slightly oversize and trimmed to fit once in place.

Next time I tackle a major assembly I'll take some step by step pics for ya.

hot ford coupe
02-22-10, 10:57 PM
Thanks OBH. I'm going to be part of the viewing audience myself. :)' If and when you get to some complex shapes, please show how you get that. Thanks so much in advance.

HFC.

BrassBuilder
02-22-10, 11:43 PM
This looks somewhat complex. I don't know how you keep spinning these scratch builds out as fast as you do but if you could slow down just a bit and show some steps as you go along you would have a very attentive following.

I second it (or maybe third now)....I think some of us brass builders could learn a thing or two from that.

Mike

Old Busted Hotness
02-23-10, 05:26 PM
Just showing off the 2-way tailgate:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDF3cNQ3fyk

This is about as complicated as anything I've built.

How-to in a bit.

sydeem
02-23-10, 06:00 PM
wow 1clap11clap11clap1

Old Busted Hotness
02-23-10, 06:39 PM
Right, pay attention now:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/221.jpg

This brass bit is a spring which slides into a hole in the moving door jamb...

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/222.jpg

...preventing the jamb from rotating when the door is open. A pin pushes against the spring to release it in the tailgate-down position.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/223.jpg

The moving door jamb is soldered to a short tube, into which slides a longer tube which locates the assembly between the taillights. The double-tube hinge allows the tailgate to swing down.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/224.jpg

The linkage is a bit complex. The outer latch operates a rocker which pulls the pin on the right-hand hinge so the door can open. The inside latch pushes the pin into the left-hand latch and simultaneously pulls the right-hand pin directly, bypassing the rocker.

The linkage is spring-loaded using solar-cell test probes from Norway.

hot ford coupe
02-23-10, 10:05 PM
Brilliant. 1clap1

Old Busted Hotness
02-24-10, 06:25 AM
Minor update:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/225.jpg

Finished the tailgate

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/226.jpg

Fuel door

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/227.jpg

Started on a taillight

Old Busted Hotness
02-24-10, 04:05 PM
Got some more done this afternoon:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/237.jpg

Taillight and sidemarker

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/238.jpg

Tailgate painted. The woodgrain is a simple wet-brush mix of brown, red-brown and black. Paint one color, dip your brush in the next color and blend, touch up as needed. With similar colors like this it's not hard to get a nice woodgrain. Once that was dry I faded it with a thin white wash in the airbrush.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/239.jpg

Door handles test fitted. How to make door handles:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/240.jpg

Frame cut from .020 and a short length of angle...

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/241.jpg

Assembled with backing sheet.

3.Star
02-25-10, 04:04 AM
Your magic door mechanism is simply fantastic, OBH. 1thumbup1

Old Busted Hotness
02-25-10, 04:32 PM
Thanks! It took me a long time to figure it out.

Got started on the interior:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/243.jpg

The giant trans tunnel is necessary because the base vehicle is belt-driven.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/244.jpg

Ditched the 5-year-old race gear for a nice slow outrunner and a smaller battery. You can see the belt guard down the center of the chassis. I'll probably stick a cooler in the back seat to hide that. I'm determined to use a bench seat up front, but it's going to look funny. Maybe a folded map in the middle over the hump.

Now for some how-to action:

Here's the way I build. I'm going to make a wheelwell at the back of the interior. Start by bending up a piece of styrene into the arc you need to clear the wheel:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/245.jpg

Use that as a template to mark the interior tub:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/246.jpg

Cut out:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/247.jpg

Here's the clever bit. Rather than rely on the line joint between the two pieces of plastic, I bend up some .010 into 90 degree pieces that I glue over the joint.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/248.jpg

Just bend, don't crease. You don't want these to crack.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/249.jpg

You can see where the angled strips come into play here. They make the joint much stronger so there's no problem with rough handling or poor driving.

kcfisher
02-25-10, 05:34 PM
OBH, what do you use for an adhesive?

hot ford coupe
02-25-10, 06:52 PM
Great stuff. Don't forget the rips and duct tape on the seats. Oh yeah, you also need the ciggy burns and (root) beer stains

Old Busted Hotness
02-25-10, 07:10 PM
kc, I'm using Plastruct Bondene liquid, but only because I can't get Tenax anymore.

kcfisher
02-25-10, 07:53 PM
Is this the stuff you're for?

