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Offline Old Wombat

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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #25 on: August 30, 2021, 03:32:51 PM »
Start looking for something else and then you’ll find that part!

Don't bet on it, though! ::)

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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #26 on: August 31, 2021, 01:39:06 AM »
Start looking for something else and then you’ll find that part!

Yup. Either that or perpetually projecting positivity at the parts pixies  :smiley:
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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #27 on: September 02, 2021, 08:58:39 AM »
Hi all

Found a bit more workbench time,  I have installed all the bulkheads and floors together with the new rear floor and shelf but I'm not closing the fuselage shell just yet as I am waiting for my order for assorted 1/72 boxes to arrive so that I can detail the insides

So onto the chassis and bike trailer while I am waiting.

The rescue squad will consist of the converted whirlwind as a mobile control centre with two or three motor bikes and a couple of push bikes. These will be towed to the search area and the act as scouts.

For the trailer I am butchering a Queen Mary trailer, shortening it to fit two motor bikes and two push bikes  any other bikes will have to travel under their own power  ::)

Here's the initial butchering

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The chassis for the Whirlwind is from an AEC Matador (I think) with axles and wheels from the RAF recovery set.

Here's a quick proof of concept.............

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It seems to work quite well, the trailer will need a little levelling but as you can see by the figure in the foreground the Whirlwind is sitting a  bit higher than I envisaged  :-\

Gonna need to devise a hoist of some sort and some ramps and ladders (the usual sort of problems from a half arsed poorly planned project  !  ;) ;D)

Thanks for looking..............

Mog
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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #28 on: September 02, 2021, 11:21:04 AM »
That's looking really good! I love the tires. The driver definitely has good visibility!

Offline Old Wombat

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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #29 on: September 02, 2021, 11:28:29 AM »
'Mog, have you thought about shortening the truck frame, cutting out a suitably sized rectangle in the bottom of the helo & dropping it down onto the frame (so the frame supports the cargo deck)? ???

You may need to have the front wheels back a bit, so the front hatches can open properly, but I think it would work & look pretty good. ;)
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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #30 on: September 02, 2021, 03:30:33 PM »
Helicopter becomes vehicle is fabulous concept. 8)   Great t see it take form.

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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #31 on: September 02, 2021, 04:17:00 PM »
 Thanks for the comments guys

OW - your right i need to shorten the chassis  a couple of scale feet and i will probably let the chassis into the fuselage up to the axels. The fuel tanks are under the deck so i want to leave a bit of space there.

This does work in my favour, there is a large hole at the bottom of the fuselage which i can widen and then "plate over" when the chassis is installed it saves me some PSR .

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Offline Old Wombat

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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #32 on: September 02, 2021, 05:02:52 PM »
 :smiley:
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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #33 on: September 03, 2021, 02:48:45 AM »
Looking good
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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #34 on: September 03, 2021, 06:13:06 AM »
Really like where this going.

Great work :smiley:

Offline apophenia

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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #35 on: September 03, 2021, 11:39:55 AM »
Me too. This is excellent!

Good idea for shortening the chassis and 'channeling' it. It'll look even more business-like  :smiley:
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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #36 on: September 07, 2021, 08:49:36 AM »
Hi all

Thanks for the comments.

Nearly at the point when I can close the fuselage, been doing the  internal detailing and discovered that some of it will be invisible when the fuselage is complete ( but I know it's there  ::))

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I think Old Wombat must be psychic, shortened the chassis successfully then cut the bottom of the fuselage to accommodate it and by the time I'd finished the chassis was on the underneath of the deck !  Gonna need to redo the fuel tanks  :-\

Here's the cut out.........

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And a nice snug fit.....

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Looks good and doesn't tower over the figures quite so much....

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Still haven't found the errant back door so next job to build some new ones.

