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Posted: Friday, April 27, 2018 - 06:09 AM UTC
WOW, nice problem solving! Looks great.





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Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 09:48 PM UTC
Mike: Thank you so much, sir! very useful data.

UPDATE

I did not open the clear sprue bag until last night. And... bad surprise! Warps, bumps,flash, minor scratches, major scratches... MPC rules!



I don't know how I have this ambition, but I really want to finish this kit. So: 600 - 1000 - 2000 - 3000 grit sanding ended up like this:


I have restored the clarity with a drop of Novus 2 fine scratch remover and a cask of elbow grease:


I dipped the parts in Pledge and let dry overnight in a sealed box:


Much better, but one corner didn't catch well the Pledge and needs re-coating. Also one of the lateral windows might need re-coating.

More updates soon!
Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 05:15 AM UTC
Dimensions of the pogo stick.

Made up of two round sections.

Base round is 2.2 mm diameter by 14.8 mm in length.
Upper round is 1.1 mm diameter by 30 mm in length (includes ball on top).

Mike
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Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 04:33 AM UTC
Mike, super job mate, looks great. The only thing that sticks out to me is the inside of the stacks, but you are on to that!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 09:03 PM UTC
Thanks, Mike! The hook is well visible on the last picture. Yes, please provide the dimensions. Much appreciated!

Gabriel
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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 08:56 PM UTC
Gabriel, the support (pogo stick) was supplied in the kit. I added the wire "hook" at the top (may not be easy to see).

If you need it, I can give you the dimensions (length and the two diameters) to scratch it - simple enough with either solid or tube stock.

Mike
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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 08:09 PM UTC
Hi, guys!

Thank you for confirmation, Mike and KSO!

Mike, that looks good. The support for air hoses is made by you or supplied from the kit?
I need to scratch-build one. Ironically, I have the inserts for three air lines called out in the instructions but no support and because the tractor will be a "show truck" I kinda need them.

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 08:05 AM UTC

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Can somebody confirm me if they are visible now?



They are! And lookin' GOOD!

Mike



cosigned!

Mike, Man that is one radical tractor!





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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 07:19 AM UTC
Mirrors are on. You can't see it (unfortunately) but I used HVAC silver tape to replicate the mirrored part of the mirrors. Probably about as close to "mirror" as you can get.

On the mirrors I used stainless steel wire to make "spring coils" for the mirror antennas. Turned out pretty good.

Smoothed out the rear deck due to work on the fender brackets.

Really not a lot left to do. Darken the insides of the exhaust stacks for one, but unless YOU ALL see something else that I missed? Decals will have to wait. I was going to use this truck to pull my tanker, but because this is my first truck, I'll build my Kenworth stretched for that now that I have some experience with these kits. This truck may pull my flatbed.







Mike
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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 07:04 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Can somebody confirm me if they are visible now?



They are! And lookin' GOOD!

Mike
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 07:19 PM UTC
Hi, guys!
Sorry for the trouble. Images re-linked. Can somebody confirm me if they are visible now?

Thanks!
Gabriel
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 07:40 AM UTC
Ditto on not being able to see Gabriel's photos.

Hey Ko, looking forward to seeing the "tint."

Mike
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 06:31 AM UTC
Thanks!

I can't see your photos. The last photos I see are from the April 17th post.




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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 - 08:18 PM UTC
Looks great so far, KSO!

Meanwhile in Caribbean:
UPDATE

I assembled the clutches / trunnion / driveshaft / stabilizer bar assembly. A little fiddly with all the alignments to watch for but turned out OK. The trunnion is functional btw, and my truck it's going to have some passive suspension


Some touch-ups still needed and maybe I'm going to paint the stabilizer bar silver...

The battery boxes installed, begging for some wiring:

It seems that I solved one of the most nagging problems with this kit: the lights. I found some lenses and forced them into the holes I've drilled earlier. Just need a little sanding underneath, to match the light "buckets" which are flat slots in my case... but it'll work eventually if I add some chrome foil lining inside the "buckets".

More updates soon!
Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 - 06:56 AM UTC
The black part looks like the way I planned it out to be.



I'll probably get to the smoke tint later this week or weekend. I'm working on a Cadillac at the same time and will prep my AB once for both.




