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Beetle Bailey Jeep Finished Model

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  • From: Upstate New York
Beetle Bailey Jeep Finished Model
Posted by spencer1984 on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 9:26 PM

Growing up with the "classic" comics, Beetle Bailey was a staple as far back as I can remember. I wanted to make a tribute to this strip in scale, but with something that more closely reflected Mort Walker's art than a box stock Jeep. So I'm doing a full scratch build and aiming for somewhere between the full detail of Hasegawa's Willys MB (which is serving as a guide for me) and the simplicity of the comic art.

The frame rails are .080" styrene with various other sizes for crossmembers. The bumper is C channel, and the springs are layered .010" stock.

I'm building the body from the inside out, mostly using .040" sheet styrene at this point. I've got some filler on the seams, and once that's set I'll sand and start adding the outer body panels.

The grille is something I drew and had 3D printed at Shapeways, and the hood is a section of .375" tube sliced in half and grafted to a flat piece of .040" sheet. Since this is going to be a curbside, I added some extra bracing under the hood to prevent cracks in the filler.

As always, any comments/criticisms/suggestions are welcome!

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, February 01, 2019 11:30 PM

A little more progress tonight, got the tub fully enclosed. The door cutouts are pretty much always drawn as simple loops, so I copied that look here. Next up will be the front fenders and firewall...

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Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, February 02, 2019 5:24 AM

Very cool subject Bill. Looking forward to more on this.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, February 04, 2019 7:55 AM

Interesting project, and the work so far is looking great.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

Trevor

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, February 04, 2019 10:36 AM

Very impressed with the scratchbuilding.  This is going to be great!! Dinner

Just keep picking away at it...

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, February 05, 2019 2:05 PM

Thanks, guys! Got a bit more done, with axles and the front of the body starting to take shape:

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Thursday, February 07, 2019 3:33 AM
Fabulous scratchbuilding. i like this

My Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459383@N07/albums

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Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, February 08, 2019 5:27 AM
Thanks!
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Posted by spencer1984 on Monday, February 11, 2019 8:35 AM

The chassis is now finished except for the front driveshaft. I'll install that once I get the engine in:

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Posted by mmthrax on Monday, February 11, 2019 12:16 PM

Great stuff this is.  Very well thought out and executed.

Carry on sir...

 

Just keep picking away at it...

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, March 10, 2019 12:18 PM

After a brief hiatus, it's now finished!

I used two sets of 1/32 scale P-38 main landing gear tires to replicate the balloon tire look used in the comics, which are mounted on the inner wheels from a 1/25 Batmissile and fit with almost no modification needed.

Paint is Tamiya TS-78 Field Gray, which was a nice middle ground among all the different shades used over the years.

The seats were scratch built from floral wire and 0.080" styrene, and the shift lever is a straight pin with some insulation and craft beads around the base as a boot.

The steering wheel is the last piece that came from my parts box...I was going to make one, but found this and it was too perfect to not use. Gauges are Slixx decals, and the pedals are sandpaper cut to shape and painted.

The exhausts system is aluminum tubing, with different diameters added to make the muffler.

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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Sunday, March 10, 2019 12:30 PM

Incredible build, looks just like the comic.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Monday, March 11, 2019 8:48 AM
Thanks!
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Posted by Daddy_O on Monday, March 11, 2019 10:26 AM
Well done! I love it.
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Posted by mmthrax on Monday, March 11, 2019 8:23 PM

That is really great work.  You have captured the "cartoon" proportions.  

Very impressive.  Bravo. YesYes

Just keep picking away at it...

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:05 AM

I quite like this build. Good creativity and very well executed. A very fun project indeed. Well done.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

Trevor

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:34 AM
Thanks, guys!

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