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1974 Ford Econoline Van

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  • Member since
    February 2020
1974 Ford Econoline Van
Posted by bigden on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 10:12 AM

I have a 1/20 scale of this van but I am looking for a 1/18 scale that I am having no luck finding. I was thinking of making the 1/20 into a 1/18 scale but not sure how to go about it of if it even can be done. Any thoughts?

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 11:03 AM

I'm sure it's possible, but it would be a lot of work. There are many things to consider, dimensionally.

I will soon be embarking on a Ford C-600 project, where the kit is 1/25 scale, and I need 1/24. Much of the kit, shuch as chassis and engine, I won't bother with, but I want to get the body right and in scale. I have given a fair amount of time to thinking about the cuts that will have to be made to the body, and material added to increase the size.

Given that many kits are not precise in their scaling, I figured the way to begin is to find a 1:1 example and take many measurements, and some notes & photos. Then compare to the model kit body to see how much change will be needed.

As you determine how much material you will have to add to increase the kit body to an up-scaled size, you will need to consider carefully where you will add that material. For example; lets say the height of the van will have to be increased by 2 mm. You could achieve the height increase if you cut the body lengthwise just above the wheel wells and put the 2mm of material there, but that will destroy the proportions of the body. Cutting also around body at about mid-height of the windows, and then add 1 mm of material at the lower cut and 1 mm at the upper cut, the over proportions will be better. Of course, the more cuts you make around the body in which you place small amounts of material, the better you proportions will be, but that gets tiring, so you will need to think carefully on where, in what order, and how many cuts will be needed to achieve an acceptable look.

The size will need to be increased through all three axis, length, width, and height (or, x, y, and z, if you wish) Width and length shouldn't be so bad, though width (and maybe height) will require you to increase the size of the grill, bumpers, and glass. Basically, everything will need to be increased by about 9% to be right, but some things can be left as is. Do the wheel wells need to be increased? Does the side glass need to be increase? Quite possibly, which is where thoroughly measuring a 1:1 will come in handy.

This is a pretty simple run down of the body changes needed. You can see how such a project will quickly grow to be a lot of work.

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  • Member since
    February 2020
Posted by bigden on Thursday, March 12, 2020 10:09 AM

Thank you


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