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AMT 1975 Fruehauf PB-80 Flatbed Trailer
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2020 - 11:41 AM UTC
I'm going to be honest, I have no idea why I started this kit. I'm not even totally sure what I'm going to do with it when I'm done! It's a pretty straightforward kit (not usually something I say about AMT kits), and this is about 1-1/2 hours work.



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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2020 - 12:06 PM UTC
Sometimes you don’t need a reason, you just do it!

A nice warm up round for the “Big Rigs”, enjoy the build mate. I will be following as always.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2020 - 12:16 PM UTC
Thanks, D. I'm hoping to get some paint on it in the next couple of days, and maybe finished up this weekend; but we'll see.

Jim
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2020 - 11:36 PM UTC
Thanks for the bump with your kit.
It made me dig out mine.
Looking forward to see yours build up.
And it's such a nice kit.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 12:11 AM UTC
Thanks, Robert. Happy I could "inspire" you to finish yours.

Jim
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Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 10:41 AM UTC
I have been looking for this kit, Round 2/AMT seems to repop everything but this and the tanker.

Rumors abound that Round 2 is coming out with a modern Manac spread axle flatbed soon.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 12:15 AM UTC
Round2 isn't coming out with anything new, that's not their business model. I think you're referring to Moebius Models flatbed trailer that was announced a while back. I've seen the test shot photos on another Forum, and it loos really nice.

Jim
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Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 12:37 AM UTC
GMC Astro is very high on my list. First truck I ever build. My late uncle had one. Pricing for such an old kit, thank god there is that crisis and nobody delivers....
But who knows.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 11:00 AM UTC

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Round2 isn't coming out with anything new, that's not their business model. I think you're referring to Moebius Models flatbed trailer that was announced a while back. I've seen the test shot photos on another Forum, and it loos really nice.

Jim



You are probably right and I messed them up. I think it was Chuck Most that posted the pre-production picture I saw.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 01:06 PM UTC

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You are probably right and I messed them up. I think it was Chuck Most that posted the pre-production picture I saw.



Probably. He usually just post a picture with no description, unless he's complaining about something.

Jim
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Posted: Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 08:05 PM UTC

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Sometimes you don’t need a reason, you just do it!

A nice warm up round for the “Big Rigs”, enjoy the build mate. I will be following as always.

Cheers, D



Actually, the campaign is called "Commercial Trucking 2021".
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Posted: Monday, August 17, 2020 - 11:29 AM UTC
I've managed to make some progress on the flatbed trailer. I just need to "woodgrain" the deck, then I'll call it done.



It should look nice behind some of my tractors.

Jim
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Posted: Monday, August 17, 2020 - 05:50 PM UTC
Looks great Jim, I'm very interested to see how you woodgrain up the deck! It's something that I've never really managed to get right.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 12:18 AM UTC
Thanks, D. Actually so am I! I've wood grained some other things before, and it's been hit or miss. I use craft paint for the wood.

Jim
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Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 10:26 AM UTC
Oil over acrylic is a great way to create wood grain.
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Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 12:51 PM UTC

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Thanks, D. Actually so am I! I've wood grained some other things before, and it's been hit or miss. I use craft paint for the wood.

Jim



I use both suggested methods: wet on wet acrylic (craft paint) and / or oil over acrylic:



the crate and the pallet: wet on wet acrylic;
the barrel: oil over acrylic;
the bench (scratched from wood): oil over clear acrylic.

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Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 12:57 PM UTC

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Oil over acrylic is a great way to create wood grain.



With the added advantage that it is easy to remove without damaging the acrylic base. For a total noob like me this would be the way to go.

I've seen some nice effects created by dragging coarse sandpaper unevenly along the direction of grain to create a light texture to the surface, which you can then use to build a "pin wash" of different colours.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2020 - 03:59 AM UTC
Some nice looking weathering there, Gabriel. Not sure how mine will turn out, but I'm going to work on it today & hope for the best.

Jim
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Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 08:25 AM UTC
Finished this up yesterday, and managed to get some photos today before the skies opened up.







It's not perfect, but it'll fit its purpose. The Revell USA Peterbilt 359 was completed in 2007, and the AMT GMC Astro/95 was completed in 2010.

Jim
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Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 11:09 AM UTC
Looks great Jim!
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Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 12:07 PM UTC
Thanks, David.
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Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 01:43 PM UTC
Wow Jim, good looking rigs and trailer!

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Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 02:46 PM UTC
Very nice work there Jim, the flatbed looks great behind both tractors there!

How did you end up doing the woodgrain? Can we get a top-down look at the result?

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2020 - 01:28 AM UTC
Thanks, guys. I think it looks pretty good behind the Astro.

The deck came out "ok". It's not great, but not bad for my first really big attempt at something like this.



The problem I had with the blending is that the craft paints dried so quickly, and I think my brush was too soft. Lessons learned for next time.

Jim
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Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2020 - 12:03 PM UTC
Truck and trailer combo came out great, Jim!

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The problem I had with the blending is that the craft paints dried so quickly, and I think my brush was too soft. Lessons learned for next time.


No wonder on such a large surface. You can make a wet palette or (as I do) You can use a larger soft brush to keep the surface moist.

Great build!

Gabriel