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#1 truckabilly

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:48 AM

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This is another project that I started. Even though it is the 378 by the box title and the parts included, I like the box art 379 better. And, since there´s a great tutorial on Tim Ahlborn´s web sites how to convert the 378 hood in the 119 BBC 379 hood, I followed the instructions and started the 379.

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I also changed the firewall since some of the elements are mirror-inverted.

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The front leaf springs of the kit are in a strange arrangement. I changed them to look more like the real deal. Two leafs on each side is enough for a highway tractor.

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So, that´s the start. Thanks for watching and comments, criticism and ideas are welcome.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 08:30 AM

Nice changes. I'm sure this will be another work of art.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 08:42 AM

I will be following this one when I can! good start also!

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:41 AM

looking good! what did you use for ubolts on the springs?

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:16 AM

Nice work !

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:18 AM

The kit springs are, well, strange. Nothing a highway spec 378 would have. I suspect that Italeri sliced up the 377's springs (which aren't right either) to make the short-stack springs the 378 has.

Tim

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:37 AM

Better get rid of the tabs on those fuel tanks! ;)

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 08:03 AM

Better get rid of the tabs on those fuel tanks! ;)


Thanks for the reminder. I hope I won´t forget because the fuel tanks will be some of the last items I will put on the model.

looking good! what did you use for ubolts on the springs?


The U-bolts on my spring is nothing but 1mm copper wire bended around the spring centre-piece.

Thanks everyone for your comments.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 08:16 AM

I extended the frame up to WB 270" to get a room for some equipment that I am going to use. With the extended frame I had to make one more cross member.
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I want to keep the steering operable but it requires additiona thickness to the turning pins so that the joints were firm. So, I added a beer can stripes around the pins.
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Posted 11 August 2012 - 09:49 AM

outstanding!

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 12:31 PM

Jarda, another finely detailed rig in progress, look forward to more updates

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 02:39 PM

The kit springs are, well, strange. Nothing a highway spec 378 would have. I suspect that Italeri sliced up the 377's springs (which aren't right either) to make the short-stack springs the 378 has.

Tim


So Tim....since you said that about the 377 ....what are they suppose to look like?...that way ill correct that on my "Future dump" project! :rolleyes: :lol:

and ill be watching this one ....cause i am in the planning stages for my 379 ex hd project!

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:08 AM

A little bit of progress on the frame. The tie rod in the kit is useless because it is very easy to bend. In fact, it was bended already whe I cut it off the sprue. I cut off the ends and superglued them to a 1,5mm steel wire cut to length of the tie rod.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:24 AM

The tow hook on the previous picture is one of my added details. So is the quick release valve. I plumbed the frame using different wires and "simulated corrugted duct" by Tuner Model Manufactory.

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The air springs will be painted separately. I will get them in place after the frame is painted too.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:21 AM

Jarda, I'm amazed at your wiring and plumbing work. I thought of doing it to my own 379, I drilled holes in the brake air chambers, in the air tanks... And just let go, I don't know where to route all these wires! Thanks to your pictures, they are going to help a lot. I have seen some diagrams for air brakes on the net, but I don't get it. It's surely not that difficult. Anyway, I'm going to take a movie and tons of pictures of real trucks for next time I build. Thanks for your "in progress" pictures man! I like your front axle tie rod! Nice work.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:11 AM

Thanks a lot Robert. I have also seen some diagrams. But still it is hard to tell the routing of the lines and where all the valves, relays, crossings and fittings are located on a real truck. Plus, I think it varies from truck to truck. A great help for me is the truckpaper and pictures that you can find there. Sometimes it is only an overall look of the truck. But then you can find a whole set of pics showing interesting details of the frame, engine, interior and such. My plumbing usually does not follow any particular diagram. I just try not to make anything non-sensical. Most of my wires come out from semewhere... and end up nowhere. But it´s okay if it´s hidden somewhere inside the structure.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:17 AM

That frame detail looks great , very nice work

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 08:42 AM

Now with the frame in primer I could take a bit better pictures of the details that I added. Details like tow hook, front quick release valve, remote lube, height control valve, and air dryer.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 08:53 AM

The whole frame...

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An unexpected help came from my daughter while I was working on the fuel tanks. She wanted to try some grinding too.

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She seemed to enjoy it. I hope she doesn´t plan to replace me behind the workbench.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 09:27 AM

Great looking frame! And it's really good to see kids showing interest in model building. We have to train the next generation, because no one else will.