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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:40 pm 
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With the plastic keyed, masking and painting began. Paper stencils were printed to plot out the lettering which was drawn on in pencil, and then masked. Olive drab was then sprayed, with the masking tape protecting the plastic where I wanted white lettering. One rear bumperette was to have a roundel while the other had the Bomber Command Group.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:41 pm 
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The roundel bumperette and side roundels were painted by hand after the olive drab was sprayed. The cellulose olive drab dried fairly quickly, allowing the front bumper markings to be revealed, utilizing the original hood number as the RAF registration.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:43 pm 
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The 36 inch long RAF registration and Bomber Command Group code piece is complete and blends well with the original bumper colour. The large hood roundel is made in two pieces due to the size of the plastic sheet that was available. Since the hood has a seam down the centre anyway, I didn't see a problem having a join line through the roundel.

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On the back of the Jeep, the left bumperette has the RAF roundel while the right has the Group markings. I've left these white to better blend with the originals which are also white. The olive drab on the side roundel also blends fairly well when viewed just a short distance away.

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'58 Hotchkiss Jeep 'Follow Me' Jeep, '44 Dodge WC51 'Flying Control' truck
'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:45 pm 
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A view of the bumper markings with the grill roundel temporarily fitted. I am yet to make the clamp that will hold the roundel onto the grill.

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Attaching the roundel to the hood is quite tricky as the magnetic pull of the plastic is pretty strong. If it is placed on slightly out of position, it won't slide to the correct location, but must be peeled off again and re-applied.

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'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:47 pm 
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Wednesday 4th, and the rear registration aluminium sheet was cut, sprayed olive and stencilled. All done! So I now have the choice of a USAAF or RAF Follow Me Jeep.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:30 pm 
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October 7th - Bodywork Repairs

Back in 2009, I made some temporary repairs to some rust holes around the axe handle with body filler. Those repairs have lasted eight years, but it's now time to deal with the problem properly. There were also a couple of holes forming in the drivers floor. Because both repairs were near the fuel tank, the first stage was siphoning the petrol out. Most was removed via a large hose, and once the level got too low and the siphon stopped, I used a small diesel primer pump to drain the last 10 litres. The driver's seat was next out to access the tank.

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"Jessie" was parked in "Hope's" usual spot for the winter for the work. This means I still have a Jeep to use, and when rolled out of the garage, I have a reasonable area to work in if the weather isn't too kind. After the seat was removed, the sender and earth were disconnected, followed by the fuel feed on the bottom of the tank. That was a bit of a pain due to lack of clearance around the nut for the spanner.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:32 pm 
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The tank straps were removed next and then the tank was lifted out. At that point, I opened up the hole around the fuel feed to make refitting it easier. I then turned my attention to rust holes in the floor, firstly stripping the paint and loose rust away with a rotary wire brush. The metal was quite thin around the rusted areas too, over the hat channels, so the areas were marked out, chain drilled and removed.

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Replacement steel was cut to fit, and welded in. I only had a stick welder which wasn't ideal, slowly tacking spots around the patch. For the remainder of the bodywork, I plan to get a MIG welder for more control when using thin sheet. The welds were ground down and a skim of filler applied to smooth it out.

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'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:33 pm 
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The axe, shovel and fire extinguisher were removed from the side of the Jeep and once again, the rotary wire brush went to work. Around the axe handle bracket, the metal was very thin, but the condition wasn't entirely unexpected. The last time the Jeep had any serious bodywork was its French Army rebuild in 1966; 51 years ago.

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It was obvious the repair was going to larger than at first thought, so I began to cut away the rusted and thin material. This revealed the hat channel behind the pillar was also badly rotten along its lower edge, so I was going to have to do more rebuilding than just adding flat sheet. I still need to cut out the rear area under the straps, but it was getting late, so packed up and put "Hope" back in the garage.

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'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
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October 8th

Further investigation of the rear panel showed more rot in the panel and in the lower part of the hat channel behind it. The upper part of the hat channel was still sound, and as it had the tank brackets attached, I decided to leave that part alone. Instead, I cut the lower half of the hat channel away. I still had some wide hat channel left over from the Ford rebuild, so I cut a section down the middle to graft into the damaged part. It is seen here in a test fit.

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The hat channel was tack welded in place, and then the lengthwise seam with the old piece welded from the tank well side. It was primed inside and then I moved onto the replacement outer skin. Because of the difficulty in holding the piece in place without being able to hold it from inside, I decided to replace the skin in two sections.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
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October 9th

The second skin was cut and welded in to the front part of the rear body panel. The welds were ground down and then the repair given a skim over in filler which was left to harden. It was given a sand later in the day, but there were a few low spots from the spreader used on the filler. The following day, another skim of filler was added and left to cure. The next session will see this sanded and then I'll move onto the replacement skin in the door pillar area.

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October 11th

The body filler was sanded on the floor and side panel and then it was given a thin skim of fine surface filler ( the green colour ). This was given a little while to harden and that was also then sanded. Being an acrylic based filler, it is pretty quick drying if applied in a thin layer.

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'43 Ford GPW 'Station Photo' Jeep, '53 Roset Trailer and a B-17G Fortress #42-31035


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