R-11 Refuel Truck

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Project by Nate L. posted 07-16-2014 05:35 AM 1425 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a scale model. I was asked if I could make one for a retirement gift, so I went out and measured the real truck and scaled it down. It isn’t perfect, but I am quite happy with how it turned out, being my first project like this.

-- Nate, Las Vegas,

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#1 posted 07-16-2014 11:02 AM

Pretty cool, nice design

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 07-16-2014 12:29 PM

Good job. Toys are fun.

-- Dick F,Burg Iowa

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#3 posted 07-16-2014 01:32 PM

Nice job! That’s a lot of work, measuring and reducing, compared to assembling a kit.

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#4 posted 07-16-2014 01:55 PM

Looks good.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 07-16-2014 03:24 PM

The “real one” isn’t perfect either!

NEAT TOY; did you play with it?

Half the joy of making toys is getting an excuse to play with them!

-- just rjR

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#6 posted 07-16-2014 04:25 PM

Real monster!Nice truck.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 07-17-2014 12:39 AM

Thanks everyone. I didn’t have time to play with it. I barely had time to finish it by the time I needed to deliver it. The good news is, I got orders for several more, so I will need to start an ‘assembly line’. =) I plan on making three different sizes in the next few months.

-- Nate, Las Vegas,

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#8 posted 07-17-2014 03:46 AM

Cool! Well done!

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#9 posted 07-17-2014 10:27 AM

First project – WOW – that’s fantastic sir….
Beautiful timber though I have no idea what species it is coming from Australia….
Also please what truck did you model your project on??

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#10 posted 07-17-2014 02:30 PM

real nice truck. great job scaling down from the original.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 07-17-2014 03:16 PM

I modeled it after the Oshkosh R-11 refueler we use in the Air Force. Here is a link to some pictures on Google..
R-11 Pics

-- Nate, Las Vegas,

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#12 posted 07-18-2014 01:13 AM

Keep up the great work, it sure looks great to me

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#13 posted 07-18-2014 05:21 AM

Thanks nitewalker!

-- Nate, Las Vegas,

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#14 posted 07-19-2014 01:25 AM

Nice truck I love Oskosh trucks drove one for many years in the Army. (Tank Haulers). I made something like this once. On the back of the truck, where the end grain is showing, I cut a peice of face grain same type of wood and set it in the body. It’s a little more work but end gain is so “fussy” when any type of stain is put on it. Again I do not want to take anything away from you I really do like it.

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#15 posted 07-19-2014 03:10 AM

woodbutcher7: I have been driving trucks like this for the past 16 years. =) That is a great idea. A guy at work had a wooden model of the same truck but the guy that made it capped the ends of the tank with a 1/2” thick piece and it just threw the lines all off. I like your idea. I am wondering of setting it in or just glueing it on the back before rounding the edges would look better. This is the very first ‘model’ of any sort that I have made so any feedback is greatly appreciated.


-- Nate, Las Vegas,

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