Kit bash an Eggliner Fire Truck


This project took a lot of work. I didn't keep track of the time involved. In the end it  was probably worth it. After I made the Police car, this was on the list for awhile.  I figure there are a lot of volunteer fireman out there and, so I took the time to document the process carefully. If you you find any mistakes, omissions or have questions, contact me at

A note on paint: If you choose red paint and are not very familiar with it, there are some things to know.  I always use spray cans. Red paint is kind of different from most other colors. It doesn't cover easy. I recommend a coat or two of the same color flat red after the primer. This will help the gloss red cover better. It may still take several coats from several angles. It has a tendency to move away from any protrusions shortly after application. I prefer to sit mine in sunlight for a few days between coats, as it also remains soft for awhile. I recommend a coat be sprayed on (primer/flat/gloss) after every few steps when you know it will have a day or two to dry. 

   As for electronics, do whatever possible to keep them small. I eliminated 2 c size batteries when I found 2 AA's worked as well. Also, since they do cram up the cab, I found, too late, that they will show well thru the green tint windows. I want to keep them green so it looks like it belongs in the eggliner family, so I will have to experiment with more green cellophane, glazing or something else. I recommend you save any from the cut away portion and try doubling it up on the front BEFORE installing electronics, to see if this helps.

Parts List: You will really need a donor fire truck. I have found several at yard/garage/tag sales over the years. I used both toys and models I found cheap. The toys usually have a siren that can be used. Other parts are equally useful. Between the two, you will need things like lights, (mine were combination parts and an LED flasher unit from a train show) the siren from a toy fire truck or police car, and a small spool for a hose reel or from a donor truck, a ladder, tubing or wood round sticks to make the draft hoses, wire for handrails,  sheet styrene in a couple thickness (if you can find a diamond plate pattern, great), thick enough to make the steps and hose bed without being too thick, some styrene strips in a few different sizes, and some right angle styrene, although you could use strips glued together. Also, any kind of equipment you might find on a fire truck, such as a shovel, indian (water) tanks, pike poles, hydrant wrenches, spot lights or flashlights, axes, etc. You will also need to make a pump panel and need some water inlets/outlets that may be best found on models, if removable. A bell and siren will also be needed. Fire trucks are almost always custom made, so fat chance of ever finding any two alike, therefore you are free to do pretty much whatever you want.

Also, if you want a complete printout of all the instructions in one place, go to page 17- Fireliner Text only


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