AMT MOONSCOPE PICK UP TRUCK CONVERSION
BUILT BY IRA DAHM (1972)
MORE COLOR PHOTOS BELOW!
I built the MS-2 for a Car Model Magazine
article featured in the August 1972 issue. The illustration above is scanned
from a 30 year old Car Model magazine. These are new photos of the original
model. MS-2 represents a pollution free alternative form of transportation
for off road needs. The MS-2 would be great for on road with a change of
tires. The MS-2 is a perfect little workhorse on the ranch, farm, construction
site or back woods needs. The MS-2 is based on the original AMT Moonscope
kit. A new reproduction of the MS-2 could be built using the 2002 release
of the AMT Moonscope.
The original MS-2 article was 6 pages long,
here's a short outline of the construction steps. The MS-2 conversion was
built backwards, the Moonscope rear will be the front of the new MS-2. The
front of the Moonscope body was removed to create the new tailgate and rear
of the MS-2.The rear Moonscope roof section was cut down to make a windshield
frame and the excess was used to form the rear roof and side section of
the MS-2 drivers compartment. Only two of the three sets of wheels in the
original Moonscope kit were used. Sheet plastic was used the make the pick
up bed. rear section and roof section. The frame was shortened and the axles
were narrowed. the interior was shortened and installed backwards. I added
a second motor on the MS-2. You can make extra motors with round tubing
or a wooden dowel. Windows were cut from clear sheet plastic.
The MS-2 was painted with Testor's Gloss
Yellow and the graphics were hand drawn decals. The interior was done with
flat black with black, yellow and silver for the seats. Testor's Glosscoat
was applied over the decals.