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My first HEMTT - the Italeri LHS
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Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - 10:03 AM UTC
Can anyone direct me to a site that would give me some idea what radio would be proper for this rig? Again I am a newbie to anything past 1945.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - 07:29 AM UTC
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Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - 06:54 AM UTC
Hot Dawg! Three axles on the ground!



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Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - 05:53 AM UTC

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Not some of my best work but I am going with it!


A pyramid of rough cut plastic circles. Plus a lot of sanding, some body putty and a lot of primmer.





Looks good. I had been thinking about your post. I was going to suggest possibly cutting the domes off the axle housings from an m35 or m923 kit to use as the third member housing on your axle housings.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - 05:11 AM UTC
Cool info on 20 and 40 foot shipping containers plus some new cool trucks coming our way at:

http://armorama.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=250266

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Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - 04:32 AM UTC
Not some of my best work but I am going with it!


A pyramid of rough cut plastic circles. Plus a lot of sanding, some body putty and a lot of primer.


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Posted: Monday, August 08, 2016 - 11:46 PM UTC
Still trying to come up with a solution for the outboard differentials. I fear anything I do will end up looking like a botch job.



This is as far as I have gotten. Whatever I produce at least it will look smaller than the other diffs, WITHOUT the gear reduction head and the drive shaft entry bearing will be more centered than it was.

( I will throw in the comment that the Russians just put a single reduction gearbox between the engine and transmission of their monster 8x8's and the entire drive line then gets to run at a reduced rpm, which I'm guessing also improves the operational life of all the bearings and U-Joints in the system! )
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Posted: Monday, August 08, 2016 - 08:45 PM UTC
Dario, I would love to see ANY additional photos especially any under body photos that show the brake actuators and/or the torque control rods attached to the differentials!

I am about to the point where I am thinking maybe I should follow Gino's train of thought and just buy the new Trumpeter HEMTT and add the Italeri LHS parts to it!

For now I am keeping the faith and continuing on with this project but I am beginning to question this course.


p.s. As to detail photos of the HEMTT I am finding that it was easier to find detailed reference photos of the Russian MAZ 8x8 trucks I built a few years back than it is to find decent info on the HEMTT. Even the HEMTT TM manuals show very few (read none) overall images and everything is in the form of line drawings which are so close up to the part in question it is difficult to orient yourself to what you are actually looking at without the real vehicle in front of you for reference.

Hate to say it but I think the Russians do a much better job on their maintenance manuals! At least for our purposes.
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Posted: Monday, August 08, 2016 - 07:36 PM UTC
Mike if you need I'll upload some other photos


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Dario - that is going to be an invaluable reference! I am going to be looking at your photos A LOT!

Missed the bit about the steering connector rod being BEHIND the #1 axle. I did think it was strange for a heavy vehicle to have it out there in front of the axle where it could get bent and knocked around.

Thanks for the contribution!

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Posted: Monday, August 08, 2016 - 07:53 AM UTC
Thanks for the info, Mike. Looking fantastic!
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 10:00 PM UTC
Dario - that is going to be an invaluable reference! I am going to be looking at your photos A LOT!

Missed the bit about the steering connector rod being BEHIND the #1 axle. I did think it was strange for a heavy vehicle to have it out there in front of the first axle where it could get bent and knocked around.

Thanks for the contribution!
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 07:18 PM UTC
Good subject and good work, I was struggling with it in the past there are many mistakes even in front axle and everywhere some missing in driveline and brakes.


I guess my built can help you.
http://www.cmtonline.it/cmtonline.it/VTR-DARIO_CARAGLIO/Pagine/HEMTT_977.html

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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 06:02 PM UTC
One of the reasons I went for this model is that when the flat rack is posed in the unloaded position the frame details and all this massive mechanism can clearly be seen. I like that! This is the primary reason I want the running gear to be as correct as possible! If this were a HEMTT fuel truck I wouldn't care so much.
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 05:21 PM UTC
A couple more shots along those same lines:





I am sweating a bit over the idea of trying to glue those hydraulic cylinders together and have them function properly!
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 05:17 PM UTC

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Looing really good. The flat rack parts and the lift mechanism for it look really top notch. They should blend perfectly with the Trumpeter M983 parts for mine.



Gino, I think you are right on with that idea. I have not gotten my hands on the new HEMTT but from what I have seen the two should work together very well and show the same level of accomplishment and technique.

I tried again with the camera. Here is perhaps a better shot of the deck texture.

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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 04:35 PM UTC
Looing really good. The flat rack parts and the lift mechanism for it look really top notch. They should blend perfectly with the Trumpeter M983 parts for mine.
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 03:40 PM UTC
Getting ready for that resin engine to arrive!



I have opened up all the air vents that go through the cab as well as cutting open the engine cowl to show off that beautiful engine!

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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 03:22 PM UTC
Taylor, It is difficult to put my finger on it exactly but I can tell you that the new LHS parts have been created using the latest technology and have been engineered with considerably more talent than the original model. The new parts are very well done.

Something that really impressed me was the texture and shaping of the flat rack decking. It would have been very easy for the designers to just give us just a flat, unadorned, boring surface here but no - they went over and above for us.

The photo below falls way short of showing just how nicely done this surface is. The floor of the flat rack has a beautifully done distressed "used" look to it. You see the imprint of the girders below the floor and there is a very natural sag to the sheet metal between the girders as if this rack has seen some moderately hard use. Then too the surface has a very well done natural "tooth" texture to it which is a real relief from the more common grossly smooth flat glossy surface! Great stuff!



Make no mistake the surface treatment to this deck is in no way some sort of simple scheme to hide the typical molding stress lines often found in this type broad flat surface.

This decking is nothing short of a work of art! ! ! It is outstanding!
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 12:07 PM UTC
Mike, what's your thoughts on the LHS parts from the kit?
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Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 10:38 AM UTC
That's some great progress there and an interesting subject! I wish I had half of your building speed

I'll be watching this myself, for sure!
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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 10:26 PM UTC
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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 10:23 PM UTC
I really like getting the chance to work with some of these massive (we're talking scale here) components for a change.





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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 09:21 PM UTC
I am liking these new rubber tires more than I did at first! I think I WILL use them instead of going the resin route!

However there seems to be a slight fit problem between the tire and the rim. The rim appears to be a tad bit wider than the tire so the tire doesn't want to "seat" properly on the rim.

I think I have a solution though. More on this later.

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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 08:53 PM UTC
Worked on the LHS sub-frame this morning:

WARNING WARNING: In what you see here the LHS sub-frame has been installed BACKWARDS! My bad!

WARNING WARNING: In what you see here the LHS sub-frame has been installed BACKWARDS!
The two large saddles should be at the rear of the vehicle!



For the first time I can now pose the vehicle with the flat rack in the proper position.

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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 08:25 PM UTC

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I built the gun truck version . its a nice kit ! I wish posting pics were easier !!



Posting pics are simple. First host it on a picture site, I prefer Photobucket. Next, copy the url from the photo host site and paste it between the image tags [i m g] post url here [ / i m g] , but without spaces and your photo will show.

[ i m g] http://i1375.photobucket.com/albums/ag455/cjuran1990/DSCF1440_zps4d446202.jpg [/ i m g]

Without spaces...


Not mine, but you get the idea.