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1980 Kenworth W900
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Posted: Friday, August 06, 2010 - 04:31 AM UTC
Thanks, Dave. A couple of more things to add, then we'll call her done.

Jim
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Posted: Friday, August 06, 2010 - 11:37 AM UTC
Stark black is a classic color...she looks cool!
What I've done for bending aluminum elbows is find some plastic rod stock that fits snug in the aluminum tubing and bend the stuffed section slow and easy. Another thing to try is brass tube that's been tempered down...heated till orange. Then stuff and bend that...you can prime and alclad chrome it when done...that's what I did for my chopper build pipes.
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Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010 - 03:03 PM UTC
Ok, so not much has happened since the last update, but I did manage to replace the air intake system with aluminum tube, scratch build some 90deg elbows, got the "Alcoa Wheel" logos on the front wheels, and make a fifth wheel release handle. It's not much, but it's something.

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Posted: Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 12:58 AM UTC
Looking great Jim. Very nice work on the air intake tubes as well.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 06:46 AM UTC
Thanks, Damian.

Jim
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Posted: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 - 01:13 PM UTC
Well, I'm calling her done! I managed to get the wing on the roof of the sleeper, and the turn signals on the fenders. The wing is from Eric (Porky), and has been cut down to 72" wide. The bracket is scratch built, and isn't too bad for a first attempt.

I wanted to put a drop visor on it, but all the ones I made didn't look very good. I have another one of these kits down stairs, maybe I'll see if I can get a visor that looks decent. We'll see.

If I get some decent weather tomorrow, I'll try to get some outside shots with the Fruehauf tanker.

Jim







I like this shot!



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Posted: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 - 05:53 PM UTC
Hi Jimb,
Nice looking truck. The paint is really nice. I just picked one of these, and I'm pleased to see they build up so well. Not having a lot of luck finding Duplicolor here in Indiana, so I'm gonna try some Krylon that the local model car guys say works well.

How nuts do you truck guys get with seams. I practiced on a spare tank and pretty much ruined the chrome smoothing out the mold line. So that may become a painted tank. It came from the KW T900 Australian and I didn't want to mess up the long tanks. I'm familiar with the old school silver paint , thin strips of chrome foil, but are there any new techniques I've not heard of ? I dug out a 20+ year old 1/32 R-M snapper and it appears I wasn't too worried about seams back then.

Is it me or was anyone else not real happy with the fit of the parts on that KW ? Maybe I'm spoiled by the fit & finish of the military kits (Tasca,Bronco & Hobbyboss) but for a $60 kit I thought the parts would fit better. I guess I've been away from trucks too long.

Lastly now that I have a beautful primed seamless tank does anyone have a suggestion for natural aluminum (unpolished) look ? Any help would be appreciated.

I am taking a few photos as I go along with this build, so maybe if I ever fiqure out how to post them.... And yes thanks to all who offered to help,but this stubborn old f--t has to do it the hard way.

Thanks in advance,
Jake
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Posted: Thursday, November 04, 2010 - 12:50 AM UTC
Jake,

Thanks for the compliments. Glad you like it.

Kind of suprised that your having trouble finding Dupli-Color in Indiana. I can get it here in New York at NAPA or AuroZone. I've had some good luck with Krylon, too.

As far as seams go, it sort of depends on the builder. If you look at the pics of this build, you'll see seams on the tanks. I didn't do anything with them because I knew I couldn't get the chrome back the way I wanted it, short of sending them out to be rechromed.

As far as painting them, you can get a good "brushed aluminum" look by using automotive chrome paint. That's what the wing on this build is painted with. Depending on how you undercoat it, depends on the shine you get. The wing was painted gloss black first, then shot wuith Dupli-Color Bumper Chrome. (There's that Dupli-Color again). If you have an airbrush, you can try an product called Alclad-II. That paint is amazing! Stuff really looks like chrome.

As far as the fit of truck kits, what you got to remember is that the molds for most of these kits are between 30 & 40 years old. There hasn't been a new truck kit issued since the AMT Kenworth T600 in the early 1990s, and even that used molds from the 1970s. (Don't get me started on that kit.) I have yet to build any of the Revell of Germany kits, but I do have several in the stash; and from what I've heard the fit better than the AMT kits. Ok, that's not saying much; but it's something.

So you know, Moebius Models is making the first all new truck model in 20 years! It's the 2010 International LoneStar! And it should be out Spring of next year. I've seen the pre-production model on another board, and this kit is absolutely incredible!! The level of detail in a 1/25 kit is something you've got to see to believe. The guy that built the model said that the kit just "fell together". I am REALLY looking forward to getting that kit. I hope Moebius issues more modern truck & trailer kits. They would be very welcomed in the truck modeling world.

Jim
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Posted: Thursday, November 04, 2010 - 05:24 AM UTC
Jim,
Thanks for the quick & literate reply. I had forgotten about the re-chroming thing.

I didn't realize how old some of those molds are. I knew that the AMT stuff was mid 70's ,but I thought the Revell/Italeri were newer. How time flies....

We'll do another search for the paint, or the next time I go to Boston to visit family I can stop in NY somewhere and stock up. Another thought is to contact DOA Paints and see if he will do some truck/car stuff in gloss. The military flats are unreal. Straight from a well mixed container, no thinning required, lays done perfectly and dead flat. Clean-up is with water(acrylics).

Thanks for the tip about the Alclad and the upcoming Moebius release.
Jake
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Posted: Thursday, November 04, 2010 - 01:30 PM UTC
DOA Hobby's paints look like they're mostly weathering pigments. Might have to look into them more.

For non-armor stuff, check out Scale Finishes. They have a lot of hard to find colors, and they even have the correct colors for Cummins Beige, Detroit Diesel Alpine Green, and Caterpiller Yellow. He calls it "Equipment Yellow" to avoid Caterpiller's copyright lawyers. Maybe he'll do Detroit Diesel Series 60 Blue soon. He already has Carlile Blue (Ice Road Truckers) & Swamp Holly Orange (Yellow Freight), among others.

Don't forget to start a thread of your Kenworth & post some pics!

Jim
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Posted: Thursday, November 04, 2010 - 04:02 PM UTC
Hey,
Stopped in a little hole-in-the-wall auto parts place and WOW he carries Duplicolor or did. Says he can't get anymore and is just selling out. So naturally I helped him out after he offered the big cans at $4 & the small at $2. Any way I ended up with some nice colors , primers, and clear coats at a good price.

I will try Scale Finishes too. DOA did the paint first (I helped with the Israeli colors) and the pigments came later. I haven't used the pigments,but the paint helped win a silver medal at AMPS 2010 in Auburn,IN. Generally if he can get enough folks interested he will mix up whatever you need. I believe he just started some aircraft colors. I will email him shortly after a current project gets off the ground.
Regards,
Jake