Saturday, 10 August 2013

AEC Y Type 3 Ton Lorry

The AEC Y Type was built in large numbers from 1916 onwards.   The Y Type chassis was used for Anti Aircraft Gun, Ambulances, Vans and of course the
 General Service Body.
The model  was again made from 20 and 40 thou Evergreen sheet styrene and various measurements of strip and shape.   The wheels were made using the method outlined in the post "Making Wheels Parts 1 and 2.
The sides of the tray were scribed using what I call a "scrawker", which is an industrial hacksaw blade that has had it's end ground to a curved point.   Just the thing for for forming the grooves in panelling.

 Heat forming was used to make the canopy over the cab.   At what first sight appears to be an arcane process, it really is fairly straightforward.   In this instance, the male former was sanded (on a bench sander) to the correct shape minus the thickness of the plastic to be used.
In the example below, the male former is mounted on a block of pine to allow it to pass deeper into the female mould.
 The female mould is cut from a piece of 3mm MDF plus the thickness of the plastic to be used.   The plastic is then attached to the female mould with tape and heated gently over a gas ring.   This takes a little practice to get the plastic at the right "floppiness".   But once you get the hang of it, the method can be used for many different types of shape.   The male is then passed through the female and voila'.   The shape just needs trimming to final size using craft knife/files/sandpaper.

 The finished model awaiting it's coat of undercoat.   To undercoat all my models I use Dulux Quick Dry Metal Primer (Grey)   It works very well for me and I get consistent results.   The steering wheel was taken from a cheap toy Jeep and the Gears/Brake lever assembly cobbled up from brass rod and plastic.

Loaded up with Crates of Tea, Jam and Fray Bentos!


  1. Superb Col, splendid detail! Do you ever include figures on your models?

    1. G'day Al. As for figures, yes I should put drivers in the vehicles, but I get a bit lazy. I did do two WW1 German waggoneers? for two German Field Wagons I scratchbuilt, but that's another post!

  2. There are a lot of figures available if you switch to 1/72, depending on how your eyes are holding up :):)