HEBCO Tenax-7R Plastic Welder - GLUES and ADHESIVES - Hobby Supplies - Oakridge Hobbies & Toys (http://www.oakridgehobbies.com/index.php/hobby-products-tools-paints-wood-metal-plastic-hobby-supplies/hobby-builder-glues-adhesives-supplies/hebco-tenax-7r-plastic-welder.html)

Old Busted Hotness
02-26-10, 05:02 AM
Yep, that's the stuff. Get it while you can.

Old Busted Hotness
02-26-10, 05:03 AM
HFC, all that and more. I may even attempt a plastic, plastic Hay-zoos. Or maybe a Virgin Mary.

Man, the word filter bleeped Hay-zoos and made an innocent comment seem dirty.

strevo
02-26-10, 12:26 PM
OBH, You could also put a baby seat in the space in the middle. That might help hide the bump. Keep it up, it's looking great!
-Steve

hot ford coupe
02-26-10, 03:14 PM
I you put the baby seat in, you'll have to put the baby bottles and sippy cups all over that trailer. You can also put a rolled up diaper in a garbage pail too. That would be hysterical.

Old Busted Hotness
02-26-10, 04:11 PM
Given the contents and general state of the trailer, I'm pretty sure Children's Services would have taken them away by now. Anyone who leaves a bong in plain view like that isn't going to win Parent of the Year, that's for sure.

A little progress today:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/251.jpg

brake dust

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/252.jpg

Bashed-in tail light

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/253.jpg

Sagging headliner

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/254.jpg

Overall progress. It's just about ready for paint.

I realize I still have to make the dash, but I couldn't resist making a little dashboard buddy:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/255.jpg

I don't care if it rains or freezes.

hot ford coupe
02-27-10, 12:59 AM
Whoops, I forgot about the "b" thing.

John
02-27-10, 07:32 AM
Great job OBH!
"Going 90 I aint scary"
Ya gotta miss Paul ;)
Cheers and keep up the good work,
John

Old Busted Hotness
02-27-10, 03:29 PM
Some progress today:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/256.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/257.jpg

The mis-matched door. Might do a naked door panel inside.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/258.jpg

2-tone interior

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/259.jpg

Found a driver. The trench coat is a bonus; it'll cover up the giant trans hump.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/260.jpg

Got started on the dash

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/261.jpg

Some detail lettering. I know it's supposed to say L T D but I'm taking artistic license.

Old Busted Hotness
02-28-10, 04:06 PM
I am told that "pistachio" is a kind of green, rather than, as I perceived it, a kind of beige.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/262.jpg

However, it's the sort of green that somebody, in 1972, would think looked good with gold. So it's staying. Besides, it's beige to me.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/263.jpg

There's always that one AC vent that won't stay up.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/264.jpg

Some more paint outside

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/265.jpg

Bits added on

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/266.jpg

Door skeleton

Old Busted Hotness
02-28-10, 10:31 PM
Time for a test fit:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/267.jpg

Needs a couple tweaks but I'm pretty happy.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/268.jpg

Put some clothes on the driver

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/269.jpg

In the immortal words of Marty Feldman, what hump?

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/270.jpg

Dash ready for detailing

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/271.jpg

Door handles, carpet, etc

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/02/272.jpg

And an ugly Ford steering wheel.

Old Busted Hotness
03-01-10, 02:45 PM
Meet the new grille, same as the old grille:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/1.jpg

Doubled the number of crossbars to make it look more 72-ish.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/2.jpg

Completed dash. I hope that warning light isn't serious.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/3.jpg

Side glass installed. The rear ones didn't even need any glue gringrin

hot ford coupe
03-01-10, 07:25 PM
Wow, that is amaaaaaaaaaaaazing !!! That last picture looks exactly like it's in an old garage. It's perfect. I can't believe how fast you knock these things out. For me to get that kind of realism, I have to spend weeks. 1clap11clap11clap1

Old Busted Hotness
03-02-10, 07:16 AM
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/4.jpg

Yep, it's a Ford

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/5.jpg

Rear bumper

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/6.jpg

Grille & front bumper installed

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/7.jpg

Sidemarkers

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/8.jpg

Dash, steering wheel & dash buddy

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/9.jpg

Interior tub is permanently attached now

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/10.jpg

Front body mount

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/11.jpg

rusty baby Moon cap

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/12.jpg

missing headlight. Why is it always the drivers side high beam?

