I had the urge to build something wild, and I'm not in the mood to work on a multimedia kit right now. I broke out a set of 1:18 GMP drag wheels/tires and a couple of partial 1/20 kits, and started knocking a chassis together for what I hope will be a hot rod/altered drag pickup with wild cartoon proportions. I'm shooting for a Keith Weesner illustration in three dimensions, based around a custom HotWheel I built for a contest a few years ago. If I had the money and time, it's something that I might try to build full scale.
The wheels are sold in a bubble pack from GMP, originally tooled up for their Fiat Altered diecast drag cars in 1:18 scale.
The frame began life in an MPC 1/20 kit of Barris' Rickshaw trike. I lowered the rear suspension, modified the rear crossmember, and then cut the front loose, replacing it with the front section/axle from MPC's 1/20 Carl Casper's Chuck Wagon.
The Chuck Wagon's supercharged Ford FE should do nicely.
The trick will be dropping a 1/25 Pickup cab, hood, radiator grille and pickup bed on there, and making it not look too wrong.
Last Edit: Dec 5, 2014 18:49:04 GMT -5 by dirtydave
Well, the puzzle/place mat keeps me from cutting into the kitchen table with the ol' X-Acto blade. I thought that I had a '37 Ford truck kit in my stash, but it turns out that I'll have to go purchase one. Maybe I can find the 2in1 custom version so I have a choice between '37 and '38 grilles. I have a Revell '41 Chevy that I can cut up if I absolutely HAVE to, but I already started it, and I like how it looks on the air-bagged chassis from AMT's '39 Chevy Wagonrod.
Made a tranny mount, blew some paint on the basic engine assembly, and fitted up a Scott Slot-style scoop from a Monogram Poison Pinto. After that, I made some wheel mounting pins, and mocked up the chassis on its wheels. Maybe I'll cut the rear end loose again and drop it a little further, so it sits like a dog with a case of worms.
Last Edit: Sept 9, 2014 0:34:13 GMT -5 by dirtydave
Thanks. I feel like it doesn't look like much right now, but as it all comes together, it should be a little more impressive. This initial engineering and setup is one of my favorite parts of modelbuilding. My least favorite stuff has to do with finish bodywork, and since I'm planning a chopped cab, I'm sure there will be some of that coming up, too.
Post by dirtydave on Sept 10, 2014 20:25:57 GMT -5
Yeah - I'm just going to try to get the proportions more like the illustration. To do it on a real car, you'd either have to use 19" wheels and an industrial V-8, or section the body in all dimensions to make it 7/8 normal size. With a model, I can just mix scales... hopefully. I'm not actually recreating any of the cars from his paintings - just trying to replicate his style with my own design.
Post by dirtydave on Sept 10, 2014 22:55:12 GMT -5
Having met Keith a couple of times, he seemed like a cool cat. I've never been one to build a replica model - I try to use them to take all these ideas bouncing around in my head and put them out into the world.
I've fucked up the chop on the truck cab twice now. I'm not going to try to fix it before the deadline, so I'm pulling out another project that I started a couple of months ago: The Bumper Boss. It's a flying ornithopter from a Miyazaki film, but I've stripped it of its wings, added a big "rubber" skirt, and shiny guns. This thing is going to be the baddest bumper car - ever.
Last Edit: Dec 5, 2014 19:33:19 GMT -5 by dirtydave
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