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#21 Hary Bare

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 08:23 PM

After working on this kit off and on I finally have made some progress. The cab is painted black with gold striping. I had a little bleed thru which I hope will touch up and I will be satisfied with the finished result. The interior is finished and installed in the cab and I am now adding tanks, bumpers, stacks,,,,. Speaking of stacks, I am unhappy with the look of the kit supplied stacks, is replacement with tubing the way to go? I would prefer to put clackers on the tops or bolgna cut the ends instead of straight cuts.
I am also thinking of putting some flares on the front wheel openings. Any experiance with these? My front axle sectioning seems to be just right but to get the "well used owner/operator look " I want I think this would be a nice touch.
I plan on weathering this model soon, looking for the "nice truck but needs a good cleaning and polish and touch up" any suggestions would be welcome. I will post some pics soon. Thanks in advance!

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 04:07 AM

Show us some pic"s please Mine is still on the shelf unfinished ! :blink:

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 04:33 AM

"Speaking of stacks, I am unhappy with the look of the kit supplied stacks, is replacement with tubing the way to go?"

It depends on what you want to replace. If you don't want to use aftermarket parts for the whole muffler/end pipe assembly you might want to use a minimum of parts. I suggest cutting the end pipes to a short stub right after the muffler and adding larger diameter aluminum pipes that fit right over those stubs for added realism. When polished with some mild automotive compound, these pipes will look great! At least make them bigger cause the kit pipes look like bicycle handle bars.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 09:35 PM

Thanks for the suggestion Robert. From the muffler and guard up, a larger diameter pipe seems in order. I will take a side to the hobby shop and see what will look "right". Still debating over straight, bologna cut or maybe clackers on top?
Put the steps together,,,are you kidding ?? Made sure the notches were correct per side and they just don't jive! Any alternative suggestions? These look terrible. I am not building a show quality model here but this kit is kinda cranky! Did I pick the the most finicky kit of the bunch for a first truck build lol?
I will take pics sunday. Lots done since last pics. I did touch up my bleed thru tonight and the color is right and stripes are straight.
installed the tanks and test fited the fenders to see how they look. slowly but not surely.

Edited by Hary Bare, 13 August 2012 - 08:11 AM.


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Posted 12 August 2012 - 03:39 AM

Hey Billy, I know ehere you're coming from! My first build was the same kit. Yes that front axle was and still is too wide, the cab joint is almost impossible to get rid of without killing some of the rivet detail, the headlights sit too high on the front end, the step are clunky... The instructions don't say much about the rear suspension and the cab lifting lever is not at the right position on the frame.

Oh, and nobody really knows how and where to put the cab grab handles. Else from that? It's not so bad. For the exhaust pipes, may I suggest a standard 3/16 diameter pipe, in scale it comes up to a little more than 4 1/2 inches. It should look good without looking customized unless that's the look you want and go bigger.
I had some trouble keeping those stacks parallel on mine so I put a brace between them at the top, it helped a lot at keeping them straight and vertical.

For those pesky steps... I don't know what to say, they look stupid even when you get them right. By the way, the top step is boxed into the cab, you could make them a look a little better if you stick a body colored panel behind that top step up to the top of the step mounts,the kit doesn't provide any.

You talked about front wheel opening flares earlier, a lot of real Freightliners have them. Plastruct and or Evergreen have the right size quarter round materials to make these.

Another suggestion, find pictures of the real truck such as Hanks truck pics, that should help a bit in figuring out how to build this beast. Hang in there, it looks good once its built! Oh, and show us pics of that progress too.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 01:48 PM

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 02:07 PM

There it is as of now. Over all I am ok with this kit, I did 1/48 scale aircraft for years and had a handle on those. In the last 14 months I have done 3 automotive models and what a differance! My first was a '57 corvette gasser, its complete minus wiring and plumbing, a 1932 Chrysler Imperial Roadster, and this kit. The Chrysler was easy! LOL!
Next issue to fix here is exhaust, figure out the ladders and add more pieces. I am going to attempt an air conditioning unit for the roof and some wheel flairs.
The pics shown almost everything is in mock up and held in place minimally. I still have to figure out my weathering and I purchased a trailer for this kit. Going to have to decide if a generic paint on trailer or match the black and gold, Hmmm?
All comments and critics are welcomed and encouraged, Sorry for the photo quality but thats the way it is. Thanks for looking.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 02:17 PM

so far so good.your stripes turned out great.A van trailer painted to match would finish it off nicley

