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Fordson WOT 3 - 30cwt 4 x 2
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Posted: Friday, June 04, 2010 - 03:13 AM GMT+7
















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Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 03:53 PM GMT+7
Update 17/06/2010 - clean up underway













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Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 04:10 PM GMT+7
Shaping up nicely Alan.
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Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010 - 12:46 AM GMT+7
Hi Dave,

Am I right in thinking you did a build of this one some time ago?

Thanks

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Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010 - 01:15 AM GMT+7
Interesting build, Al. Are you going OOTB? Or perhaps a small conversion? Could one portee this truck, or is it too small?

Rudi

p.s. apologies for not posting sooner, I must have missed it. BTW, is it posted at our other local?
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Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010 - 10:22 AM GMT+7
Hi Rudi, yes, it's on the local. This will be OOB but maybe with a tarp added.

I've been doing some research into the vehicle and it is an interesting one. No opportunity for a portee conversion but some were built with van type bodies.

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Posted: Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 07:46 AM GMT+7
Some more cleaned parts.



The side poanels are a bit warpped one mor ethan the other.



The pour stubs require careful removal the bottom of the doors, and the rim cleaned out a bit.




Also one of the wheels had a poor join in the entre and needed sanded down a good bit to remove the offending line.


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Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 01:39 PM GMT+7
Hi Guys

Well I was looking forward to a nice straight forward build,but I have to say given the price they charge for the kit these are some of the worst instructions I've seen for a while. Even through the looking glass I found them difficult to read so if you're doing this one I hope you have 20/20 vision! To add to this the part numbers that are on the casting blocks are nearly invisible too!!!

Given the price they charge for these you'd think they could produce a half decent set of instructions!! Did I say that already!!!

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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 12:22 PM GMT+7
The Rear Suspension.

You need to fit 4 small brackets on to the frame to hold the suspension arms. Parts 17/18. There are no location points so this is Mk 1 eye ball stuff. The cross member into which the drive shaft fits needed cleaned up and the drive shaft itself was warped, so I straightened it out as best I could.



There are 6 small fittings for the front suspension.



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Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 06:58 AM GMT+7
After some head scratching and breaking a couple of parts I got the front suspension on. I've strengthened the fixes with some Mr Surface.

Also added the central drive shaft.



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Posted: Monday, July 12, 2010 - 10:48 AM GMT+7
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Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010 - 11:06 AM GMT+7
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Posted: Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 05:14 AM GMT+7
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Posted: Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 06:42 AM GMT+7
nice progress, hows the general fit ?

Too bad on the instructions- how hard can it be printing it in a decent size.. ?

Cheers/Jan
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Posted: Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 07:13 AM GMT+7
Hi Jan,

Yip, given the price I don't think decent instructions are too much to ask for.

Fit wise so far there was a large gap either side underneath bonnet and between the chassis, which I filled with L beam. The bonnet to the firewal fit left the firewall jutting out too much so I filed that down a bit. Everything else so far seems pretty good. The cream resin is hard to photograph so apologies if any of the pics a a little off.

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Posted: Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 07:46 AM GMT+7
Its starting to take shape now Al. Bad instructions can really take the fun out of a build ... one can live with the faults in the kit itself, as mostly they can be easily fixed ... as long as you know where the darmned parts go
Ive only built one complete resin kit in my life ... Verlindens 1/16 2cm Flak ... and I knew right away, resin kits are not for me!
But its a cool looking little truck ... it might be just worth the hassle?

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Posted: Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 10:19 AM GMT+7
Hi Frank,

It's a highly detailed kit, apart from the poor instructions the cream coloured resin doesn't show up detail well until you painted it, so identifying faint parts numbers and fixing points can be hard. My watch makers eyeglass is getting a lot of use!!

Hopefully it will turn out OK, it''s an interesting vehicle, one that could easily be done in palstic!

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Posted: Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 10:48 AM GMT+7

Hi Al, Having fun following along on this one. How does the detail compare to a Resincast kit ?

randy
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Posted: Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 01:47 PM GMT+7
Hi Randy,

The detail on the truck is excellent, where there would be a noticable diifferance is in some of the truck parts which are quite thick, for example the rear wall of the cab corners. This shouldn't effect the finish but it's noticeable.

There is much fine detail too so it would be hard to say, it compares very favourable in many ways, it's a high quality kit. The PE is very fine to work with, easy to damage, but I'm hopeful I'll get a good truck out of it, providing I don't drop and brake any more bits as I did this morning

I would have rated it higher in the review if the instructions weren't so 'c--p'. This will doubel the build time, but I'm moving along slowly. Undecided whether NWE or S Africa for a finish.

What is odd is that they give you a very nicely detailed engine and a bonnet that doesn't open!

Al
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Posted: Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 06:11 AM GMT+7
Hi Guys,

I did a review of the kit here:

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=5384

I don't have a large amount of references for this one but here are some pictures I found scattered around the net.

This first one is possible the restored vehicle the kit was modeled on, but I'm not sure about that, just a guess given the finish.



The next two privately owned:





This one from a recent movie, whos name escapes me at the moment



and this one a wartime photo showing one of several camo styles used on the trucks



Build wise I'm getting close to finishing the engine and fitting the bonnet.

Al
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Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 07:45 AM GMT+7
Update







Pedals have me a bit baffled!



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Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 09:29 AM GMT+7
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Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 12:08 PM GMT+7
Hi folsk,

Hard to believe I started this one 2 years ago .

I managed to break off the LHS window screen support, not a problem I though I'll just glue it back on but it was one of those pieces of resin that just didn't want to grip. After repeated attempts and failures I decided to pin it but this just caused it to disintegrate completely so with frustration levels rising I set it aside and got on with other things.

Its been sitting now for over two years so I though I best make an effort to try and finish it before I lost any of the parts. added the wheels, some pedals in the cab and the rear of the cab with some glass in. Just working on getting the doors to fit reasonable well and then I'll do the window screes and hopefully fit a filler part at that point.

Its quite a nice kit but poor and small instructions make it a pain to build.

If it works out reasonable well then I'll add a fuel load, if not then maybe a shot up or crashed truck. If it doesn't get done this year then it might never get built!







Cheers

Al




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Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 06:11 PM GMT+7
looking good so far ,dont feel bad ,it toke me 2 years to build a AH-64
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Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 09:19 AM GMT+7
Hi folks,

A bit more work on the truck. Still some patching up to do where I snapped the support for the cab and some small fitting to add.







Cheers

Al