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Conversion: Creating a M54 5-ton Cargo Truck in 1:35th Scale

Cab Subassembly

Modifying the Fenders
Moving on, you will need to widen and lengthen the Fenders to accomodate the new Hood. Refer to the photos (I recommend downloading them) to see where I separated the AFV Club kit Fenders from the central lower Engine Pan casting. After cutting them away, add a 1/8" piece of plastic stock to the inside of the Fender part - extending all the way from the front to the rear. It is best to use a single piece of plastic stock for this process and carefully make the bends rather than to use separate pieces. Accomplish this step for both Fenders. Re-glue the Fenders back on the central lower Engine Pan casting - and make sure the Fenders are level across when viewed from the front. Set this subassembly aside to cure. When set, you can attach the Fender Braces (refer to AFV Club Parts #A51 for the shape and profile) underneath the leading edge of the Fenders. Use .025" flat plastic stock (Author's Note: I use Evergreen Plastic Stock for all my scratchbuilding projects).

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About Dave Willett (animal)

I am a Vietnam vet and retired Govt. employee living in Ormond Beach Fla. I have been building models since I was a small boy(a long time). I got into the afv models about 4years ago. My passion is the vietnam era. I am also very fond of the modern soft skin of Desert Storm and OIF. Scratch building...