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Revell Dodge Ram VTS (in a Canadian Wrapper) --FINISHED--

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Revell Dodge Ram VTS (in a Canadian Wrapper) --FINISHED--
Posted by gregbale on Monday, February 25, 2019 9:17 PM

The Dodge Ram VTS first saw the light of day at the Chicago Auto Show in 1996, as a concept design study, outfitting a fairly conventional Dodge Ram pickup with the decidedly non-conventional 10-cylinder Viper engine (and a few sporty touches in styling and paint) borrowed from Dodge's 'in your face' Viper GTS sportscar. Though the 'Viper Truck/Sport' was never greenlighted for production, the idea resurfaced again in 2002--yet another 'concept' vehicle--as the very-similar SRT-10 Sport Pickup, which would finally see limited production beginning in 2004.

As a lifelong afflictee of 'Mopar madness,' I picked up the Revell Dodge Ram VTS in its 'Amigo Pack' boxing some years ago, purely as an impulse buy...grotesquely attracted by its bizarre purple and gloss yellow colors (with green and red trim stripes, to boot), while at the same time pretty sure I would likely never actually build it in that not-very-appealing scheme. [As best I can determine, those colors were Revell's invention; the real VTS concept vehicle sported the road car's popular 'Banzai Blue' paint job with dual white 'skunk' racing stripes.] Over the years I looked at numerous 'custom' graphics possibilities, but nothing ever caught my imagination, and the kit languished.

Fast-forward to not too long ago, when I found myself photo-hunting online for a completely different project, and happened to come across neat pics of a 'stock'-looking Dodge Ram 1500 (possibly an SSV or Special Service Vehicle) in an unfamiliar but very eye-catching law enforcement scheme from North of the Border. The proverbial bell 'clanged.' I figured 10 Viper cylinders under the hood should qualify as 'special service,' so I adapted the markings a bit and made up some home-printed decal art, and the project finally had legs. Or...wheels.

My intention is to build the kit pretty much OOB, with perhaps a few extra electronics and an accessory or two to be added later for its law enforcement role.

The construction so far is just the 'stock' tub with a not-quite-stock two-tone scheme in suitably restrained colors, all Revell's moldings with just a bit of detail-paint and dry-brushing. (I did add 'stubs' for the seatbelts that will be added later to the interior body sides.) And the Viper engine, stock kit parts with just sensor and ignition wires added. (The 'braided' ignition wires were a poor choice...the only suitably-sized material I had on hand...but they will be largely invisible once the engine is installed.)

That's it so far; more as the project develops.

Greg

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Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 11:44 AM

IIIII like it! Nice wash on the engine the interior looks realistic

 

Nick.

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 9:26 PM

That looks good.  Man that color scheme!!!!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 7:54 AM

Hey , GregBale ! 

 Is that a Die-cast 1/24 model ? I think you forgot something .In my truck I would nave to have My boxer on the passenger side checking things out .( if I had a Boxer ) The interior and engine exhibit very good attention to detail no matter what methods were used . Wild Paint there . Now when are you gonna finish it and take us for a ride and tailgate party ?  T.B.

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Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 9:06 AM

Tanker - Builder
Hey , GregBale ! Is that a Die-cast 1/24 model ?

Nah, TB, the 'diecast' refers to the little Hot-Wheels-sized toy included with the kit (and visible on the right of the 'cutout' box-top)...which I suppose is the gimmick of the 'Amigo Pack' packaging. [I'm guessing it was't a huge success for Revell's marketing dept., since I don't think I've seen many other such combo kits released.]

Haven't collected Hot Wheels in 50 or so years, but it's a nice-enough little example (in the same ghastly paint-job):

The hood even opens...though not enough to really be able to see anything!

Note one peculiarity, however: the 'toy' is a stretched crew-cab...while the model is only a conventional single! Big Smile

Thanks for the kind words.

Greg

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Posted by PFJN on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:33 AM

Wow,

It's amazing how realistic your build looks, especially the interior and engine Smile

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Posted by hogfanfs on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:39 AM

I really like the two tone seats. The lighter brown colored part of the seat looks almost like suede. And I see no problems with the braided lines, other than the blue lines maybe being a bit out of scale. But, truely, very well done so far. I'm look forward to seeing more!

 Bruce

 

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Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 11:52 AM

Thanks Nick, John, PF & Bruce for taking the time to comment! Yes

hogfanfs
I really like the two tone seats. The lighter brown colored part of the seat looks almost like suede.

As best I can tell on the real thing they're fabric and brushed velour...so suede is close enough, for a quick paint effect!Big Smile Appreciate the input.

Greg

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Posted by LonCray on Thursday, February 28, 2019 3:15 PM

I have a 2003 Ram 2500 pickup, and the interior and seats are different.  However, the inner panels on my seats are indeed suede; the outer panels are leather.  

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Posted by Greg on Thursday, February 28, 2019 4:11 PM

I'm with all the guys. Knockout job on the interior and engine so far. YesYes

Reading about your enthusiam when buying this and seeing the box art brought back a vivid modeling - related olfactory memory thing from half a century ago for a few milliseconds. Cool!

-Greg

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Posted by gregbale on Friday, March 1, 2019 9:53 AM

Thanks, Greg and Lon.

