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Iditarod Rat Rod Bus

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    January, 2016
Iditarod Rat Rod Bus
Posted by FrozenPlastik49 on Friday, November 17, 2017 7:52 PM

Time for a new build! Trying to get this one done in time for the Anchorage IPMS Winterfest/Fur Rondy model contest in late February. Using the Jimmy Flintstone 1950 Ford School Bus (and donor Revell Ford F-1 pickup), I plan to turn it into a dog musher's bus styled after the 'famed' McCandless bus. The side windows will be converted to dog kennels. Already scratchbuilt the dog sled and roof rack (the one pictured was re-done for a lower profile) and ordered a handful of huskies from Winup Scale Models at Shapeways.  It will mostly be a curbside, though the undercarriage will be detailed and the bottom half of the motor will be used.  Wheels are EightyOne's Brixton R25s (21"). Been testing several alternatives for weathering, including the salt technique and Lifecolors Rust Wizard and may settle on using both.  Wish me luck!





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  • From: flushing NY
Posted by montelsc on Saturday, November 18, 2017 1:30 AM

Cool bus like it.

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    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, November 18, 2017 9:15 PM

Superb looking bus . Never thought I'd say that !


Nuttier than squirrel s..........

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  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Sunday, November 19, 2017 4:13 AM

WOW! Fantastic idea and fantastic looking Bus already, including the rack, sled and huskies. I shall have to look at one of these on the Jimmy Flintstone site!

Keep up the good work, as I'm interested to see how this goes.

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Posted by FrozenPlastik49 on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 3:50 PM

Thanks Montelsc...much appreciated!

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Posted by FrozenPlastik49 on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 3:51 PM

Ha! Thanks Spencer Mopar Fan...much appreciated!

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Posted by FrozenPlastik49 on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 3:52 PM

Thanks PatrickW...much appreciated!

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Posted by FrozenPlastik49 on Friday, January 12, 2018 11:02 PM

Quick update to start 2018! After dissecting the plethora of photos of the McCandless Bus, it seemed prudent to scribe panel lines on the Flintstone school bus. To continue my insanity, I also decided to form window frames out of .015" x .020" Evergreen plastic strips (a few are evident in the photos...all are done as of posting). All windows (not shown) are now cut from.010" clear Evergreen sheet and will be sprayed with Tamiya smoke. Also not shown are three scratchbuilt jerry cans that will take residence on the roof rack. My lovely wife bought me a Paasche Talon TG airbrush and compressor (my first!!!) for Christmas (thank you Amanda....and Anchorage House of Hobbies!!!), so I'm moving towards paint as soon as I'm comfortable with the whole airbrush experience. Vallejo Model Air and Model Color will be applied in the coming days and then weathering can begin!



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Posted by RudyOnWheels on Monday, January 15, 2018 1:41 PM
Too cool! What a neat idea.... And all of the possibilities for this bus! I need one now! - Keep up the good work! - Rudy


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