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#1 BigBad

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 07:17 AM

Hi guys, this is my Italeri-Revell Volvo VN670. I painted it in Robert Transport colors (obviously!). This company is based in Rougemont and has a depot in Boucherville Quebec, near Montreal and an other depot in Toronto, Ontario. It actually owns 1100 Trucks and 3000 trailers. A lot of these trucks are Volvo 630, 670 and some are 780's. I see these trucks all the time on the roads near where I live. I started painting this truck in february and left
it to dry for months until 2 weeks ago. The color is Tamiya Camel Yellow shot with an airbrush. The frame is Tamiya flat black shot with it's rattle can. The decals are made from photographs I shot from real trucks and transfered on Testors white decal material for the ones that need white colors, and on clear material for black only lettering. Even the Volvo crest in the grill is from a photograph since I ripped the original kit decal. I put on some bare metal foil on the body side moldings instead of flat black for a customized look and add some luster instead of the flat black. The seats and interior in primer grey with flat black trim. This is still in progress, I need to make the panels in the bumper for the fog-driving lights, the hoses and electrical connections and the communications equipment, such as the antennae and GPS locator.
I like the outcome. Some of you must have seen one of the 1:1 on the road, they're all over North America.
Besides... My name's on all their trucks!! :lol: Enjoy the pics.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 07:30 AM

That's a really nice Volvo. I like it.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 08:23 AM

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You beat me to it! I have seen them in the lower 48.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 09:12 AM

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You beat me to it! I have seen them in the lower 48.


What he said!

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 09:40 AM

WOW!! That is a nice Volvo, I see them too up and down I95.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 10:54 AM

Very nice! The graphics really make that a stand out model.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 11:38 AM

Thanks for the nice comments, guys! This is fun stuff... This actually came out better than I originally thought.
It's a gutless wonder, I know, but I have more kits with engines. I'm just warming up... I get inspired from all YOUR models guys, it's nice to see other people's work. I'll finish the rest of it and try to build a decent trailer for it. :lol:

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 01:43 PM

Really nice !!

A sibling to my LNG Pete 367 I did a while back.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 02:50 PM

Really nice !!

A sibling to my LNG Pete 367 I did a while back.

Tim

Thanks Tim! It kinda is it's sibling actually! I watched the whole story of the LNG 367, when I saw the color you painted it, I thought it looked like one of Robert's trucks, then it hit me when you put some scaled down documents with the big "R" on the helper's seat. That is one neat truck! That was some intricate exhaust system! The aero treatment was well executed, cab extension, the extra tanks... I really am learning thru the many instructions you put down on your site when you are building the "truck sculptures" that you do. Thanks! :)

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 03:00 PM

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You beat me to it! I have seen them in the lower 48.


Waddya mean I beat you to it? You wanted to build one like this? Go ahead!! Tim beat ME to it with his LNG Peterbilt! Not only that, one other guy beat me to another idea I had with his CN Lonestar! Anyway, for the Robert Volvo, I've got some pictures if you ever need any, I've also scaled down some pictures for the decals if need be. By the way, I like that Freightliner FLD in your avatar... That's one good lookin' truck! Keep on truckin' Chuck!

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 07:37 PM

Waddya mean I beat you to it? You wanted to build one like this? Go ahead!! Tim beat ME to it with his LNG Peterbilt! Not only that, one other guy beat me to another idea I had with his CN Lonestar! Anyway, for the Robert Volvo, I've got some pictures if you ever need any, I've also scaled down some pictures for the decals if need be. By the way, I like that Freightliner FLD in your avatar... That's one good lookin' truck! Keep on truckin' Chuck!


Actually, I had designs on this one. I'm not much of an artist, but I am pretty good with computer graphics. The mural would require much manipulation, but I could print it out with some work. I really like fleet subjects and your's looks just right.




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Posted 28 July 2011 - 09:11 PM

Robert,

Your VOLVO is fantastic, what you need now its a trailer for it, go ahead!

Kostas.

