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    • March 9, 2019 7:34 PM EST
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      Delivery truck for Mackenzie's Mercantile

      After building Mackenzie's Mercantile general store in the Mik Challenge [link], I felt the need for a delivery truck. I found one on ebay and have started the kitbash. Here's the kit:

       

       

      So far I've got some of the chassis and engine put together:

       

       

      Current plan is to bash a real wood flatbed on the back. I'm also interested in trying out the "salt" method of weathering the paint to make this look well used.

       

    • March 9, 2019 10:14 PM EST
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      Now Jim that will be a cool looker

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    • March 9, 2019 11:05 PM EST
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      That '26 AC is a fun build, if you need any extra parts let me know, I have 90% of the kit laying in a box doing nothing.  I used it as a blueprint to build one in 1:20 scale for my McVay Log Loader project.

    • March 10, 2019 1:10 AM EST

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      Jim, please continue posting your progress on this kit bash.  I have a different version of the Monogram model ( I think they made several) sitting in a box as well -- and would love the inspiration of seeing your work.

    • March 10, 2019 1:35 PM EDT
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      There are several of these laying around it seems. I'm going to put a few pointers here in case people are interested (and for my own inspiration purposes):

       

      Don Watson:

       

       

      Norm Anderson:

       

       

      Rick Marty (a 1:20 version using the dump truck version of this kit as a pattern for parts) [link]:

       

       

      John Caughey (not based on this kit, but check out his topic as it has a lot of good photos in it) [link]:

       

       

      [edited to add John's rail truck build, may he feel well enough to finish it!]

       

      This post was edited by Jim Rowson at March 12, 2019 1:20 PM EDT
    • March 10, 2019 4:56 PM EDT
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      I'm sure others have posted this or similar, but here's a video that I am using to teach me about salt weathering:

       

       

      Here's' Devon using salt on his "hat in the ring mining facility" [link]

      And a post by Xavier Alvarez [link]

       

       

    • March 10, 2019 6:24 PM EDT
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      Jim, I bet i can these you all about wind weathering... 

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    • March 10, 2019 7:18 PM EDT
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      Finished chassis assembly and primed it:

       

       

    • March 11, 2019 6:39 AM EDT
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      Now you need to rust it up a bit before you drop the body onto it.

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    • March 11, 2019 11:26 AM EDT
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      Jim, my article on weathering the Heel Boom is just about ready to post, probably tomorrow.

    • March 11, 2019 12:37 PM EDT
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      David: yupsters. that's the plan

       

      Rick: yay! I could use that. I like how you treated the engine in your truck, and that looks vaguely similar to the steam engine. I've made a bit of progress on my fleshing out the rest of my article. will get that finished up soonish I hope.

    • March 11, 2019 4:40 PM EDT
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      I respectfully disagree with my friend David Maynard about rusting the chassis.  These trucks came from the factory with no rust and assuming the building is from the 1920s or earlier, this truck should still look like new.  They did not get rusty until they got old.  But Jim, whatever you decide it will look really cool, and whatever pleases you is what matters.

    • March 12, 2019 9:47 AM EDT
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      Jim, that truck is too cool...I ordered one on ebay five minutes after reading your post.  Looking forward to the end result.  As for the the rust, it's a California truck, it takes 50 years to rust

      This post was edited by Dan DeVoto at March 12, 2019 12:31 PM EDT
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    • March 12, 2019 12:32 PM EDT
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      Bill, Dan: I am afraid I am addicted to rust. And rehab would cut into my modeling time...

       

      Dan: looking forward to seeing your version!

    • March 13, 2019 9:21 PM EDT
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      Jim, that is a cool looking truck.  Looking forward to watching it come to life and I agree on the weathering, beat it up and rust it up 

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    • March 30, 2019 5:46 PM EDT
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      Finally able to get back to this. Following the "salt" weathering/rusting technique video, I'm adding some rust undercoat with some yellow variations. Here's where I am so far:

       

       

      Here are the paint colors I'm using (Tru-Color):

       

       

      To get some yellow texture I painted through some gauze (see the video a few posts up for how they suggest you do that):

       

       

      We'll see how this goes!

       

    • March 30, 2019 6:22 PM EDT
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      Looking good Jim. Those rivets look like they were made at the factory

    • March 31, 2019 6:39 PM EDT
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      Did the salt thing today. The process is:

       

      • wet an area
      • sprinkle on salt (I started with coarse and went to fine... not sure which is better)
      • let it dry
      • airbrush on the top coat. you will lose some salt, don't despair
      • let the top coat dry
      • use a toothbrush (preferably not one you plan to use on your teeth later) to remove the top coat over the salt

       

      Result:

       

       

      The various pieces aren't actually attached yet, but it is possibly going to look like a truck when I'm done:

       

       

    • March 31, 2019 7:17 PM EDT
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      I like it 

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