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 Posted: Fri May 14th, 2021 07:29 pm
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David Laughery
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Passenger cars are nicely represented by,
Liberty Classics Studebaker (L), and the Ertl Maxwell and Ford Model T (middle and R). 

Again, these fit my modeling era,
but both of these companies offer models of later time periods. 

Amazon often has these offered,
but there are many more choices on Ebay, often for very reasonable prices.

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Up to now I have mostly discussed,
adapting diecast cars and trucks for Gn15 use. 

For many years I built hundreds of plastic car and truck models, too. 
Here is one that has been sitting on the shelf for a long time. 

Old hands and eyes make these difficult for me now,
so I am sticking with the diecasts.

What further dissuades my building this is that,
although I wanted the roadster, the parts are for a Ford Touring.

Box and directions are for the roadster,
the parts are for a four door touring. 

The kit sits on the shelf.  

Regards, Dave L.  :bang:





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Today I was contrasting the Yorkshire Co.'s variations of their Ford TT. 

Two castings of the cab roof, one short and one longer, are evident. 
Two bed variations are used, as well. 

This gives one many possibilities for customizing these models. 

Regards, Dave L.  :thumb:  





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Hi Dave


Some folks into Gn15 like the modern period.


I saw you had some 1:24 vehicle catalogues.

Which I noticed a couple of 'stock cars' in.


Do you know if it is possible to get in 1:24,

'40s '50s '60s Caddys, Chevys, Pickups, etc. ?


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Eddie

A quick look through the Fairfield catalog,
showed a lot of vehicles that fit your time periods and vehicle types.

I didn't see any Caddies though in 1:24 scale.  :sad:  

Their catalog is online,
so you can browse to see what they got. 

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Eddie

My friend who models the 1950s,
says there are Caddies in 1:24 out there. 

He saw some on Ebay. 

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I came across this old photo of an Ertl Model T truck and trailer. 

I didn't care for the candy apple red color and didn't keep it. 
It would have required more work and repainting than I was able to do. 

The model was a nice one, though. 

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Hi David,

Do "nominal" large scale forklifts count ??





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Hey, if it has wheels it's a vehicle.
 
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Hi David,

Well the scale doesn't get much more "nominal",
than this Tamiya forklift, from their Educational Construction range.

You have to build both the controller and the forkie.
 

It is a "skid-steer" type mechanism,
with the front main wheels being powered forward/reverse on/off only.

The rear wheel has no steering and just pivots as required.
This is a "remote control" rather than a "radio-control" R/C model.


For size comparison, as built according to instructions, with a G-scale Preiser figure.





Some more photos.

I modified the control box,
took a tap off the batteries inside via a simple on/off switch fitted to the box,
and threaded in 2 extra wires into the wiring harness for lights.

A relatively simple plastic construction, glued to the very basic roll-over frame,
gave me a red flashing LED, and 2 high-power white LEDs facing forward.





Later this construction would receive 2 coats of black,
to stop the light from the LED flaring in the styrene.

Some more photos.





You really don't want to be down on the ground and see this coming at you.





The Tamiya forklift is able to raise reasonably heavy loads,
to the top level (at 190 mm or 7.5" height) of the rack in the background.

The pallet and 4 solid aluminium beer kegs weighed in at 140g or 5oz.
The forkie didn't even break a sweat moving this heavy a load. 

In action at the pallet rack.





You know you are lined up correctly with the rack,
when your headlight spots, pick up the vertical channels on the next level. 
 
Later the floor in front of the seat would be plated,
to hide the motors and gears behind the mast structure.

An "Earl" driver figure from the Dudez'n'Babez range at G Scale Equipment Ltd,
would be fitted to the seat, to operate a fabricated styrene driving panel,
with bent dressmaking pins for the operating levers.

The wheel was stolen from another different large scale forklift model,
that met an unfortunate end - but that's another story...

Simple stryrene entry steps were added to each side,
out to the width of the wheels.  


Like real large forklifts I've worked around, in a previous career in the steel industry,
this is not a "precision placement device".

But it can move heavy loads, lift to a good height,
and be a workable forklift on a simulated concrete surface.

I would not recommend it for use where grit can be picked up,
because the the Tamiya gearboxes are partially open underneath. 


Remember this is a "toy", but with a bit of tarting up,
it can be made into a useful operating accessory for Large Scale. 

    



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