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Iditarod Rat Rod Bus - 4-23-18 - Done!

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Iditarod Rat Rod Bus - 4-23-18 - Done!
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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Posted by montelsc on Saturday, November 18, 2017 1:30 AM

Cool bus like it.

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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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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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Posted by FrozenPlastik49 on Friday, January 26, 2018 10:56 PM

Thanks Rudy! You should get one...really enjoying this build!

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Posted by FrozenPlastik49 on Friday, January 26, 2018 10:57 PM

Paint!!! With my new (and first) airbrush, I laid down some Vallejo paints. 71.001 White for the top part and a mix of 70.972 Light Green Blue, 70.970 Deep Green, 71.050 Light Gray, and the 71.001 for the bottom. Pretty happy with the result. Rims were painted in same colors. Next will be the undercarriage and on to the weathering.

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Posted by Gluecipher on Sunday, January 28, 2018 5:37 PM

Somehow i have missed this,maybe i have thought its like some bus looking dragster you are building..

 

But hey,this looks nice,very nice buildYes

Im in to musher stuff and alaska, and this really seems to fit the bill.

 

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, January 28, 2018 8:54 PM

Love those matt colours FP49 ! Almost like an old Wedgewood plate Bow

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Posted by FrozenPlastik49 on Sunday, February 04, 2018 6:45 PM

Thanks Spencer...it does!

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Posted by FrozenPlastik49 on Sunday, February 04, 2018 6:46 PM

Weathering update! Using a combination of the salt technique and LifeColor Liquid Pigments, I set to weather the underside of the bus. I first put down some rust, then grey, then the green body color around the edges to simulate overspray. Once that was done, I moved to the body, first adding some yellow in spots as the actual bus has some yellow showing through the white and green. Then I added LifeColor to that and added dry transfer numbers. Last were the rims.

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, February 05, 2018 10:41 PM
Superb ! just the right amount of ageing IMHO.... In my painkiller addled mind ( broken tooth !) I have just thought of "the 5th Element " film vehicles ... Pop a couple of old turbines on the side and hey presto !
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Posted by FrozenPlastik49 on Thursday, February 22, 2018 1:33 PM

Thanks Gluecipher!

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Posted by FrozenPlastik49 on Thursday, February 22, 2018 1:34 PM

Thanks Spencer...a great idea for the next time I build this kit!

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Posted by FrozenPlastik49 on Thursday, February 22, 2018 1:35 PM

Final update! I may do a bit more weathering, perhaps on the windows, but this thing is all but done. Just in time for the Fur Rondy model contest too, which commences in less than 48 hours! Really happy with the way it turned out, having never weathered or scratchbuilt too many things before (roof rack, jerry cans, and dog sled all handmade). My cell phone pics are pretty crappy, but you get the idea. I will repost once my photographer wife has gotten some better shots...perhaps in the snow, even. Wish me luck this weekend!

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:13 PM
If you don't win , set the Huskys on em !! Best of luck for the comp , I think it's a winner anyway . P.S. I did a tube roof rack for my 1969 Isuzu Bellet (just needs drip rail clamp ideas now... ) & 'upcycled' some matchsticks for the transverse slats . A set of minilites on slicks & a jack up top . The joys of scratch building eh ?? I will post up once I get my hands on mumsies I pad .... LOL
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Posted by PatrickW on Friday, February 23, 2018 4:29 PM

Best of luck at the show that is just out of this world! I like every bit of it and if you don't win we'll have to come over a sort the judges out!

Brilliant build well done!

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Posted by FrozenPlastik49 on Monday, March 19, 2018 10:01 PM

Thanks Spencer and PatrickW! I did win my division, so mission accomplished! I'll post some final pics soon.

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 7:18 AM

Congrats on the win. It is well deserved. The weathering looks spot on. The wheels are not to my liking for this build, but it is a very cool concept and well executed. Nicely done.

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Posted by PatrickW on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 5:45 PM

Well done on the win! I'm not surprised!

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Posted by MikeFo on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 7:39 PM

"Cool" love the pups sticking their heads out!

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:59 PM

a very very well done theme that has me grinning. You did a great job with the weathering. Doing the window frames made a huge difference. It was worth the effort. Cute dogs too

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Posted by FrozenPlastik49 on Monday, April 23, 2018 9:47 PM

It's a wrap! Got this bad boy finished just in time for the 2018 Winterfest/Fur Rondy Model Contest. Happy to report it took first place, but don't get too excited...my two entries were the only ones in their division. <_<  What you see before you is the Jimmy Flintstone 1950 Ford Bus resin kit with donor parts from the Revell '50 Ford F-1 Pickup kit, all turned into a musher's transport to the start of the Last Great Race. It is a nod to the polarizing 'Into the Wild' Bus #142, made famous by the infamous Christopher McCandless. Scratchbuilt roof rack includes handmade dog sled, jerry cans, and boxes. Wheels are EightyOne's Brixton R25s (21"). 3D dogs courtesy of Shapeways. Weathering is a blend of Lifecolor's Liquid Pigments and Tamiya Weathering Masters. Pictures courtesy of my uber-talented photographer wife Amanda (www.morningdewphotography.com).

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Posted by FrozenPlastik49 on Monday, April 23, 2018 9:51 PM

Thanks Bainford, PatrickW, MikeFo, and JustMike...appreciate the comments and compliments!

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 5:08 PM
A win's a win LOL& I just love it !! I just brought myself some AK interactive crusted rust deposits paint triple pack . My 50 F1 " Arizona field find" looks great / awful ..... depending on your preference !!!! ;-)
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Posted by cadillac on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 4:09 PM

Great work. Very cool.

I read about McCandless. It wasn't the first time he went off alone and ill prepared. There was another guy that did something almost as.... He decided to go live with Bears. He succeded and lived with them long enough to be eaten by them.

I'm a bad monkey.

Aaaaaaaahhhhh insanity, It's not just for the insane anymore.

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