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PostSubject: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Tue 30 Dec 2014, 9:07 pm

Another stalled build dragged out for the holidays. Was watching TV, with the sanding bowl on my lap, when Alya decided that she liked the box.

Took her out, straight back in. Removed her again, to a huge hiss at me. The old girl was not happy about the loss of her box!

Back to the Blitz, I'm building it as a post war job, in red. The kit has all the parts for the military version, but no decals.
I couldn't not build a fire engine in red now, could I?

I've opened one half of the bonnet to show the added engine detail, I've also upgraded the interior trim.

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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Tue 30 Dec 2014, 9:36 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Wed 31 Dec 2014, 1:10 am

I will understand if there is a hair in the paint.
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PostSubject: Chassis done   Sat 03 Jan 2015, 12:14 am

I had hoped to paint the tank today, but its raining here. The chassis is complete and I'm working on the hose racks today.

Dash decals are parts drawer ones. Not authentic but will suffice. It will be built as my version of a "Custom Cab" ie some extra chrome, on door handles, grill, window reveal mouldings, etc.

The kit should have black mudguards & wheels. I've never liked black wheels so red they are. The paint is cheap auto store rattle can red. Doesn't
react with Italeri's plastic & dries to a lovely gloss.

Fuel lines & plug leads added to the engine, as well as the backs of the instruments. I might get inspired & wire them.............





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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Sat 03 Jan 2015, 6:01 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Sat 03 Jan 2015, 11:37 pm

It's looking good Chris, the decals look period correct too.!!

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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Sun 04 Jan 2015, 12:58 am

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It's looking good Chris, the decals look period correct too.!!

From memory, they're from a drag/race car. The fuel gauge should read 'benzine' but I can live with it. I've started wiring the instruments.
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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Sun 04 Jan 2015, 11:53 am

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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Tue 06 Jan 2015, 2:42 am

It's coming along nicely and I agree with your choice of red for the wheels.
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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Tue 06 Jan 2015, 4:11 am

Instuments wired. Doing the headlights & more brackets today.

Then off to a fly in on the coast. Lots of eye candy- beach & airfield!

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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Tue 06 Jan 2015, 2:07 pm

Wiring and engine look great, Chris. I assume this is a 1/24 scale model. Who made this one?
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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Tue 06 Jan 2015, 4:20 pm

Details look great Chris. Nice work.

Have fun at the beach. In two weeks I am off to Florida and the Keys to enjoy warmth and sunshine!
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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Tue 06 Jan 2015, 10:40 pm

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Wiring and engine look great, Chris.  I assume this is a 1/24 scale model.  Who made this one?

It's the Italeri 1/24 kit. They make a 1/35 version too, and there is a 1 /24 tray body kit that can be either WW 2 or post war version.

They're a little dated, but as you can see, build into a reasonable model.


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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Tue 06 Jan 2015, 10:58 pm

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They're a little dated, but as you can see, build into a reasonable model.

In the hands of someone who know what they're doing.... I might add !!!

Nice work Chris, loving the little details
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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Wed 07 Jan 2015, 1:03 am

Looking good Chris.  When you said you are off to the beach my first thought was BEACH in January!!  Then it dawned on me Australia.  You have fun.  As for me I'll be looking out the window at the snow.

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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Wed 07 Jan 2015, 5:47 am

The engine looks right at home in the bay. Keep up the good work!
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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Wed 07 Jan 2015, 9:47 am

Hi Mr W,

Looking great so far Sir, may I ask what wire have you used for the rear of the dials please, it look's spot on...

Hi Pete,

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warmth and sunshine!

May I ask what this "warmth and sunshine" is please, is it some sort of theater show or something...

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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Wed 07 Jan 2015, 10:41 am

The wiring looks just right Chris. Nice one.

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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Sun 11 Jan 2015, 10:42 am

Andy, I don't know the size of the wire, its just strands from off cuts of 12 V automotive wire lying around the house/work.
The 'speedo cable' is the old phone wiring from our humble abode. Black, red, blue & orange to pick from.

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Hi Mr W,

Looking great so far Sir, may I ask what wire have you used for the rear of the dials please, it look's spot on...

Hi Pete,

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May I ask what this "warmth and sunshine" is please, is it some sort of theater show or something...

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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Sun 11 Jan 2015, 6:55 pm

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Andy, I don't know the size of the wire, its just strands from off cuts of 12 V automotive wire lying around the house/work.
The 'speedo cable' is the old phone wiring from our humble abode. Black, red, blue & orange to pick from.

Cheers,

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Many thanks for the info Sir, it really does look great...

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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Mon 12 Jan 2015, 11:16 am

Firewall detail wiring looks great.
Looking forward to this build!

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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Mon 12 Jan 2015, 1:23 pm

I have the Opel Blitz kit (old kit not sure on scale). Your work is so very, very good. Thank you!
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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Mon 19 Jan 2015, 7:05 am

Shot the cab on Sunday, and its dried enough for a pic. I just realised that I now have to fill
that triangular gap in the passenger foot well.

It wasn't exposed until muggins me decided to show off & open the bonnet.

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PostSubject: Re: Opel Blitz Fire Engine   Mon 19 Jan 2015, 9:45 am

Ooops!! You can do it Chris.

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