Post by kabdriver on Jun 23, 2018 19:10:16 GMT -5
So, I've been wanted to do a scratchbuilt SOMETHING for ages - really put my building skills to the test but I wasn't sure what...until last week I found some pics from an old contest on here where everyone built a Paddy Wagon. There was a TONNE of cool builds, and I got some cool ideas of what I'd do if I built one of these...so I figured I'd make a start today. Progress on this will be pretty slow - I've actually got a Paddy Wagon kit here that I could modify, but I figured it'd be cool to do something inspired by that kit, but completely my own. Take some ideas from it, and kinda make them related, but completely my own idea.
I'd usually start with a chassis for something like this and start building around it, but I've got some parts that I'm waiting on...so here goes nothing with making my own c-cab from scratch.
I took the rough shape of the 'stock' Paddy Wagon cab side panels (shortened 15 scale inches to make this thing look more stocky and aggresive) and roughed them out in Plastruct sheet:
Then, after cleaning them up a bunch and getting them symmetrical, I recreated the molded in trim lines with half round bar in a couple of different sizes. The straight lines were easy enough, but the curves took a little work. It was a case of gluing a little, bending the stock gently, gluing slightly further down the bend, glue some more and so on until I had the curve I wanted securely in place:
I connected the straight edges with mitre cuts to make them look nicer, and so I can sand them flush when the glue sets overnight. The first one took about 2 hours, but the second only took about 90 minutes as I'd cut measured and sanded all the trim pieces already in duplicate when I did the first one. One down, one to go!
I need to let these set up over night as the plastic is pretty soft in places, but tomorrow I can clean them up, use some small amounts of putty if needed and get them all finished up and looking nice!
Just a small update - these took me basically ALL DAY today More soon though - I need to make a roof next. Thanks for looking!