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M715 from a Gladiator

Postby Cpl Overby » Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:47 am

Hi All,
Yeah I know it's been a while but I had to show you this.
Here I took the Lindsey/Matchbox Gladiator

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and beat it into submission to become the M715 Kaiser Utility Vehicle

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and here they are "side by side"

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Please tell me what you think.
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Re: M715 from a Gladiator

Postby 66alfa_gtv » Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:52 pm

So Ken - did you make a resin casting of the Matchbox Gladiator and modify the living heck out of it? I like the results, but would also like to see more process.
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Re: M715 from a Gladiator

Postby Cpl Overby » Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:36 pm

66alfa_gtv wrote:So Ken - did you make a resin casting of the Matchbox Gladiator
and modify the living heck out of it?
I like the results, but would also like to see more process.



I actually had 1 and a 1/2......
I have the full one that you see in the pic......
and a mashed one I picked up at a Fleamarket... (for 50 cents)
I cut the roof off the cab...... sawed off what was left of the bed.
By then the bottom just fell off
All I needed was the front, and the tail gate....
I hammered that flat, and pressed it into some modelling clay,
stuck that in the refrigerator, and when it (the clay) was cold and hard,
I pulled them apart and used the clay as a "pour in" mold.
I stuffed the truck front with clay and molded it,
after a couple tries.... I got a "sorta" decent cast..........
and used that to build up the piece into a truck......
new bed, cab, wheels, under carriage, Brush guard, side rails for the bed, front and rear bumper.....
For the longest time I kept myself from doing this
because I thought it was smaller than it really is.......
the tires made it "look"smaller (no danger of that now :) )
I have it in the rubber now ..... when it is all done.......
I will do the Ambulance version, and the Maintenance version (also known as a "Contact Truck")

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Re: M715 from a Gladiator

Postby Cpl Overby » Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:42 am

This is the first pull from the molds.

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I poured the Cab in clear resin so that you can still see through the windows after painting.
Here is a Break down of the parts.

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Here it is all assembled and painted.

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and here they are "Side by Side".

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Re: M715 from a Gladiator

Postby Cpl Overby » Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:42 am

This is the first pull from the molds.

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I poured the Cab in clear resin so that you can still see through the windows after painting.
Here is a Break down of the parts.

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Here it is all assembled and painted.

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and here they are "Side by Side".

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Re: M715 from a Gladiator

Postby 66alfa_gtv » Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:16 am

Just amazing, Ken.
In my model making days - betwen the age of 13 and 17, I used to cast resin engines for my Tamaya German armor models. It was the only way to get the parts I needed. It's so cool to see what you are doing, reminding me of that time of my life.
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