Trakz German Staff Car

The Build--- Part 2
a.k.a. “THE SCREAM“

This where the fun really began! After finishing the interior painting, and letting it dry for a few days, I glued the doors on. The door interiors were pre-painted along with the rest of the interior, using the same colors. A little bit of sanding got a decent fit for the doors, I then had to fit a narrow piece on the interior that is the centre support for the doors. Also pre-painted to match, and it sure looked like it would fit on the dry runs, but after the doors were glued in place, it would no longer slide down into place.

I now had three choices, one was to try to widen the space these pieces slid into, the second was to pop the doors off and try again, the easiest was the third, narrow the centre piece. I sanded each side to try to keep the piece even, and eventually it slid into place like it should have, except it was now a little too long, a little snip and a little more sanding. Photo 15 shows the door in place from the rear, and Photo 16&17 show the doors in place and the centre strip fitting between the two silver vertical strips.

Another scream, and the hammer almost came out when I looked at the doors from the front (Photo 18). No matter how many photos I looked at, I could not see any of the doors sticking out this far from the rest of the body. They were between 1.5mm to 2mm too thick at the front, and .5 to 1mm too thick at the rear doors. Maybe no one will notice! Actually I was ready to trash this kit by now. Another small point about the doors is they come molded with the windows up, and flashed over. No matter how gentle I tried to score around this flash, the frames just disintegrated on me. OH well…. Windows all the way down.

At this point I decided to set the kit aside for a while, a long while. When I returned I tackled the fenders, and the supercharger pipes. The pipes really turned out to be easier to make than I thought they would be. First I tried a flexible drinking straw, too large in diameter. Next I tried bending some plastic tube, it kept kinking on me. I finally found some soft solid solder the right diameter, this I wrapped with some really thin solder for the flex tube look, and bent it to shape after taping the fender in place. I then glued it solidly to the fender. I brushed on a coat or two of CA to hold the smaller solder coils in place on the thicker solder (Photos 19-20).

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About the Author

About Dave O'Meara (Grumpyoldman)

I'm rewriting this in a much more humoristic way, to help over inflate my ego, and place my self on a pedestal, because I don't have a life, and plastic models are the only thing I live for. I plead guilty as charged to excessive babble, light hearted humor, and continued encouragement to youngsters...


Ah, yes - the staffcar from hell - congratulations on a beautiful result Dave - your hard work really paid of ... but what took you so long Good read! Cheers/Jan
JAN 07, 2008 - 09:05 PM
I just realized I forgot to send the photos of it finished with the little Nazi flags!
JAN 07, 2008 - 11:58 PM
I'm glad to see this in a feature. I had fun watching the build threads. Great figures. Nice job Dave.
JAN 08, 2008 - 02:25 AM
Nice work, and feature, Dave.
JAN 08, 2008 - 02:34 AM
Beautiful job !!!! Wonderful work !!! Amazing model !!! Wow ...all is superlative ... Congrats, Dave.... You rock !!!!
JAN 08, 2008 - 08:30 AM
Great job Dave, I'd never have the patience for this one; it would have been in pieces long ago. Turned out great, sharp looking trim, congrats, Bob
JAN 08, 2008 - 09:32 AM
That's a nice feature Dave, i like it when it doesn't go alright Next time, scratchbuilding such a little beggar could be an option!
JAN 09, 2008 - 09:35 PM
Thanks for the nice comments guys. "The check is in the mail"....
JAN 09, 2008 - 09:46 PM
Nice model and something different from all those "Panzers" I like it a lot and you've done an absolutely great job on it!! Something nice for the showcase!
JAN 15, 2008 - 09:29 PM
Dave, Awesome Job, i've never seen this vehicle before. So your from Jersey, Originally I grew up in Bergen county, gotta say it , GO Giants ! LOOKING FORWARD to seeing more of your work...
JAN 30, 2008 - 03:32 PM