Automotive Forums .com - the leading automotive community online! Automotive Forums .com - the leading automotive community online!
Automotive Forums .com - the leading automotive community online! 
-
Latest | 0 Rplys
Go Back   Automotive Forums .com Car Chat > Automotive Art > Car Modeling > WIP - Street
WIP - Street Post topics for any "Works In Progress" street vehicles projects in this sub-forum.
Reply Show Printable Version Show Printable Version | Email this Page Email this Page | Subscription Subscribe to this Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-18-2018, 12:54 PM   #1
Serioga
AF Regular
 
Serioga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Moscow, Russia
Posts: 261
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
90' GMC TopKick C7500-C8500

Hello my dear colleagues!
I haven't write here for a long time....
Here is my current project for couple years already.
As I am American Medium Duty trucks fan, I can't stand to work (make a model) on this one.
:

The only thing I will change is the rooth. I like standart one. And I not sure about the bumper. May be I will use the stock one. I bought the trans-kit on e-bay couple years before. I guess it's Perry's:

The grill is fited to suit.

There are couple fuel tanks and acumulator boxes in kit. Plus chequered plates and buckles for hood and boxes in separate bag:

I like this kit. Quality of the cast rather high. No boubles.

There is pimple on a back wall, like the real cab has. Also bottom line need correction.

Door handles are made through


Interior tub is flat as usuall.

I have PDF with dimensions, so I can say the scale of a kit is something in between 1/24 and 1/25.

Toolbar sits rather high. Next photo shows it better.


The steering wheel is too small for this truck. It's a pitty - no head lights lenses or wind screen in a kit. No instruction too.....
__________________
"Precious and fragile things Needs special handling.."
Serioga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2018, 12:56 PM   #2
Serioga
AF Regular
Thread starter
 
Serioga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Moscow, Russia
Posts: 261
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Re: 90' GMC TopKick C7500-C8500

So, the bottom of back wall of the cab has filled up:

Almost finised on the left side, not on the right. Here is the original:


Door pockets and elbow-rest are up graded too:



So, the steering wheel has been remade. I used the rim from Ford LNT kit. The rest of steering wheel are styrene, epoxy patty, wire, piece of sprue. Though Ford's rim is 1mm bigger, TopKick's will have an ideal cirkle.


I also made the gear shift lever.

Here is how it should be:

I also filed down the bottom and back side of the dash. Now it sitssits a litle lower.


Almost like at home. Erly Tahoe and Silverado have the same cab and dash.




__________________
"Precious and fragile things Needs special handling.."
Serioga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2018, 01:16 PM   #3
Serioga
AF Regular
Thread starter
 
Serioga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Moscow, Russia
Posts: 261
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Re: 90' GMC TopKick C7500-C8500

The more I work on TopKick cab, the more imperfection I found....

Here we see, that the bottom of the back wall of the cab is not parallel to under grill bar. So the cab/hood is twisted slightly.

Here are headlight windows was depressed on hood corners. Stock state on the left.
Now let's make a frame. I tried CNC-milled frame from KFS.

There are nice cross members in a kit, though it is hard to glue bottom and upper strips to the main strip at once.... I think I must make a jig next time

There should be reinforcement abowe rear bogie. This was made of right angle and styrene. Perhaps I will change it a little.

Try on.

The inside of the grill was treated with ceramic blade to open the holes. Here they are almost opened. The side columns of the grill shouldn't be opened on a real truck. That's why I used ceramic blade for accuracy.

Head light bezels was made of halves of 5 mm plastic tube and pieces of styrene by sides. Also I found head light lenses in my spares

I guess it's a resin copy of this Ford's face

The only probleme, that sikkens resin has tinted yellow in time. I will cast new one...


Here I used Italeri's steering axle + suspension, although steering link was altered.

Notice a piece of plastic between frame rail and front suspension bracket. Original Italeri frame has a radiator pocket this place.

Rear suspension is a copy of AMT's one. You can see different tubes to fix axles in suspension brackets.

Rear tyres are from Mo luminium. Bought some years before. I plan to use hubs from Mo luminium too.

Some semi result. It takes time to drill rear axle through.

It is temporary asembly. I think to shorten the frame by 9 mm to fit 14 ft. Dump body.

All I left to do is to make a dump body for fitting.

