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"...caller reports smoke showing!"
Posted by explorer2770 on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 6:16 PM


With the finish line for "The Thin Blue Line" CBP fast approaching, I thought I'd follow in Greg's footsteps and offer up another community build project on the topic of the Fire and EMS vehicles.    

The proposed qualifiers:

  •     Any era, any scale, real or fictional
  •     Any level of fire or EMS protection (local/City, County, State, Federal,)
  •     Any country
  •     Any type of vehicle (a partial list, the sky's the limit)
  •     Pumper/Engine, mini-pumper
  •     Tanker
  •     Aerial device (ladder truck, quint, Snorkel, Snozzle, Squirt)
  •     Rescue (heavy, light, squad, air/light)  
  •     Wildland brush truck, mini-pumper
  •     The Chief's Ride
  •     Support vehicles
  •     Ambulances (Type I, Type II, Type III, MICU, special)
  •     Fly car a.k.a. Paramedic Chase Car
  •     Watercraft
  •     Helicopters
  •     Firebombers
  •     Fire Muster trucks (antiques or competition vehicles)
  •     Volunteer POVs
  •     Any color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, slime, teal, etc.)
  •     Scratchbuilding is encouraged, Box stock is acceptable.
  •     WIP pictures (please include pictures of details added to interiors)

Build time: 1 November 2013 - 1 June 2014


Greg H. (pyrman): brush truck

Brandon (explorer2770): Brush trucks

Mr. Me: Track Response

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  • From: Central Ohio
Posted by pyrman on Thursday, October 17, 2013 8:17 AM

I'm I need to decide whether it'll be a Grapeville (PA) FD brush rig or a raceway crash truck Confused

Greg H

"Think of the fact that there's not one state in the 50 that has the death penalty for speeding...although I'm not so sure about Ohio." (The Cannonball Run)

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Posted by explorer2770 on Saturday, October 19, 2013 5:06 PM

Greg, glad to see you join the build.  

I'm debating a brush truck as well as a few other types right now.  I have three types of brush trucks from my home county that I'd love to do, but the cabs aren't currently available in plastic.

Bettsville Brush 63

Helena VFD Dodge/Weis brush truck

Ballville and Lindsay VFD's also have Weis brush trucks on the Ford F-series chassis.

Townsend Township's Ford F-350/1st Attack

I'm drawn to the Weis trucks, those things are awesome.  I'm thinking of using the '99 Silverado with lots of modificaitons, or build one on a '65 Chevy kit as a what-if.

Of course, I could use the Revell '77 Chevrolet tow truck kit to make up Sandusky Township's Chevrolet/Pierce mini-pumper, but that really isn't a brush truck.

I'm going to have to do some more pondering on this one before I decide which to make.

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Posted by explorer2770 on Saturday, October 26, 2013 5:45 PM

Well, I just couldn't wait until next weekend to start this.  I'm building 2 Weis Fire Safety Quick Attack 300 flatbed brush trucks.  For more information about these types of brush trucks, go to

The flatbeds are 11.0 cm long by 9.7 cm wide and designed for a 60" CA DRW chassis.  The body features a firefighter walkway between the cab and the tank body so that firefighters can stand and use the 2 tank mounted hand lines to fight the fires. 

Progress so far:

The Dodge Ram 3500 is for mock up purposes only, I haven't decided on the chassis I want to use yet.  Wish I could find a Ford F-350 in plastic, but I might consider modifying the '99 Revell Silverado into a Silverado 3500 chassis. I know I could use a diecast F-350, but there is a contest I'd like to enter these in which does not permit diecast cars or trucks, even if I do all of this scratchbuilding.

I'm working on 300 gallon water tanks, side compartments, and hose reels this weekend.  I have to decide how I'm going to make the pumps...

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Posted by explorer2770 on Sunday, November 3, 2013 7:34 PM

Here's some progress on the flatbeds I got done this past week.  

Still working on figuring out the parts necessary for a modern pump engine, but the tractor engine from the MPC Lotus Indy turbine kit does lends itself nicely to the block housing.

More to come. 

Feel free to join in and start your own fire truck or ambulance.

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Posted by MR. ME on Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:07 PM

Hope I'm not to late to ask this but i worked for a number of years at a 3/8 mile dirt track in northwest Pa. we had a number of fire truck but my favorite one was a piece of doodoo Dodge Dakota with a big wheeled fire tank in the bed, would this fall under any type of vehicle? It wasn't very pretty but it got the job done

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Posted by explorer2770 on Friday, December 13, 2013 1:28 PM

Mr. Me, that sounds like it would fit right in.  I've added you to the initial post.  Good luck with your build.

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Posted by MR. ME on Friday, December 13, 2013 3:13 PM

Thanks, now to find the DAKOTA, any hints there? The tank I could scratchbuild!!!

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Posted by explorer2770 on Friday, December 13, 2013 4:33 PM

I'm only aware of the Lindberg '98 Dodge Dakota which is still available from some sources.  I've built two in the past, but that kit won't work for a '87-96 model year.  There's always the option to make what you wish you had back then, or an updated version with a newer Dodge Ram or Dakota, or maybe even an Chevy S-10 or Ford Ranger from that era.

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Posted by MR. ME on Sunday, December 15, 2013 2:29 AM

Thanks explorer, I think I may go with the Ranger, as we had one of them as a fire truck, just before the dodge, the owner/promoter had a junkyard, where he got his track vehicles from. by the time we got them they were usually beat to death, the dodge and the ranger we had the longest though, there was a early 90s chevy luv too

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Posted by explorer2770 on Sunday, December 15, 2013 9:20 PM

Mr. Me.  Sounds good, I changed your subject to be more general.  Let me know if you need any more help.

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Posted by explorer2770 on Sunday, December 15, 2013 9:22 PM

Well, here's some more progress.  I'm making more progress on the flatbeds so I have to start working on the chassis.

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Posted by kymdlr on Sunday, January 12, 2014 11:51 PM

very nice scratch building on the equipment and truck bed!

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Posted by explorer2770 on Monday, February 3, 2014 7:47 AM

Finally got these back out and started working on them.  While I wait for some plastruct parts to arrive so I can start the plumbing work, I decided to cut one of the cabs down to a regular.  Not perfect, and it still needs some work after the milliput sets up (not shown in these photos).  I used some tape to trace the door curve, then carefully cut out the center section. 


Once that was done, I measured the cab and then cut down the interior to fit (yes, it still needs more work and some putty).


Things to do yet, way too many.  Now to work on the chassis and get both set up for a makeshift stock 4x4 wth dual rear wheels. Time to get a jig ready for leaf springs, then wait for Spring to arrive so I can start painting these trucks and maybe get them done by April.


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