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#1 Chuck Most

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 11:45 PM

Well, that's the plan at the moment. So far I've worked out the wheels and tires.


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A worn-out truck with a worn-out suspension and steering is going to chew up its front tires in pretty short order, so I attacked the tires with files and sandpaper.

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The first signs of grime on the front rollers, brought to you courtesy of Testors Dullocote and a wash of thinned Tamiya flat black.

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Rear wheels/tires were dealt with in a similar manner, but I decided I wanted at least four good tires on the back... ended up with six, so mission accomplished there!

I'll probably start on the interior next- it'll be dirty, grungy, and cluttered, and more than likely just plain trashed in a few areas. The idea here is to just have fun and build something that looks the way a 2012 Lonestar might look around, oh, 2032 or so, after it's been through a series of cheapskate owners and a couple million miles of (hard) service.

Edited by Michigan Madman, 19 May 2012 - 03:24 PM.


#2 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 01:47 AM

You've worn down those tires beautifully, Mr. Most . . . and I am intrigued by this work in progress. Hope to see more and MORE shortly, and I know you will make it the most, Most! ;) :P

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:07 AM

Well.... might be a big fat liar. I think I'll start doing a few body panels, then do the interior. The hood will be mismatched with the cab paint color, and I'm planning on adding a bit of light collision damage here and there. Hopefully I'll have some time to work on it today.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 08:01 AM

This morning/afternoon's work-

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I used Duplicolor 'Rust' hued primer to prime the steel parts on the cab- the areas still in bare plastic are fiberglass on the 1:1 truck.


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I moderately mangled the grille, bending, breaking, and removing a few bars here and there.


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I painted and assembled the hood. Paint is Duplicolor Sunburst Gold (I'm going by memory on that one- the label with the name of the color is long gone) and VHT Burnt Copper header paint for the passenger side fender. The cloudy passenger's side lamp assembly is shored up with the Handyman's Secret Weapon... Duct Tape, for those of you unaware of the fact. ;) The driver's side lens is still relatively clear, depicting a new(er) replacement piece.

But that lens did not go through unscathed...
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I swiped it with a piece of 220 grit sandpaper, and did the same to the fender, to simulate mild damage, perhaps the type caused by the truck being run into a shrub. Or a row of shrubs. Or a small tree. Haven't quite perfected it yet, but so far I like the look of it.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 08:43 AM

Lookin good so far.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 08:44 AM

This is going to be quite interesting.

Edited by Jim B, 15 May 2012 - 08:45 AM.


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Posted 15 May 2012 - 09:17 AM

Dont forget to push the bumper in too! I actually saw one the other day, looks like he didnt see that yellow cement post after all! haha

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 09:41 AM

AWwwwwww man thats just sad.......BUT I love it!!!!!,I'm quite sure these gonna be a few real deal's in a few years just like that one.........

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 03:44 PM

Dont forget to push the bumper in too! I actually saw one the other day, looks like he didnt see that yellow cement post after all! haha

I've actually been toying with the idea of running a wooden bumper up front. That might be caryying the theme just a little too far, but I guess I'll mull it over and see what I think when the time comes.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 05:54 PM

Cool build I have one havent built it yet

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:16 AM

Very cool!!!

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 06:17 AM

Well, rolling chassis is pretty much dialed in.
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Still needs a few tweaks and parts added, but this is pretty much the gist. I didn't worry about the fuel tank seams, as they won't be visible when the truck is built.


And I couldn't resist a test fit of the cab and hood, if for no other reason than to see how they'd look on the frame. ^_^
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Edited by Michigan Madman, 17 May 2012 - 06:18 AM.


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Posted 17 May 2012 - 06:29 AM

man o man i wonder how the driver looks
great cant wait to see the final vehicle haha

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 06:40 AM

This is really a nice build, always easy to build them and shiny !! Takes a lot of work to get the tired old look !!

Looking forward to the end build !!

Rick

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 06:59 AM

Looks great. Very convincing.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 08:05 AM

Dont forget to push the bumper in too! I actually saw one the other day, looks like he didnt see that yellow cement post after all! haha


Or at least a bumper that looks like it were pushed back and then pulled back out from the tire (possibly with a ratchet strap) by the driver and pulled out a little too far but still with that rolled under look! :lol:

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 12:34 PM

Or at least a bumper that looks like it were pushed back and then pulled back out from the tire (possibly with a ratchet strap) by the driver and pulled out a little too far but still with that rolled under look! :lol:

Another idea I'm considering. Again, we'll see what happens.

Threw a few more widgets on today, and made a few modifications.

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I removed the driver's side door handle (it was broken, after all...) and made up the 'stamped' detail behind it. If it looks a little mangled, that's okay... the wire coat hanger that will replace it would probably rip up the sheet metal just a little bit. :D

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The skirts are on, and I added a little diesel sludge. This lazy truck driver always seems to overflow the tanks, and/or slop some on the skirts when he fills up. And when he leaves, the loose fuel blows back and runs down the sides of the truck. I tried to replicate that by adding a thinned black wash and then using a hair dryer pointed to the rear of the chassis to blow the wash to the back of the truck, and to help it dry faster.


And bringing up the rear...
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I cut off both mudflaps, and made one new one from thinner plastic. The weight is another piece of .020" styrene covered in BMF, and the lady is a Detail Master PE piece. The right taillamp housing was, shall we say, tweaked a bit, and the mud flap on that side is missing. I also drilled out the left hand backup light. The frame had a bit of a warp, but I chose not to fix it, as I doubted a truck this used and abused would still have an arrow-straight frame.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 01:40 PM

This is really a nice build, always easy to build them and shiny !! Takes a lot of work to get the tired old look !!

Looking forward to the end build !!

Rick


easy to build shiny???????????????????? i have to dissagree with that comment. it takes skill and attention to detail to build either way......used or super clean.

i think this is a very creative build, nice job so far.

Edited by showbuilder, 17 May 2012 - 04:04 PM.


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Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:46 PM

Very cool Chuck, very cool.....

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 04:36 AM

"As seen in 2017."