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ACUTR - Post Apocalypse Truck
adamsmasher
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Posted: Friday, December 25, 2009 - 09:03 AM UTC
Happy Christmas everybody. A few post present-opening-carnage pictures:

The chainsaw painted an in place.


The rear door painted and in place (forgot to take pictures while I was making it):


VonCuda
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Posted: Friday, December 25, 2009 - 12:04 PM UTC
Looking good Adam. The accessories are really starting to bring it all together.
One question. In the bed, right at the tail of the truck between the door and the toolbox, how did you make the glue seem look like actual weld? If it wasn't an accident, and could be replicated it will come in handy in future builds.
Speaking of welding, I'd hate to be the guy who has to get that spare tire off in a hurry. May wanna build a plasma cutter to go in the back.

Hermon
adamsmasher
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Posted: Saturday, December 26, 2009 - 02:45 PM UTC
Hi Hermon

I used a two part epoxy putty to make the weld seams. I think they're a little large so I'm going to try for a smaller seam on the outside of the truck. The brand I'm using is kneadatite; I'll get a picture of it and put it up so you can see.
adamsmasher
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Posted: Saturday, December 26, 2009 - 02:47 PM UTC
Oh, I also forgot to put in bolts on the restraints for the spare tire. Guess it's just a decorative tire now.
Keeperofsouls2099
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Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 04:00 AM UTC
Good work man that looks awesome!





Build On,
Justin
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Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 09:37 AM UTC
Hey Adam


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Oh, I also forgot to put in bolts on the restraints for the spare tire. Guess it's just a decorative tire now.



No, there are bolts welded to the end of the mounting brackets that go through the door, and the fixing nuts are inside the door. We can't let those nasty zombies have access to remove the spare wheel now, can we.

Man, you think of Everything.

Cheers, D
adamsmasher
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Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 03:31 PM UTC

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No, there are bolts welded to the end of the mounting brackets that go through the door, and the fixing nuts are inside the door. We can't let those nasty zombies have access to remove the spare wheel now, can we.



Oh yea... that's right... I meant to do that.

Some more progress...

Here's that putty I was talking about:


I take small amounts of it (once it's mixed together, that is), roll it into thin little lengths, and then use a toothpick to give it the impressions of welding. They're still a little big but it doesn't look so bad once it's been painted.


The stuff is interesting to work with; it's as though you were using modeling clay made out of plastic.


A little graffiti and I finally put the hinges on the hood:


And now with some paint applied (just a base of black, anyway):

VonCuda
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Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 03:40 PM UTC
I agree Adam, the epoxy/weld does look a bit out of scale but once it's painted it looks great. Saves a buttload of time since you don't have to sand and fill all those seems also.
Hood hinges look good as well. All in all I'd say you've got the whole post apocalypse look down pat.

Keep rollin'
Hermon
Cuhail
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Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 05:52 PM UTC
The seams look great! The truck is the flippin' shiznit!

Those wheels and tires, however, look tiny and undersized. I'm not picking on them, mind you, I just think the truck deserves some madder meats pushing it uphill. I'll look in my wheel/tire stash and see if there's some 1/24 truck tires in there. The chains are awesome and should be totally duplicated on the bigger tires, if we find ya some.
What do ya think? You have a better view.

Cuhail
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Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 06:01 PM UTC

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The seams look great! The truck is the flippin' shiznit!

Those wheels and tires, however, look tiny and undersized. I'm not picking on them, mind you, I just think the truck deserves some madder meats pushing it uphill.



I'm on your page here Cuhail, a mad unit like this screams out for mad rubber. I just didn't have the cojones to say that to a guy who's likely to swing a Les Paul at my head !!

Cheers, D
Cuhail
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Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 06:54 PM UTC

It's a Friendly Illinois Boy thing to point out a good truck needs big meat and small mirrors!




Cuhail
adamsmasher
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Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 08:22 PM UTC
Cuhail: My thoughts are totally in accordance with your's and Damian's regarding the tires; I've been thinking for a while that they were a little wimpy considering the girth of the rest of the truck. That said, don't put yourself out hunting through your stash as I'm far too lazy to take the tires off and make new ones... haha!

Serves me right for not planning any of this out in advance. Maybe i should make a bunch of blankets and other stowage and really emphasize the smallness of the tires... hmmm.

