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Old 12-22-2011, 12:14 PM
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History: 1941 ton 4x4 Dodge platform used for military carryall listed as a WC10, WC17, WC26, WC36 and WC 48 (WC 53 was a ton) some radio equipment and some full panel delivery style without the side windows If you want more information than that use Google. I chose this version because of my immediate access to my dads version seen as the red with the blue top and has always carried the name ZEEK, not sure why just the way its always been!

Goal: This truck has been in the family literally since the day I was born so fitting that I wanted to make my own RC version or three! The first one will be replica with the faded and peeling paint rat rod version that now sits in my parents driveway. The neighbors think its hideous, I think it has more character than anything else you will see on the road! The second one will be the full military version OD green with white graphics etc. The third will be an custom or restored version but not military.

Construction: There was no way I was going to build three full out styrene bodies so I am going to make a master buck and mold three copies out of a high strength resin. Looks like I will finally have to build the vacuum chamber Ive always wanted too! I will probably use hydrocal plaster for the mother mold and silicone for the detail this will end up being a complicated multi part mold so well see how it goes! I will start the master with a combination of wood styrene and filler (bondo) and go from there. I wont even start on the frame, axels wheels and tires until the body master is finished. Lets get started!

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As you can see there isnt a straight line on this thing anywhere! First step was to create a 1 line diagram on CAD so I had some templates to work from



More coming soon!
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:22 PM
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Yea wood, seriously!













The whole thing wouldnt fit in my bandsaw so I had to split it in two and do everything twice







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Old 12-22-2011, 12:33 PM
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Nothing is flat of square on this body as you can see everything below the beltline tapers in at about 3* or so











Now the messy work, rounding everything out to lose the blocky look good thing I have a full blown dust collection system in the woodshop or I would be covered!



Cut the windshield rake in with the miter saw set to 5* on the table and 25* on the bias, this is when it helped to have the buck cut into two, I actually had something to align the fence to!





Next night I continued rounding out all of the corners and working on the brow line across the top of the windshield. Oh yea the only flat part I found, the glass!

So here is where it sits right now Dec 22, 2011. Tonight I am going to taper everything above the belt line back 2-3* then I can start to build the windows out of styrene! Oh yea and more sanding and maybe this time some filler!!!!

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Old 12-22-2011, 01:35 PM
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Looks awesome so far! Definitely a unique choice for a build!!

I wouldn't even know where to begin if I wanted to build something like this out of wood...looks like you've got plenty of skills and experience in that department though!

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thats beautiful. any possibility of molding more than 3 bodys for yourself? If so, I'd be VERY interested in one.
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Subscribed !! This is my Favorite truck ever !!
Always wanted one like your dad's or the Ambulance version. Will be watching this for sure....so far it is beyond awesome. No idea how you guys do this stuff with wood, I'd a cut a finger off by now if I was doing this.
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Ok a little more done today (snow day here!) upper buck is cut back to 3* and I was able to sand out the corners, pretty happy with the rough shape for now, tomorrow filler in the cracks and low areas then marry the top and bottom together permanently, rough shaping of the back end, then a trip to the plastic supply house for some styrene and solvent!











And some light sketching



And a quick mockup





As for making more than three bodies, that is certainly a possibility, will have to see how the molding process turns out!
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Wow man this is good. You can definitely tell when someone is taking the time to do things correctly. Keep up this good work and the bodies should come out amazing, we'll all be watching.
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Its awesome and that roof line is super good! Can you just finish the wooden buck you have their and add styrene to it for all the small details like driprails, window mouldings and doorhandles. Then vaccume form the styrene over it? Its nice to have the truck their for measurements..I cant wait to see the military version!!
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I think its a beautiful truck, i'm very jealous. Your neighbours know squat!
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YEA BUDDY!!!!!!!!!! that is awesome!
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Definitely one of the best looking trucks Dodge ever made. I'll be watching!
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Ok if youre still buying your styrene at the hobby shop your paying way too much! I picked up 3 sheets 3x4 of styrene at the plastics supply house (Plasticare on Santa Fe and Oxford if youre in Denver) a couple of quick cuts on my metal shear and I had some stock in 4 pieces each 12x36 in 060, 040 and 020 glue and an applicator all for around $23!


Windows cut out and ready to glue on tomorrow after I finish with the sanding on the main buck

Got the top buck glued to the bottom buck, a little more sanding and then first application of filler
















Thats it for now, time for some eggnog and SoCO!
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that's gonna be sick, and for some un-know reason I can picture one of those old dodges sitting on 44's done up TCC style
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