Here I made a blank (I hope it correct word) from balsa wood to make wind screen.


Steplered an acetate to frame

Warmed it over gas oven and cover a blank with acetate.

Unfortunatelly plactic goes covered with very small pimples. Acetate thickness is 0,1mm.

Why could it happen?
__________________
"Precious and fragile things Needs special handling.."
Serioga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2018, 01:44 PM   #4
Serioga
AF Regular
Thread starter
 
Serioga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Moscow, Russia
Posts: 261
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Re: 90' GMC TopKick C7500-C8500

Finally I had a free day to open the box with TopKick parts. I didn't build 3 months, but I have something to show:

I have bought dump truck decals at ModelTrucking

Also Oleg Malakhov helped me to vacuum form new wind shield!

Some wheel nuts and rear suspension pins (if it correct term). I will show latter what it for.

I've found 4 spare disks in my spares for drive wheels.

Here are MoLuminium hubs, that I will use, BUT....

...they are smaller, then disk holes. I should punch some rings from styrene.

Some brake drums.

Here I made clear headlight lenses. I used moulding compaund & resin like these:

Here is my efort to make working rear suspension. And tools I used.


Inner part of saddle is made, using existing one as a patern.

I will use "suspension pins" to fix everithing moving. 6 pieces on the left spring & 6 - on the right.


A little more progress.
Scratchbuilt front cross members and finally asembled the frame.










Couple more photos of built rear bogie

__________________
"Precious and fragile things Needs special handling.."
Serioga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2018, 01:52 PM   #5
Serioga
AF Regular
Thread starter
 
Serioga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Moscow, Russia
Posts: 261
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Re: 90' GMC TopKick C7500-C8500

A very small update. Just a little one:

Made up front shock absorbers


Here I cut out front hubs from Italery's wheels. I used 0,2mm Line chisel from Creos.


A little update with the wheels.

I have bought couple wheel sets at Jamie

This is trailer set, but I will use them for rear bogie.
Jamie's Rear tyres, I bought several years before at Sourcraut, turn out 1mm wider than discs. Modern Jamie's tyres are narrower.


And there is no gap between rear wheels. Iguess I should make 1mm spacer from styrene.

Slightly increased the center hole on the front Italery's disc

Yeah, the second set of wheels had a couple extra front hubs.

...BUT somehow, let's call it the mating plane (marked with arrow) is very narrow and the width of the brake drum - the same

And if the second thing was treated with cut down spacers of 1mm polystyrene, then the first needed a piece of tube with 12-14mm diametr. I had to cut a piece out of a 16mm tube.

Here is how it looks like.
__________________
"Precious and fragile things Needs special handling.."
Serioga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2018, 02:00 PM   #6
Serioga
AF Regular
Thread starter
 
Serioga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Moscow, Russia
Posts: 261
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Re: 90' GMC TopKick C7500-C8500

Let's go!

Here are cardan shaft, break chambers and I guess I can call it reactive bar:


Common view

All, except front springs, glued with Craft bond

Radiator of the real thing

And my version




About rear whells spacers: they were made and instaled

I've took some time to make sun visors and wind shild holders (marked with arrows)

Some pattern parts to make power steering

Vu-A-la!




Late models of TopKicks has front mudgards:


I desided to create one, but before - some origamy


Then mudgards were solfered from sheet cooper

Delited some excess resin from bumper brackets side

Rear cab bracket parts

Soldered rear bracket plus bended plastic rod for front cab bracket



I satisfied now with cab position




Time to make damp bed
__________________
"Precious and fragile things Needs special handling.."
Serioga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2018, 02:30 PM   #7
360spider
AF Moderator
 
360spider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 3,141
Thanks: 26
Thanked 283 Times in 210 Posts
Re: 90' GMC TopKick C7500-C8500

Wow. Lots of really cool stuff here. Tremendous scratchbuilding skills!
__________________
The client is not always right. - Enzo Ferrari
ItalianHorses.net
360spider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2018, 03:47 PM   #8
Serioga
AF Regular
Thread starter
 
Serioga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Moscow, Russia
Posts: 261
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Re: 90' GMC TopKick C7500-C8500

Thank you, Alex!
Your praise is the best prize.
__________________
"Precious and fragile things Needs special handling.."
Serioga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2018, 12:51 PM   #9
Serioga
AF Regular
Thread starter
 
Serioga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Moscow, Russia
Posts: 261
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Re: 90' GMC TopKick C7500-C8500

Some dump bed work

But first - paper mockup:

sloping end I liked more

Skeleton

By the way, I note - hydraulic ram house on paper mockup turn out too small


__________________
"Precious and fragile things Needs special handling.."
Serioga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2019, 03:39 PM   #10
Serioga
AF Regular
Thread starter
 
Serioga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Moscow, Russia
Posts: 261
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Re: 90' GMC TopKick C7500-C8500

Thank you, Friends!

