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Hey, gang!

Well, things have finally settled down enough that I've had time to chop up my pics in Photoshop & get them posted. Here's a present that I built for my Dad for Christmas, the pickup truck from Sanford & Son, one of his favorite shows.

I used the opening from the show for most of my references as it showed both sides of the truck, as well as some pics I found around the net. The most significant thing I had to do was modify the grill from the kit's '50 to a '51, cutting it taller & wider, also using a GK part from Kitchen Table Productions. The bed of the truck had molded wood, so I covered that with stained coffee stir sticks & used pastel chalks to dirty it up a bit. All of the grime is from chalks & the rust is a two-part process I found at Michael's that uses paint with iron filings in it, so it's real rust!
I covered the seat with foil to give it a more natural look, & then taking inspiration from a truck at work, I made a rip in the seat, painting the "inside' yellow to look like foam. The seatbelts are scratched with plastic & gaff tape, which is kinda like duct tape.
The driver's window was cut so I could shove it in the door to look "rolled down". The spare tire post beside the passenger door is scratched to match the show truck. The lettering on the door is hand painted.

Enjoy!

From the opening theme:
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5/Prince_of_Styrene_II/Sanford truck/truck1.jpg

The build:
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5/Prince_of_Styrene_II/Sanford truck/IMG_2004.jpg
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5/Prince_of_Styrene_II/Sanford truck/IMG_1991.jpg
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5/Prince_of_Styrene_II/Sanford truck/IMG_1985.jpg
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5/Prince_of_Styrene_II/Sanford truck/IMG_1997.jpg
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5/Prince_of_Styrene_II/Sanford truck/IMG_1990.jpg
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5/Prince_of_Styrene_II/Sanford truck/IMG_2000.jpg
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5/Prince_of_Styrene_II/Sanford truck/IMG_1998.jpg
 

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Nice work! It's such a left-field subject too. I dare say this could be near enough to unique a subject to be really unique. How many others could have possibly come up with this idea? A handful at most.
 

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Thanks, guys! I've only ever came across one other person on the Fine Scale forums that built one. Wasn't all that accurate, either. :rolleyes:
Pops was definantly happy with the build & more amazed at the mods.
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5/Prince_of_Styrene_II/Sanford truck/IMG_1978.jpg

Madcap- figures were in the origonal idea, but time constraints kept me from finishing the whole diorama. I was building right up till 1am Christmas morning! I intend to build a base that's the exterior of the junk shop with Lamont standing beside the truck in the driveway & Fred in his rocking chair, junk in the bed of the truck as well as around the shop. The cool part of the build will be that the layout will be so that behind the facade of the shop he'll be able to place all six seasons of the show. So basically it'll be a really cool DVD case!! :thumbsup:
 

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I rarely check out the modeling forum,but I saw the title of sanford and son on the main page and clicked on it,this truck is AWESOME!Used to watch that show with my Father all the time!Awesome work!:thumbsup:
 

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Oh...and watch out for the IRS!

Why not build the Diorama for his birthday present and then just add the truck to it?

I would have built the model also, but can't come across the truck. Maybe Monogram will put it out again sometime soon.
 

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I would have built the model also, but can't come across the truck. Maybe Monogram will put it out again sometime soon.
I bought the closest thing available, a '50 Ford, then did the mods which wern't that hard. The GK bit helped save some time, but it wouldn't be that hard to scratch. I didn't know or havn't heard if they ever put out an official truck from the show.
 

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Outstanding build.
Thats the most realistic F-1 I have seen in a long time.
The torn seat, the chassis detail....remarkable.
Now, to the best of my knowledge, and I was building car models even
when the show was on television, No one ever produced a model of Fred & LaMonts
pick up truck.
But your replica really nails it.
 

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That is FANTASTIC work, Andy! You need to take several bows!
 

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Great work mate!!:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
The bed and the torn seat look fantastic!! I really like the all over rust work and weathering too.
Very cool!!

Chris.:)
 

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I had that same idea for a project, but ended up selling the pickup kit before I got the correct grille. Nice to see someone with the same idea, who actually did it. Great job! :D
 
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