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Chevy Semi Conversion from Barkingdigger
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 02:37 AM UTC
Beautiful fifth wheel and suspension conversion kit to build the G7113 Chevy 1 1/2 ton semi-tractor - recently added to the Shapeways site by Tom Cromwell: a.k.a. Barkingdigger

New product announcement/review:

So far the workmanship looks outstanding an the parts fit is second to none!








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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 02:43 AM UTC
Complete set includes front and rear banjo axles, rear main leaf springs, rear booster springs, rear shock absorbers, brake drums, gas tank and a beautifully done rendition of the Dayton fifth wheel.

Additionally the front axle is positionable!

Shapeways links:

Fifth wheel only:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/DD3QRG36N/fifth-wheel-chevy-tractor-g7113-conversion-1-35?optionId=172571625&li=shops

Rear Suspension only:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/R8GHRBAJF/chevy-g-7113-suspension-italeri-conversion-1-35?optionId=172575856&li=shops

Complete G7113 Conversion kit: (Highly Recommended)
https://www.shapeways.com/product/Q4SGHX8A2/chevy-tractor-g7113-conversion-1-35?optionId=172547490&li=shops
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 02:57 AM UTC
I suggest you start with the Italeri hard cab water truck Deuce for this conversion, just recently reissued.
(BEST inexpensive Deuce hard cab out there!)


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Last shot NOT semi's but too good to pass up!
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 03:08 AM UTC
Thanks Mike - now I'm all embarrassed!

I'll have to post some of my in-progress shots.

BTW in that last pic, is it me or does that guy look like he's riding an ice-cream scooter?...
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 03:10 AM UTC
More discussion on this subject starts about halfway down the page over on the Deuce thread"

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=203281&ord=&page=39
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 03:15 AM UTC
Photos seen here by Tom Cromwell. (barkingdigger) Used here for discussion purposes only.


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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 03:19 AM UTC
Tom

It had occurred to me that I have done several "unofficial" new product reviews on Armorama in the past, so why couldn't I do one on your great new offering? !*!*!*!*!*!*!*!

So I did! -------------------------------------


That scooter is called a Cushman Flightline Delivery - it uses the rear of the standard Cushman motor scooter bike and adds an "ice cream" load box to the front along with two-wheel handlebar steering. This vehicle was standard military production during WWII just like the Cushman paratrooper model.

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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 03:32 AM UTC
Looks great.

Based on early text with his fifth wheel, I am hoping with a few additions he can release a similar set for the ICM Studebaker kit in the future.
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 03:32 AM UTC
And here I thought the troops were in for a treat on a sunny day!
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 03:36 AM UTC
By the way, I CAD-ed up some underbody details for the Black Diamond version of the T118A stake-side trailer - to make scratching mine a little easier. Printing the whole thing would be far too expensive, but I'll use plastic to create the main structure and add printed springs and landing-gear to detail it out! More info as/when my test print arrives...
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 03:38 AM UTC
Ryan -I would think you could just order the fifth wheel separately, Shorten the frame slightly (not sure that is even necessary for the Stude) and you are good to go!

I made a similar conversion to the HobbyBoss White 666 truck and plan to get Tom's very nice fifth wheel to up grade my previous build!



Here is my rear frame end conversion using the fifth wheel available from "Custom Factory".


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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 03:59 AM UTC
Tom - would love to see photos or CAD drawings on your additional details for the T118 trailer.

Mike
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 04:01 AM UTC
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 04:06 AM UTC
I already have my scratch built stake side trailer but now I need Tom's Chevy to pull it! (Trailer uses Italeri Deuce wheels, springs and rear end sill and taillights.)



Tailer has working landing legs. Still can't believe I pulled that one off. That fragile mechanisms should have self-destructed years ago!
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Tom's rear suspension and banjo axles are also everything you need to build the two-axle Chevy 1 1/2 ton cargo truck!



