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 Post subject: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep inc P-51 photoshoot
PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:55 pm 
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Earlier this year, I started to change my Jeep more along the lines of a Flying Control vehicle. Lynne didn't want the whole vehicle checkered, so I started out with a warning checkered flag and Flying Control across the screen. In early August, I picked up a second summer top for the Jeep for the bargain price of £20.

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That was painted checkered to help the overall impression, but Lynne still didn't want the Jeep to go checks. Soon after jouning this forum, the following pictures were posted, the first of which shows a jeep with a checkered canvas, but the rest appears to have remained green. Now having seen an original like this, I felt happy to keep the bodywork of my Jeep green.

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Having looked at the other Jeep pictures, I decided my Jeep still needed further work, and like the following picture, and the one before, I've decided to make a lighted direction box. Power will come from the Jeep trailer socket with the arrows connected to the Jeep indicators, 'STOP' connected to the Brake lights, and 'GO' to the Headlights. The mounting position will probably be more like the second Jeep to keep the height down so it will still fit in my garage.

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Here's the progress so far. Here's the basic box, which will have dividers within it to separate the various light compartments. It will attach to the Hood bows with a steel framework.

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The lighted face of the box is 4mm clear styrene, matted with 240grit wet & dry paper to frost the glazing and allow paint to key to it. The arrows and text will be masked off prior to painting black, and they will possibly tinted with coloured acetate or glass paint.

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I'll add more pics as work progresses.

Steve

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep
PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:51 pm 
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Like the idea of the few changes you have made. Seems sensible to keep a little green on it.

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep
PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:54 pm 
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At least this way, I can stick the old summer top on it, take the flag off, and go out looking fairly normal if I need to!

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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
PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:26 pm 
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looking good apart from the tyres, get some NDT rubbers on her n chuck the frog tyres....

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep
PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:41 pm 
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I'm keeping the tyres until worn out. Yes I know they don't look as good, but I use the jeep for fun in all weathers, and up here, it's more often wet than dry. My wife is also paranoid about Bar Grips and probably wont come out any more if I change them. I prefer to stay safe, rather than slide off the road and total the jeep like a friend did. He was lucky to survive, ending up in a ditch with the jeep on top of him.

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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
PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:06 pm 
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I've never had a problem with NDTs, go off roading n all sorts all yr round, well I did till the petrol prices went into stupid mode. Your friend must have been driving like a pair of saggy ones to prang a jeep. That may be tempting fate on my part now I've said it.... ;)

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 Post subject: Re: My Flying Control/Follow Me jeep
PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:10 pm 
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Off road isn't the problem, it's on wet tarmac where they are dangerous. A straight but wet country road, slight play in the steering ( and what jeep hasn't! ), slide, spin, somersault, crash!

Anyway, back to the topic, the glazing has been masked and primed tonight. The box is dry and awaiting a sand before adding the light dividers inside. Then it's light fittings and mounting frame to do.

Steve

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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
PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 7:13 pm 
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Lots more progress today. But we'll start off with a picture of the masked clear styrene.

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The next step was to paint the styrene black. After the tape was removed, it would allow the light to shine through the arrows and letters. It looks blue in the photo, but that's just the daylight creating that effect.

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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
PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 7:16 pm 
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The box was dry this morning which allowed a good sanding, then the dividers were fitted to form the various light compartments. Bulbs and wiring were also fitted.

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The bulb fittings were home made to save money as most of this device has been built out of my scrap box.

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My talents are surpassed only by my modesty - www.sacarr.co.uk

My Collection
'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
PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:18 pm 
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Get on with it... not long now...


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