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    1944 Diamond T 6x6

    Lots to show since the last posting. Painting completed for the most part, cab interior nearly finished. Winch is done except for a hook on the end of the chain.
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    Ford LT9000 Dump Papco

    Aluminum foil dents! Always something to learn that you never thought of before! Thanks!!!!!
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    1944 Diamond T 6x6

    Got a bit more done since the last post. Here's where we are as of today.
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    1944 Diamond T 6x6

    Been doing some fender work. The material is Renshape. No grain because its extruded plastic sort of like plastic decking. The rough profile was cut on a bandsaw and sanded smooth using a disk sander. The underside of the fender is carved out using my Dremel and a sanding drum.
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    1944 Diamond T 6x6

    With very few exceptions all of what is in white is what I have either made from plastic stock or have cast in white resin. The only things that are kit pieces are the air brake components on each axle, a couple of frame cross members, and the voltage regulator on the firewall. Sorry, I forgot; the fan also.😊 Yes, the engine is scratch built as well. Renshape for the block and oil pan. Other parts are plastic tubing, strip stock, brass wire, brass tubing and some craft wire for spark plug wires. Fan belts are electical black tape. Pulleys are lathe turnings.
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    1944 Diamond T 6x6

    Progress made since the last post. Here's where we are as of today.
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    Wilson flatbed upgrade

    Tarps can be easy to make using some 2 ply facial tissue with no imprint and some 50/50 white glue and water. Here are examples of what I did for two WC trucks of WW II. Tissue laid in place and "painted with white glue/water mix. Tissue rolled up and glued in place. Spray painted with Testors Olive Drab and then weathered. Similar rig but with a larger tarp to make. In place with an added piece over the drivers compartment. The straps are made of brown paper bag strips and brass wire. Again weathering was done using Tamiya chalks. The trick is to simply lay the tissue over what you want to cover and let gravity and the glue/water mix do its thing. After it dries you can shape it to fit the coils you are thinking about.
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    1944 Diamond T 6x6

    Picking up speed a bit. The cab and radiator are taking shape. It's beginning to look something like a truck now. This is going to be the soft top version of the military Diamond T so it has small half doors on each side.
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    1944 Diamond T 6x6

    Got some engine work done. The truck is powered by a Hercules RXC 6 cylinder engine. No kit has this engine so it is off to the scrap yard, parts bin and the materials bay to get enough to work with. The block and oil pan are Renshape-like materials. Other stuff is mainly plastic and brass. The TM for the '44 Diamond T has been a good source of info as has the maintenance manual.
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    Hello from Belgium

    Welcome to the forum, Mark. Lots of good ideas here.
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    1944 Diamond T 6x6

    Been a while since posting progress on this rig. There have been a lot of detail pieces to figure out and get done. So this is where the chassis is of a couple of days ago. Drive shafts are connected except for the one that goes between the transmission and transfer case. The engine has to be built first. Most of the chassis is now finished. The steering is complete along with shocks and final connections for the springs. I made a buck to shape the bumpers on the back of the frame. The brass was first annealed to soften it for forming. The pintle hook opens and swivels. Brass pins were used for the rivet details. A look at the rear spring details without the tires in the way. On each of the front wheels and the outside rear wheels I shaved away the lug nuts. When the wheels were cast, the lugs did not always come out as they should. They were replaced by drilling holes where the lugs were and inserting pieces of brass wire in their place and slipping some #15 fusion beads over them. CA holds them all in place. The rears were trimmed on the back side so that the wheels would fit against the inside ones. Once all is complete, the hubs where the screws and washers show will be covered with appropriate caps.
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    Bill from Seattle

    I recognize the Effer crane. I used one on a FD service vehicle some years ago. This is it.
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    Bill from Seattle

    Done a few myself. I like your M-715. Here's one I did a few months back. A "surplus" piece given a second life.
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    1944 Diamond T 6x6

    Got a bit more done on the chassis and axle assemblies. Lots of small stuff to do to get it all together. All torque rods are in place. Front axle is glued to the springs and U-bolts added. The springs are still detachable and will need final pinning. The rear axles are finished along with brake parts. The axles pivot up and down with the springs floating free on top. Drive shaft between axles is also in place. Tires and wheels are still unattached and will have to be painted before they can be mounted in place.
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    Bill from Seattle

    Nice work, Bill. Have seen your work in Vintage Fire Truck magazine. Any new fire projects on the bench?