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I didn't really know where to post this so I'll put it here. This is the first part of a typical West Coast Race team that did the Regional type circuit back in the late 60s and 70s. Running at West coast tracks from Washington,Oregon, Calif. Also as far east Arizona,Neveda,Utah,Colorado, Montana. This is going to be a 4 piece build... Starting with the 72 Chevy pickup, A slide-in Camper, a Early 70s type Dirt Sprintcar and Race Trailer. I started with the camper and truck. I drew a set of plans for the slide-in camper as I really didn't want to cut up that AMT/Moebius camper to fit. This camper is made to represent a permanent setting on this truck. In the first set of pics I have cut all the pieces out of card stock and taped them together for a rough look and see. The second set of pics are of the Evergreen Plastic and taped together again to see how everything fits. To this point all the measurements have been pretty darn close. A little sanding here and there but it's going to work. All the Trim and roof vents and windows with trim (and of course curtains) still need to be fabbed. But...this is the start....CARD STOCK MOCK-UP... PLASTIC W/ MINOR CHANGES Thanks for looking in folks....
Update here..... The glue/wall supports have been fabbed and the bottom ( or base) has been put together and sitting in mock up on the truck. The first picture shows ALL the walls and roof with the glue supports in place. Looking at the Camper base...I think I'm going to add a Bulk Head from floor to ceiling just in front of the big side window for side support. Here are a few pics of what's done....Thanks for looking in....
That is going to be a very interesting build. Did the plastic come with the corrogated look or did you make it from some sorta semi round stock?
Power matters in the straights.Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman
Thanks for the compliment Bainford....
Here's a small update on the camper...The window frames are built. The Rivets have to be attached on all the perimeters. The Back door frame and the tail light bezels have to be fabbed. Hopefullt I can get that done today...There's still a little more that has to be done on each side of this camper like the heater box...and the power receptacle. I'm waiting for the louvers to arrive from Archers. Then I can finish that.... Here's a few mock up pics..... Supports added for the side walls..... Walls and front in mockup.. Thanks for looking in Folks....
Cool project! reminds me of the '69 my dad had when i was young. watched american graffiti at the drive-in from the bunk over the cab. good memories. keep up the good work.
Cool project. The camper body is coming along nicely.
About the only thing i remember about the movie was a black car and a yellow car racing and the black one crashing and Wolfman Jack. i was only 2 or 3 yrs old at the time, so i don't remember very much else about it other than fighting with my brother to get a good spot to see the movie. keep us updated on your progress.
Hey Gary,I do like the camper conversion.
Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...
I don't know how I missed this one...... "most excellent".......I'm going to ride shotgun on this one! Great job Gary!
"I Have Flying Monkey's And I'm Not Afraid To Use Them"
Here's an over due update......The window trim, door and glass( tempered),all the vents and A/C have been fabed for the roof and in mockup in the pics. All are pinned and will be removed to prime. The running lights have been figured out and the light Bezels were cut from Evergreen tubbing. The rear tail lights and running lights are in mockup. The front and side lights have to be and that should be finished today. The Heater and all the side STUFF have been fabed along with adding louvers and rivets from Archer. Then....I think it's ready for primer. Here's a look at the progress...thanks for looking in folks.... The Back door before ALL the stuff has been added... With the lights ... Roof lay out.... Roof with everything in mockup... Left and right side details that were fabed...
Nice work. I can't wait to see what you do with the inside. When I was a kid I left a half eaten hotdog in a camper that looked just like that one. I have no idea whos camper is was.
The camper is looking great, Gary. Nice work.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting 6s and 7s. The inside will closed up. There's ALOT of building to do with this Race Team project, that doing the inside would extend the project to far out. The idea is to replicate a race team that's on the road or just pulling into the pits.
Thank you Bainford..
That's just crazy cool work. Nice. When I see you folks do this like this it makes me think I could do work like that.
Thanks for the compliments John and Bugs. I managed to get ALL the running lights finished last night. I need to drill and mock-up the two flood lights and cut all the window material and this should be ready to prime.
Here's an update...The camper is ready for the primer. All the trim and exterior parts are finished. The roof will be painted separately and then added when dry. All of the roof details are in mock-up along with the wheels to get a look at what I want to do with the rear. I want to use dual tires in the rear and looking at this mock-up...I will need to move them in quite alot. I will also have to radius the fender and flare it a little. Ok...here are a few pics.
Brilliant work Gary,cant wait to see what's next.
The camper really looks the business. Very nice work, Gary.
Very nice scratchbuilding! the details look great and spot on for that period look.
Here's an update on the Bumper and Trailer hitch. I'm still debating the thickness(top to bottom) of the bumper. I still might take an inch or two out...
It might be a pain to do, but taking an inch or two out of the bumper thickness will look beter. Not too much though, it's close.
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