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Mashpee 354 International R190

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This is on the workbench and will eventually be a model of Mashpee 354, a brush truck for the Town of Mashpee Fire Department.  The cab is an Illini Replicas casting.  Frame is from an Ertl kit and was extended.  Tires are resin castings made from a 3D printed master.  The engine is re-worked from a 1941 Chevy kit engine.

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Since the last post several things have been done.  Doors have been opened by scribing and sawing.  Then brass butt hinges were added to the cab and doors.  The interior tub has been put in place also.  When the doors were cut away the cab became very flimsy since it was only held together by the A posts at the windshield.   I also cut away the cast in place headlight surrounds and substituted the chrome ones from a Ford truck kit. 

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The door interiors have been painted with inside latches and window cranks made from bright aluminum wire.  The dash board has been sanded for fitting and the cast in place gages were cut off.  A decal was made of all of the gages and overlaid with photoetched bezels.  The seat will be painted the same as the top of the dash as an accent color.  Gear shift, hand brake and 4 wheel drive lever are ready for installation.

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Here are a couple of updates.  The cab is now in paint and some of the details have been added.  Still lots to do but now and then it is fun to deviate from the general build and concentrate on the fun stuff.  The paint is Duplicolor right from the can.  I like it because it dries quickly and is a hard finish.  Easy to polish out.  I did the IH decals on my computer copying the logo from a photo of the real one.  Then it was downsized and printed on an ALPS printer.  The seat came from the '50 Chevy.  It was brush painted with acrylic Model Master medium tan.  When put on over Duplicolor primer it flowed perfectly into a nice even coat.

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Bare Metal Foil was used on the grill bars.  Headlight bezels are now glued in place.  Next up is to lightly sand and polish the hood and doors.

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Gorgeous work she will be be beautiful.  I like the tires you molded, really nice work on the cab.  

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Here's a little update on progress so far.  Working on a Wisconsin V-4 powered Hale pump for the rear deck.  Paint is coming along.  Got to get another rattle can of "Flame Red" from Duplicolor to finish it off.

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Continuing right along we got the decals done today after a bit of a struggle.  Seemed like nothing would go right.  Had to reprint them several times on the ALPS due to either marring the decal, not quite fitting right or other struggle.  But they are there now.

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Work continues on the top bars that are made of soldered brass rods.  The rods were ground down at the lower ends to form pins for pre-drilled holes in the lower bars.  Brass tubing was used for the uprights that connect to the long horizontal bars on top of the body.  The tubing allowed for plastic rods to be inserted for attaching to the top of the body sides.

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With the brass work completed as one piece it could be removed for painting.  Note the pins and plastic rods at the ends of each piece.

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With painting completed the bars were re-attached permanently to the model.

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