Greg
Reading about your enthusiam when buying this and seeing the box art brought back a vivid modeling - related olfactory memory thing from half a century ago for a few milliseconds

I'm almost afraid to ask:

Was the olfactory memory 'new car smell'...or 'new model smell?' ["I love the smell of polystyrene in the morning...."] Big Smile

Greg

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, March 10, 2019 3:34 PM

Finished up the chassis and attached the engine and exhausts, then added a few cable-runs and fuel lines from various diameters of wire. Attached the interior tub/firewall and some representational wiring/plumbing to the powerplant.

I used a leftover 1/72 aircraft radio panel from my spares box to make up a small comm panel with a scratchbuilt microphone and coiled wire cord; right-hand photo shows it somewhat-inconveniently located behind the gearshift.

And the finished product, in the striking markings of Canada's Border Services Agency, the federal customs and border-security force that constitutes Canada's 2nd-largest law enforcement organization (after the RCMP). Decals were made up on the PC based on online images and printed on my faithful (and long-serving) HP inkjet. Exterior is box-stock with the addition of stretched-sprue aerials and a lightbar/beacon made up from a larger wedge-shaped section of clear sprue.

A fun project. Not a contest-winner by any stretch...but how many people can say they have a CBSA vehicle in their collection?

Greg

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, March 10, 2019 3:53 PM

Really nice!  Did the cold air intake come with the kit? 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, March 10, 2019 4:01 PM

keavdog

Really nice!  Did the cold air intake come with the kit? 

Thanks, kd. The intake was molded integrally with the kit manifold part. It was on the original VTS, but I think they changed the configuration a bit for the later SRT models.

Greg

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, March 10, 2019 4:29 PM

Missed this. well done.

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Posted by fox on Sunday, March 10, 2019 8:24 PM

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, March 11, 2019 9:38 AM

Hi;

    I had to get back to you .Nice finishing job . Very nice Canadian wrapper too ! Now , on the Amigo Pack I have at least four of them .A Mustang , A Challenger and a Charger I don't remember what the fourth is .I think it's tha Z Z TOP 34 Ford . I added these little cars to my Hot-Wheels collection and put the models away . T.B.

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, March 11, 2019 10:33 AM

Tanker - Builder

Hi;

    I had to get back to you .Nice finishing job . Very nice Canadian wrapper too ! Now , on the Amigo Pack I have at least four of them .A Mustang , A Challenger and a Charger I don't remember what the fourth is .I think it's tha Z Z TOP 34 Ford . I added these little cars to my Hot-Wheels collection and put the models away . T.B.

Thanks, TB.

Glad you followed up on the 'Amigo' thing, since I don't think I'd seen any others. I was a Matchbox collector back in the day...but I'd already moved on to styrene by the time Hot Wheels got big. (Though I do remember a few 'special' ones...like the Dodge Deora with the surfboards!)

Greg

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Posted by Greg on Monday, March 11, 2019 11:02 AM

gregbale
Was the olfactory memory 'new car smell'...or 'new model smell?' ["I love the smell of polystyrene in the morning...."] Big Smile

It was a new model smell, for sure, Greg. Those "smell" memories are strange, I swear I could actually smell the model. Geeked

Great job on this kit. Others have mentioned how realistic it looks, I agree. The Canadian Border Protection Agency scheme is extra cool.

YesYesYes

-Greg

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Posted by PatW on Monday, March 11, 2019 5:50 PM

Really good looking build gregbale.

I'll have to keep a lookout for the name on the decals when visiting our eldest so out in Manitoba when were over from the UK!

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Posted by roony on Monday, March 11, 2019 10:43 PM

As recall these trucks weren't even offered here in Canada.  This one must have been a siezure.  Looks great, love the decals.

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Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:12 AM

Thanks for the feedback, guys.

Based on the photos available, it looks like the CBSA vehicles are now rocking an updated version of the same markings, with a 'wedge' shape blue background and bolder more 'logo'-style lettering. But the more elegant 'blue ribbon' style was what first caught my eye, so that's what I went with...since it was essentially a WHIF project, anyway.

Greg

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:34 PM

Missed this one too! Man you really nailed it with the details on this thing. Wow!!!

                   

 

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Posted by BuildingCars4Fun on Friday, March 15, 2019 12:49 AM

nice work - seats looks excellent. What did you use to get the leather effect?

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Posted by gregbale on Friday, March 15, 2019 10:07 AM

Thanks, Gents.

BuildingCars4Fun

nice work - seats looks excellent. What did you use to get the leather effect?

Just good old-fashioned dry-brushing. I basecoat with Tamiya acrylics, then dry-brush with Testors 'square bottle' enamels. It works a treat. Big Smile

Greg

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Posted by swizly on Monday, April 19, 2021 2:28 PM

Grabbing out an old thread... That's one very nice set you made I love the attention to detail. Currently I am building a Dodge Ram VTS in 1:18 scale, starting from a die-cast car that originally even was the LWB version. I'm designing and printing quite a few 3D parts for it, however, there is one thing where I need help. There is a sway bar mounted on the rear axle, but how is that sway bar attached to the chassis frame? In your picture, it looks like there is no additional bar that connects the sway bar and the chassis, so is the sway bar tilted? (25-30°) I haven't yet found a picture of the chassis/underfloor taken at an angle. Could you please take one more photo that shows the rear suspension?

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