“814Pennman” Rich does a lot of scratchbuilding and kitbashing, and this is one of his subjects, built to honor a late friend.
Zis5 truck kit, and scratchbuilt into a 1930 Autocar wrecker truck.
All metal “looking” parts on back (hoist) are wood, not metal… I used the truck cab & chassis & wheels kit parts only not the truck box. I removed the front doors, and I made all (metal-looking) back tow truck mechanism from basswood stripwood.
I am sending you a link to a diorama I built to honor two of the world’s finest modelers that passed away. Chester Fesmire (USA) and Frederic’ Testard (France), both were members of my railroad line forums, in the USA.
Although this is not one of my normal step-by-step shows, I will be posting them in more detail on the Kitmaker site for all to see. In the following thread link, first up is a tow truck I fashioned using a Russian Zis5 truck kit in HO scale. I incorporated the finished tow truck into my tribute diorama for the fallen friends (modelers). On a side note,
Chester Fesmire built similar vehicle models from this same truck kit, and he is the one person that inspired me to do the same with these kits. These truck kits are rare for USA patrons, but are easily attained in Europe. One past Christmas, I found six of these truck kits, and mailed them to Chester as a gift. On the return address label, I wrote that the package was from Santa! Chester knew exactly who the package was from and he acknowledged me on his blog. Can’t get away with anything !!
Should you want to see any larger pictures, let me know. I do plan on posting the whole build of this diorama from start to finish, sometime soon on Kitmaker.