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My first HEMTT - the Italeri LHS
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Posted: Monday, August 15, 2016 - 07:47 AM UTC
Well, I knew right away that some major engine compartment sheet metal was gonna have to go . . .

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Posted: Monday, August 15, 2016 - 07:31 AM UTC
The Engine has ARRIVED!- almost 10 days ahead of schedule!!!!!!
(To use a NASCAR term, I guess you could say I bought a crate engine.)





An amazing and beautiful piece of casting work.
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Posted: Monday, August 15, 2016 - 07:29 AM UTC
Thank you Sir!
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 10:44 PM UTC
Package on the way, Mike.
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 06:06 PM UTC
Rob - Great photos that answer a lot of questions. Great work!

Mike - There was a famous model railroader named John Allen who used to say "there is no such thing as dust, it is just additional weathering. Now don't touch my RR cars!"

If I put a fixative on my pastel weathering it disappears so once weathered I, from then on, pick them up only by reaching under the front and rear bumpers (or their equivalent) Besides the pastels are easily repaired if they get smudged.
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 09:51 AM UTC
Here you go.

Cheers Rob.



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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 09:06 AM UTC

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Mike - As far as painting/weathering the tires is concerned I usually weather with pastels so anything reacting chemically with the rubber is not a concern for me.


These are rubber tires on this HobbyBoss White 666 semi-tractor. (My conversion)


These are painted resin tires on this flatbed trailer.

All weathered using pastels.



Mike, I can clearly see you got that down well. Those wheels look super and I can see the trick is pastel rather then paint. So, you don't seal in your pastel?

Btw, I never heard of using a screw from tire to hub in create the sagging look. So, I'll sure to see how you do it.
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 09:00 AM UTC
Slave steering gear box FINISHED!





AND all six hydraulic lines that service this gearbox are represented!


Reference photo of gearbox at:

http://data4.primeportal.net/hemtt2/dieter_krause/m1120_lhs/images/m1120_lhs_64_of_92.jpg
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 07:20 AM UTC
Working now on the mounting bracket for the slave power steering gearbox:



And the steering unit itself:

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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 06:42 AM UTC
Mike,
I found one of these at the airshow I was at today got some pics of the brakes will post a little later when I have more time.

Cheers Rob.
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 05:20 AM UTC
More of my handiwork with Photoshop and the drawings from the TM:




Rear Brake
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 02:54 AM UTC
Thanks Eric
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 01:27 AM UTC
Michael, that is some great work on the TM images. I will have to visit this thread when I'm ready to tackle something this big.

Regards,

Eric
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 01:24 AM UTC
Another small:




Rear angle brace for this right side rear stowage box.
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 10:04 PM UTC
A few more minor details:






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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 08:47 PM UTC
More on the brakes:

Did a little photo retouching last night - starting with drawings from the TM. Here I have eliminated the internal workings of the HEMTT brake actuators so the external "look" can be seen.



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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 07:19 PM UTC

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Sagged wheels would really set this off though.

That last shot is very cool.



I won't promise but I do have a plan to glue the wheels on so they do not rotate and then use my Dremel to grind some flats into the bottoms of the tire.

OR . . . (a technique I saw recently) use a counter sunk wood screw through the tire and into the rim to cause the rubber tire to flatten on the bottom and bulge at the sidewalls.
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 07:17 PM UTC
Impressive work Michael, you have done a great job on this so far, it is going to turn out great!
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 07:12 PM UTC
Sagged wheels would really set this off though.

That last shot is very cool.
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 06:39 PM UTC
Mike - As far as painting/weathering the tires is concerned I usually weather with pastels so anything reacting chemically with the rubber is not a concern for me.


These are rubber tires on this HobbyBoss White 666 semi-tractor. (My conversion)


These are painted resin tires on this flatbed trailer.

All weathered using pastels.
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 06:34 PM UTC
AND . . . . a shot that up till now I have not thought to take:



p.s. I started to buy the new Italeri 20' container at the same time I bought this model. Then I thought I might end up building my own load or go in a different direction entirely so I put my wallet back into my pocket.
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 06:29 PM UTC
A small added detail plus finally, a good look at those new Italeri rubber tires:


Small angle brace added to the fenders.
Removed by original poster on 08/14/16 - 11:56:49 (GMT).
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 01:20 PM UTC

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Boy, this build is taking whole another meaning to modeling. All this information is priceless.



Mike - I feel like this is the kind of research you have to do to take a model to the next level of detailing and with the internet almost anything you are looking for is probably out there.



I hear you brother as you are absolutely correct. The evidence is already becoming clear with what you have done so far. I would strongly suggest to still replace your rubber tires for resin. I had a bad experience with rubber tires frm trumpeter kit. No matter how much paint and flat coat I sprayed on then in the end they look as if I had spray gloss.

So, in the end I gave up and took them of the kit and washed them in simple green to remove all the paint. From then on all my builds use resin replacements just so I don't have to repeat the headache.

Either way, I'm enjoying your build immensely.