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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Hobie Hartkins in NASCAR news   
    Funny how that doesn't happen with other types of flags flown as high. Funny, that....
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Hobie Hartkins in Favorite Dukes of Hazzard Quotes   
    Another from Rosco, from "Lawman of the Year":
    "Ugly baby! He fell through an ugly tree and hit every limb...."
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Skipper Duke in Favorite Dukes of Hazzard Quotes   
    Another from Rosco, from "Lawman of the Year":
    "Ugly baby! He fell through an ugly tree and hit every limb...."
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Spike in Favorite Dukes of Hazzard Quotes   
    Another from Rosco, from "Lawman of the Year":
    "Ugly baby! He fell through an ugly tree and hit every limb...."
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Andrea Como in Ultimate Cooter's Tow Truck -- WIP   
    Okay, finally time for the COMPLETED item, my Ultimate Cooter's GMC Tow Truck!  Only complaint is the decals on the door are 'way too oversized, but they were the only ones I've been able to find in years of looking.













     
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Skipper Duke in Favorite Dukes of Hazzard Quotes   
    I actually made a huge list of "Waylonisms" that takes up several pages, too long for here.
    But two from Rosco:
    "I caught them fighting like the third monkey on the gangplank of Noah's Ark!" (S4E1 "Mrs Daisy Hogg")
    Or:
    Cooter: "Well, what brings you out so early, Boss?"
    Rosco: "I'll tell you what brings him out.  He knows you’re an early bird, and with him being a worm, he plans on catching you.” (S5E19 "Welcome Back Bo 'N Luke")
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from RogerDuke in Favorite Dukes of Hazzard Quotes   
    I actually made a huge list of "Waylonisms" that takes up several pages, too long for here.
    But two from Rosco:
    "I caught them fighting like the third monkey on the gangplank of Noah's Ark!" (S4E1 "Mrs Daisy Hogg")
    Or:
    Cooter: "Well, what brings you out so early, Boss?"
    Rosco: "I'll tell you what brings him out.  He knows you’re an early bird, and with him being a worm, he plans on catching you.” (S5E19 "Welcome Back Bo 'N Luke")
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Spike in Ultimate Cooter's Tow Truck -- WIP   
    Okay, finally time for the COMPLETED item, my Ultimate Cooter's GMC Tow Truck!  Only complaint is the decals on the door are 'way too oversized, but they were the only ones I've been able to find in years of looking.













     
  9. Haha
    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Hobie Hartkins in Favorite Dukes of Hazzard Quotes   
    I actually made a huge list of "Waylonisms" that takes up several pages, too long for here.
    But two from Rosco:
    "I caught them fighting like the third monkey on the gangplank of Noah's Ark!" (S4E1 "Mrs Daisy Hogg")
    Or:
    Cooter: "Well, what brings you out so early, Boss?"
    Rosco: "I'll tell you what brings him out.  He knows you’re an early bird, and with him being a worm, he plans on catching you.” (S5E19 "Welcome Back Bo 'N Luke")
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Hobie Hartkins in Ultimate Cooter's Tow Truck -- WIP   
    Y'all are amazingly kind with your comments!
    Also, I forgot to mention the dually wheels are resin items I got on Ebay which match exactly the ones on the real thing. 
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from RogerDuke in Ultimate Cooter's Tow Truck -- WIP   
    Y'all are amazingly kind with your comments!
    Also, I forgot to mention the dually wheels are resin items I got on Ebay which match exactly the ones on the real thing. 
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Hobie Hartkins in Ultimate Cooter's Tow Truck -- WIP   
    In the episode "Daisy's Close Call" (S6 E19) Cooter is seen using a tool box from the rig.  I can't see it in any other episode, so, being Hollywood, it probably wasn't there at any other time, not being a true "working" rig.  Still, I thought it would be a great, even necessary, addition.
    I estimated the size at about 20" x 8" (when he carries it to the truck it is indeed fairly slender).  From some angles the grime from being handled by a mechanic is visible.  Appears to have a silver or light colored handle.
    I scratchbuilt it in an evening, primed it and painted it the next day. 




