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  • Member since
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  • From: Bombala, Australia
Holden FJ Ambulance
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 5:25 AM

When i saw this 1/25 scale FJ holden van, i thought it looked kinda naff and toy-like, but might make a good addition to my collection. It was a gaudy light blue with unrealistic logos thrown on it. I knew i wanted to repaint it, but then i got the "brilliant" idea to make it into an Ambulance. Unfortunately the resin shop wouldn't sell me the grille and stuff from their FJ sedan kit to fix it up. There is no "Gowings Distributors", the livery is fake. Also, the paint is horrible. I could probably have polished it out, but it looked crazed and is ugly, so i will repaint it.




 

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  • From: Bombala, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 5:27 AM

First step is to disassemble it for painting

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 6:19 AM

Looking forward to this. Definitely needs bigger wheels and tires.

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    January, 2005
  • From: Bombala, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Thursday, July 05, 2018 2:25 AM

Step 2 was to drill out the side windows., if you've ever modded a diecast, you know this is a soft metal, but still takes power tools and hard work.


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  • From: Bombala, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Thursday, July 05, 2018 2:26 AM

dremel out the panels and cleaned up the body


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  • From: Bombala, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Friday, July 06, 2018 1:46 AM

Base color is a custom mix of yellow/white



second coat



detailed the chassis


and the interior

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  • From: Bombala, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Friday, July 06, 2018 11:30 PM

Reassembly begins. it's pretty easy, since it was just a few screws and snaps.  Found some lights to decorate it. Next step is to create the artwork for decals.


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  • From: Bombala, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Friday, July 13, 2018 5:58 AM

I wanted a photo of it next to my resin 1/25 scale FJ Holden ute to see how accurate it looks. it looks quite a bit narrow. i filed down the grille so it didn't stick out like a snow-plow.



Ok, custom decals printed off and applied. i printed one set in white and one in clear.


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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, July 13, 2018 6:12 AM

Very cool ambulance conversion. Definately a huge improvement.

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    January, 2005
  • From: Bombala, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 4:53 AM

Time to make this ambulance a stretcher fetcher, with a gurney. there wasn't enough space in the back to put a full sized standing person, so i made it a bit short, but given it can't really be seen, it probably doesn't matter. I made this out of styrene sheet and tube.


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  • From: Bombala, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 4:54 AM

I gave it a quick paint and glued it in place


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  • From: Bombala, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 4:29 PM

Unfortunately, when i clearcoated it, some of the decals and paint smeared. I added some brown curtains to match the real car.

It is now complete.


FJ Ambulance by aus_mus, on Flickr

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  • From: Bombala, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 4:30 PM




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  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 7:25 PM

Nice conversion, aussiemuscle, I remember seeing those when I was a kid.  You're right, it does look tall and narrow when seen next to the ute, the sides of the bonnet (hood) look too high, and the windscreen is maybe a bit low also.  But I like what you did with it, and the stretcher is a clever touch.  What's the source of the ute kit?  Cheers.

Steve

 

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  • From: Bombala, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Thursday, July 26, 2018 6:46 AM

There was a company selling them on ebay. I think his username was ResinBob or something like that.

Here's my ute build: http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/35/t/117080.aspx

 

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  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Thursday, July 26, 2018 6:31 PM

Thanx, aussiemuscle.  Cheers.

Steve

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