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French Airfield Truck / Conversion Project
« on: April 01, 2013, 03:10:48 AM »
  Greetings All,
Since I've recently brought over my RNAS Ambulance project I thought it would be a good time bring over the project done before the Rolls Royce. This project was also intended to be part of a diorama as well. The diorama was to set in the early years of the Great War and to include a SPAD A-2 and possibly a second  aircraft as well. The SPAD A-2 was to be scratch built in plastic using a card kit as its basis . The A-2 was actually started and progressed as far as the fuselage when I discovered the shape was completely wrong thanks to finding much better drawings. The  second fighter if I had decided to go ahead with it would have been a Dufaux C.2 also based on a card kit.

While neither of the aircraft left the ground so to speak,I did complete the conversion of a 1907 Renault Landaulet into a French Airfield Truck. The Truck conversion was based of the Minicraft repop of the Revell Highway Pioneer's 1907 Renault Landaulet. The kit had the base shape I wanted but very little else in the way of detail. These missing details were scratch built using the Pyro 1906 Renault Towne Car as a guide.

So on with the photos of the conversion. As always any and all comments are welcomed and appreciated. Thanks for taking a look and I hope you'll enjoy and maybe try a project such as this on sometime.

  Task #1 Surgery time,cutting up the donor kit.  Removed the molded on cab from the frame.

   Extended frame and the beginnings of work on the bed.

   Another view without the kit radiator sitting in place.

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Re: French Airfield Truck / Conversion Project
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2013, 03:15:34 AM »
Hmm, after the Ambulance project I'm really looking forward to seeing where this ones headed - plus I actually managed to get hold of one of these kits the other day, and could use some inspiration as to what might be possible with it??
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Re: French Airfield Truck / Conversion Project
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2013, 03:21:56 AM »
Another project for me to learn from- great stuff Greg

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Re: French Airfield Truck / Conversion Project
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2013, 04:04:21 AM »
  The underside view,note the lack of detail for the underside of the engine.

  Based on the Pyro I could see that the underside of the engine was completely shrouded so I build up the shroud. This was done in multiple pieces to match the shape.

  The shroud frame was then covered in plastic stock

  Shroud in place on the underside.

   Additional underside detail from scratch and modified kit parts.





   Test fitting time.


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Re: French Airfield Truck / Conversion Project
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2013, 04:16:30 AM »
  Modified radiator.



  The build up of the basic cab and bed areas.





  Test fit.

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Re: French Airfield Truck / Conversion Project
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2013, 04:27:32 AM »
  A few more additional details.





  The beginnings of the canvas soft top for the bed and cab.






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Re: French Airfield Truck / Conversion Project
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2013, 04:50:19 AM »
  Andi,
I'm glad you got a hold of one of these great old kits my friend.As for inspiration for your kit it's wide open,with your kit in hand you could nearly convert it any vehicle that catches your imagination. Finding drawing isn't always the easiest task but there are plenty of photos around the web to inspire you. I hope you'll give a conversion a go my friend.
Highest Regards,
Gregory Jouette

Here's a few links that may be of interest to you.
LINK:http://automotion.myfastforum.org/index.php
        http://armoredcars-ww-one.blogspot.com.es/
        http://www.landships.info/landships/index.html
        http://www.network54.com/Forum/282066/
PS: Giving credit were credit is due. My friend Tony aka Mustangman over at automotion was the inspiration for both my Renault and Roll Royce military vehicles.
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Re: French Airfield Truck / Conversion Project
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2013, 04:52:59 AM »
Another project for me to learn from- great stuff Greg

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   Michael,
Thank you very much my friend. In fact I've learned much from your threads as well.
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Re: French Airfield Truck / Conversion Project
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2013, 05:04:47 AM »
  The painting and weathering.














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Re: French Airfield Truck / Conversion Project
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2013, 05:19:00 AM »
  In full rust and dust.





  Fitting the soft top. This is made from tissue taken from an old balsa kit I had handy.






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Re: French Airfield Truck / Conversion Project
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2013, 05:28:47 AM »
  Ol'Bug Eyes as my calls this project as completed.









 The vehicle in the background is what would become the Rolls Royce Ambulance.

 Well that's all for my Renault project. I hope to have inspired a few to try the same sort of project of their own and I hope all have enjoyed this project.
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« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2013, 07:01:28 AM »
Gregory,
Still as inspiring as it was back when you did the work! If I ever get to a normal human schedule I would like to try some diorama ideas.
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Re: French Airfield Truck / Conversion Project
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2013, 07:22:59 AM »
Thanks for sharing your work Greg - fantastic as ever  :)

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Re: French Airfield Truck / Conversion Project
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2013, 07:37:19 AM »
  Richard,Michael and Rich,
Thanks guys your kind words are much appreciated my friends.
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Re: French Airfield Truck / Conversion Project
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2013, 08:34:31 AM »
Awesome modelling Gregory! You build exceptionally good vehicles.

Cheers,

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