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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.

  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • From: Burleson, Texas
Posted by ModelTexan on Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:42 PM

Maybe this will work:

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  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • 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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    May, 2008
  • 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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    October, 2008
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
  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • 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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  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • 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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