Articles - 1946 Dodge DeSoto Truck
04/17/2014
The Railmaster Exports (or Railmaster Hobbies, the U.S. company), has pewter metal truck kits that they label as "Dodge DeSoto". I bought a couple of these from a friend who was switching to another scale. Upon researching these, I learned that these trucks were built in the U.S., but they were never sold or registered in the U.S.; they all went to South America and South Africa, and also to Turkey (where the "DeSoto" brand name is still being used). DeSoto automobiles were sold in the U.S., but not their trucks (because we already had Dodge trucks here). So, I guess these trucks will be "fantasy trucks" on my layout; oh, well! I picked the year 1946, because they were built over a period of time, and since they are fantasy trucks, I might as well go all the way and come up with a year!

This is an article about how I built the Railmaster R221 kit "Dodge Flatbed Truck". The photo below shows the kit in its original packaging.
1946 Dodge DeSoto Truck
The main kit part is the frame and the bed, all one piece. There was a little bit of flash here and there, and the part had been slightly bent, but those are easy issues to resolve.
1946 Dodge DeSoto Truck
The wheel axles fit in the opening perfectly.
1946 Dodge DeSoto Truck
After cleaning up the wheels, I couldn't help but set up this moon rover version!
1946 Dodge DeSoto Truck
I cleaned up the gas tanks, rounded over the corners a bit, and then filed away some material from the frame to make the tank fit. I used superglue to attach the tanks to the frame.
1946 Dodge DeSoto Truck
Here are all the parts ready for the paint shop. The cab needed a bit of filing too.
1946 Dodge DeSoto Truck
I used Krylon's Primer spray can to prime the wheels, cab, and main frame, after thoroughly washing the parts. Up next is painting the parts with their final color using an airbrush. Stay tuned.
1946 Dodge DeSoto Truck