From Fire Truck to Farm Truck, Part 1 of ???: Custom Corgi '64 GMC 4000
Doing something that I've wanted to do for a while, on a favorite casting of mine.
Starting point. Found for $7 at an antique mall. I prefer customizing Corgi releases of this tooling over the earlier Lledo ones, due to having window glass and not needing wheelswaps.
It's no secret that I love old trucks. And it's no secret that I love customizing almost every casting that makes its way into my collection, in some way or another. So I decided to build a custom farm truck out of a Corgi Fire Heroes (old Lledo Days Gone tooling) '64-'66 GMC medium duty.
The bare body/frame of this casting shows a lot of potential, along with proper rear mudguards and a good basis for a flatbed. Once that rivet was out of there, I started working on a scratchbuilt flatbed, built around part of an old commercial truck flatbed in my parts bin so that I could use the side steps, rear bumper and taillights of it.
The bed turned out amazing, I am going to use Apple Barrel "Pavement" (also a good match for machine tool grey) with a printed and Modge Podged rusty diamond plate texture on cardstock for the bed colors & bed deck, and then lightly weathering the bed before it is installed.
I still need to strip this, but the paint color I chose was Kroger "HD Designs" aerosol "Stop Sign Red", that will be lightly sanded in places, weathered and rusted, with the rear frame and fenderwells painted in Apple Barrel "Pavement" and weathered/rusted a bit more, the wheels will be detailed too, and the interior will get gear selectors for the transmission and rear end and a saddle blanket seat cover.