Kind a little "How To":

Little triangles to connect crosmembers and subframe



By the way, I often used right angles. For example red marked one to cover crossmembers, and green one acts as a guide for side walls



When I assembled the frame, I've forgot that dumpers don't have tail crossmember. Insted it has right angle. So I was have to tear off crossmember and cut out a piece of frame.



Here are profiles I used for dump hinge



And here what it turned out



And finally: hydro reservoir and hinge set up for hydraulic ram

__________________
"Precious and fragile things Needs special handling.."
Serioga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2019, 11:51 AM   #11
Serioga
AF Regular
Thread starter
 
Serioga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Moscow, Russia
Posts: 261
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Re: 90' GMC TopKick C7500-C8500

Side walls temporary glued

I had two attempts to make tail gate ribs. First one turn out too narrow.

Tail gate hinge and lockers

Starts to look right.


Thank you for interes
__________________
"Precious and fragile things Needs special handling.."
Serioga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2019, 02:26 PM   #12
Serioga
AF Regular
Thread starter
 
Serioga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Moscow, Russia
Posts: 261
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Re: 90' GMC TopKick C7500-C8500

Hello again! Finally I've got tubes to make silencer and receivers









Also bought triangles to make bevels on horizontal ribs: outside and inside


Finished vertical ribs and hinged the gates


Have made over cab dump dome (I guess it's right term)



And worked a little over fuel tanks
__________________
"Precious and fragile things Needs special handling.."
Serioga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2019, 01:27 PM   #13
Serioga
AF Regular
Thread starter
 
Serioga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Moscow, Russia
Posts: 261
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Re: 90' GMC TopKick C7500-C8500

So, I have came to hydraulic ram. It made out of aerial, cut to size. My aerial was stainless. So it was cut by tool, like "Dremel". Here is a jig to cut.

I will use plastic tube to enlarge outer part of ram

To drill new holes I used diamond boer

Here is how the truck looks now








Here are king pins soldered for moving parts



A load I made for gate lockers
__________________
"Precious and fragile things Needs special handling.."
Serioga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2019, 06:51 AM   #14
GvEman
AF Enthusiast
 
GvEman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Gellivare
Posts: 1,976
Thanks: 1
Thanked 12 Times in 12 Posts
Re: 90' GMC TopKick C7500-C8500

Awesome build! ou realy have som skils in scratch building!
__________________
Best Regards
Anton
GvEman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2019, 11:03 AM   #15
Serioga
AF Regular
Thread starter
 
Serioga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Moscow, Russia
Posts: 261
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Re: 90' GMC TopKick C7500-C8500

A little more progress.
Side mirrors were made out of 1,5mm plastic and 0,5mm soldering wire



Mirror brackets are little complicated, then Big trucks have. PickUp doors have a slope at the top point.

So I improved my old soldering device.


The wire was localy flatten and drilled for rivets. Here I broken one of my 0,4 drill bits.

I have got Cab roof Marker Lights from Fireball Modelworks. Thank you Joseph!

But as Joseph said: "they are smallewr then Silverado's one. Compare to photo 4.

I plan to use rectangular black adhesive tape as a rubber for marker lights. Visually it should make them larger.

Note, that wipers were cut off.
Finally I made cab handles from square styrene 1х1мм & strip 1х0,3мм.

__________________
"Precious and fragile things Needs special handling.."
Serioga is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply

POST REPLY TO THIS THREAD


Bookmarks
Go Back   Automotive Forums .com Car Chat > Automotive Art > Car Modeling > WIP - Street

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:06 AM.

Community Participation Guidelines | How to use your User Control Panel

Powered by: vBulletin | Copyright Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
 
 
no new posts