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About this blog

As suggested/requested, here is a blog for my 1/64 diecast customs hobby. Here are a few of my things, all of which I've posted in the diecast already (so those who follow that thread can proceed to ignore).

Copy & pasted from other forums:

Today I completed my first custom, a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 with a scratch built 5" suspension lift on 16" 2016 Ram wheels and 33" Cooper Discoverys. The casting is a Johnny Lighting Dodge Ram VTS. The combo of the single cab and short bed is sometimes referred to as "shorty"; not my ideal choice, but I got it for a few dollars at auction, and that seems like a better choice then spending $35 on an Ertl single cab long bed (although if anyone can sell me one for $20 shipped, let me know!). This one had bent 'glass', so I broke the front windshield off, tinted it with 5% tint film (I used some leftover scraps from my IRL truck), and glued it in place, then stopped up the rear and side windows with tint film over black paper. Scratch built front and rear traction bars, differentials, and driveshafts took care of the underside, with a matt black paint job to simulate a rubberized undercoat. Then stock 4th gen Ram wheels in black (from a GL wheel and tire pack) added the finishing touch. Due to the very narrow space between the wheels, I was not able to add steering details, and because the casting was designed for dual rear exhaust, I did not add an exhaust pipe.

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Excuse the misaligned tailgate, it has since been fixed.

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Greenlight Ram 2500; besides traction bars it's only done enough to have wheels. That stance is 👌

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Another partial build, in this pic it didn't even have axle holders, now the suspension and drivetrain is almost done. Greenlight Chevy C10 with a Greenlight flatbed off of a GL Chevy 3500.

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And here are a few of my new grabs; in order a GL Ram 3500 wrecker I bought for the cab, a Hot Wheels Premium Forza Motorsports Ford Raptor I bought for the wheels, and a GL Ford 9N.

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A bunch of new stuff

It’s been a while since I posted an update here... so I’ll compile the latest. For those who don’t know, I now have an Instagram account for this: @bignboostedcustomtrucks GMC squarebody, with a 6.6l duramax scratch built by me ‘18 Nissan Titan, not something I would normally get, but it came in a set with a gooseneck I got for cheap so it was kinda a freebie the way I look at it. The wheels are a bit small, but I built it into a SEMA truck. It will be for sale on

5th gen Ram, here we come!

And we have our first picture of a 5th gen (2019 & newer) Ram in diecast, 1/64 scale form! That I am aware of, only Greenlight and Ertl have announced 5th gens, with Greenlights still being under wraps: here's what we do know about that one though, taken from the 2021 catalog. Back to Ertls version, I'm pleased to see more accurate body lines and overall details then the previous 3 generations of Rams Ertl has offered; so far each one has gotten better, and that's continued here.

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Joshua B in New Grabs

Small Photography Scene + poll

First of all, please fill out the above poll. I'm beginning to think EB is not the place for diecast; it is a Lego Emergency site after all, but if there's a lot of interest I can keep posting. Otherwise, I can be found on www.diecastgarage.org under the alias of DieCastDodges. I've been working on a couple of simple scenes that are designed purely for photography purposes, and they also give me some experience with diorama making before I start on the two large ones I have planned. This on

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Joshua B in Dioramas

Custom Matchbox Chevy Camaro

I recently happened to look through the Matchbox pegs at Meijer, and discovered matchbox makes some pretty nice models for cheap. This Moving Parts 2016 Camaro caught my eye; detailed motor, opening hood, great color, good tampos, close to scale, all for $2! I’ll be picking up another one of these, and that is very rare for me to buy 2 of the same model. It’s appearance isn’t exactly fit to mingle with my GLs though, so I made a few simple changes to add a sportier look. The fla

Completed Squarebody Flatbed

This 1977 Chevrolet C-3500 with a 4” lift setting on six 18” polished Alcoas and 35s was completed today. Crossover steering, 4” straight pipe to 6” tip, detailed scratch built drive train, gooseneck ball, clearance lights, 2016 style tow mirrors, and an Alcoa spare are among the details added. It’s a GL Kings of Crunch cab paired with a GL aluminum flatbed, and uses 2 sets of HW premium wheels which double nicely as polished Alcoa dually wheels and super singles after a couple coats of metallic

Ram 3500 Tow Pig

I made a few changes to this GL Ram 3500 to set it up as towing rig; wheel swap, added tow hooks under the front bumper, 4” straight pipe to a 6” tip (because it’s not lifted there’s not a lot of room down there, so I only did the end of it), cut the peg off a GL gooseneck hitch and replaced it with a ball and then glued the hitch to the bed, and replaced a broken tow mirror. Thought about adding a couple of CB antennas, but I don’t think that would fit in too well. Now if only I could get some

New Completed Custom!

New completed truck! I put this totally unplanned build together last night out of spare parts, but it quickly turned into a favorite! 1971 Chevrolet Cheyenne with added roll bar, clearance lights, CB antennas, 2016 style tow mirrors, and a wheel swap. Roll bar is from a GL Kings of Crunch monster truck, wheels are steel work wheels out of a GL Ram wheel and tire pack, clearance lights are bought off ebay, and tow mirrors are off a Dually Drivers 2016 Chevy. CB antennas are just a chrome piece o

Couple new grabs

Here’s a couple new things that came in the mail. I ordered another flatbed but the guy got his inventory wrong, so I substituted it for the lifted 1500. I love this flatbed casting! The 1500 will get some offset and suspension details, but that’s about it. Looks pretty good already. The 2500 and square are headed off for some new wheels! This is actually the setup I had in mind for the flatbed while building it; simple work truck with stock dually wheels, just enough lift for the flatbe

Paint & Paper

Some new diorama buildings are taking shape! The house is a kinda big for a 2 story, we’lol see how my turns out though 🤔 The barn/shop is not sided yet, the paper on it is the light insulating paper that goes under the corrugated meral siding, and I pretty much only did it so I could have the suppliers logo on the inside 🤪 I picked Lowe’s just cause it’s a widely known one. The small garage is done except for the front siding, however it did not end up getting included in my dio plans.

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Joshua B in WIP


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