IntroductionA little while ago, I mentioned that I was building some WorldWorks trucks for my 28mm modern wargames such as All Things Zombie: here. Note that this was an impulse decision and not based on a need for trucks in any upcoming scenario. Still, here we are!
The Container Semi-Trailer
The container semi-trailer is also built straight from the kit and is also one of the 3 possible variants that are supplied.
The Flatbed Semi-Trailer
- I've added a "headboard" at the front, to stop loads from sliding forwards into the tractor. This was cut from a spare piece of the trailer bed, so it matches the colouring and style perfectly.
- The card for the upper and lower sides of the trailer bed were separated and then used to sandwich a piece of mounting board. This makes the model much thicker and rather stronger than it would have been otherwise.
- As with all of my semi-trailers, I've glued a Hama bead on the underside to act as a pivot. This fits into the tractor's socket and thus holds the rig together.
The Tanker Semi-Trailer
Articulated tankers are such an important part of many movies and other sources of inspiration that I just had to have one. However there was no such model in the Mayhem Industrial set. What was I to do?
So, there are essentially 2 parts to this model: the undercarriage and the tank itself. The undercarriage is all from the WorldWorks kit, but very heavily modified. The tank is entirely my own design.
I'm not a graphic designer of any kind, but I'm reasonably good with 3d shapes and how they can be built up from 2d designs (nets). The tank itself is just an oval prism, though I swept back the front end a bit. I have added some texture to the model, but sadly it doesn't look very evident in any of these pictures.
Rolling a card tube of this length is very difficult, so I added an old block of balsa along the centreline. Even with this support, I'm not entirely happy with the way that the tank turned out. The front was particularly troublesome and I couldn't get the curve even from top to bottom - I don't know why. Perhaps I should have added more formers along the length of the tank?
Compared with the tube, the top block (with the hatches) was very easy to build. Note that this tanker is about 4 or 5cm shorter than it would be if the model were true to scale. That matches the length of the WorldWorks semi-trailers. I haven't measured them but I suspect that this is a compromise in the name of playability.
As mentioned before, the undercarriage of this model has been adapted from the WorldWorks components. Here are the main differences:
- The "underbody" has been narrowed considerably, so that it just peeks out from underneath the tank.
- I've changed the wheel arrangement from 2 axles with double tyres on each side (i.e. 8 wheels) to a 3 axle, single type arrangement (i.e. 6 wheels). This involved both widening and lengthening the axle unit, as well as sourcing some single wheels from the tractor unit.
- A mudguard was taken from the "long-nose" tractor and lengthened (a lot) and narrowed (a little). I also changed the colour to a neutral grey, before fitting the mudguards around a specially-designed black half-oval.
These are nice models to have and will no doubt find a use in my ATZ games or anything with a similar (modern) setting. For the most part, they're straightforward to build (but oh, I'm tired of making wheels!). The tanker semi-trailer took far longer than all the others put together; this was entirely due to the design work needed. Every time I undertake such a task, I come out of it wondering where all the hours went!
10-10, Good buddy!