Building a wasteland vehicle..

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Building a wasteland vehicle..

Postby Interdictor » Fri Jun 08, 2012 10:52 pm

Ok, here is the companion vehicle to Leviathan.
As I mentioned in the Leviathan post, these two vehicles form a team, designed to salvage wrecks in the wastes.

Unusually for me, I had the presence of mind to document much of the early build on this one, so you can see how
it all came together. Well at least the cab and it's placement.
The frame and engine were from an abandoned build, and the cab was just in my junk/parts bin.
Everything (except the NOS bottle)in from my spare parts cache.
I will try to come back and add information for some of these pics, but for now I will concentrate on just getting them posted.
Hopefully they are essentially self_explanitory

So, here then are the build pics:
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Re: Building a wasteland vehicle..

Postby Interdictor » Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:09 pm

That is as far as my documentation went, unfortunately.
The build is now about 95% complete, And I am very happy with the results.
As with the build pics, I will attempt to augment these pics with descriptive text at a later time,
but wanted to focus on getting them posted up now.

It seems to have cropped these pics, probably because they are so large. If you right click on them and select "view image"
you can see them in their entirety.
Enjoy !!

Here she is with Leviathan;
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And by herself, in detail:
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The "upper" headlights are from a Dodge A-100, the hood (bonnet for you Aussies) is from an Edsel,
The lower headlights and turn signals are a Plymouth Duster grille with the center section (the area between the signals)
removed, and turned vertically.
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Re: Building a wasteland vehicle..

Postby Zarana-X » Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:28 am

Awesome. I know I've seen this one now, I remeber the penny-door panel-shifter pic. ;)
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Re: Building a wasteland vehicle..

Postby Interdictor » Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:15 am

LOL I guess I do get around.
To quote Steven Wright: "It's a small world but I wouldn't want to paint it."
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Re: Building a wasteland vehicle..

Postby toecutter » Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:30 am

without guns these dont count as yankee wasteland cars... :lol:
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Re: Building a wasteland vehicle..

Postby Interdictor » Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:59 am

Who's to say what the driver has in his pocket? ;)

My little universe certainly has more small arms still in use that would not be seen from Max's perspective in Australia.
That said, even today we can't go down to Wal-Mart and pick up .50cal rounds.
Heavy weaponry would just be dead weight, even in the yankee wasteland! Ammunition just wouldn't be available.
Even small caliber rounds would be prized, since no one manufactures anything anymore, no more primers even for re-loads.
The best you could hope for would be black powder weapons, as you could make your own ammo and gunpowder (theoretically)

So, I just follow the MM universe's rules and use alternate offensive weaponry.
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Re: Building a wasteland vehicle..

Postby Interdictor » Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:36 am

Here, is this better? LOL
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A couple more pics of this dude, since I brought him out:
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Re: Building a wasteland vehicle..

Postby Interdictor » Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:40 am

(I need to figure out how to re-size these, they are huge!)

And a few of one of my rare 1/24 bikes, also sporting a gun!
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One of the headlights broke off at some point and has been lost.
I still need to replace it, just haven't had time.
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Re: Building a wasteland vehicle..

Postby HUMVEE Driver » Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:54 pm

Absolutely incredible work - as per the usual for you! I say you deserve every single award you've received and more. You're actually bringing the post apocalyptic genre of model making to the forefront! Well done!

I love how you make your vehicles into war machines, but while still staying practical and believeable. (I'm terrified that Fury Road will ignore that whole 'practical' part.) The details are amazing, the thought that goes into everything is great.

If I ever get off my lazy butt to update my site, I assume you won't have any problem with me including all your work?

By the way, there is a program available to download for free called IrfanView. I use it all the time to resize images, and it has plenty of other uses, too.

Keep up the awesome work! I love seeing everything you do!

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Re: Building a wasteland vehicle..

Postby Interdictor » Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:06 pm

Well, geee. (slightly embarrassed.) That is very high praise. I really am flattered, thank you!
Building all of these is so much fun. I spend a lot of time just contemplating each one.
Imagining it in the context of my "world", thinking about how it would be used, who it's owner is, what it's backstory is, that's as entertaining as actually building them.

As a child I used to put my hot wheels in a table vise, so that I could precisely create smashed fenders and other "damage" without ruining the toy, so that I could have more realistic "road warrior play" with them. (this was at about 7 years old..) Then, as I got older, I would (and still do) draw post-apocalyptic landscapes, Until I got a car...
Started Maxing out my beaters, but being strapped for cash, I started to build models to expunge my need to modify cars
to survive the wasteland. Started building plastic models at about 18 years old...I was a real ladies man... :roll:
I do it because I can't help it. It's in my head and it must come out. LOL.
That said, It is very gratifying to be able to share what I have created, especially with people who really appreciate the work that has gone into them, physically and intellectually. (all of you!) I truly appreciate the comments.

It is interesting; even at model shows, very few people really "get" the concept I have strived for, and it is the armour builders (tanks and such, the WWII guys) that really take a close look. Most of the car builders ignore them overall.
I'm starting to see more of this genre at shows, but it usually looks like something from the remake of Death Race.
Some absolutely fantastic work, to be sure, but everybody has guns and missiles and.....sigh. I guess I'm just old. :lol:

I myself am very impressed with your Mundi Mundi Lookout diorama. I have that AMT R600 myself, but the whole project is so involved, and I want to do it right, so it has just been waiting.....
I need the 6 spoke wheels, proper tanks, etc. I haven't wanted to start until I have all the bits sourced.
BTW, where did you get the Australian conversion? The RHD dash, intakes, visor etc. are major pieces I am missing!
Looking forward to seeing it finished! (Loving the work on the trailer as well, especially the side cage walls. Exellent!)
I would be honored to have my pics on Madmaxmodels. By all means.

And thanks for the tip on the image program, I will check it out. (I'm not uber computer literate, I like mechanical things.)
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