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Frantikgirl

New Member
After seeing the latest Mad Max, I thought: "Boy, I sure do love Fury Road. Wouldn't it be cool to make a model of the War Rig! How hard could it be? I'll just kit bash a couple of models together."

Five years, seven individual model kits, hundreds of reference photos, and an incalculable number of mistakes later...

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For all the heartache this has brought me, I've never been so pleased with anything I've built. It is my favorite thing.

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Of course, all I can see are the flaws.

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War and Peace

Now here's some poorly lit detail photos:

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Everything is either kit-bashed or scratch-built, with the exception of the big tires on the rig. I couldn't find the right tires in the right scale, so I watched a bunch of Autodesk 360 tutorials and modeled the tires myself (PM me if you'd like a copy!) and sent them out to be printed (I don't own a printer myself).

And now for some build pictures:

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How it began

Back when I thought this would be simple, I had three kits. None of which are correct. In fact, the main body of the real War Rig is build out of an Eastern European truck called a Tatra. I couldn't find a 1/25 scale model of a Tatra. One reason this was such a huge undertaking was because there wasn't a single piece of the rig that didn't need to be cut apart and put back together in a slightly different configuration.

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Widen EVERYTHING

The War Rig is very W I D E. I discovered that they didn't just use a 47 Chevy for the back end. They cut it in half and added an extra bit in the middle.

One of the coolest things about this project was that by building with existing kits, I understood how the real thing was put together: how things attached, the relationship between parts, materials they used, etc.

Adam Savage said in a recent video that a project like this turns you into one the the world's few experts, and that's exactly how I feel. I could totally build a real War Rig (if I first got an additional 30 years engineering education and experience).

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The console and seats, also extra wide.

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Two semi engines squished together.

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Double long nose to fit two semi engines.

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If you look closely at reference photos, the iconic turbochargers that stick out of the top of the hood are just welded on top of a couple of steel boxes. They're not actually functional (movie magic).

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I got the turbochargers from a hobby shop that sells 1/25 scale kit mods.

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Of course, the engine covers had to be removable, although I eventually changed the magnet placement.

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The front end involved a lot of scratch building. I made blueprints in Illustrator and cut them out of sheet styrene layer by layer. 3D printers didn't exist back in the distant past of 2016, right?

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Yes, the cow-catcher is too long and sharp. No, I'm not going to re-build it.

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Seal it up. I won't see the interior again for two years.

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So many greeblies and tanks and such get stuffed beneath the cab.

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Shiny, not chrome enough.

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The nightmare begins

I had a dickens of a time finding a tanker. Nothing was ever going to be large enough, but I at least needed a tank that was the correct shape. This was the closest I could find. The kit yielded a lot of great parts, but getting the tank to be the right size and shape was a ton of very sweaty, messy work.

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Can you see the problem?

Even after sculpting a new front end and adding a narrowed waist section, the tanker is still too short. There should be one additional rib section. I decided I could live with it.

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It fits

Sometime after that picture was taken, the mostly complete rig met with an accident. It fell off of a shelf and shattered into many sad pieces. It took me months to put it back together, but also gave me the opportunity to fix some parts that I didn't like. I'd learned a great deal over the course of the build, so some early efforts just weren't up to standard.

So... yay?

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Flags

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Skulls

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Rust

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???

I decided I wanted a simple diorama for display. I had an extra VW bug lying around, so I Mad Maxxed it. I wanted it to be broken down and buried in the sand.

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Love bug

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Panel highlights, dry-brushed paint chipping, and rust streaks

Oil paints take forever to dry. AmIRight? After the rust coat went on, I gave it another matte coat and then used earth tone pastels to simulate dust.

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Foam rock, real rocks, sand, and horse-hair grass.

I loved building this, but would never build another, so don't ask.

And that's all.

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Attirex

Well-Known Member
Fan-tastic!!! All your hard work and blood, sweat, and tears was worth it. Take a bow, sir.

Just makes me wish someone made a Gigahorse model (diecast or otherwise). Sigh. I love that rig. Why there wasn't kit or collector diecast vehicle merchandising done for Fury Road is a mystery to me (assuming the usual niche market/budget/profit/studio/etc reasons).
 

JeffBond

Active Member
Wonderful work, and great weathering! I know what you mean about doing a truck model--I had the same experience making a model of the truck from Duel. Since I normally am making spacecraft or monster models and hadn't built a car or truck in years, making the Duel truck kept having me thinking, "Oh, so this is how a truck is built..."
 

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Bouq

Active Member
Wow!!!!! I just love it.
Great work.
I like post-apocalyptic trucks above all and you made one of my dreams come true with this one.
 

Frantikgirl

New Member
Wonderful work, and great weathering! I know what you mean about doing a truck model--I had the same experience making a model of the truck from Duel. Since I normally am making spacecraft or monster models and hadn't built a car or truck in years, making the Duel truck kept having me thinking, "Oh, so this is how a truck is built..."

I watched the Duel truck build on Trekworks' YouTube channel. It was a huge help in learning how to do this kind of weathering using paints and pastels.
 

Frantikgirl

New Member
Fan-tastic!!! All your hard work and blood, sweat, and tears was worth it. Take a bow, sir.

Just makes me wish someone made a Gigahorse model (diecast or otherwise). Sigh. I love that rig. Why there wasn't kit or collector diecast vehicle merchandising done for Fury Road is a mystery to me (assuming the usual niche market/budget/profit/studio/etc reasons).
Ma'am... but no worries :)

I also think it's strange there aren't any kits or licensed replicas out there for the truly crazy stuff like the rig or the Gigahorse. There's Interceptors out there, but that's it.

I wouldn't be shocked if some day someone makes a Kickstarter for some of this stuff, if they can get permission.
 

Attirex

Well-Known Member
Doh! Please accept my humble apologies, Ma'am, for making ass-u-me-umptions that, well, makes an ass only out of myself.

Until we get that kickstarter, will just have to gaze at photos of kit bashes/scratch builds like these.
 

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Mr. E Man

Well-Known Member
For those with 3D printers:




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Frantikgirl

New Member
For those with 3D printers:




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I know that Plasmo is building a 3D printed version for his YouTube channel. I wonder if this is the one.
 

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