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Tank Transporter
didgeboy
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Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 07:11 AM UTC
I realize I have been posting a lot lately but I have lots of questions and no local, so I am reaching out to all of you the more experienced of the community. I have been wanting to build a Tank Transporter since the Verlinden Way book came out so long ago. I have the plans to scale, I have most of my material and even some wheels ready to cast up. The big issue I have is Where Do I Start?? I really have no idea where to begin this project and how to accomplish certain elements. I am hoping that some of you have attempted something like this and can help point me in the right direction and maybe even provide some assistance when this actually gets going. Cheers.
jon_a_its
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Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 01:30 AM UTC
I've got the same book, & admired the work, but I would check that the combination listed actually existed, eg., google Israeli Mack lowboy, or whatever!

I have another old book about scratch-building trucks, those name escapes me, , which really was a how-to from erm... scratch!
I'll try to find the title.

A few books worth looking up, if not to buy....
Soft Skinned Military Vehicles 11 (Osprey Modelling Manuals)
Scale Military Vehicle Conversions
Military Vehicle Modelling, Phil Greenwood

Books about model cars & trucks like the jaw dropping stuff in: The Complete Car Modeller: v. 2 by Gerald Wingrove

I would start by blogging it,
That way, you could tap in to all the expertise available when you get stuck.
Others will advise & point you to other threads as appropriate.
Search this & other sites for others projects similar to yours.

Plan it in stages, eg, wheels, drivetrain, chassis, cab, details, etc.

You say you have the wheels, so I'd start with casting them, (a project in themselves), as you can do that in parallel with other stuff, as there's lots of wheels to do, and a lot to learn as well!

I see from your pics you have the Trumpy Fransiska & Tamiya DragonWagon.
Careful examination of both the instructions & kit parts will pay dividends.

Most of all, build & blog it & they will come
didgeboy
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Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 09:41 AM UTC
John, thanks for the info. If you find that title, let me know as I am very interested. I have looked around the site and found a few threads but most are pretty old. Once I get this project going I will start blogging about it. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Cheers.
jon_a_its
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Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 12:16 AM UTC
Damon
book here:
Les Geary
Moddeling Commercial vehicles:
original MRP: 4.95 enjoy
http://www.amazon.com/Modelling-Commercial-Vehicles-Geary/dp/085242678X/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1300525141&sr=1-4

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