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Old 11-27-2017, 09:17 PM
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I knew that J hooks or coyote hooks were used to chain the car to the lift. i just wasn't sure if it'd be possible with your lift to go pick something repo-style and slow drive without the chains, so you don't have to fiddle with it everytime.

For the chains, hit up a craft store that's got a jewelery making section. Buy several that looks scale, then pull test to see what's structural vs decoration.

My dragline buckets use strong necklace chain, it's enough for pulling scoops of dirt and ground rubber.
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Old 11-27-2017, 09:21 PM
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What about the chain from tamiya pole trailer
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Old 11-27-2017, 10:45 PM
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This build is bad@ss. Cant wait to see it weathered!
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Old 12-02-2017, 03:25 PM
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The second 360 servo is now mounted and working so she's a true twin boom. I found some grab hooks and got them mounted on the tow bar, I made a pair of oversize J hooks so I can grab most anything until I get a better idea of how much I can scale them back. I also added the operator handles for the twin winches, old school mechanical linkage here, no electrical control back in the day. And I got started weathering on the wrecker bed. The cab will take a bit more research as it was aluminum and I can't go crazy with the rust on it.

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Old 12-02-2017, 04:34 PM
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it look seven more beautiful, now that there's a hint of weathering on it
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Old 12-06-2017, 04:29 AM
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That's killer! Now it's really looking like a working rig.

Aluminum corrosion is generally white or grey. It can do the flakey/bubbly paint thing.

Awesome truck
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:00 AM
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The only thing I would dare suggest is to blacken the chains & cables.

Other than that... wow Dennis.
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Old 12-06-2017, 05:56 PM
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"Aluminum corrosion is generally white or grey. It can do the flakey/bubbly paint thing."

Yes, am making a hobby shop run next week to see what will work best for weathered aluminum. I'll probably go with a chipped and scuffed edge look as I have never been too good at doing the bubbly thing. BUT, I do have lots of left over styrene to try on????

"blacken the chains & cables"

Yup, gotta do the chains in a rusty dark metal look with the J hooks a worn red. There will also be wooden 4x4's and other "cribbing" and clutter thrown up on the deck.

If I can find 4 small diameter tires and wheels (12-15mm) with the right look, there will be a set of "knock down" dollies up there too! Am open for suggestions!

I really have to take a minute to thank everyone that has commented on this build so far. Your overwhelmingly positive comments and encouragement have so very much helped push me to go far beyond what I had thought were my limits of building!
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Old 12-06-2017, 07:32 PM
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Maybe look into the salt method to fake bubbly corrosion?
On scrap plastic to test, paint, sprinkle some salt where you want bubbly, paint again. Maybe lightly brush to knock it loose if paint ruptured. Maybe weather it more.

I wonder if the 'patina' chemicals would be able to hit your chains, or if a paint wash would do better?
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:10 PM
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Perhaps look at PMD. Rick had the Weideco rims/tires that are pretty small. IDk what size they are, for sure, but I know they are way smaller then the Tamiya tires/rims are.
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Old 12-08-2017, 08:39 PM
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I checked PMD and Rick's smaller tires are still too big. The dolly I'm copying had tires the size of a small utility trailer. I'm thinking older 1/32 or 1/43 slot car wheels may be the ticket. I did find that 1/24 are still too big. Kind of like finding a bigger rotary beacon. There's one out there, just going to take a bit to find it.
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Old 12-09-2017, 01:34 AM
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Bummer, sorry to hear that those weren't small enough fir the project.
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Old 12-09-2017, 11:29 AM
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Are you going to paint the booms and lift frame? Truck looks great so far!!
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:44 PM
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Thanks Lynn

Yes, I plan to paint the booms and sling mount, just not sure what color I want yet.
Am thinking of white and applied by brush so it doesn't cover completely and then a rusty steel color dabbed into the thin areas to add to the weathered look.
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Old 12-10-2017, 04:02 PM
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Hey Dennis, how about some of the 1/32 scale “snap-tite” truck wheel/tires I think Monogram makes them and you can get them at any hobby shop or Hobby Lobby.
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Old 12-10-2017, 08:09 PM
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Found another picture of your wrecker:

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1/24 car model tires might be about right? i know some of the skinny 1970s and earlier models had the right profile and should be little under 1" tall.

Nice find on that truck, the boom rigging makes more sence
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Old 12-11-2017, 06:08 PM
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Good photo Kent! Maybe I'll go blue on the booms and sling, I'm just not sure yet. Was leaning toward white for a bit of contrast. Now I'm torn.

I have to make a paint run Friday either way so I'll probably pick up both if they have it in stock. The shop I'm going to also sells a lot of slot car stuff so I'll be looking at wheels. 1" is going to be too big compared to what I remember from the set I horsed around. May need to be more like .500" - .625" to look right. Hope to have new photos this weekend.
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Old 12-12-2017, 10:20 AM
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My grandson just got a little LEGO airplane it has really nice 1/2 inch wheels . Wish I could post a pic but .......
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Old 12-12-2017, 01:08 PM
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Wow that turned out awesome, great work.
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