This is a project I've been wanting to do for a while and finally got started. I've got about 4 different C series fire engines and tankers that I want to build, and this is the first.
I used the reissue Ford stake bed truck for the basis, with a frame shortened about an inch off the rear end. The AMT ALF fire engine body fits perfectly on the chassis, along with the fire pump underneath it. I replaced the kit rims with resin two hole Buds, and the light bar is off an old Monogram funny car/police car. I used lead free solder for the hose reel lines, and the hose in the bed is from a Revell Pete fire truck.
I used Tamiya Italian red over metallic silver for the paint, and used the kit decals to create the markings for an engine assigned to Powers, Oregon, a small town near where I went to high school. I doubt they ever had a truck like this, but I wanted to use a small town fire dept. for it. All my future C series units will be painted similar.
I apologize for the lousy pics, I'll try and get some better ones at a later date.
Superb! Whether or not there is a specific prototype for it, this model looks "right"! And the Ford C chassis was such a popular choice for fire apparatus I bet this model matches more than one of the real ones. Great combination of kit parts.
These trucks are still in front line service across the country. You can't kill them and Ford hit a home run by supplying them to apparatus manufacturers. You did a fantastic job kitbashing that rig. I have 3 of the old stake kits waiting for similar conversions. It's amazing how versatile the old AMT ALF kits have become when it comes to converting other kits. Can't wait to see the rest of your projects!
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