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Ford Transit Mk2 Van Is Completed

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Ford Transit Mk2 Van Is Completed
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 10:36 AM

I must be getting lazy in my old age as this is a curbside kit.  This is the Italeri Ford Transit Mk2 and the year is unknown so it could be anywhere from 1977-1986.  Having watch a TV series on Velocity now Motor Trend called For The Love Of Cars and presented by Philip Glenister and Ant Anstead, I became enamored with the van when Ant restored a Ford Transit Mk1.  The Mk2 is a restyling of the Mk1 with no mechanical changes other than a small horsepower boost.  Let's see what I can do with this kit...

My paint will be Tamiya TS-10 French Blue and Tamiya TS-26 Pure White.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 4:15 PM

This will be cool. 

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, March 07, 2019 7:24 AM

This body is nicely molded, but has a couple of small issues with it.  There is a small sink hole on the right rear of the body.

A couple of small mold lines under the windshield which are now gone.

And, three ejector pin marks near the windshield inside the body.

Once these are taken care of, I'll wash the body and get it into a coat of primer.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, March 08, 2019 2:28 PM

I decided to work on assembling the chassis this afternoon.  Fairly easy to put together and some parts didn't need glue.

I happen to like the wheels better without the wheel covers, so now I have to find something to use as a wheelcap in the center of the wheel.

More to come...

 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, March 09, 2019 10:53 AM

Last night, I sat down with a circle templet, a mechanical pencil and a piece of sheet styrene and drew out four circles at 9/64 inch diameter.  I cut them out with a chisel point knife, glued them to the wheel openings and painted them with Model Master Aluminium Metalizer and a brush.  Easy and done!

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, March 11, 2019 3:29 AM
off to a good start. i've got one of these, but haven't decided how i'm going to build it
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Posted by mrmike on Monday, March 11, 2019 10:26 AM

Thanks Kevin!  I'm going to try and get other versions of this van when I go to NNL East next month.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, March 14, 2019 2:24 PM

I spent some time on the Transit yesterday at my "Play Date" with some of my fellow Club members.  I got the seats painted and dash decaled and painted.

I glued the floor pan onto the chassis.

I need to do some touchups on the seats and on the interior pan.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    September, 2011
Posted by BUGATTI FAN on Friday, March 15, 2019 11:16 AM

Just out of interest, there is a company in the UK named MOTOBITZ who make transkits for the Transit to be adapted into a pickup/tipper.

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:40 AM

Sorry, not interested!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 2:54 PM

I spent a half hour masking off the body of this Transit.  I hope I did a good job when I pull off the tape after the paint dries.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 3:22 PM

I finally decided to pull the tape off the Transit after another painting session and did a mockup with the chassis.  I still need to add decals and paint some trim.

The side doors came out fairly well.  Some cleanup and installation.

The rear door doesn't like me as I had issues paint it.  Some cleanup and polishing should make it look better.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, March 29, 2019 4:03 PM

More progress on the Ford Transit this afternoon.  I got the body mounted to the chassis and installed the grille and bumpers.  I need to clean up the windshield trim after I had messed it up earlier.

The front doors are complete.  Now I have to install them which might be a bit tricky.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 7:36 AM

I have finished my Transit Mk2 Van.  Thanks to those who've viewed and replied to my WIP.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 7:39 AM

A few more...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    January, 2004
  • From: Sweden
Posted by chromecop on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 12:37 PM

Very nice build, You don't see these kits built very often!

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 3:04 PM

Thank you chromecop!  You are correct!  These kits are not seen too often, if you see them at all.  I find it just amazing at how much detail can be found in a curbside kit like this.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    November, 2004
  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 4:15 PM

Very good indeed! It's nice to see a van that in years gone by British Gas had thousands of, on our roads!

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 8:24 PM

Thank you Patrick!  It's funny that I wanted this van in the worst way and when I did get it, I didn't know how I wanted it built.  The most common way is as a work van or as a customized unit.  I decided just to build the van as the box art had suggested and added some details to it.  I really need to find some work items for the back of the van.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    November, 2004
  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Wednesday, May 01, 2019 1:45 PM

Yes mrmike I can understand having various 'bits of kit' in the back! You could have just alloy or brass tubing that they use on Central Heating Gas Boilers.

The most famous ones of these was the slightly modded one, with a race chassis and Ford GT 40 running gear that did show runs on all of our circuits!

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, May 01, 2019 8:35 PM

Now that you have mentioned it PatrickW, I seem to recall something about a Ford Transit that was race worthy back in the day.  That may have been it!  I never was able to find out much about that van...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

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