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Project: Huffer - Transformers Yard Tractor - Finished Pics!

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  • Member since
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  • From: Upstate New York
Project: Huffer - Transformers Yard Tractor - Finished Pics!
Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, March 09, 2018 8:06 PM

As some of you may know, one of my ongoing projects is realizing all of the original 1984 Autobots from Transformers figures as 1/24(ish) scale models. One of the last few remaining is Huffer, the orange truck that was either a superdeformed semi or a yard tractor:

I decided to consider it the latter, and am making a yard mule using Lindberg's Dodge L-700 as a base. I cut the chassis at the ends of the spring shackles to reduce the overhang, but otherwise built the frame box stock:

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, March 09, 2018 8:07 PM

Nothing really close to the cab design exists, so I'm scratch building that from styrene

It's a bit of a weird project, but this little hobgoblin of a truck has been fun to work on so far. I'm hoping to get the final details on the cab and get some paint on it this weekend. Any comments/criticisms are welcome!

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, March 10, 2018 7:33 AM

This looks like scratch building at it's best!  Keep going Bill!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-Morgan 4/4; '32 Ford 5-Window Coupe; 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, March 10, 2018 6:41 PM
Excellent so far ( I can still do the transformers noise as they .... transform ..." Kii Kuu kooo Ku" sort of thing !) LOL
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Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, March 10, 2018 7:06 PM

Thanks, guys! Got some paint on it today:

Spencer Mopar Fan
I can still do the transformers noise as they .... transform ..." Kii Kuu kooo Ku" sort of thing !

Laugh

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 7:35 PM

Painted the inside of the cab and added some door handles courtesy of Don Mills Models:

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, March 29, 2018 9:48 PM

Interior update!

Seats were taken from my parts box and carved down, dash and steering wheel were modified from AMT's Freightliner COE. Everything else was scratched from sheet and shaped styrene stock.

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  • From: Bombala, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, April 02, 2018 1:13 AM
awesome work. will make a great addition to your collection
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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, April 02, 2018 8:38 PM

Superb work as always Spence. - I'm guessing the rivets were "punched out" from behind ?? Black Eye

Or very well placed if stuck on singularly !!Geeked

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 5:17 AM

Thanks, guys!

The rivets are decals made by Archer Fine Transfers; they make a bunch of surface details, including rivets, weld beads, louvers, and tread texture. Not always the easiest things to apply when you're doing long straight lines like this, but much easier than doing them one-by-one and the results are well worth it.

The hood on this one used their louver decals.

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 5:50 PM
That's another company on my " when I get my insurance pay out " list then !! LOL Cheers Spence !!
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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, May 03, 2018 1:52 PM

Done!  For those who like the long version of what all went into it, you can see my writeup of the build here.

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, May 03, 2018 5:15 PM
Excellent !
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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, May 03, 2018 7:20 PM
Thanks!
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  • From: The Motor City
Posted by BRONCO BILLY on Friday, May 18, 2018 2:01 PM

Great build. Interesting subject matter. How many transformers have you recreated with kit parts?

Bronco Billy

 

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, May 19, 2018 9:50 PM
Thanks! At the moment, I have 58 Transformers-based models & customs in 1/24(ish) scale: 25 based on Generation 1 characters, the rest from G2 through the recent movies.

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