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 02:32 PM

If able to.a good substitute for this kits ladder steps are those from the GMC Astro/ Titan 90 kits,they can be modified in such a way that they represent a later model Freightliner C.O.E especially when the top step is boxed in from the back as previuously mentioned. When i start on my Freightliner,i intend to eliminate the ladder steps alltogether and built an earlier model with the "stirrup" type hoop steps. BTW,the paint/striping looks great!..........................Mark

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:34 AM

get updated steps here.
http://www.ppvintage...Price_list.html

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 07:23 AM

Sectioned the front axle, got it where I want it. Started to putty body seams and cleaning up mold lines. If all goes well tomorrow I can put the chassis on wheels and mock up the body. Looking for an air conditioning unit to put on the roof. Any ideas where to find one or is it easier to just build one? Going to look at some builds to check ride height front wheels to body .

Glad that you chose this option to narrow the axle. I assume you still had room enough to get the springs to set correctly once you narrowed it up. Did you pin the axle halfs?

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 08:04 AM

After I made my cut, I did pin the axle. If I remember right, 3/32 cut off center put me where I needed to be. I did move the spring perches also but not correctly. It was a little off center. This kit was a learning experience for me and I will have better insight on how to proceed with my next build. A fun kit with lots of basic modeling challenges but its going to turn out nice, not as well as I would have liked, certainly entertaining to view. The hardest part other than lining up the body panels, was figuring out instructions. All pieces should and will have to be test fit to ensure all corrosponding parts go together.
Since I have limited knowlege of big rigs, more researsh should have been made. I didn't research much and the kit shows its flaws. Ladders are mounted along with the front bumper. That is another area that needs some trimming to fit well. I had to trim the frame horns and the mounting area on the bumper to make it visually correct and to allow the cab to tilt without interferance. It took some test fitting to get it right. Some new stacks, finish the air conditioner and put on lights and fun chrome parts. some weathering and I call it complete.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:36 PM

While you're at it, watch for the thickness of that license plate support on the front of your cab. It's so thick it will prevent you from tilting that cab properly as well! I removed mine for the time being. You might want to use a thin sheet of styrene (.010-.020) to replace it. It'll look better too! Just my 2 cents. By the way, I really like those stripes! Well done.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:31 PM

After a short hiatus, got back to the Freightliner. A few small things to do but here it is. Posting a couple pics. I really enjoyed this model, a real learning experience on this one. Thanks to all who gave me imput and advice as it really helped bunches. IMy next project will be a painted to match the truck.
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Posted 14 September 2012 - 01:25 AM

Very nice!
This same kit was the first semi I actually finished, and this thread brings back a lot of memories... mostly memories of what I should have done to make my finished one look better! :lol:

I think if I ever build one of these again I'm going to toss the kit ladders and go with the 'stirrup' type side steps. And yeah- that front plate bracket does interfere with tilting the cab- pulled mine right off the hinges the first time I tried to open the cab.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 02:35 AM

Not sure when the law changed, '74???.I also think Canadian laws were changed later.I'm saying that because my dad had what I think was a '84 that had a steel disk mounted to the hub so it looked like a brake drum when looked at through the holes in the wheel.This was to fool the scale man,well not a full inspection.This maybe was a california thing because that truck was suposed to have a dedicated run to cali.For some reason the guy who ordered it never bought it ,my dad did

Think your rite it was the mid 70'S when front brakes came out. Remember dad having a few trucks with out brakes when I was little.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 03:46 AM

Chuck, this is my first semi and I share the same thoughts about this kit. So many things to do different next time. I put that front plate on, no interferance but It looks like armor plate. If any interest I will post pics when trailer is finished .

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 06:24 AM

It's a nice and tidy build Bill, that paint scheme looks really good!

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 10:59 AM

Trailer is finished. as promised here are some pics. Sorry for the pic quality, looked good on camera but dark here. Other than finding something to use for airlines, its done enough. Thanks again for all the input and suggestions. Decided not to weather it much, so many things learned on this build but I will share future builds with yas.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 01:55 PM

That is one sharp looking rig, very nice!