As I’ve been building my scale 4×4 models I have occasionally been distracted into making suitable accessory items for them, mostly by using up odd scraps of styrene. Here are a few of them and hopefully they will give you ideas for your own builds.
One such diversion was this pair of axle stands made from styrene. They are adjustable by means of a pin through the holes, and are seen here supporting the Tamiya TLT axles on my 1/8th scale series 1 Land-Rover.
This pair of Hi-Lift jacks are approximately 1/8th and 1/10th scale. The 1/10th scale item is quite simplistic really, but is working in the sense that it can be adjusted by means of a pin through the rack.
The other jack is much more detailed and better proportioned. Again the jack can be slid along the rack and held in place with a pin, but this one also has a movable foot plate. It was made to be attached to the roll cage on my series 1 86″ Land-Rover which will be featured in future posts.
Another item is the pair of jump leads below. More styrene was used to make the clip shape, then a hole drilled in each clip and some wire inserted before gluing it in place.
Other items I’ve made have been a map produced by taking a screen shot on the computer and then reducing it’s size with a graphics program before printing it on a colour laser printer.
Of course not all suitable accessories have to be made yourself, our shop stocks a range of doll’s house items which will add to the detail of your scale 4×4 build. Suitable items can also turn up in unexpected places, on the parcel shelf of the series 1 Land-Rover is a perfectly sized adjustable spanner that came off the front of a birthday card.
Hopefully these will have given you some ideas. 🙂