This one started life as a Tamiya Deuce with an Italeri water truck cab and a much reworked and shortened Tamiya rear load box. The Ben Hur is scratch built using Tamiya wheels and Italeri springs plus narrowed Steyr front fenders. (I think, or maybe Opel Blitz rear fenders ???)
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 04:15 AM UTC

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Ryan -I would think you could just order the fifth wheel separately, Shorten the frame slightly (not sure that is even necessary for the Stude) and you are good to go!

I made a similar conversion to the HobbyBoss White 666 truck and plan to get Tom's very nice fifth wheel to up grade my previous build!



Nice build.

As discussed in the deuce thread. The frame needs to be cut in two places and new front axle and back plate. I plan to follow Marcos’s great build.
https://panzerserra.blogspot.com/2018/06/studebaker-us6-u-6-tractor-6x4-case.html?m=1
I don’t have the other ICM kit so a front axle in the set would be helpful to others in the same boat. The closest I have is the Zis-5 front axle that looks similar.
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 04:29 AM UTC
The positionable front axle off the various Opel Blitz models can also serve as your unpowered front axle when building the 4x6. Depending on what you have in your spares box. Might have to check the track width there however.
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 05:24 AM UTC

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The positionable front axle off the various Opel Blitz models can also serve as your unpowered front axle when building the 4x6. Depending on what you have in your spares box. Might have to check the track width there however.



Good information even if I cannot take advantage of it.
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 05:38 AM UTC

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The positionable front axle off the various Opel Blitz models can also serve as your unpowered front axle when building the 4x6. Depending on what you have in your spares box. Might have to check the track width there however.



Good information even if I cannot take advantage of it.



Apparently, U-Models does a non-powered front axle set for the CCKW series as well.
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 05:57 AM UTC

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The positionable front axle off the various Opel Blitz models can also serve as your unpowered front axle when building the 4x6. Depending on what you have in your spares box. Might have to check the track width there however.



Good information even if I cannot take advantage of it.



Apparently, U-Models does a non-powered front axle set for the CCKW series as well.



Sacrebleu!
Good find but they out of stock and U models doesn’t apply to have it listed anymore on their website.

Oh Tom, something to add to your cckw sets. wink wink
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 06:09 AM UTC
Ryan -- I can definitely come up with a Opel dead front axle assembly if you are interested in that. No charge!

I have so many Opel and Deuce parts that I have separate LARGE spares boxes dedicated to just those two vehicles!

Then one for Horch, one for Steyr, one for Dragon Wagon . . . . .
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 06:19 AM UTC
Trailers for the G7113:

From the book "The American Arsenal" by Ian Hogg

An updated version of this book is also available in either print or DVD form, entitled "The Standard Catalog of US Military Vehicles" - Edited by David Doyle and available from:
www.militarytrader.com



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I once saw one of the original WWII van bodies running around Lexington, KY and didn't have the presence of mind to chase it down. Note that it has a total of 3 (three) rear doors. A small horizontal tailgate with double ambulance doors above that. The ambulance doors DO NOT run down behind the tailgate but stop just above it. This allows long objects such as boards or poles to be carried while leaving the rest of the load otherwise secured.



Notice: No mud flaps to save on rubber.
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 07:47 AM UTC

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Ryan -- I can definitely come up with a Opel dead front axle assembly if you are interested in that. No charge!

I have so many Opel and Deuce parts that I have separate LARGE spares boxes dedicated to just those two vehicles!

Then one for Horch, one for Steyr, one for Dragon Wagon . . . . .



Thanks, PM sent.
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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 08:30 AM UTC

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Sacrebleu!
Good find but they out of stock and U models doesn’t apply to have it listed anymore on their website.



Bon sang ! You can still find it !

https://www.1-35models.com/home/GMC-CCKW-4X6-front-axle-p191631457

On a side note, they've also released a Chevrolet cargo truck and the Black Diamond T-118-A semi trailer but they're both not in stock/sold out (and maybe OOP)...



H.P.