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Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 07:49 PM UTC
Thanks, KSO!

I never had the guts (yet) to try a smoke screen. But I guess my next VW is earmarked for it. I'm curious to see what you get.

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 02:20 AM UTC
Gabriel, Going all the way with this one. Go for it.

I'm still in this with the Dekotora reefer. Base coat and primer sprayed down and masking the glass for 1st coat of black then 2nd coat of "smoke" tint.






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Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 09:08 PM UTC
Hi, guys!
Small UPDATE

I inserted the white trim on my hood and I applied a final coat of clear before the final polishing. It took me way much more time than expected, but there it is:


More updates soon!
Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 - 07:11 PM UTC
Hi, guys!
UPDATE

I spread myself so much over this kit that I barely know where I'm going anymore...

For the lights I chose to drill the kit's "blobs" and to improvise lenses. If I can scavenge something from my spares will be nice. If not - Krystal Klear! I need to spray the parts with Alclad first:



The frame it's all assembled, primed and painted. I need to do the plumbing next, but air tanks, air brakes and battery boxes aren't quite ready yet:


Another step in my long way to finish: The graphic elements masked and sprayed. Because I need to do the spraying in a single monster coat, much polishing lies ahead... I gave up the idea to mask the white trimming - I experienced it on rear fenders and wasn't a joy! I'm going to use instead white decal film:


Hopefully the air tanks will be ready tonight and at least I'll be able to do some tubing on the frame.

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 08:13 PM UTC
Hi, guys!

Finally I can report more consistent progress. The parts of the puzzle start falling in place. By no means it's close to completion, but it's a step forward:

Clutches assembly completed:


Does anybody know if those are hydraulic or dry clutches? I have seen some plumbing to the assembly on the real vehicle, but that could have been the brake lines?

Engine dry-fit to the frame:



As I was already suspecting, the safest way to go wrong with this kit is to use the locator pins:


And a first coat of primer on the hood:


just to find out that nothing comes free of sanding:



Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 08:17 PM UTC
Mike, the Cruise-Liner looks good, mate! Very neat indeed!

Meanwhile I've got over my "airbrushing block" and managed to do something:



They are by no means perfect, but it is something I can work with. Some fine sanding needed (for a change) LOL!

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 07:38 AM UTC
Your Cruiseliner is coming along nicely.

Jim
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Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 07:18 AM UTC
More progress on the Mack Cruise-Liner. Getting there....





Mike
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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 08:05 PM UTC
Hi, guys!

Pete, I want to see the "odd picture!"

Michael that engine / chassis / tanks assembly looks gorgeous. I am mightily glad I chose to follow your example. If you can borrow me some painting skills that will be even better




That's the peak of my painting skills right now
the one on the left is a bright and shiny chrome clad air filter. The one on the right is a silky, smooth as butter and spotless under-dash cover. If you see anything else on your computer screen, call the technician! (maybe he can teach me some airbrushing)

I had to take a break after those "artistic masterpieces", the envy of any armor modeler and I just did some video editing.

I still sprayed a coat of orange over the rear fenders, in preparation for masking, just to keep the wheels turning...

Gabriel
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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 11:43 AM UTC
As Pete said there are great builds going on here and Pete, your de-icer is excellent. Well done on making it to the finishing line.

I have been plodding along with the Peterbilt. The paint scheme didn't quite turn out as I had imagined, though that's no surprise for me. It did achieve the retro 70's look but not as sharp I would have liked. the rivets and various bumps were nightmare for line masking.


Gave a the cabin a shade of royal blue, a stock PB colour.


And finished the chassis / engine by adding the radiator and grill.


Put in the glass and mated the cab and cabin and tried temporarily tried out some bling.


And if you're wondering where the cab/chassis picture is? Well of course I tried but the fit is not great. Instead of sticking the cab on to chassis I think I am going to reverse that and see if I can things to align. As for a cab that tilts, that's a whole other ball game.
Like Gabriel I am weary of this build. Every bit of assembly requires major work. But I am off on holiday for a couple of weeks so maybe when I am back I'll have renewed enthusiasm to finish this modelling dinosaur.

cheers
Michael