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Holden FJ Ambulance

Post by aussie muscle on Sun 24 Jun 2018, 9:29 pm

When i saw this 1/25 scale FJ holden van, i thought it looked kinda naff and toy-like, but might make a good addition to my collection. It was a gaudy light blue with unrealistic logos thrown on it. I knew i wanted to repaint it, but then i got the "brilliant" idea to make it into an Ambulance. Unfortunately the resin shop wouldn't sell me the grille and stuff from their FJ sedan kit to fix it up. there is no Gowings Distributors. Also, the paint is horrible. I could probably have polished it out, but it looked crazed.






First step is to disassemble it for painting
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Post by aussie muscle on Sun 24 Jun 2018, 9:29 pm

Step 2 was to drill out the side windows., if you've ever modded a diecast, you know this is a soft metal, but still takes power tools and hard work.



a light sanding on the interior tub

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dremel out the panels and cleaned up the body


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Post by aussie muscle on Sun 24 Jun 2018, 9:32 pm

Base color is a custom mix of yellow/white



second coat



detailed the chassis


and the interior

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Post by dv8v8 on Sun 24 Jun 2018, 11:05 pm

theres a couple of resin manufacturers that make an FJ, they may be able to supply you with a grille, Dinky Di resin is one and the parts box is another
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Post by warra48 on Sat 30 Jun 2018, 2:15 pm

Will you keep it as a curbside?
How about fitting an early 50s Chevy chassi under it?

Nice work so far.
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Post by aussie muscle on Sat 04 Aug 2018, 6:28 pm

warra48 wrote:Will you keep it as a curbside?
How about fitting an early 50s Chevy chassi under it?

Nice work so far.
chevy chassis wouldn't fit very well, as it's modeled about as well as a box of chewing gum (it's too narrow and too tall). imo not worth any effort
Time to make this ambulance a stretcher fetcher, with a gurney. there wasn't enough space in the back to put a full sized standing person, so i made it a bit short, but given it can't really be seen, it probably doesn't matter. I made this out of styrene sheet and tube.



I gave it a quick paint and glued it in place


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