Scale RC Forum Forum Members’ Builds Forum’s Finest Builds Chevy Stepside, Baja Style

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  • #35544
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    Retrocosm
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    I’ve been watching lots of vintage films of various off road races in the US such as the Baja series and the Mint 400. I particularly like this one:-

    Anyway I’ve decided to attempt a Stepside in a Baja style.

    I had, intended for another project, a Loops sidestep deep bed. Having cut the Blazer in two I offered up the sidestep bed and thought mmmmm.

    Then in a flurry of activity I started chopping it up and widening it. As I progressed I began to realise there were a number of reasons why is wasn’t really suitable but it was by then too late.

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    #65455
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    I did some experimenting with some Milliput yesterday, I mixed up a pack and moulded it on to the existing flare, having roughed it up and cleaned it.

    I was a bit panicky doing it as I’ve never used it before and wasn’t sure how long it would stay maleable for, turns out I needn’t have worried, I had plenty of time to mould it.

    I’ve left some excess on so I can cut and sand it back. Things I don’t know are, how quickly it can be sanded, how well it will have stuck to the existing plastic and how tough it will be once it’s cured. From what I’ve read it should be pretty good.

    Here’s the bed widened, details still need to be replaced.

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    And here’s the first flare.

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    #65456
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    I’ve started doing some sanding on one of the flares, course only so far to remove the excess and get the overall shape. I’m quite pleased with how hard the Milliput has cured and how nicely it sands. It seems pretty tough though I’m really nervous of banging the more vulnerable bits.

    It’s all a bit bunched up at the mo as I need to push out the wheelbase a bit but so for so good.

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    I’m loosely basing it on this:-

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    #65457
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    Fourth Protocol
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    Wow :wow: Nice start ::thumb:: I love these early-day trophy trucks ::cool

    #65458
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    Al murray
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    liking the idea of this, was tempted with tye idea of a stepside one too but the cutting put me off a little..

    Ill be watching this one

    Al..

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    Fourth Protocol wrote:
    Wow :wow: Nice start ::thumb:: I love these early-day trophy trucks ::cool

    Cheers chap, I must admit I was quite ignorant of the whole American off road scene of the 60’s and 70’s and didn’t realise it was where Tamiya got a lot of their ideas from. ::doh::

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    Cheers Al, I find all the cutting quite nerve-racking, master craftsman I am not, more bodge it and cover it up but so far, fingers crossed this is going quite well.

    I’m quite concerned about doing the back of the cab in terms of getting a good strong bond between the plasticard and the existing body. I’ve noticed however on the 1:1s that the bed doesn’t actually attach to the cab so at least there won’t be must stress on it.

    Cheers, Charlie

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    Al murray
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    Retrocosm wrote:
    Cheers Al, I find all the cutting quite nerve-racking, master craftsman I am not, more bodge it and cover it up but so far, fingers crossed this is going quite well.

    I’m quite concerned about doing the back of the cab in terms of getting a good strong bond between the plasticard and the existing body. I’ve noticed however on the 1:1s that the bed doesn’t actually attach to the cab so at least there won’t be must stress on it.

    Cheers, Charlie

    Im actually surprised none has done a seperate back panel for truggy or pickup use yet.. it would be a handy addition i think..

    nice work on those rear fenders btw

    Al..

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    Im actually surprised none has done a seperate back panel for truggy or pickup use yet.. it would be a handy addition i think..

    nice work on those rear fenders btw

    Al..

    Thank Al, pretty chuffed with how they came out for a first attempt :-)

    I’ve dropped the additonal width on the bed by 5mm after I’d finished sanding the rear wheel flares to ensure they line up with the body work. So the overall width added now stands at 25mm.

    I filled in the gap on the bed, added back a slider and added a new end to the bed at the cab end. I’ve also glued on a back to the cab, I hope it sticks. I heated up some styrene strips and curved them to the body shape before gluing them just rear of the door, flush with the back of the cab just to give a larger surface area to bond to.

    Next, sand, sand, sand.

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    #65459
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    Fourth Protocol
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    You’re doing an amazing job ::eek :popanddrink

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    Geoff
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    Looking Good, Well Done. ::thumb::

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    #65461
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    Last night I cut out the window aperture and did some detailing on the back of the cab. I also moved the rear axles back a bit to better line up with the rear arches.

    Ironically on the Stepsides prepared for some of the off road events I’ve been looking at the actual step of the stepside is removed and the rear arches seem to have been trimmed at the bottom, presumably to give better clearance. I sanded the bottom of the arches some more but kind of regret now as they look a bit long and then but hey ho.

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    #65462
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    It looks brilliant Charlie ::thumb::

    #65527
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    dam wrote:
    It looks brilliant Charlie ::thumb::

    Thank you sir :-)

    It was mild enough to get some primer on today.

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    #65531
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    colin d
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    Looks good in primer.
    A few rust patches, would make it look like a rolling restoration project.
    Nice work you have done on this.

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