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1985 GMC Van ... now on Fotki

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    July, 2008
1985 GMC Van ... now on Fotki
Posted by Foxer on Thursday, March 14, 2013 6:45 PM

This is built from an A-Team Van and has taken quite some work to turn it into the van my daughter had. First, photos of the 1:1 ...

sized for window printP6291600


rear P6291588

 doc interior front P6291594


Here a list of what was done . .


Starting kit: AMT A-Team Van


Side windows cut out and molding made from plastic strips..  Molded sliding side door modified to swing open doors. The molded door handles indents were filled and new indents/handles were cut from a donor body and patched in. Cast side door hinges. Sunroof filled with sheet plastic. Extended  side trim with triangular strips. The molded in rear doors were cut out and the doors from a Revell Chevy Van were adapted. The hinges are made from turned down plastic tube with pins made from straight pins that fit the tube ID snugly. Arms for side mirrors made from Alum. Tube. Antenna made from Alum tube and an Insect Pin.  Door Locks are PE.



Console and dashboard reformed to ’85 units with plastic and body putty. The dash air vents are PE pieces. Steering wheel center made from styrene.  The A-Team seats were revised to look like stock GMC van seats. The passenger seat had half round strips added to replicate the stock material. The drivers seat got a printout representing the seat covers. The interior side panels were created using V Grove, half round and flat strips. The bean bag chair was  hand stitched from glove leather and filled with plastic beads. The ceiling is printed paper simulating the tapestry in the 1:1.

Mattress is a piece of thin plywood and covered with a paper leopard skin cover.

Tennis balls are beads covered with  embossing powder .

Milk crate made of plastic shapes and PE mesh

CD cases are .015" clear plastic with decals of  music CD's.

Pillows are hand sewn pieces of felt stuffed with foam.

Dog stick is a real small stick.



The suspension was raised .1” in the rear and .2” front to match the stance of the 1:1 A second exhaust pipe was cut from a spare and added after the rear muffler to simulate the correct GMC exhaust system.

Tires: "a 1 Ton truck tire" from Ma's Resin.

8-lug Rims are resin castings by Ryan Silva.

Front Shocks made from aluminum tube and rod with ends from kit shocks.

Front hubcaps were made from round styrene disks and decals,

The trailer hitch was made from scrap plastic.


and the photos...

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Van Interior Final DSC 0997

CDs DSC 0812

 Van Final1 DSC 1030

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  • From: leominster ma . 01453
Posted by hemi hunter on Thursday, March 14, 2013 7:13 PM

great build nice detail and weathering Thumbs Up . are u from MA.

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    July, 2008
Posted by Foxer on Thursday, March 14, 2013 7:56 PM



... and I'm from Western Mass .. in the Berkshires.


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Posted by ira on Thursday, March 14, 2013 8:50 PM

Looks Great!


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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, March 14, 2013 9:26 PM

Excellent work on this, I'm going to have to remember those front hubcaps for a future build!

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    June, 2011
  • From: nepean ontario
Posted by c300g on Thursday, March 14, 2013 9:32 PM

it looks like crap!!!...well done! ;)

you dong stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing.

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Posted by dragon3870 on Thursday, March 14, 2013 10:44 PM

absulutely wow totally awesome replica

David V Davis

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  • From: The Mile High City
Posted by madmaxmachines on Friday, March 15, 2013 1:27 AM

Nice.  Awesome weathering. Love the scratchbuilding and attention to detail.

"How the hell did you get all this together? It just happened, Max, you know? A piece from here and a piece from there."
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Posted by doc brown on Friday, March 15, 2013 8:48 AM


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Posted by Foxer on Monday, March 18, 2013 8:32 AM

Thank's for all the gracious comments. :)

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  • From: Portland Oregon: Tree Country. Most beautiful area on the West coast.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, March 18, 2013 3:30 PM

Hey, this is KOOOL Cool

Kinda hard ta tell the difference between real and model. Had to flip back and forth to see the details, and man, you did a great job Thumbs Up.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.






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    July, 2008
Posted by Foxer on Saturday, July 15, 2017 7:38 AM

Had to repost the photos from Fotki

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    August, 2016
Posted by mini man on Saturday, July 15, 2017 12:07 PM

Very nice!

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...




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    September, 2016
Posted by TnT on Saturday, July 15, 2017 5:50 PM

Awesome job. Nucking futs man. 

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Saturday, July 15, 2017 6:02 PM

To cool old vans rule have a 75 custom myself was in hotrod July 2010 page 72 top left corner primer grey with primer red oxide flames the called it a Chevy was in Buena Vista .ca at. Council of councils


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    May, 2017
Posted by Tom Louis on Monday, July 17, 2017 12:41 AM

Nice work!

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