     
    The same day I scratchbuilt a crowbar, and added a hammer and a wrench that came with the two junkers from which this project began.  The wrench was finished in Alclad stainless steel, then grime strategically added.  All the tools were made to appear worn and heavily used.  Finally all this was added to the wrecker bed, including an extra length of chain visible in the episode "Happy Birthday General Lee".  



     
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Andrea Como in Ultimate Cooter's Tow Truck -- WIP   
    In the episode "Daisy's Close Call" (S6 E19) Cooter is seen using a tool box from the rig.  I can't see it in any other episode, so, being Hollywood, it probably wasn't there at any other time, not being a true "working" rig.  Still, I thought it would be a great, even necessary, addition.
    I estimated the size at about 20" x 8" (when he carries it to the truck it is indeed fairly slender).  From some angles the grime from being handled by a mechanic is visible.  Appears to have a silver or light colored handle.
    I scratchbuilt it in an evening, primed it and painted it the next day. 




     
    The same day I scratchbuilt a crowbar, and added a hammer and a wrench that came with the two junkers from which this project began.  The wrench was finished in Alclad stainless steel, then grime strategically added.  All the tools were made to appear worn and heavily used.  Finally all this was added to the wrecker bed, including an extra length of chain visible in the episode "Happy Birthday General Lee".  



     
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Andrea Como in Ultimate Cooter's Tow Truck -- WIP   
    Dang that's funny! 
     
    Okay, almost there...I learned the front bumper is probably made from quarter inch steel coated in thick black rubber.  I also noticed there were two styles that showed up on the GMC truck in the series, again probably indicating two different vehicles masquerading as one for the filming.  One of them was straight and flat, and the other curled around the corners of the fenders.  I opted for the curled type.  
    Made it from .020" plastic, carefully curled, then added three wire mounts, disguised from the front as the actual bolts that hold it on.  Then added fake bolts for the rest.  I tried to match the same pattern I saw in a couple of my photos. Then some drybrushing over the flat black with dark gray.



     
    Then the final touches with the antennae.  The last one was the one that clips on over the driver's window.  The aerial for that one was made from a bit of metal guitar string (the high E-string).  The aerial on the tow rig is only slightly thicker, from a B-string.  Also used B-string for the four other lengths of thin cable on the tow crane (totally different from the thick, braided tow cable).  


     
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Hobie Hartkins in Ultimate Cooter's Tow Truck -- WIP   
    Y'all are awesome cousins, and it's an honor to break bread with y'all at the family gatherings! 
    Now gotta add the last of the lights.  First the tow rig has six small rounded-rectangular position lights.  To make them all as uniform as possible I made a master shape from styrene, then made impressions of it in moldmaking material.  I made a lot of extras since I wanted a lot to choose from, and would only take the best 6.  This ended up being a very wise move.  Clear resin was poured into the mold impressions and thank God there were 6 decent ones to use from the resulting blob.  They had to be right the first time since trying to clean up and reshape anything that small would be a nightmare.



     
    Now the grill/headlight assembly.  Chrome was removed by soaking in bleach, and damage done by previous owner/assembler was repaired.  Headlights were drilled out completely.  Whole thing primed and painted in Alclad Stainless Steel (more of a workhorse appearance than chrome).  New headlights fashioned from acrylic gemstones/rhinestones, with the facets sanded smooth and then polished to shine.  The result is far more convincing than chrome headlights the same color as the grill & bumper.


     
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Andrea Como in Ultimate Cooter's Tow Truck -- WIP   
    Y'all are awesome cousins, and it's an honor to break bread with y'all at the family gatherings! 
    Now gotta add the last of the lights.  First the tow rig has six small rounded-rectangular position lights.  To make them all as uniform as possible I made a master shape from styrene, then made impressions of it in moldmaking material.  I made a lot of extras since I wanted a lot to choose from, and would only take the best 6.  This ended up being a very wise move.  Clear resin was poured into the mold impressions and thank God there were 6 decent ones to use from the resulting blob.  They had to be right the first time since trying to clean up and reshape anything that small would be a nightmare.



     
    Now the grill/headlight assembly.  Chrome was removed by soaking in bleach, and damage done by previous owner/assembler was repaired.  Headlights were drilled out completely.  Whole thing primed and painted in Alclad Stainless Steel (more of a workhorse appearance than chrome).  New headlights fashioned from acrylic gemstones/rhinestones, with the facets sanded smooth and then polished to shine.  The result is far more convincing than chrome headlights the same color as the grill & bumper.