Damian: Don't worry, I would never risk harming my Les Paul by whacking it against someone's skull. Speaking of guitars, I'm going to be checking out an Epiphone Casino within the next day or two (circumstances permitting).
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Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 11:35 PM UTC

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Speaking of guitars, I'm going to be checking out an Epiphone Casino within the next day or two (circumstances permitting).



Keep us in the loop Adam, we want photos. Are you going the Cherry or the Vintage Sunburst? I personally like the Vintage. Those Slimline hollow bodies are great. I'm a big fan of Brian Setzer and the Stray Cats toured down under recently for the first time in 17 years. I was buzzing for weeks after.

Cheers, D

Edit: CUHAIL, throw some big rubber at him. Once he has it in his hands he won't be able to resist fitting it.
VonCuda
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Posted: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 02:22 AM UTC
......big meat..........mad rubbers............more girth..............

I'm going back to the Merry Christmas "fart" thread. At least there I don't feel any self esteem issues I need to discuss with my theropist.

Hermon
adamsmasher
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Posted: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 09:47 AM UTC
What's a little gas between friends right? Let me just get that can of air freshener...

I've actually been contemplating making a small tracked section to replace the rear tires - partially as a primer attempt before designing my entry for the EOD campaign, and partially because I'm just impatient and I don't want to wait. I don't think the size of the front pair of tires will look that odd if there's a tracked section in back. Hello homemade half track!
adamsmasher
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Posted: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 01:43 PM UTC

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Keep us in the loop Adam, we want photos. Are you going the Cherry or the Vintage Sunburst? I personally like the Vintage. Those Slimline hollow bodies are great. I'm a big fan of Brian Setzer and the Stray Cats toured down under recently for the first time in 17 years. I was buzzing for weeks after.



Will do. i've never actually had nor played a hollow body but I've want one for a long time. Sadly, a Gretsch is out of my price range. The casino has a 'natural' finish I believe, which is fine as I think all three look OK. Not sure what to expect as I've heard contrasting reports about the quality of them since they are built in China. Personally, I could give a crap where it's made as long as it's made well.

Btw, the Stray Cats rock!
adamsmasher
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Posted: Saturday, January 02, 2010 - 03:18 PM UTC
After spending a few days musing about the tiny balls... er... wheels of the truck, I decided to make tracks as a replacement for the rear tires. I figure it should be good practice for building tracks for the EOD entry.

First, some templates:



And then moving onto styrene:



Assembled and with spikes:


Onto the track links... this is going to be tedious...




It's probably going to take a little while to make all the links, but I'm hoping it'll be worth the effort.
VonCuda
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Posted: Saturday, January 02, 2010 - 03:39 PM UTC
Making your own tracks now.........I officially hate you.




Hermon
adamsmasher
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Posted: Saturday, January 02, 2010 - 05:08 PM UTC
haha! By the time I'm finished I'm going to hate me too, I'm sure!
Cuhail
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Posted: Saturday, January 02, 2010 - 06:56 PM UTC

You guys are what make the campaign pop! It's this kind of scratchbuilding that will fuel ACUTR 3 in early 2011! Keep it going strong, guys!

Adam, I love you as only a scratchbuilder can do...platonically from miles away!

Keep it up, man! Looking gruesome!

Cuhail

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Posted: Saturday, January 02, 2010 - 07:48 PM UTC
Cog wheels and Track links and Spikes and Chains, super stuff. I love it !! Keep it cookin.

BTW any news on the Casino mate?

Cheers, D
PunyViking
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Posted: Saturday, January 02, 2010 - 08:40 PM UTC
Nasty looking tracks! Me like!
Keeperofsouls2099
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Posted: Sunday, January 03, 2010 - 03:36 AM UTC
Wow good job your design prosses entrigue's me alot cant wait to see the end result.Kit tracks are a pain in there selfs again good work man.....




Build On,
Justin
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Posted: Sunday, January 03, 2010 - 05:24 AM UTC
Looking great, like real post doom... and this is just the local postal service delivery truck, right?




adamsmasher
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Posted: Sunday, January 03, 2010 - 12:42 PM UTC
Thanks for looking, guys! Funny, I actually did envision this as some sort of transport - either for people or supplies.

Damian: it's a long story but I hope to go check out the Casino tomorrow. Getting tired of waiting!