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Posted: Saturday, July 04, 2020 - 12:46 AM UTC
Thanks Damian, I opted in anyway.
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Posted: Saturday, July 04, 2020 - 12:44 AM UTC

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Hi guys

I have Scania I have been planning to convert to a de-ice rig for months. I have built 2 on commission for 2 of my ex colleagues which I did a few years back, and as I have now left the job I wanted do one for myself. This would be a good opportunity to get it done.

Pete



I remember the last one you built here, it was a really interesting project to follow, a unique subject with some great scratch building. It would be wonderful to see you go around again in this Group Build!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Friday, July 03, 2020 - 11:30 PM UTC
Hi guys

I have Scania I have been planning to convert to a de-ice rig for months. I have built 2 on commission for 2 of my ex colleagues which I did a few years back, and as I have now left the job I wanted do one for myself. This would be a good opportunity to get it done.

Pete
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Posted: Friday, July 03, 2020 - 01:57 AM UTC
So, yesterday I was minding my own business on YouTube, and a series of videos showed up in my feed from Jacks' Chrome Shop called "100 Years of Trucking". It's an interesting series, however, it is quite US centered so the series should probably be called "100 Years of US Trucking", but I'm sure our European, British, & Australian friends will find it interesting:

100 Years of Trucking

Here is a link to the rest of the playlists.

Enjoy!

Jim
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Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 08:50 AM UTC
Hi Damian,

Thanks for the invite, as you are aware I have already done my trailer and now am looking to my cheap Revell Peterbilt 359. The only reason I bought it was because it was less than 30. I've attached an image of the kit below as well as my inspiration for the trailer and horse.

Peterbilt by Gavin Snowdon, on Flickr

b1dd01546d486b00ac6933dfad22edc4 by Gavin Snowdon, on Flickr

2734e8e73d8b2248b4df099523a13043 by Gavin Snowdon, on Flickr

8a6e7498d50159bff7b48a03f2e77806 by Gavin Snowdon, on Flickr

15826314947_df157f5c3c_b by Gavin Snowdon, on Flickr

15389797464_5fac0e5ba4_b by Gavin Snowdon, on Flickr

I wanted a weary real world hauler, not a garage queen or tarted up rod truck.

Looking forward to seeing everyone's contributions and sharing some of my WIP as soon as I get back into gear.

Till later, keep on truckin'!!
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Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 02:35 AM UTC
Will be following your build Gary, as I too just got the AMT SD/DD kit and ordered the Czech Truck Model pe set for the kit.
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Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 02:06 AM UTC
I love the shorty tandem "pup trailers" that UPS so often seems to favor. We have a distribution terminal for UPS right here in town so I see a lot of those. I have noticed the drop floor versions from time to time but they don't seem to dominate the fleet. Would be interesting to know the percentage of the drop floors in the entire fleet. Given our close proximity to I-64 and I-75 here in Lexington the long haul UPS trucks leave the terminal, jump on the interstate and are GONE. I do a fair amount of interstate driving myself so I see them often.

Very glad that AMT rose to the challenge on providing these models.

As an aside; when traveling on the interstate I often will exit at rest stops and carefully pull through the truck parking area. Often I will see interesting trucks, over sized loads and military vehicles being moved by flat bed that I can then take many detail photos at my leisure.

Some Examples:





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Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 10:32 AM UTC

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I have too much time on my hands while driving.....



Gathering critical reference material is an essential service!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 08:45 AM UTC
I've been driving for 4 hours a day for the last two days on major interstate highways. Some random thoughts on modern big rig trucking in the northeast U.S.

1. 30-40% of the tractors are white for the main color.
2. Single drive day cabs are not as rare as I thought, however most were either supermarket chains or the big brown company.
3. It is not unusual to see sleeper cabs pulling gravel trailers.
4. FedEx Ground pulls a lot of tandem trailers. Some were modified with a lower floor dropping in front of the wheels (some were built originally that way too, some you could see that they were clearly modified).
5. Old school sleepers (as opposed to modern integrated aerodynamic ones) are not all that rare, you could tell that most are owner operators by the fancier paint jobs.

I even saw two old school Mack dump trucks, one was a U cab and one an R. Both were owned by different local paving companies.

I have too much time on my hands while driving.....
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Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 11:59 AM UTC

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One weird thing about the truck is how the windshield and side windows are all one piece that goes into the cab. I've half a mind to cut the windows out and mount them into the cab.



I don't know Gary. For the Peterbilt I did that was one of the few things that AMT got right. The glass was a really good fit as a one piece shell.

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 07:22 AM UTC
The truck arrived today!



One weird thing about the truck is how the windshield and side windows are all one piece that goes into the cab. I've half a mind to cut the windows out and mount them into the cab.
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Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2020 - 01:03 PM UTC
that seems reasonable. Most fleets wouldn't have sprung for chrome anything back in the 1970s.

