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Old 12-08-2008, 02:16 PM   #21
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Wow! Finally a body that is going to show some real trail rash. Your work is top notch, I can't wait to see the rest of the build.

Here's my interpretation of a metal body
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Old 12-08-2008, 02:38 PM   #22
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This is impressive work.
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Old 12-08-2008, 03:22 PM   #23
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I thought working with styrene was hard! Good gracious man, I salute you.
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:36 PM   #24
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still the baking sheets?
I was wondering that too, I thought you had decided against using the plastic body as a mold due to wear issues.

I guess one set of panels won't hurt too much.
Yes it's disposable baking sheets like my other builds. it measures .006" thick.

I use molds out of bondo made from the original body. I go into detail more here: Comp tuber

The panels can be made right on the body but you cannot roll the edges over and you loose a bit of detail because you can't press as hard. plus I knew i would be making many panels and I wanted to make other molds like bobbed bed sides and a narrowed tailgate.

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I'm confused, so is this going to be like your Red one. The panels we see now will be painted? Could we get shots of the under side of these? I'm really feeling this build very cool.
Actually its orange but yes it will be built similar to that in construction. this one will have a firewall and floors and a full bed but will be much more detailed. and yes it will get painted.

Here are a few shots of the inside of the panels




That's exactly how they will stay. no need for any extra strength added. the shape makes them strong.


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Subscribed to this one MM...

I still have images of the Jeep at states last year...
Hay I never got those pics from you from last year. do you think you could send them to me?
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:36 PM   #25
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i think this is the future of scale models.
once a few people catch on to how this is done this is going to be the next step of true scale.
i love it and i want to do one for my self.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:23 PM   #26
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i think this is the future of scale models.
once a few people catch on to how this is done this is going to be the next step of true scale.
i love it and i want to do one for my self.
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Thanks! I would love it if everyone had one of these! it would almost be like real life! trucks actually getting damage when wheeling. I tell you what it would make people wheel a lot differently if they were concerned about body damage.

Well a little progress

I didn't think i would be doing styrene for a metal body but it's the best media for making some of the smaller molds

I finally finished the bed floor



I cut out the wheel openings



Then I started on the wheel tubs by forming the top with a little heat



then cutting out the side



and gluing it all together



I'll need to add some filler and detail strips before it's done

Here is a pic for reference

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Old 12-09-2008, 11:10 PM   #27
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"It's mind over matter, I've lost my mind and the sheetmetal don't matter!"



This is gonna ROCK!!!
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Old 12-09-2008, 11:29 PM   #28
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Incredible piece of work.
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Old 12-14-2008, 07:56 PM   #29
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Truly amazing......keep the pics coming.
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Old 12-16-2008, 05:11 PM   #30
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this is awesome...My 1:1 4 runner is beat to piss and it would awesome to have a scaled that looks the same....subscribed
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Old 12-21-2008, 01:59 AM   #31
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wouldnt a old jeep like a cj or willys be super easy to do with some wood and the bake pans? i am a yota guy but i do like the older jeeps.
thank you for what you are doing and bringing some thing new.
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Old 12-21-2008, 10:27 AM   #32
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He already did an older Jeep, came out great.

Joe's flatty The revival!
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oh yes i remember.
that one was a classic
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:55 PM   #34
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Well it's been a while but I finally got a little progress on my scale truck.

I continued with the rear inner fender molds by adding some ribbing detail.



I didn't have any filler but once it gets cleaned up it should look more like the real one

then I decided to make the bed floor.




This is the first time for this mold and it turned out really good i think. once i get the supports under the floor it should be much more strait.

then I made the rear bed panel.



this new metal is much nicer to work with and allows me the smooth the panel out more.

That's all for now. I'm hoping to have the bed complete this week and get started on the cab later.
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:35 PM   #35
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Nice to see this back in the works. I love watching the construction (and destruction) of your metal wonders.
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:37 AM   #36
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Sub--scribed!!

Any progress??
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Old 01-26-2009, 10:38 AM   #37
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nice work Blake!
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:09 PM   #38
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this is going to be sick. Also you probably already answered this, but what is the aluminum your useing from. I thought it said bakeing sheets but isn't that kind of thin?
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this is going to be sick. Also you probably already answered this, but what is the aluminum your useing from. I thought it said bakeing sheets but isn't that kind of thin?
Yes it's baking sheets material. It may seem thin but once formed it's pretty strong.

I got a bit more done lately

I got the filler on the inner fenders and smoothed it all out



Now it might not look right here but once I did a test piece it looks almost exactly like the real thing





And just for fun I dropped a large socket on it to see how i handled the force



seems to work good

Next I started on the bed supports

I didn't like how I had to bolt the bed to the frame through the bed floor on my other truck so I tried something different this time.

I started by drilling and tapping some aluminum



then I cut them into thin pieces



I formed my support and punched a hole for the tab



then i glued the tab in and glued the support to the bed





Now I'll be able to screw the bed from the bottom up and have the bolts completely hidden

lastly I made some more inner fenders and glued them to the bed floor.



Hopefully I can get the sides one tonight and get started on the frame.
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Old 02-02-2009, 06:40 AM   #40
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This is F*#%in Awesome build. I am sitting on pins and needles waiting to see this thing on the rocks.
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