Mimesis 26ft Truck – Part II

Matchbox/Lesney produced the 1932 Ford Model ‘AA’ truck (Y-62-1) under the ‘Models of Yesteryear’ brand. Since the various models had to fit in a certain box size .. the scales varied. In this case the slightly oversize of 1:46 compared to 1:48 (only a little over 5 inches) works as I can have a heavier truck. Cool.

I disassembled the model – which took some little effort as it was riveted together. Once that was done I separated all the metal pieces and submerged them in brake fluid for a few hours followed by scrubbing with a brass wire brush. I finally ended up with metal castings that I could start to modify.

Slice Lower Chassis
Not even sure what this is called .. above the frame .. the fenders, lower sheetmetal and the wooden support structure that sits on top of the frame. Lower Chassis works for me.

With it flipped upside down I can make my first cut where marked by the yellow lines. This will provide a guide for the saw blade.

The wood block provides a support to keep the blade off of the mat – and is small enough you can hold on to it easily.
There are an assortment of lugs bosses and gizmos that are not needed. These were used to rivet and screw the model together. They won’t be needed as I will be using epoxy to re-assemble. I haven’t decided yet if the rear mud guards will remain or not – I suspect that they will probably go.
That ’40 inches’
Here I have the front and rear pieces separated by .833″ – or 40″ full scale. That is arrived at simply by subtracting the 131½” wheelbase of the Ford ‘AA’ from the Emagineered 171½” wheelbase of my Mimesis flatbed truck. The trick here will be to extend the frame and that lower chassis sheet-metal and supports without weakening the model unnecessarily.
That ’40 inches’
With the front section flipped upside down I have the frame in position – this is where I have to determine where to cut it. I suspect the best place will be where I have marked with the yellow lines. I can then securely glue that front bit with the axle lugs. That should leave enough frame member to glue against the metal after I slide that part of the frame back that .833″. The only problem is that the plastic appears to be Derlyn or something similar. I have some CAA specifically made for gluing this material .. the two pieces need to be cleaned and a special primer used. It works but you have to be careful.

Once that is done I will fill in the gap with styrene and file so that it looks like one piece.

Lugs and more Lugs
Frame is glued to the lower chassis. Here I have the rear part and cab sitting in place for a look at’em. That fat round lug is supposed to go under that square lug sticking out of the back of the cab. That’s where it was riveted together once upon a time. Both of those need to go before I continue. That does though .. show how much the truck was lengthened.

Yes .. the wheels and tires suck. I will do something about them.

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