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  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
MPC Cannonball Run Dodge Van
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, November 23, 2019 8:36 PM

I'm building the old MPC kit of the Trans-Con Emergency Van and was wondering if anyone has tried to build it more accurately than just using the supplied parts?

In the movie, there appears to be a third seat in the front middle for Pam (Farrah Fawcett) to sit on. There also needs to be a gurney in the back (which i might add) with a single seat for the doctor.

The front tires are not the same as the movie car, appearing to be black steelies or nascar rims rather than 4x stock hubcaps all round.

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  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, November 24, 2019 9:50 PM

Unfortunately, the Cannonball Run kit has little in common with the movie van. It's the wrong year and type in addition to the details you've mentioned.  I started making a more accurate version using an older MPC Dodge Tradesman van (correct hood, grille, lights) and cutting the new door in the side. I messed up the paint, though, and had to box it until I cooled off a little.  This is where I left off:

  • Member since
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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, November 30, 2019 1:24 AM

I decided i don't really want to cut up the body for major work, so i'm just going to add useless detail that you'll never see.

The inside of the windows look like this

 MV5BM2IwOWE4ODgtNWNhNS00YjYyLThjZjYtMzNlMGIyNTIyZWMzXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjY1OTEzMzc@._V1_ by aus_mus, on Flickr

so i scanned the original decal sheet and inverted one set of windows and blacked out the logos to match the photo. hopefully a styrene sheet with window holes will look better than the faux-fabric texture.

 DSCF8714 by aus_mus, on Flickr

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    January 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:35 PM

During assembly, i found the axles do not line up when using the provided holes. i filed away some of the chassis to move it further back into the body. This apears to have fixed the front axles, but i also had to move the rear axle even further.

 Picture 006 by aus_mus, on Flickr

Some final assemby

 Picture 008 by aus_mus, on Flickr

 Picture 009 by aus_mus, on Flickr

 Picture 010 by aus_mus, on Flickr

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:36 PM

Rear view

 Picture 011 by aus_mus, on Flickr

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  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, February 9, 2020 9:24 PM
Looking good!
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    January 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, February 10, 2020 8:12 AM

spencer1984
Looking good!
 

Yes sir.....it is. Great subject and good work on getting it whipped into the shape you want it.Yes

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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