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 07:00 AM

Thanks guys, I'm preparing to finish this truck. I got some stuff to make an oil cooler to put on the back of the cab, some aluminum rod for equipment and some sheet styrene and tubing for the GPS antena and what not. I need to complete the housings for the fog and driving lights. I have a couple more decals to add to the body. As for the trailer.... Hmmm I was looking at an AMT flatbed to extend to 53 scale feet but the thing's not quite wide enough for the truck and doesn't look right. I'll have to look at some Italeri trailers. The "American" box van does not fill my need either as it doesn't look quite high enough for the Volvo's high roof. To me, a van should be at least as high as the truck roof. Sooooo, I am going to try and find an Italeri container trailer or maybe convert the aforementioned not very good Italeri van into a flatbed or step deck. Any suggestion will be considered... Help. B)

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 08:48 AM

Thanks guys, I'm preparing to finish this truck. I got some stuff to make an oil cooler to put on the back of the cab, some aluminum rod for equipment and some sheet styrene and tubing for the GPS antena and what not. I need to complete the housings for the fog and driving lights. I have a couple more decals to add to the body. As for the trailer.... Hmmm I was looking at an AMT flatbed to extend to 53 scale feet but the thing's not quite wide enough for the truck and doesn't look right. I'll have to look at some Italeri trailers. The "American" box van does not fill my need either as it doesn't look quite high enough for the Volvo's high roof. To me, a van should be at least as high as the truck roof. Sooooo, I am going to try and find an Italeri container trailer or maybe convert the aforementioned not very good Italeri van into a flatbed or step deck. Any suggestion will be considered... Help. :wacko:


Hi Robert,

I am planing a long time now to use 2 Italeri cargo trailers to build an acurate 48ft van by cut and paste the side walls to catch the correct height. The left side walls of the second kit should work good enough to build also a grain trailer.
I am also planing to use some parts of the Italeri cargo trailer and then scruchbuild the side walls by using styrene sheets to build a 53ft.
What do you think about?

Kostas.

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 11:26 AM


Hi Robert,

I am planing a long time now to use 2 Italeri cargo trailers to build an acurate 48ft van by cut and paste the side walls to catch the correct height. The left side walls of the second kit should work good enough to build also a grain trailer.
I am also planing to use some parts of the Italeri cargo trailer and then scruchbuild the side walls by using styrene sheets to build a 53ft.
What do you think about?

Kostas.


Hi Kostas, I think that would be a good idea, since some box trailers have some sort of stiffening moldings along the sides of the van. So that would help conceal the cut lines in the body. As for the back doors, I think it wouldn't be so bad either, since they're pretty smooth. Some putty would cure the cut lines. I would have to be careful to cut at the right place to get the door hinges and pins aligned. To have 2 trailers to work with would give me two other axles and sets of wheels. 3 axles on a 53 foot van is realistic enough and look pretty sharp. I'll have to investigate my own unbuilt american van to determine what I'd need to do for that extension. I'll have to look at what tools I need for a long straight cut to get a constant width for the height and length extensions from the second van. I'm a bit concerned for the vertical joints for the 5 foot length extension. We need a plan Kostas! Hahahaha :)

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 11:33 AM


Hi Robert,

I am planing a long time now to use 2 Italeri cargo trailers to build an acurate 48ft van by cut and paste the side walls to catch the correct height. The left side walls of the second kit should work good enough to build also a grain trailer.
I am also planing to use some parts of the Italeri cargo trailer and then scruchbuild the side walls by using styrene sheets to build a 53ft.
What do you think about?

Kostas.

Another thing, the van sides are corrugated, so we need similar panels to extend the sides. Either that or make new smooth panels at the right length from .040 evergreen styrene. A 53 foot van is 26.5 inches long, I think we'll need two lengths of evergreen for the sides, just like the kit is configured. I'll have to think this out...

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 11:38 AM

Actually, I had designs on this one. I'm not much of an artist, but I am pretty good with computer graphics. The mural would require much manipulation, but I could print it out with some work. I really like fleet subjects and your's looks just right.




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That is a nice one Chuck! Yeah, Robert Transport has many tractors with murals such as this one. My model is based on the 670, this truck is a 780 and Italeri made this model too. I think you still can get one of these at RedFroghobbies.

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 12:57 PM

Very nice. Haven't seen one of those in a while.

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 02:55 PM

That is a nice one Chuck! Yeah, Robert Transport has many tractors with murals such as this one. My model is based on the 670, this truck is a 780 and Italeri made this model too. I think you still can get one of these at RedFroghobbies.



Belive me, I have so many kits, both Volvos included that I might not get to build them all.

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 03:24 PM

Wow Great Truck. see them all the time in T.dot.