View Full Version : 1972 Ford Country Squire

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:



The hood was tricky. Trailing edge still needs work.


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:




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


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


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


Homemade Vintage tires for the front...


...but only 3 mags.


Drip rails and final skin on the roof corners


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:


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

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.

Old Busted Hotness
02-21-10, 07:06 PM

Grille & bumper mocked up


Window channels


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


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:




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

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.


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.


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


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

How-to in a bit.

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

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


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


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


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.


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:


Finished the tailgate


Fuel door


Started on a taillight

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


Taillight and sidemarker


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.


Door handles test fitted. How to make door handles:


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


Assembled with backing sheet.

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:


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


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:


Use that as a template to mark the interior tub:


Cut out:


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.


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


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.

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.

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.

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!

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:


brake dust


Bashed-in tail light


Sagging headliner


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:


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.

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,

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



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


2-tone interior


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


Got started on the dash


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.


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.


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


Some more paint outside


Bits added on


Door skeleton

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


Needs a couple tweaks but I'm pretty happy.


Put some clothes on the driver


In the immortal words of Marty Feldman, what hump?


Dash ready for detailing


Door handles, carpet, etc


And an ugly Ford steering wheel.

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


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


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


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

Yep, it's a Ford


Rear bumper


Grille & front bumper installed




Dash, steering wheel & dash buddy


Interior tub is permanently attached now


Front body mount


rusty baby Moon cap


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:


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!


A couple bumper stickers, rear bump installed.


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


In place


Bumper guards


License plates


Safety chains

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


Luggage rack...


...with wind deflector


No gas cap, no problem.


Brake drums, valve stems and inner fenders


Bumper guards on


Just in case.


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

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.








hot ford coupe
03-04-10, 12:08 PM
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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.


Curb feelers


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


Side-view mirror...


...functional even.


Remember these?


Cheesy aftermarket mudflaps


Smoking's bad, mmmmkay?


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.



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.

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?


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

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!!!

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

unbeleivable detail

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