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1/48 Tamiya Airfield Fuel Truck

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Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, October 18, 2020 10:16 PM

Thanks, John.

John

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, October 18, 2020 11:22 AM

Very nice.  I've get get mine out of the stash.  Thinking of doing a P47 razorback refueling dio.  Great job.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by waikong on Sunday, October 18, 2020 12:41 AM
Nice collection of 1/48 vehicles! I have that kit also.

My website: http://waihobbies.wkhc.net

   

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Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, October 5, 2020 11:11 PM

Thanks, Cliff.

 

Rich, I do have the 1/72 M6 by Airfix for a pattern, if I don't hear back from  Tank Workshop I might do what you suggest.  Then I'd also have 6 more wheels for trailers too.  The B-17 in my picture still would be wrong, it'd the Memphis Belle.Surprise

John

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, October 5, 2020 11:23 AM

That looks good to me! Yes

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by richs26 on Monday, October 5, 2020 11:01 AM

John, B-17F's were used well into 1944.  You could easily scratchbuild an M-6 using a Deuce and a Half and plastic strip to make the hoist.  I have a Ford V3000S that I am going to scratch into a Ford M-1 Bomb Service truck.

WIP:  Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 73rd BS B-26, 40-1408, torpedo bomber attempt on Ryujo

Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 22nd BG B-26, 7-Mile Drome, New Guinea

Minicraft 1/72 B-24D as LB-30, AL-613, "Tough Boy", 28th Composite Group

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Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, October 5, 2020 10:14 AM

 

Well, I've been beavering away on the trucks, I spent yesterday and today working on the figures and some bombs from a set Accurate Miniatures did based on the munitions in the TBM kits.  I had already got the decals and the flat coat work done on both trucks.  The figures still need work, the faces are not at all there yet but I have hopes.  They also need a flat coat but I am close enough to have fun with a few pictures.  The pose is not accurate as I found a really good article by David Doyle and the M27 bomb truck was not in widespread service until 1944 so the B-17F is not correct, it should be a B-17G.  But the good news is the M27 served all the way into the Korean War era. The common bomb truck in WW II was the Chevrolet M6, for which of course I don't have a kit.  However, I do have an inquiry in to Tank Workshop for one.
 
David Doyle article about the M27:

https://photos.imageevent.com/badgerdog/generalstorage/pdfpublications/Classic%20Military%20Vehicle%20January%202014.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John

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Posted by Greg on Friday, October 2, 2020 9:06 AM

Interesting kit. That will make a cool addition to whatever airplane(s) you choose to pose it with.

Coming along nicely.

-Greg

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, October 2, 2020 9:00 AM

John: Lol I have no friggin' clue. You could tell me anything there and I'd believe you! Stick out tongue

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, October 1, 2020 12:42 PM

Cliff, it's just a logical assumption on my part about the tank, Tamiya may have left it off but it would have to be in a different place than the cargo truck.

John, that's the plan but at least they will be next to airplanes in the display case.

John

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 1, 2020 12:04 PM

Oh very cool! Interesting about the fuel tank, I didn't know about that. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:28 PM
Nice - I have this one in the stash and will use this as a guide.  I want to do a P-47 razorback refueling diorama.

Are you going to use the bomb truck and this one in a dio?

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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1/48 Tamiya Airfield Fuel Truck
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:56 PM

 

Since I was already painting wheels, I brought this kit to the bench to build along with the bomb truck.  Typical Tamiya fit, but I was careful putting all the pieces of the cab together as there is no one part that locks everything together.  I also deviated from the instruction's build order pretty often, such as to add the headlights and the blackout lights to the fenders before assembling it to the cab and hood.  Much more room to work that way.  I'm also leaving off a lot of small parts until I get to where I can get the decals on, to avoid breakage while handling.  Tamiya supplies a brass wire to insert in the fuel hose, I used a slightly heavier gauge as the supplied wire was not as long as the hose, and the wire is nice because it makes it easy to form the hose into bends that stay put.
 
Here's where it's at.

 

 

 

The frame is nice enough, but I noticed some details left out that would be better if added, such as brake drums, a steering gear box and drag link, and the cross tube between the rear axle spring assemblies.  But it is easy to assemble and will be fine as added detail in a diorama.  I goofed and installed the fuel tank, but it is not present on the tanker.  It must feed off the avgas supply.

 

 

 

 
There is an instrument panel decal in there if you look hard enough.

 

 

The left door is just taped in place to keep parts in alignment while the hood/roof and engine side panel cure.  I trimmed the door glass so I could pose it lowered on the driver's door.

 

 

One side was done at a time.

 

 

The right side dries with the door taped in place.

 

 

The hoses have been rolled onto the reels.  The reel axle is just set in place to properly position and glue the feed pipe to the axle, and to allow painting all of the interior areas of the reel and pump compartments before the reels are installed.

 

Tamiya calls for the nozzles to be glued into the hose but instead I drilled out the nozzles to fit the wire, and trimmed the hose back to expose the wire.  I took this photo with a 100mm macro lens, worked well for this small detail because of the high magnification

 

 

The present state.  I will do the decals next on this and the bomb truck.  It's probably time to trim the hose to length, I'm thinking a scale 25 feet would be 6 inches, however 8 might be better.  I suspect the hose material is a bit over scale in diameter.

 

 

 

 

 

The fuel truck's share of tires and wheels.

 

 

 

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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