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Old Oct 27, 2012, 12:57 PM
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Revell's Fire Fighter

In the Printing 3D Parts thread, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1088812 , I showed a number of parts I designed and procured for a display model I've been working on. Here's the final product! Model is the "Fire Fighter" (as built, 1939). In later years, she was painted red, but with very few other modifications.

The 3D parts were not without headache- they will never compare to the ease-of-use of premolded parts in a quality kit... but they do have potential.

In this model, I printed:
- The entire cabin structure (walls and roofs), as the Revell rendition was wrong in too many ways to list;
- Pilot house window frames;
- Stanchions
- Fire monitors (bases, nozzles, wheels)
- Tower

Other parts were improved with normal techniques, or scratch built.. like the hose reels and their "brass" covers. BTW- Revell's reel covers are complete cylinders- wrong. FF's covers were open to the bottom for drying... the covers were there to protect stored hoses from embers... and could be cranked up 90 for access to the hoses.
There are also brass-shrouded hose connection stations under the after deck... a dozen hose bibs each on a common internal manifold. These were built up with plastic, turned brass bibs, and N scale brake wheels.
All the brass color is Alclad II "polished brass" lacquer. Almost as convincing as the real thing!

This model is about 19" long and very beamy in HO scale (1:87)... could easily be RC'd, though I like them bigger. Microglass has a fiberglass hull for FF in 1:32, 50" long: http://microglass.net/products/p1041.html
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Old Oct 27, 2012, 02:30 PM
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very nice i like what you did with it i have one as well and i bought the Microglass hull and build one in R/C if you click one my name you can see the photos.
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Old Oct 27, 2012, 03:01 PM
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Very Pretty Pat.

Will it be a feature in Scale Model magazine?

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Old Oct 27, 2012, 03:04 PM
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THIS is our magazine now...
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Old Oct 27, 2012, 06:43 PM
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Very nice job Pat. I like the paint scheme much better then red.
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Old Oct 28, 2012, 12:09 AM
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I like it.
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Old Oct 28, 2012, 08:21 AM
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Very sharp, as usual Pat---.
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Old Oct 28, 2012, 11:36 AM
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Nice work. I like the paint scheme.

For what it's worth............. The NYC fireboats operate ( or, at least they used to operate, circa 1964) with two captains aboard. One, the fire captain, told the boat captain where he wanted the fireboat placed in order to best fight the fire. The boat captain then moved the boat into position.

I know this because one of my old high school teachers was a NYC fireboat skipper.
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Old Oct 28, 2012, 08:28 PM
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Beauuuutifuuuuuuul!!!

Great work Pat.

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I take it then people are giving up on US/British based print....
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Old Oct 28, 2012, 09:35 PM
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Wow beautiful work, and thank you for sharing the “article”.
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 10:14 AM
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That's purdy! Nice work as always, Pat!
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 04:17 PM
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Revell firefighter

Don't know if any one's interested in photos of my Firefighter which is about 50%
scratchbuilt and is fully radio controlled with all monitors made of brass and operational including the tower one ! The tower also raises via a scale rack and
quadrant gear.The tower is made of plastic strip and gears are brass. Bow monitor
rotates.All lights are scale and work.Stanchions are brass and safety chain also brass.Lifeboat hulls are carved.Full glazing is fitted all round. Hosereel lockers
are scratch built with detailed frames.Rudders and "A"frame brackets are brass.
Hosereel valves are brass.Ladders are also scratch and fabricateted of brass.
Bow capstan acts as catch to hold deck on and again is scratch built. When I can
figure out how to do it I will post some pics. Models I know.Computers however !-?
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 05:33 PM
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You have to ask??! Of course we're interested.... and if DDWILLIE can figure it out, so can you!

I suggest starting a fresh thread though, you wouldn't want anyone thinking yours is from Revell...

we'll walk you through it if needed.
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 08:38 PM
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I like that a LOT, Pat.

Question- could the parts you had printed be scaled up to go onto the Microglass hull?

Thanks!
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Old Nov 01, 2012, 03:35 AM
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Revell firefighter

Hi Pat.Thats the point,it IS a Revell kit. Just extensivly modified!
I built the original kit way back in the 60s with Graupner tuned filter R.C.Now with the benefit of modern R.C. I have made the latest one. If I can find
a photo i'll try and post it too.In the 70s I contacted Gibbs &Cox marine architects
who designed the full size and they very kindly sent me some drawings as I
wanted to build a 1:48 scale version. This was scratch built fully working using
only hand tools. Agree with you about inconsistances regarding revell's model
when checked against original drawings. Photos will be posted of all my versions
when I can persuade my other half to help me.
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