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Old 06-15-2019, 06:09 PM
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Daaaaaaang, those windows look great!
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Old 06-16-2019, 04:34 PM
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Completing the main body was very straightforward...but not all that easy.
Its surprisingly more difficult to handle bigger parts and bigger glue tabs.
But, if you take your time...glue only one tab at a time...
you can work your way down each side of the body connecting the sides to the central part.

I attached all the layered parts and fitted the front firewall/windscreen panel last.
Again, taking time, gluing one tab at a time, and allowing each one to set up, before I aligned and glued the next one.



I also assembled and installed the Driver Roof hatch, and two rear air vents.

At this point, I came up with an idea to change the side trim pieces (upper edges of the body).
On the real thing, the panels are tack welded together, and the edging strips are fairly smooth to the surface.
The side strips are a lot more visible than the roof surface, thats why I only added strips for the sides.

But if these were actual angle strips, that fit over the corners,
they would cover the seam between the panels and hide any gaps and rough edges.

So I have modified the parts in the kit to be like "angle iron" strips
This build will have to stay as it is now.



After test fitting the Body to the internal former structure, it was obvious that there are some visible areas of the back side of the parts (inside of the Body).
I already thought about this, and I plan to add some reverse side printing instructions into the kit.
After printing the Body panel sheets, they will need to be flipped in your Printer and some colour added to the inside.

Its too late for this build, so I just printed some inside pieces on thin paper and glued them in place.



To my amazement, the Body fits almost perfectly onto the internal structure!

Apparently I got all my measurements correct this time and everything aligned well.
In fact, one test fit was all I needed, and I went ahead and glued it all in place.

There are a few areas that need some help and support, while the glue dries, to stay in proper alignment.



Before I fitted the interior and exterior together, I tested the roof tarpaulin.

These vehicles...all of them: Ford, Chevy and Morris F-ATs...all have two roof openings.
A hatch above the Passenger seat with a hinged cover, and a large opening above the passenger compartment.
It doesn't work as a "people port" since there is a criss-cross framework restricting the opening...it supports the tarp cover.
I think the opening is intended solely to allow light and venting, and most of the time is covered by a tie-down tarpaulin cover.

Since the model vehicle has no interior, and no real roof opening, I figured the tarp needed to be there.
But rather than make it part of the exterior artwork, I decided to try to create a paper version...which worked quite well (in my opinion).
I haven't glued it in place, but I will.





Next up...I will design and attach the rear Fender extensions, and some other rear accessories, before fitting the Body to the Chassis.
Stay tuned FAT Fans!
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Old 06-16-2019, 04:50 PM
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Great looking body. I really like the tarp; it is a huge touch of realism.
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Old 06-16-2019, 05:25 PM
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That tarp looks great.
Back to the windows . . you deserve "Idea Of The Year" award for those.
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Old 06-16-2019, 05:33 PM
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haha I appreciate the award, but, I can't take credit.
I'm sure someone else here has used clear sticky plastic like this?
Its not really different to using cellotape, only the laminating sheets are bigger, wider.
And I know others have used clear tape in various ways.

But its does a better job than trying to coat the window areas with clearcoat or nail polish.
Clear Nail Polish works well for very small areas.
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Old 06-17-2019, 03:53 AM
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Boy, that body is sweet.
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:23 AM
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Next up, the rear fender/mudguard extensions need to be built and installed.
These are just angle iron pieces that extend from the rear of the rear wheel wells, covered in sheet metal.
Attached to the ends are thick rubber "mud flaps".

I've made double layer, inner and outer parts, with the mudflap separate.
I tried to create some mud splatter on the insides...maybe it a bit overdone?
I also realized the wheel well doesn't have this splatter...so maybe it out of place?

The other things are mounting plates for ID tags and such (I think).
I think thats a light at the top.
These mount on either rear corner of the body...on small posts (which I have cut from toothpicks).



...
Anyway, everything fit first try, so I'm happy with that.
They just lay flat within the wheel well...glued flat to the rear surface.
I made them a bit short so theres plenty of wiggle room to get them properly aligned to the outer body.



...
Finished look is quite good.
I am happy with this.



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I fitted those rear bracket Identification Plate things.
I notice from photos, that these plates vary on FATs...but this style I got directly from a Ford FAT.

The body is not attached to the frame yet, since I still have to do some redesign and build work up front.
But I added some aligning tabs to help keep the body in place on the frame while I fidget and take measurements and such.
While doing that, I decided that I didn't like the width of the frame blocks that support the body.
In photos, these blocks/wood strips appear to be as wide as the frame rails themselves.
So, I have adjusted their size (in the kit).

Not sure if I will attempt to change what I have already built, but the kit will have the wider supports.



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Now, its time to build the front of the Cab, and see what needs to be modified.
My original designs did not include this Frame setup or the inclusion of a full Engine.
I'm sure some changes are in order.

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Old 06-18-2019, 12:35 PM
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Since I am not a military vehicle builder, I kept wondering how you made those tires look so good. So I went back into this report and looked at the photos.
That is a lot of cutting and an enormous amount of work going into the tires. I didn't realize the treads were all cut by hand and then applied to the tire.
Its paper/card modeling at its best.
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Old 06-18-2019, 12:54 PM
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Its not that bad...especially if you build all four at once.
Worst part is cutting out so many ring parts for the tire sidewalls.
And they need to be cut precisely.

I like building assembly line style, rather than working on one assembly at a time.
But it pays to build one as a test and get a feel for the steps.

So my suggestion is build one...if it goes easy, then build the remaining three all at once.
If the first one isn't perfect, then build four more, using what you learned.
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Old 06-18-2019, 02:40 PM
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dam fine model well built an designed
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