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Pretty cunning, don't you think?
So, when last I mentioned this project - an adapter for a Land Rover Series IIa to use a modern brake master, the project was purely theoretical:
Obviously, the next step was to start actually making parts. Like a pedal:
(A vise, a 4lb sledge, and a #10 screw and 3/8" nut were involved)
A pedal leg profile is drawn (from a drawing I made, I'm not completely a barbarian):
A piece is twisted, with the help of a large and heavy friend (right-angle adjustable 24" wrench):
A whole bunch of omitted steps and dammit-the-welder-ran-out-of-gas tacks later:
You can see in this image the main bronzite bushing on which the pedal will swing, a bushing that will be used for the pivot of the acting arm, and the heim joints for the outside linkage. I think I did a dang good job matching the pedal setup
By this time it had gotten dark in the shed (Monday).
"Oui, Jacques, we must place ze Brake Booster in ze fender where zis, is not meant to go, yes?"
Yesterday, after a bunch of welding and working on getting the highlighted angle right:
Another shot, with rotten "no gas" tack still present:
And finally, much later, with it in place, and with the linkage basically completed, just a lot of finish and cleanup to do:
I have set a stock clutch pedal/early type brake pedal tower next to it.
There are a number of things I've done here, one of which is shortening the heim on the master by about 1/2" and shortening the pushrod about 1/2" as well.
There's a little nudging of the fender top/inner fender required, and a slight increase of the cutout - which I wanted to avoid, but ended up not being possible:
Basically, cut at red, bend the inner edge up slightly at green.
That being said, that is much less than any other modern brakes adapting for a Series II. They would have you use a different fender, a different fender liner, cut a piece off the firewall, use a late-type hood, cut a larger hole in the pedal for the firewall.... NAAAH BRUV I GO' IT
Some prettying up still remains to do, and drilling a hole for a bolt which locks the pedal onto the pedal rod, but hey.
My mom's suburban. Figured some of you might like it.
Got repainted a little while back, new running boards, and I just installed the new rear badge Saturday.
It's a 6.5 rebuilt like the original 6.2, which was a quarter million plus engine that suddenly died from a block crack.
Assembling 1:350 scale Oerlikon mounts is bullshit.
That is all.
Motherfucking shoulder stirrups the size of a beard hair and ammo drums smaller than a grain of sand.
The worst part is that I found out after I installed two of these on the rear deck that the correct mount for that location in 1951 is actually a quad Bofors.
HOW ABOUT YOU MOUNT BOFORS DEEZ NUTS
Naval Gazing, or a Miniature Memorial
So, a couple weeks back, I was looking at plastic model ships, like ya do. I looked in particular at models of the CV-3 Saratoga... because hey, my great-grandfather served on her.
None of the available kits really sparked the imagination... until I saw that there's a Trumpeter kit of the Sara in 1:350.
Preposterously huge. Something like 30" long. I'm mentioning this to my dad, kind of laughing it off because "I shouldn't" when it occurs to me that my grandmother (94) had a 1:1500 or so model of the Saratoga in her house that one of my cousins did for her... but it was lost in a house fire.
"You do know", said my dad, "she'd absolutely put that on display".
AHA. AN EXCUSE FOR ME TO DO A SILLY THING.
Her dad's ship, in an epic sideboard model. Needs to get some torpedo bulges added, and some Hellcat nightfighters...
"What you should really do", said my dad, joking, "is put a figure of granddaddy on the bridge".
"And what you could also do", said my dad, still joking and not seeing my crazy eyes, "is get a copy of the Higbee and give her that too".
Her husband, my granddad and after whom I'm named, served on the USS Higbee DDR806, a Gearing-class radar picket destroyer.
The white whale had been sighted, windmill was to be tilted.
Too much. Gearing class destroyers are not much loved, and the only current production 1:350 kit is for a FRAM II later conversion Gearing that is now a museum ship in Taiwan. Fletcher classes are available, but have significant differences (and most models are low detail), and while Sumner class destroyers are similar, they're too short and also not very available. However, Dragon made three very nice Gearing models in 1:350 some years ago, and I tracked down Frank Knox (i.e. a radar picket conversion nearly identical to Higbee) on eBay. And paid way too much for it. Ah well - MINE NOW.
So yeah, that's something I'm doing soon.
Interesting fact: the Saratoga and the Higbee were assigned to the same battle group, but by the time "Leaping Lenah" was headed to the Japanese coast, Sara was back at Pearl being repaired from Kamikaze hits off Iwo Jima and then converted to a training carrier. So if they were ever within the same small radius, it would've been at Pearl in mid'45.
Edit to note: any smaller and figures would be basically unworkable. Those little guys are about 3/16" or 5mm tall.