Old Busted Hotness
03-02-10, 07:39 AM
And you can't pull a trailer without a hitch:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/13.jpg

fuzzy
03-02-10, 09:51 PM
Awesome build!!!! Parents of a buddy I grew up with had one of these wagons. Spent a lot of time joy riding around in it. Boy it really brings back some memories.1thumbup1

Old Busted Hotness
03-03-10, 06:11 AM
I'm having a lot of fun with this one!

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/31.jpg

A couple bumper stickers, rear bump installed.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/32.jpg

Cargo insert, to cover the shock tower hump and body clips

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/33.jpg

In place

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/34.jpg

Bumper guards

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/35.jpg

License plates

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/36.jpg

Safety chains

Old Busted Hotness
03-03-10, 08:25 PM
Just about done, unless I think of something else.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/38.jpg

Luggage rack...

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/39.jpg

...with wind deflector

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/40.jpg

No gas cap, no problem.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/41.jpg

Brake drums, valve stems and inner fenders

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/42.jpg

Bumper guards on

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/43.jpg

Just in case.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/44.jpg

Windshield, with wiper tracks

hot ford coupe
03-03-10, 09:44 PM
he1hehe1hehe1he This is great. All the trappings are there, even the generator. 1clap11clap11clap1

Nortley
03-03-10, 10:19 PM
Smokes on the dash, gas can in back, could we have a Darwin competitor here? This is better than a 3D comic strip!

Old Busted Hotness
03-04-10, 06:34 AM
Smokes on the dash, gas can in back, could we have a Darwin competitor here? This is better than a 3D comic strip!

That's where the dash buddy comes in he1he

Old Busted Hotness
03-04-10, 08:31 AM
'kay guys, I'm off.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/45.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/46.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/47.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/48.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/49.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/50.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/51.jpg

hot ford coupe
03-04-10, 12:08 PM
1clap11clap11clap11clap11clap11clap11yeah11yeah11y eah11yeah11yeah11yeah11thumbup11thumbup11thumbup11 thumbup11thumbup11thumbup1

Lancair IV
03-04-10, 12:54 PM
How do you do it1confused1 Outstanding 1thumbup11thumbup11thumbup11thumbup1

Old Busted Hotness
03-04-10, 08:03 PM
All right, I think I'm done now.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/52.jpg

Curb feelers

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/53.jpg

A better shot of the brake drums (made from Monster big-can tops)

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/54.jpg

Side-view mirror...

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/55.jpg

...functional even.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/56.jpg

Remember these?

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/57.jpg

Cheesy aftermarket mudflaps

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/58.jpg

Smoking's bad, mmmmkay?

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/59.jpg

I'm unsure about the tire on the roof. Opinions?

hot ford coupe
03-04-10, 10:19 PM
Why not? It's a conversation piece.

Old Busted Hotness
03-05-10, 07:50 AM
Driving this thing around last night, one of the Goodyear stickers peeled off the tire. And while I was looking for it I thought, there's no way you'd put name-brand tires on a heapster like this.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/60.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/03/61.jpg

And a whitewall on the spare.

Old Busted Hotness
03-06-10, 11:36 AM
Here's a short video:

RC Squire on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/9961200)

hot ford coupe
03-06-10, 02:25 PM
I think I saw that guy driving down I 64. What you did with that tailgate is amazing. When you opened the door to the trailer, it looked just like the real deal. It's the best example of a rolling diorama I've ever seen. Do you have anything planned for the next one?

Old Busted Hotness
03-06-10, 04:45 PM
I'm not sure what's next. I was home from work most of last month, so I had lots of time to devote to the camper and wagon. Things are picking up now, so the next build, whatever it is, will be a bit slower. The problem with a slow build is that it gives me time to think up more details.

This build came real close to crossing the line into mental illness. I had a hard time stopping the build to eat and sleep.

Dougritt
03-27-11, 10:59 PM
This is just about the funniest video I've seen this year! Great job on spotting the real thing and creating an RC vehicle that is the most unforgettable ever!

Hoosier Buddy?

Doug

Tage
03-28-11, 03:17 AM
Brilliant 1thumbup1

sydeem
03-28-11, 03:17 PM
Geez OBH - You could make a full length action movie with that thing - just don't smoke near that gas cap! Amazing detail and action!!!

semijoe
05-17-11, 11:28 AM
woe stu you have serious talent

unbeleivable detail

LOSIASSOCIATED
05-17-11, 11:36 AM
Very nice Stu.

Greg