Dodge Comando 100 Crew van build

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    When a kit is released I always build a display model which is usually made from the first set of castings that come out of the mould. It helps me identify how long the clean up will take and highlight any issues. Also it saves wastage.

    Here I'm building a 1/43rd scale Dodge 100 Comando which used the same BR Crew van as the Leyland Terrier I also produce.

    The parts are a mix of resin and 3d printed. All Chassis/Cab road vehicles follow the same basic design principal. That is a two part chassis with seperate springs, transmission and three part cab. The cabs are mated before finally packed to ensure they fit together correctly. 1st Pic shows the parts.

    The first stage is to join the chassis sections using Araldite. UHU RESIN MUST NOT BE USED ON ANY PART OF THE KIT. Then sundry items such as leaf springs etc. can be located using the holes provided. Some parts are best fitted after painting if wishing to pick out detail. In this case the wheels and transmission will not be black but coloured. 2nd pic. show's chassis.

    Then the two halves of the cab are fitted. Here the casting had failed so I patched it up with some Squadron Green filler and drilled out the floor pan to accept steering colom and gear stick. This is the 3rd pic.

    Once this is all dry it'll be primed and painted tomorrow.

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    Running out of Primer 5 mins after the shops shut last night has added 12 hours onto the build. However was able to pre-paint siome parts I sprayed last night such as the transmision pieces. I'm using Humbrol Gunmetal (53) to highlight the detail allthough most of it will be hidden. I also painted the first colour of the two-tone seating.

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    That primer looks a bit thick Steve.
     
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    And here's the first one packed and in store. :thumbs:

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    Moving on the smaller parts have now been painted requiring only a bit of touching up later when fitted. Tonight I'll paint the chassis and body and hopefully all should be done before I go to bed tonight.

    Also finished the early version too as used in the Late 70's and early 80's.

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    Paint drying slowly today so this will now be finished tomorrow night. Chassis constructed less gearbox and propshaft and cab spray painted.

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    Painting and lining is something I've always been toilet at but with the aid of a Gel pen I've managed to get a half decent outcome here.

    This is the later Cab and I've used Humbrol 85 Acrylic (Black) and 16 Enamal (Steel) for the rad casting and light recess. I'm going to use just a dab of Superglue for the lenses tomorrow.

    I need to do some more cleaning up too around the areas ringed. I'll be using Humbrol Clearfix to attache the glazing and the Gel pen again for the rubber gasket. Very confident with this.

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    Went out last night so paying the price this motrning. The smell of Clearfix really does sort out a hangover but doesn't help one keep the camera steady. Here's the old type A van body I'll be using offered up on the chassis. Everything clears it seems!

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    Finshed at Last.

    The Crew van body requires the spare wheel to be located to the end and between the mainframes tucked in underneath.

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