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Vacuformed generator trailer




Vintage vacu power trailer

Original: Every piece of electric / electronic equipment needs a power source. Every radio truck and machinery group has it's own generator. Many different companies made the trailers, many where equiped with Phaenomen air cooled engines.

Model: 35th scale Airpress / Franz Schmidt vacu kit from 1981.

Build: March 2016 - September 2019. On our 40th aniversary Twenot meeting (March 26-27 2016) I got this simple old kit form my friend Eric Jacobs. I've always wanted to have one. It was halfway cut out of the sheet before I got home that night.... (Many thanks Eric!) It was never priority, but a patient subject for paint tests.

Paint: Basecoat airbrushed in Tamiya Acryl. Shading and accents initial with acryl, finnished with oil.





Build history


June 27 2019


Halfway a lot of paint tests. This is a very good vehicle to test al kinds of paint. Acryl and oil paints in all kind of ways. Oil is the best material to get a fast result. The final pictures are from September 19 2019. It's finished.



September 28 2018


All scratches solved and a pre shade layor end the final yellow layor already make it look like something.



September 3 2018


A nice first layer of paint to check if everything is smooth.



January 14 2018


With the good intentions of the new year the fixtures got added.



April 18


Fenders fixed, boxes added and changed, spare wheel installed, seams filled. The exhaust is too thick. This is as far as the vacukit wil take me. Now adding details is upon the pictures I have of the real thing. Not worth to put in very much work. There are to many things to change.



April 1


Fenders trimmed and added. Wheels on an axle and with the front leaf springs of an Italeri Opel Blitz and a little extension, under the box. The spare wheel got it's holes fixed. The gaps in the toolboxes have been filled with putty.

I'm not happy with the fenders though. The curves are of. And I missed a gap when I closed the roof. Taking pictures is a good way to find flaws!



March 30


Wheels, tool boxes and exhaust pipe are assembled. The floor frame I made from 2 sheets of styrene. On a few of the pictures you can see that it's constructed from a U-beam. Fenders are sanded and cleaned. The spare tyre is hollowed out. It needs a strip to close the gap in the rim. The roof is on a sheet of styrene too. It starts to look like a box.



March 28 2016


All parts from this very simple kit are freed from the plastic sheet. These simple old kits are more like the kits you build a boat from. It needs a lot of knowledge, extra info and parts to finish it.


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