Leviathan

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Leviathan

Postby Interdictor » Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:55 am

That's her name. I think it fits.
This is about as extreme as anything I have created. My version of what a Mad Max monster truck should be.
This one is still very much a work in progress, but is 75% complete.
This rig is part of a team of vehicles, the other I will post on tomorow. (It's photo-tastic)
Designed as a complete mobile shop, this vehicle goes out to salvage derilect and/or wrecked vehicles.
Also available are repairs for barter. :lol:
Equipped with tools, generator/compressor, Mig welder and acyeteline set up.
Designed not for combat per-se, but to be able to clear any roadway obstacles, or roadblocks.

(History lesson here, skip ahead if anal vehicle details bore you...)
From 73 to 79 Ford only changed the front grilles and headlights from year to year.
In 1977 Ford introduced the grille as seen here.
In 1978 Ford changed to a square headlight...However: there were many trim levels, and most of them did have square lights.
a few trims however (the custom for example) allowed the optioning of the old round style, so some 1978s had rounds.
In 1979 round was no longer offered on any truck.
In 1980, Ford completely ruined, sorry, restyled it's entire truck line. :roll:
Model King (AMT)'s re-issue of it's F-350 features the square style which I dislike, so I did my darndest to retrofit them to
the old style, hereby creating a 1977 F-850 thing...
The cab rests on Lindberg's Dodge A-100 Heavy chassis, (a single axle truck) stretched, with Diamond Reo rear axles grafted on. I need to take more pics, but the front "bumper" is designed for maximum impact protection, but, as is hard to see, is extremely well ventilated with cooling in mind.
So, bearing in mind that more pics are forthcoming, enjoy:
(Please right click and select view image to see the full photos!)

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Re: Leviathan

Postby Chase Bansi » Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:28 am

I like it. Well thought out and purpose built. What scale are you working with?
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Re: Leviathan

Postby Interdictor » Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:48 am

All 1/24 scale. Sourcing and amassing all these bits has been the work of over a decade, and I have been hoarding items for this build specifically for a couple of years. Many of the items are from Tamiya's Garage/Tools kit (super exellent if you can find it, it is out of production.) The compressor/generator is a Scale Dioramics item. (got it for $1 at a model show/swap. Score!)
Otherwise, I dig through my boxes looking for interesting bits, then I tend to throw them at the build and see what sticks.
Little bits of genius present themselves, I just glue them on. :lol:

Now if I could only find more 1/24 motorcycles, (I have 4, one unbuilt) them suckers are rare.
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Re: Leviathan

Postby MWFV8 » Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:34 am

Love it, so well thought out.
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Re: Leviathan

Postby Interdictor » Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:23 am

OK, here are some more, taken this evening.
As I said, she's only 75% finished, and much of what remains is detailing the engine compartment,
so it is a bit sub-par, currently. :roll:
(again, to see the full uncropped photos, right click and select "view Image".....at least on my computer/monitor.)

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Here you can see better how these two rigs are designed to work together.
Between them you have everything needed for wasteland salvage missions.
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In this pic you can see that where the radiator would normally reside on a standard F-series truck, I have built a shroud
designed to deflect incoming air downward to the radiators current position below it.
(as the engine now sits much lower in the engine compartment.)
Coupled with the extensive open areas within the bumper, this rig shouldn't have any cooling issues.
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Re: Leviathan

Postby MWFV8 » Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:53 am

Would make a great opening scene in a movie to see these circling round a fresh wreck from a distance like vultures before moving in and setting up to scavenge what they can.
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Re: Leviathan

Postby Zarana-X » Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:18 am

Awesome support/recovery truck. Is that a Toyota bed?
Do you post at Scaleautomag.com? I think I've seen this there. If not, Ive had at least 4 concussions, so... :?
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Re: Leviathan

Postby Interdictor » Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:06 am

Yes, and yes. No need to check your head.
I have posted these there as well. Most of them in Barry Harker's thread, but have a few of my own threads too.
I go Waaaaaaayy back on this forum, but have been gone for almost a decade now.
Decided it was time to come back, and posting all these pics seemed a good way to celebrate my return. :D
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