     
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from RogerDuke in Ultimate Cooter's Tow Truck -- WIP   
    Y'all are awesome cousins, and it's an honor to break bread with y'all at the family gatherings! 
    Now gotta add the last of the lights.  First the tow rig has six small rounded-rectangular position lights.  To make them all as uniform as possible I made a master shape from styrene, then made impressions of it in moldmaking material.  I made a lot of extras since I wanted a lot to choose from, and would only take the best 6.  This ended up being a very wise move.  Clear resin was poured into the mold impressions and thank God there were 6 decent ones to use from the resulting blob.  They had to be right the first time since trying to clean up and reshape anything that small would be a nightmare.



     
    Now the grill/headlight assembly.  Chrome was removed by soaking in bleach, and damage done by previous owner/assembler was repaired.  Headlights were drilled out completely.  Whole thing primed and painted in Alclad Stainless Steel (more of a workhorse appearance than chrome).  New headlights fashioned from acrylic gemstones/rhinestones, with the facets sanded smooth and then polished to shine.  The result is far more convincing than chrome headlights the same color as the grill & bumper.


     
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Spike in Ultimate Cooter's Tow Truck -- WIP   
    Now for the rotating beacon atop the rig.  Found something very similar from Tony's Custom Squads.  Still needed some cleaning up, and the finish redone in Alclad Stainless Steel (although Polished Aluminum perhaps might have been a better choice).  
    License plate was made by cutting a piece of aluminum turkey roasting pan to match the size of the license plate decal.  



     
    Now for the rear view mirrors.  I discovered from my photos that there were two similar yet different styles used, probably meaning two different trucks used for filming the series.  I settled on one and started work.  Once built and primed, they were finished in Alclad polished aluminum and Bare Metal Foil for the actual reflective surfaces.  I definitely should have cleaned them up a bit more after priming....







     
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Hobie Hartkins in Ultimate Cooter's Tow Truck -- WIP   
    Now for the rotating beacon atop the rig.  Found something very similar from Tony's Custom Squads.  Still needed some cleaning up, and the finish redone in Alclad Stainless Steel (although Polished Aluminum perhaps might have been a better choice).  
    License plate was made by cutting a piece of aluminum turkey roasting pan to match the size of the license plate decal.  



     
    Now for the rear view mirrors.  I discovered from my photos that there were two similar yet different styles used, probably meaning two different trucks used for filming the series.  I settled on one and started work.  Once built and primed, they were finished in Alclad polished aluminum and Bare Metal Foil for the actual reflective surfaces.  I definitely should have cleaned them up a bit more after priming....







     
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Hobie Hartkins in Ultimate Cooter's Tow Truck -- WIP   
    On to the actual tow cable.  I was first referred to some braided metal cable produced specifically for modelmakers, but it was much too thick, and didn't coil around the spool at all.  I found my answer in a picture hanging kit.  The braided wire for hanging pictures on a wall was almost perfect in the smallest size, the 10-50 lb strength.  I ran it through a candle flame to give it the appropriate worn/stained appearance.  


     
    Next, some of the most critical scratchbuilding of the project, the sling.  I tried various materials to simulate the heavy duty rubber straps, including black duct tape, black latex gloves and even bicycle inner tube.  The latter had the perfect appearance but alas, was far too thick.  
    I found the answer in black party balloons.  The rounded part had too many curves to use, but the balloon necks had barely enough length of flat material.  
    Add to that the chains on each side and the effect exceeded my hopes.




     
    On the end of the chains are hooks; these I made from reshaped sections of paperclip, then attached to the chains and painted worn dark metallic.  After this I was VERY relieved and pleased with the result.  


     
  21. Like
    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Andrea Como in Ultimate Cooter's Tow Truck -- WIP   
    Now for the rotating beacon atop the rig.  Found something very similar from Tony's Custom Squads.  Still needed some cleaning up, and the finish redone in Alclad Stainless Steel (although Polished Aluminum perhaps might have been a better choice).  
    License plate was made by cutting a piece of aluminum turkey roasting pan to match the size of the license plate decal.  