Jim
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Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2020 - 09:37 AM UTC
I was taking pictures of the kit parts when I found the vinyl tubing for the air lines. Now I'll have to research where they go!

I'm sure I saw a thread where the builder scraped the chrome off the wheels of some kit and used something to replace it. I'll see if I can find it.

Update:
I've seen photos of the trailers in CF livery with the wheels painted red. I might go with that.
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Posted: Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 04:12 AM UTC

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Nice choices, Randy



Thank you James. I have the 1926 Mack sitting in the stash collecting dust. If I go with the DM600 I'll have to order it. I like Mack trucks.



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Randy, thanks for joining in, great to have you on board!



Thank you Damian and you're welcome. Looking forward to it. I haven't built a civilian vehicle in awhile so I guess it is time to do so.

Thank you,
Randy
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Posted: Friday, June 12, 2020 - 05:28 AM UTC
Doesn't the Double-Header kit come with spoke wheels? I do not have this exact kit, but I do have two of the AMT US Mail Ford C-900 with 27ft Trailer kit, and the trailer in that kit is essentially one of the trailers from the Double-Header kit. The trailer in one of my kits has chrome 5-hole disk wheels. Since I am planning on painting them anyway, if you'd like them, maybe we can arrange a trade.

Jim
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Posted: Friday, June 12, 2020 - 04:36 AM UTC

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The instructions are vague, to put it mildly.



There is part in the instructions where you put an air relay valve on the back of an air brake tank. An arrow just points to the back. No diagram to show the rear of the tank to show where or how exactly it goes.

If getting the cab of the truck is difficult, I can expect lots of fun trying to get the van part of the trailers put together.

And then there will be putting a chrome finish on the wheels.

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Posted: Friday, June 12, 2020 - 12:29 AM UTC
Yes, the AMT truck kits are right out of the 1970s, and with the different runs of AMT. AMT/Ertl, AMT/Matchbox, etc. the part numbers on the trees (if there are any) don't mean anything. The instructions are vague, to put it mildly. The hardest part of the Wight-Freightliner COE is the multi-piece cab. Getting that thing to line up can me a major pain. I have (2) of the SD kits & (1) of the DD kits in the stash, but I haven't had the inspiration to start any of them yet.

Jim
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Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 03:28 PM UTC
Just had a good look at the kit for the trailers. Wow. This is definitely a kit from the early '70s. Trees are not marked, parts are not numbered. There are no chromed parts. Some rather nasty sink holes in some pieces. On the box, it says "Vinyl Air Hose Tubing". There is none, maybe my Dad put them somewhere else? Not only that but the instructions don't mention them or where they go.

The Truck-Tractor arrives Saturday. I expect more of the same.
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Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 12:53 AM UTC
Randy, thanks for joining in, great to have you on board!


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I've signed on too. No idea what with though. There is a limited range down here, AMT's (not going there again) or Italeri's seemingly endless range of Volvos and Scanias. I have to find something old-fashioned I think.



Michael, if you find anything specific that you would like to build, let me know. I'm on the road for work and there are plenty of LHS's along my regular routes. Happy to hunt something down and send to you.

Picking up a bit of momentum here, 7 enlisted, excellent!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 12:22 AM UTC
Nice choices, Randy, I haven't built the DM600 yet; but I have built the Mack AC, and that kit goes together very well.

Jim
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Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 05:28 PM UTC
I've signed on too. No idea what with though. There is a limited range down here, AMT's (not going there again) or Italeri's seemingly endless range of Volvos and Scanias. I have to find something old-fashioned I think.

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 04:45 PM UTC
Well I went ahead and enlisted. I am thinking of building one of these two. Not sure which yet.





Thank you for the campaign idea Damian.

Randy
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Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 11:55 AM UTC
Those are great! A KW T600, (2) KW W900, and a Freightliner Argosy (I think).


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Signed up.
Feel like building a Bulldozer.



Are you thinking the Meng D9 or the AMT D8?

Jim
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Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 11:06 AM UTC


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Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 10:56 AM UTC

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I'm digging it. Maybe reduce the wheels under the trailer to tandem (if you can). Is this how they run un Australia? It looks like a Volvo VN (US truck) with a European style trailer.

Jim



This is typical of most of the combinations on the Australian roads, the tri-axle trailers are a lot more common. I will see if I can find a similar silhouette with a bogie trailer.


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One thing I liked doing was changing the ribbon a bit for each year. For this campaign, you could change colors and/or style of truck and/or trailer each year.



Definitely agree Gary, there are plenty of variations on this theme that we can use.


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Signed up. Feel like building a Bulldozer.



Great to see you here Richard, D9 away to your hearts content!

Cheers, D