Model: (Click to see more) 56309: Ford Aeromax
Status: Extra info
Date: 2-Mar-2015
Comments: 9
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Feb 2015: With the paint-scheme decided (a combination of an ex-Dakar Rally race truck at the front, with an ex-military radio box body on the rear - to help tie-in with the original Wild Willy theme), I applied the salt technique between the various primer layers and top coat colours, before washing off the salt to reveal the distressed paintwork - which was further weathered using Tamiya dry powders and a dry-brush dirty wash to add further contrast to the flaking paint and moulded body details.

The graphics are a mix of original Wild Willy 2 decals, together with a custom set of 2011 edition Dakar rally-car stickers (from ScreenPrint Digital), who at my request were able to modify their 1/10th scale sheet to fit the smaller 1/14th scale bodywork better, and also change the race number from 303 to 503 to be appropriate for a truck. Ultimately the stickers were lightly sanded with 1200 grit wet&dry paper to add suitable weathering too.

Body detailing included using self-adhesive foil to cover the cab door and rear body locker handles (again sanded with 1200 grit paper to dull the shine and replicate wear), blacking-in the window frames with ultra-matt 'Rubber Black' paint, and fitting the windscreen and side windows - the driver's side wound part the way down as a further scale detail.

I also fabricated a suitable winch fairlead mount to fill the gap between the body and the front bumper, while the radiator/s are protected by custom made metal grilles - created by forming aluminium mesh into the recess, and then trimming and reverse fitting them into the apertures to give a proper 3D effect. The final detail at the front was a perfectly sized FORD decal I had in my collection.

On the roof I wanted to include a selection of scale accessories - the four fuel cans are Fastrax, that have been painted in olive drab and weathered using the same techniques applied to the bodywork, while the welder and cooler box are Pro-Line accessories, to which I added suitable scale stickers from my collection. A Hobby Gear oil-drum/beer keg was also suitably enhanced with a dirty wash, and everything is held in place to the custom roof rails (made from bent coat-hangers!) with scale bungee cords.

The lights themselves are a mix of Axial housings on the rear (the twin lower tail lights mirroring those on the original STUMPkin) while I also included a pair of high level fog/dust lights as is appropriate on a racing truck.

The front lights are a six-lamp set from Pro-Line - that comes complete with both a 4 and 6 light roof-bar frame. The 4 light frame was perfect for the width of the cab, while I chopped the ends off the 6-light frame to create the headlight brackets on either side of the bonnet, above the front wings.

The 12 LED lighting loom was a custom assembly by Model Lighting Solutions (who also made a simpler version for my WBO2014: Tow Mater truck), and in an effort to minimise the size of the holes in the bodywork, I further cut and re-soldered the loom to install the forward lights and hide the wires as neatly as possible - using the black Sharpie pen trick to further disguise the otherwise red wires.

The truck itself is now essentially finished - however, I know I really ought to weather the wheels to match the body more closely, and I also have plans for a dedicated driver (complete with animated head!) - and quite possibly a co-driver too...

One thing I can confirm is that the weight of the body shell hung out the back means this little fella wheelies at the slightest twitch of the throttle... it certainly is HUGE FUN!!!

Jenny xx

12 LED custom loom transforms the look! custom sized 2011 edition Dakar Rally graphics high level fog/dust lights and twin tail lamps 6 lamp spot-light set from Pro-Line - 4 on roof spare 6-lamp frame modified for headlight brackets roof-deck loaded with scale accessories aluminium foil used to cover door handles radiator protector grilles custom made from mesh winch detail to fill gap between body and bumper Willy celebrates with a new ARB workshop shirt!

If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
Willy^s STUMPkamper - Part 4 - (animated) Racer Willy


hairy gardener


... excellent work ... bit strange looking , but I like it alot ... wheels a bit too clean






Cool, i like it allot. Fantastic work Jenny.



Brilliant! Detail is right up there! But the wheels look a bit out of character! But then you know that already! Tamiya would sell these like hot cakes!!!
Nice job you have some great skills in whether affects!😁
This would look ace burning around on the beach!



Incredible creativity to see an Aeromax truck and think it a good fit on a WR-02! Your projects continue to be an inspiration and some of the most convincing arguments to get a wheelie chassis



This is outstanding Jenny, would love to see it out in the world



Awesome work as always absolutely love it



Very very cool. I wish Tamiya were as imaginative!



That thing looks a beast, love it. The weathering work is beautiful and the choice of parts and build of this are unique. Straight into my faves! Excellent work (again) Jenny Mo.

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