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Romancing the Stone Little Mule - Updated with Hood Ornament

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  • From: Upstate New York
Romancing the Stone Little Mule - Updated with Hood Ornament
Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, January 17, 2019 10:03 AM

Pepe the Little Mule, built from Revell's '80 Ford Bronco. The base kit is really close, but needed a lot of little details changed including a reshaped grille guard, relocated sideview mirrors, bench seat, custom roll bar with 6x driving lights, dual gas cans, and a rolled rear pan. I used tires from a couple of diecast cars mounted on rims from HoppersBazaar, and the sidepipes were from an AMT Camaro. The door decals were from a recent Slixx set.  A full writeup of what went into this build is available here, any comments/criticisms are welcome!

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, January 17, 2019 11:26 PM

"Look at them chompers!"  That is a neat subject you did. The truck looks awesome.

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Thursday, January 17, 2019 11:26 PM
looks great. like me, you also need a mule hood ornament

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Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, January 18, 2019 5:34 AM

Thanks, guys!

aussiemuscle308
like me, you also need a mule hood ornament

Yeah, I had looked around for a model railroad mule, horse, or anything else that may have worked. I didn't find anything even close enough to modify, so I think I'm going to have to carve one.

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Posted by chromecop on Friday, January 18, 2019 11:31 AM

Very nice build, well done!

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Posted by 60Buick on Friday, January 18, 2019 12:58 PM

Sweet! Nice build!

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, January 21, 2019 8:09 AM

Cool build. Nicely done.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 8:56 AM
Thanks!
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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 8:08 AM

Looks good, Bill!  A subject that is usually disregarded.  

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Posted by mmthrax on Friday, January 25, 2019 10:45 AM

What a great job.  I love the grille.  

The whole truck looks very realistic.

Bravo. Yes

I am curious though.  Why did you mount the mirror on the fender instead of the door?

(edit) Just answered my own question.  I googled the truck.  It looks like they did it that way in the movie.  

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, January 25, 2019 2:14 PM

Thanks, guys!

mmthrax

I am curious though.  Why did you mount the mirror on the fender instead of the door?

(edit) Just answered my own question.  I googled the truck.  It looks like they did it that way in the movie.

Yeah, it's one of the weirder things they did...the passenger's side mirror has to be completely useless there!

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Posted by nells250 on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 2:20 PM
Great... now I'll have the song stuck in my head...
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Posted by spencer1984 on Monday, June 24, 2019 8:01 PM

UPDATE! I finally got around to making the hood ornament, so now Pepe is truly and properly finished.

It started out as a set of N scale horses, which I Frankensteined together to get the overall shape then added the ears, tail, and muzzle. The left front leg is a piece of wire that goes into the body and down through the hood as a mount. The whole thing was smoothed off with superglue and putty, and painted with Molotow Liquid Chrome.

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Posted by justmike on Monday, June 24, 2019 8:40 PM

O.K.  !  That mule is a model in itself!  Beauty job.

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 6:59 PM
Thank you!
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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, June 29, 2019 7:28 PM

This is very cool and so tiny

I did find what i thought would be a suitable 3D mesh of a bucking horse 'phone holder', but when it is scale down to this size, it is way too small for my 3D printer to be able to make a usable part out of it. It might be something i'll do if i get an SLA printer (resin laser printer)

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Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, July 02, 2019 9:30 PM
Thanks! I've been experimenting with some 3D printed parts lately, and even going through a professional service I've found that there are some things that are just too small to handle. It's been great to use for details like grilles and wheels, though.
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Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 7:51 AM

Impressive effort! Excellent work on the hood ornament, it really completes the model. Thanks for sharing this finishing detail.

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

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Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, July 06, 2019 9:37 AM
Thanks!
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Posted by texwardfan on Monday, July 08, 2019 6:44 AM

Very cool model and the hood ornament is really neat the way you scratch built it from other horse parts so to speak and then used the molotow to chrome it. You would swear it came in the kit if you saw the model with no back ground info.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 6:26 AM
Thank you!

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