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My first HEMTT - the Italeri LHS
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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 06:57 PM UTC
I built the gun truck version . its a nice kit ! I wish posting pics were easier !!
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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 06:09 PM UTC
Thanks Nick

Had the Saturday all to myself so it was 8am till 11pm working on the truck. Very enjoyable but I might be loosing steam as I head into the new week!
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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 10:46 AM UTC
Hi Mike -

wow, even with lots of modifications, you are moving fast on this build! Looking forward to seeing more

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 07:36 AM UTC
Well - the two center axles are now live!






- and the boy is up off his knees:

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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 12:27 AM UTC

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Thank You Gino - makes perfect sense. Do you think it is ever ok to leave a couple of clevises attached up there?



I don't see why you couldn't leave the clevises in place.
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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 12:23 AM UTC
Suspension frustration will send you in other directions!

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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 12:22 AM UTC
Thank You Gino - makes perfect sense. Do you think it is ever ok to leave a couple of clevises attached up there?
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 09:29 PM UTC


Since this M1120 is actually going to have an engine and radiator I am going to open up all those up and down chimney air vents built into the back of the cab.






I will also have to open up the front panel of the engine housing for all that airflow.
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 09:01 PM UTC
Also started on the cab:



Using some Evergreen sheet plastic to cover up some unsightly seams and filling in a gap you could see through.


I will be taking care on some of those ejector pin marks but many won't be seen in the final assembly.
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 08:57 PM UTC
That driveline is driving me crazy!

TIme to change to working on something else!



Started this morning building the rear frame extension with all those LHS rollers. (Leaving off the outmost rollers as they might get knocked off during later construction.)
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 06:06 PM UTC
Looking good so far. Keep up the great detailing work.


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What are the two vertical arms that are mounted to the frame about at the point where the transmission is?



They are the forward lift points. Due to the design of the cab, if you try to lift it from the top using the front tow points (under the front cab overhang), you will crush the cab. When lifting it vertically, clevises are attached to these points and the rear lift points and it can be hoisted vertically in this manner.
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 05:35 PM UTC
OK, a HEMTT newbie question:

What are the two vertical arms that are mounted to the frame about at the point where the transmission is?

They appear to have bull's eye swivels mounted right at their ends, a lot like the 3 point hitch arms on a farm tractor?????
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 01:05 PM UTC
Looking good, Mike! Will be following along for sure.
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 11:20 AM UTC

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Oh man, its to bad the Italeri reboxed their old kit with a new parts to make this vehicle. I was hoping they will do a whole new tool of their Hemtt. I guess we can hope Trumpeter will do something in the line as this M1120.

Well, I'll follow along and cheer you on



Trumpeter got my M1120 pics.
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 10:49 AM UTC
Oh man, its to bad the Italeri reboxed their old kit with a new parts to make this vehicle. I was hoping they will do a whole new tool of their Hemtt. I guess we can hope Trumpeter will do something in the line as this M1120.

Well, I'll follow along and cheer you on
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 06:58 AM UTC
One axle down - but unfortunately the easiest one. Axle #3.



Now I need to figure out how to alter the simple differentials and how to cant (steer) the front wheels.
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 05:33 AM UTC

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Because the original molds are over 20 years old and Italeri is not normally known for fine details. This is why I will be using the Trumpeter M983 kit as the basic truck model and adding the new LHS parts to it. The Trumpeter HEMTT parts are much better.



I would be incredibly naive if I said I did not know this already about the Italeri "New Molds" kit before I purchased it. However this truly is my first HEMTT and I am just commenting on what I see.
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 04:34 AM UTC


Bolt Head Detail, Oil Drain Plug and Oil Fill/Check Plug added to axle #3.

Now a little shot of primer:

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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 04:27 AM UTC
Hi Mike - I'm looking forward to this build too! I've got the trumpeter version but have no idea when I might start work on it. In the meantime, I'll stay tuned in to your suspension work - always a good process to follow - I'm sure you're already cutting up hex rods for those bolts on the diff -

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 01:28 AM UTC

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p.s. Hey, how come one side of the diff has bolt head detail and the other side doesn't, even though this is a straight pull, two part mold and you could easily put bolt head detail on both sides??? Also no oil check drain plug in the diff either!

The transfer case is the same way. It is a straight pull two part piece but bolt detail on one side and not on the other.



Because the original molds are over 20 years old and Italeri is not normally known for fine details. This is why I will be using the Trumpeter M983 kit as the basic truck model and adding the new LHS parts to it. The Trumpeter HEMTT parts are much better.
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 01:19 AM UTC
I Mike, I will be following your build. I know that this model will be up to your usual standards.
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Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2016 - 11:39 PM UTC


Working now on the differential for axle #3 which is the easiest to convert and angle upwards towards the transfer case.
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Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2016 - 11:25 PM UTC
The Italeri AND the Trumpter differentials all the same!



p.s. Hey, how come one side of the diff has bolt head detail and the other side doesn't, even though this is a straight pull, two part mold and you could easily put bolt head detail on both sides??? Also no oil check drain plug in the diff either!

The transfer case is the same way. It is a straight pull two part piece but bolt detail on one side and not on the other.
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Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2016 - 10:50 PM UTC
Another bone to pick with this model: All four of the differentials are more or less the same on the model which is NOT correct.

Axles #2 and #3 should have the gear heads and they do.

Pass-through differential with gearhead.


But axles #1 and #4 should be just simple differentials (If there is such a thing as a SIMPLE differential!) Meaning no added gear head, however Italeri makes all four diffs with the same gear head. WRONG!

Simple differential without pass-through or gearhead.


It is unfortunate that Italeri chose to go this way in that they cast the differential heads as separate pieces so they easily could have given us two with gear heads and two without.
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Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2016 - 09:58 PM UTC
Angling the transfer case was no problem. A little lite sanding to the mounting pegs - there was almost enough play in the mounting indents to achieve this degree of incline with no other modification other than twisting the T case as the glue dried.





Added some more bolt heads to the T case plus built the air operated shift solenoid on the back side. The T-case profile is not an exact match for the real HEMTT but I can live with it!