Thanks for looking

Mog
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Offline Old Wombat

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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #37 on: September 07, 2021, 03:30:29 PM »
I think Old Wombat must be psychic, shortened the chassis successfully then cut the bottom of the fuselage to accommodate it and by the time I'd finished the chassis was on the underneath of the deck ! 

Just made sense; put the load-bearing deck on the load-bearing chassis. ;)
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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #38 on: September 08, 2021, 07:07:31 AM »
That little tweak gave it a whole better look, more "engineered"
Like the interior work as well

Offline apophenia

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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #39 on: September 08, 2021, 10:04:11 AM »
It does indeed ... and the interior look great  :smiley:

... Still haven't found the errant back door so next job to build some new ones...

I'm wondering if you really need a back door. Maybe just leave it open?
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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #40 on: September 08, 2021, 11:16:32 AM »
I agree - just put some netting in place of the door, so all the cool interior bits can be seen.

Offline Robomog

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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #41 on: September 11, 2021, 11:50:55 PM »
Hi all

Thanks for the comments and suggestions, I'm going to go with metal doors but fear not they will be displayed open on the diorama, in fact all the doors will be open. So most of the detail will be seen. Work is in progress on those as we speak also the top storage area and rear platform. More photos later.

I have progressed on the chassis.....

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The fuel tanks has been added and a rudimentary drive shaft, just some steering rods and the exhaust to do and it's ready for painting.

More when it happens......

Mog
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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #42 on: September 14, 2021, 06:40:11 AM »
 Pretty nifty - I wouldn't try taking the corners too fast, but at least you'll see the zombies coming a ways off!

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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #43 on: September 14, 2021, 07:56:37 AM »
Quite right, definately not built for speed  ;)   but a good load carrier

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Offline finsrin

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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #44 on: September 14, 2021, 08:14:34 AM »
Interior fit out is tops.  :smiley:

Offline Robomog

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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #45 on: September 17, 2021, 07:39:54 PM »
Thanks guys

This update is a bit delayed as my Tablet PC decided to commit suicide so I'm having to do this on my phone.

The back doors are complete.

by Robomog, on Flickr

And also the top storage area, the rear deck just needs some handrails.

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I've also started work on the mesh protection around the cockpit and the trailer and motorbikes.

More pictures of them soon.........

The deadline is approaching and so much to do, each element is a small build in itself !

Thanks for looking

Mog
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Offline Old Wombat

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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #46 on: September 17, 2021, 11:00:36 PM »
Yup, that looks good! 8)
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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #47 on: September 18, 2021, 03:07:00 AM »
Nice! And love the add-on racks  :smiley:
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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #48 on: September 18, 2021, 06:45:53 AM »
Like it a lot.

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Re: Rescue squad
« Reply #49 on: September 20, 2021, 06:06:45 AM »
Thanks again  guys

Not quite 300 UK sqids later I'm doing my posts on the tablet PC again.

Manage to get some serious work bench time in so progress has improved. I'm hoping to finish before the deadline but I may need some extra time to finish off.

As the premis for this build is marrying the shell of an abandoned helicopter to a discarded lorry chassis it follows that the finish will be far from pristine. I have done very little weathering on my newer builds so the finish of this one will be an interesting learning curve.

There's lots of weathering advice on the net but most is for airbrushes  I've settled on a technique of painting a base coat of dull aluminium then dotting this with Maskol, I will then paint over this and rub it off when dry

Here's the helicopter prior to painting........

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Complete with Maskol dabbing

I've started work on the motor bikes and bicycles starting with attaching panniers and packs. Each bike will also have a rifle on the front forks.

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So current progress is..........

by Robomog, on Flickr

The helicopter has its first coats of paint, the top carrier and rear deck are complete and are going through the weathering process. The trailer is virtually complete it just needs a wheel at the front for ground handling.

To start, a small overhead crane to aid loading/unloading the top carrier, mesh frame around the cockpit

To source, side ladders, headlights,  searchlight.

More when it happens..

Mog
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