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My scratchbuilt Tucker '48 is in work-very preliminary

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  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • From: Burleson, Texas
My scratchbuilt Tucker '48 is in work-very preliminary
Posted by ModelTexan on Saturday, April 12, 2014 6:50 PM

I have made parts from scratch for years but this is my first attempt at scratchbuilding a complete model because I want a Tucker. I'm working in 1/12 scale just because I like large scale models and I figured I could add more detail that way. Since data is hard to come by I'm working from the premise of building a "production" car as it would have left the factory instead of the 51 prototypes that were all different in minor ways. That allows me to take some "artistic license" on details I can't get. I'm making all my own drawings for this project and I have bought any aftermarket parts.

I have taken tons of pictures of the last Tucker, thanks to ***'s Classic Car museum in San Marcos, Texas that is about 3 hours away from me. I have also used pictures from the web, books and my own pics from various museums over the years.

I've started on the frame and have made wheels and tires but I wanted to show off my latest work: a 1/12 scale Tucker/Franklin engine.

[View:http://s867.photobucket.com/user/ModelTexan/library/?view=recent#/user/ModelTexan/library/?view=recent&page=1&_suid=1397346591175021130923121408468:600:0]

 

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Posted by Scooter261 on Saturday, April 12, 2014 7:05 PM

Sounds like a fun project,,BTW,,I tried to clk on the pics on your posted link,,and it wasnt loading  pics,,maybe its  my browser.

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  • From: Burleson, Texas
Posted by ModelTexan on Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:42 PM

Maybe this will work:

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  • From: Burleson, Texas
Posted by ModelTexan on Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:47 PM
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Posted by philo426 on Sunday, April 13, 2014 9:17 AM

The engine looks great!

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  • From: Burleson, Texas
Posted by ModelTexan on Monday, September 24, 2018 11:53 AM

I've made a "little" progress.  The engine, except the air cleaner, was machined by me.  The windows are clear plastic. Everything else, including the wheels/tires are 3D printed from my design.  The scale is 1/12 so it is about 18 inches long. My phone has a crummy camera so these aren't the best...

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Posted by oldcarguy on Friday, September 28, 2018 3:09 PM

Model-Texan;

That engine definitely looks like the one in the San marcos car . Was there two week-ends ago . I wanted to take it home too ! It's a shame the Museum is closing . Gosh I wish I'd found it sooner !

gjgeracci
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  • From: Burleson, Texas
Posted by ModelTexan on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 2:17 PM
Yes, I love that museum as well and hate to see it close. Nice folks that run it.
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  • From: Burleson, Texas
Posted by ModelTexan on Saturday, December 08, 2018 9:02 PM

Finally, after 6 YEARS of HARD WORK I have finished my 1/12th scale Tucker.  I'm calling it a 1950 rather than 1948 because I confess I made some mistakes in the body shape.  When I realized my errors I decided to model it as a "what if..." car assuming Tucker would have stayed in business.  

I didn't buy anything except raw materials.  Everything from the tires to the radio antenna and all points in between were designed by me and either milled, turned, cast, bent or 3D printed by me.

I was so excited to take pictures that I forgot to dust it off so...it's kind of dirty.  Maybe I'll dust it later but now it is in my display case.

Hope you enjoy the pics.

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Thursday, January 03, 2019 11:12 AM

Hello MT.  Really great work on your model.  I love "unusual subjects".  You smashed this one out of the park.  There has to be a back story here.  I can't imagine someone choosing a subject such as this, scratchbuilding it, and sticking with it for 6 years unless there is some real passion involved.  

Really great work sir. YesYes

What's next for you now?

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  • From: Burleson, Texas
Posted by ModelTexan on Sunday, January 06, 2019 8:15 PM

I like unusual subjects as well and like to challenge myself.  I always wanted to build something from scratch "from the ground up".  I had a relative that invested in the Tucker so I have known of them for most of my life.  I loved the story so I started getting info together and taking pictures of every Tucker I could.  I found some tires in 1/12 (actually Firestone ashtrays) so I picked the scale from there.  It turned out the tires weren't really right so I started figuring out how to make my own and went from there.

Thanks for the nice comments.

Michael

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Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, January 07, 2019 9:08 AM

Okay ! 

 Considering the effort involved you won't hear a judgemental peep from me . Why that shade of Blue though ? and when are you going to build me a 1/12 scale Mercury Montclaire coupe from 1960 ? Man you did hit this one over the back fence !

gjgeracci
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    January, 2019
Posted by ModelTexan1 on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 9:41 PM
I decided to paint it blue and got my wife to help me pick the right color. We compromised :) I'll get to work on the 1/12 Merc as soon as I finish making a 1/12 Delorean without all the time-travel accourtrement... I have given some thought to a Messerschmitt KR200 from scratch only because I rode in the back seat of one back in the '70s...if I can find enough details to make it.
  • Member since
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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Wednesday, January 09, 2019 12:05 PM

ModelTexan
 

I had a relative that invested in the Tucker so I have known of them for most of my life.  I loved the story  

 

I knew it had to be something.  

Whatever the inspiration, the execution and dedication to this project is extremely commendable.  Take a bow!  Fantastic work sir.  Bravo.

Just keep picking away at it...

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