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Old 12-19-2006, 03:25 AM
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Smile F-350 Dually - Project

At last I`ll be joining the Ford - family but this 350 will be a bit different.
It`ll be a 1980-86 F-350 Dually 4x2 regular cab.
For the cab I use a Tam Blackfoot body which I`ll stretch to 1/10 scale. The frame will most likely be styrene; the front axle will be a homemade Twin I-Beam; the rear axle a Robbe truck rear axle.
The 3-speed gearbox and the wheels will be taken from a Tam Aeromax semi, motor will be a 550.
I want to use this truck for towing a trailor mostly inside the house when the weather is bad so this will only be rear wheel drive.
Most of the parts won`t come until January so at the moment I can only do some work on the cab (and finish the Ami ).

All tips, hints, pics, etc. are welcome !
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Old 12-19-2006, 03:53 AM
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A couple things to consider (and i'm sure you've thought of them already): If/when you raise the roof, you'll have to lengthen the doors as well. But since the other panels are growing, this won't be a problem of proportions, merely one of extra work.

The other one is, the character lines on the hood, being slightly angled, will give you fits. Merely placing strip styrene in there will cause the character line to take on a dogleg shape, so you'll end up rebuilding most of the hood.

Making the bed will be a cakewalk. You've got the fenders. The fleetside panels are 99% straight lines anyway. Plenty of leftover Sprinter lenses to create the taillamps. Those will be fun, with all the fiddly little surface ripples, but again merely time-consuming rather than truly challenging.

The really fun part will be making all those seams disappear. If this one sees paint before 2008, then you're some kind of demented styrene gnome

Oh yeah, don't forget to cut the letters off the hood, and re-space them properly after the widening
Well, the FORD letter thingy is easy. During the production of this F-series verion, the letters on the hood were omitted and replaced with the blue oval in the grille. So I simply sand them down !
I don`t know if raising the roof is really worth it as the raise would only be around 5 mm , so this will wait till the other cuts are done.
The angle of the lines on the hood is very small so a bit of sanding and filling should do.
I disagree with the building of the bed though . The sides have a curve following the shape of the doors and there`s a groove beneath the door handle.
There are a few more problems:
- the windscreen , maybe thick lexan will do
- the grille with the headlights is too narrow and to low; also the bumper doesn`t fit anymore

I`m sure there will appear some more problems during the built.
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Nothing a styrene master like yourself can't handle

The easy way around the grille/bumper issue would be to pick up a second one and use sections from it to make the inserts. I do have a bumper I'm not using if you need it.

Build the bed sides in layers.

Using a blue oval in the grille is cheating

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Old 12-19-2006, 05:16 AM
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Using a blue oval in the grille is cheating


No, it`s just going the easy way , look here :



The grille is different from the Blackfoot, too. There are only 4 vertical sections instead of 6. Doesn`t look too hard to build yourself.

For the bed I could also use thin styrene and bend it a bit to match the shape of the door.
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I`d better get some more ! May be some new files and lots of coffee, too ....
I did some more cuts and I pushed the rear upper edge of the wheel arch a bit to the front to get the shape of the arch correct:

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whats the actual scale of a bf body? man thats a lot of work, i got 3 blackfoot bodies for a project, hopefully i find this inspiring to start it
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The scale of the Blackfoot body is very close to 1/12.

Would be nice to see another Blackfoot project; you can learn from my mistakes .....
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i wood love to do one but don't have a blackfoot body

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Well, then buy one !
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Looks like you'll need to take a section out of the front portion of the fender to make the character line line up. The sloping hood is putting another dogleg in there.

And it looks like you'll want to stretch the doors after all
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And it looks like you'll want to stretch the doors after all
Of course I want to :



You`re right with that character line. The difference in height is just 1 mm but you`ll notice. A small cut on the front part of the fender should solve this.

Or I just give the body a big dent there ....
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I have just begun to cure some of the wounds. I have to get rid of the paint and give the body a layer of primer to see if the proportions fit. I hope I don`t have to raise the roof.
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IŽll bet you have to raise the roof!

But I think youŽll be able to do it!
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