Hot Wheels Humvee Aid Truck
This is the protoype Humvee Aid Truck seen at Daytona Motorspeedway during the running of the 1998 Daytona 500. When I first saw this my mind started trying to figure out, "How can I make one of these?"
This my latest creation. Humvee Aid Truck.
First we start with a Humvee and a Rescue Ranger. Next remove the rivets. The Humvee is really easy because the body and rivets are plastic. The rivets on the Rescue Ranger are tougher, but once separated begin cutting the box from the cab. Once finished clean up the box and file down the high spots to match the new cab of the Humvee. Position the body of the Humvee and use a steel ruler and mark lines just after the front door pillars. You could cut the pieces apart with an Exacto hobby saw. I kept cutting with the knife until I eventually cut through. Clean up the edges and trial fit the cab and box to look for mismatch or uneven edges. Prefit the cab back onto the Humvee chassis. Mark the ends of the cab and using a cutting wheel slightly notch the back of the chassis to accept the box. Shorten the box pillar so that the bottom edges of the box match the edges of the chassis. After all prefitting and final adjustments are made,using the original light bar and insert for the Aid box, notch the back edge of the top of the cab to fit under the light bar so the Cab is just slightly lower than the box. The bottom edges of the box and cab should be even. You are now ready to "weld" the body pieces together. I used J.B. Quick WELD. Sets up in 4 minutes so you have to work quickly. Do some trim work and paint with white Testors paint.
Two for one
The use of those small cutting wheels are great, instead of the old hacksaw days of young. Your instructions for walking us through the chop and match process was great. Do you think you would be able to put the off cuts together, as it would also be interesting what the Rescue front end and the rear of the Humvee would turn out like. Then you would get two for two there mate.
Great work here - really clever use of the two models and very nicely done. It's especially creative of you to be inspired by a real vehicle and find two models that combine to creat such a good representation. The only thing I can think of that would add to it would be a set of slightly more realistic wheels.