     
    Now for the rear view mirrors.  I discovered from my photos that there were two similar yet different styles used, probably meaning two different trucks used for filming the series.  I settled on one and started work.  Once built and primed, they were finished in Alclad polished aluminum and Bare Metal Foil for the actual reflective surfaces.  I definitely should have cleaned them up a bit more after priming....







     
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Andrea Como in Ultimate Cooter's Tow Truck -- WIP   
    The entire chassis has a very toylike appearance, with almost every detail molded right on as one piece.  So it was completely cut apart down to the basic frame and rebuilt.  Front suspension was improved a bit, rear suspension completely rebuilt, and exhaust system with mufflers was scratch built.  
    This would have to be mostly redone a second time when I realized the wheel base needed lengthening to accommodate the Holmes wrecker.  I won't tell you what I said when I realized this....






     
    The interior was made as dirty and grimy as possible, as a working country tow truck would be.  Scratchbuilt CB radio installed.  


     
     
  23. Like
    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Andrea Como in Ultimate Cooter's Tow Truck -- WIP   
    On to the actual tow cable.  I was first referred to some braided metal cable produced specifically for modelmakers, but it was much too thick, and didn't coil around the spool at all.  I found my answer in a picture hanging kit.  The braided wire for hanging pictures on a wall was almost perfect in the smallest size, the 10-50 lb strength.  I ran it through a candle flame to give it the appropriate worn/stained appearance.  


     
    Next, some of the most critical scratchbuilding of the project, the sling.  I tried various materials to simulate the heavy duty rubber straps, including black duct tape, black latex gloves and even bicycle inner tube.  The latter had the perfect appearance but alas, was far too thick.  
    I found the answer in black party balloons.  The rounded part had too many curves to use, but the balloon necks had barely enough length of flat material.  
    Add to that the chains on each side and the effect exceeded my hopes.




     
    On the end of the chains are hooks; these I made from reshaped sections of paperclip, then attached to the chains and painted worn dark metallic.  After this I was VERY relieved and pleased with the result.  


     
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from RogerDuke in Ultimate Cooter's Tow Truck -- WIP   
    Y'all are 'way too kind...believe me I'm a mere mortal myself, just ask my sweetheart or anyone who works with me!  Not sure about Hoss though...
    The red paint on the wrecker was going to be critical.  It isn't regular red.  Not only is it sort of a brick red color, but it's also stained and heavily sunbleached, giving a chalky appearance.  You know, like playground equipment that gets sunbleached and then when you touch it you get white chalky residue on your hand?  That's what it looks like.
    So.  How to do sunbleached off-red without making it look straight pink?  
    I started with a mixture of dark red, flat red and rust brown and sprayed everything in a base color.
    Then I used a mixture I came up with years ago that I call "Brick Red" and went over everything carefully, again.  It's slightly lighter than the first color mix.
    Then I went back over it again with a VERY thinned mixture of light gray/off-white (36622 Camouflage Gray in military parlance, the color of the undersides of US warplanes in Vietnam).  
    Then I went back with a wash of watercolor sludge (after this pic) and the result was almost perfect!

     
    Now to add the taillights.  I made them using acrylic rhinestones/gemstones.  Don't use glass ones, because the acrylic ones can be sanded to remove the facets and make them smooth once polished.  Two were done in clear red, the other two left clear.  



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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Andrea Como in Ultimate Cooter's Tow Truck -- WIP   
    The real nightmare of this project was the wrecker.  I knew almost nothing about tow trucks, and there are no tow truck models or conversion sets for anything even close to this type.  I was told it was a Holmes wrecker, in the 400 series....but amazingly, Google searches with that info yielded nothing!
    So I went the hard route.  I went through countless Dukes episodes on DVD, pausing them to photograph any good views of the unit.  Yep, that's right, I photographed the TV screen, and had photo prints made.  The dozens of photos I took gave just enough reference material to build this.  
    Although dozens of episodes provided good material, by far the most useful episodes were "Play It Again Luke" (S6 E15) and "The Fortune Tellers" (S6 E21).  

     
    I was able to find sheet styrene with Diamond Tread pattern molded in.  It was shockingly brittle, but I was able to fabricate the bulkheads and decking.  I also used photoetched metal Diamond Tread for the curved wheel well tops and other details.  Also detailed the rear with openings for the tail lights and more.




     
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