Totally by the seat of my pants: Fury Road War Rig build

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  1. glorbes

    glorbes Active Member

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    It's been a long time since I attempted one of my "on the fly" styrene builds. But, Fury Road revved my engine something fierce, and I decided I wanted to take a crack at the War Rig in 1:18 scale (roughly). Now, I tend not to be too worried about extreme accuracy, so keep that in the back of your mind. I admire those who do, but if I got bogged down in the details of perfect internal scale, I would never build a thing. So, with that in mind, here's my process/progress thus far:

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    I approach these builds imagining what Kenner would produce for a toy, but beefed up a bit. The doors are all hinged and what-not, and I will indeed be building the tanker of "mother's milk" and the guzzoline sphere-thing. This has been a blast thus far, and I cannot wait to get into the nitty gritty detailing and the weathered paint job. It'll be a big sucker, as the chassis is 15" long for this section. I'll have to make a special shelf for display.
     
  2. CB2001

    CB2001 Master Member

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    Looking awesome so far. :D
     
  3. glorbes

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    Thanks, man :)

    Chassis and wheels roughed out. I can see in my mind's eye what this will look like, but I have so much work to do still.

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  4. Randy13

    Randy13 Well-Known Member

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    Looking great! I love the interior shots too.
     
  5. Strode

    Strode Well-Known Member

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    Awesome!
     
  6. pandabarnes

    pandabarnes Active Member

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    That's cool. You make it look easy!
     
  7. glorbes

    glorbes Active Member

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    Tire treads!
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    The "rivets" of this build...necessary but only noticed if they're absent.
     
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  8. Mike J.

    Mike J. Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Might have been able to cannibalize a toy for the tires...
     
  9. glorbes

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    Not at an affordable price, and not at the scale I wanted.
     
  10. madmikeee

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    well that certainly doesn't suck. Can't wait to see more!
     
  11. memyselfi

    memyselfi New Member

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    For my 2 cents, those tire look good. Years ago I help with a group scratch build of an MRAP for Mcfarlane military figures, for a buddies son. Part of my contribution was working on tires. I wraped thin styrene around pvc pipe section, then cut and filed the tread pattern ( mind numbing ). If I every get to finish my Aliens APC, I'll try you method for a master tire for molding.

    Keep up the scratch'n, looking forward to seeing the completed "RV"
     
  12. CB2001

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    I wouldn't be surprised if you've shared this same topic over at the madmaxfilms.com discussion boards (but then again, I don't know how friendly they are over there). But I'm definitely enjoying seeing this monster being built. :)
     
  13. glorbes

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    CB, maybe I'll check out that board. I've probably stumbled upon there site while doing image searches, but didn't really get into it.

    Thanks for the feedback, everyone. And while the work on the tires looks tedious, it was maybe a few hours of work all together. I actually hunted for toys with tires in the right scale, but once I thought of this approach, I knew I could get exactly what I wanted from the materials had on hand.
     
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  14. glorbes

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    A small update: the first of two mechanical arms for the plow:
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  15. gatorviper

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    looking great
     
  16. glorbes

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    Some more progress - - Cowcatcher!


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  17. Tuckanator

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    Whitnesed!

    Cant wait to see the trailers. Hope you make a mini fury road to display it on when the builds done
     
  18. Kyuzo

    Kyuzo Active Member

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    Nice build!
     
  19. glorbes

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    Furiosa's War Rig: Phase 1
    If you're wondering what Phase 2 is, it will be the big-* tanker that the War Rig pulls in Fury Road.
    Anyway, I will still make some more adjustments and add more detail to this part once I have the film on Blu Ray (TUESDAY!!!), but I'm calling this "done" for now.
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    Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking!
     
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  20. Cri7e

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    What a great build! Im just curious, what Material is that made of? White cardboard or is that PVC?

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
     
  21. glorbes

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    Sheet styrene is the material. 060 and 020 thickness.
     
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  22. jake88

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    You did something incredible! You took scraps and created an amazing model! I love the detail and paint work. The weathering is superb also! *!!!!
     
  23. CB2001

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    I'm still trying to get use to thickness of styrene myself (so that way whenever I order some I at least have an idea on what thickness is what). The .020 is the thicker of the two numbers mentioned, right? Or am I getting that switched around?

    And I LOVE the paint job on it. This thing is looking like a beast! :D
     
  24. glorbes

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    Actually, the 060 is the thicker gauge. It's 1/16th of an inch. The 020 can be cut with scissors, but the 060 needs to be scored and snapped.
     
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  25. TheDarkS7

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    Awesome!
     
  26. CB2001

    CB2001 Master Member

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    Thanks. I swear, sometimes I get things switched around (I thought the lower number was the thicker for some odd reason). :D
     
  27. kruleworld

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    *, that's awesome.

    do you mean madmaxmovies.com ?? i'm a regular at their forum. not much traffic in the modeling sub tho.
     
  28. CessnaDriver

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    You know there are kit builders and modellers
    and most of us that call ourselves modellers if honest are kit builders.

    By your deeds you honor him. V8!
     
  29. CB2001

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    Yeah, sorry. My bad. :(
     
  30. Atlanthia

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    This time you have surpassed yourself, mate. Absolutely superb build!
     
  31. glorbes

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    Thanks, man :)

    Phase 2 has begun!


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  32. CB2001

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    Just curious, but are you going to do the Fuel Pod too, or just leave it as the truck and tanker?
     
  33. Axlotl

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    *, this is cool!
    I love your method of "just build the * thing!"
    I get so hung up on dimensions and nit-picky little stuff that most of my 'projects' never get past the blueprint stage.
    I'm adopting your approach. Your approach is better.
    This makes me want to build something.
     
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  34. glorbes

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    I may take a break and come back to it, but I do eventually want to build the whole thing.
     
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  35. glorbes

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    Hah, thanks. It's so true, and I really admire the amount of research and long-term dedication people put into having extremely accurate models. But I'm much more interested in having it be recognizable as opposed to perfect, and I also like the "on the fly" element that happens when I'm building away and solve a little problem or have a happy accident. That being said, I wished I had the patience and fortitude to get even more detail, and I think that is the main benefit of lots of planning and careful research....the layered details in hard to reach places.
     
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  36. ThisrtyMinds

    ThisrtyMinds New Member

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    Awesome build.I am so inspired to build one now :) Could you please let me know what glue and paint you using?
     
  37. laabnavnoyd

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    I just got to ask the question. Are you going to build the other truck with the musician on it as wel?
     
  38. CB2001

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    I think it's called the Doofwagon.
     
  39. glorbes

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    Just plain old Testor's Model Cement. The paint is Krylon spray bombs (oil rubbed bronze is the base color) and cheap acrylics from Wal Mart.
     
  40. Pcoz

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    sweet build...I loved the movie too on my 120" screen with the surround sound vibrating the house!
     

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