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#41 Cool Hand

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 10:15 PM

Me too Doug.

Another small progress update.

Made some stacks.

For the elbows on the lower part of the stacks,a section was cut from a plastic coat hanger.
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The stacks are 5/16 aluminum tube.
Rough quick mock up for the moment,still need to fine tune their exact location and make some brackets to attach the stacks to the cab.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 03:32 AM

Yet another small update.

Made a visor from some thin aluminum sheet,It still needs some final shaping and improve the way it fits.
I figured while I was test fitting and mocking it up to see how it looks id snap a couple pics

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Edited by Cool Hand, 17 September 2012 - 03:39 AM.


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Posted 17 September 2012 - 03:45 AM

Clever idea using the coat-hanger elbows for the stacks.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 06:04 AM

Alright, that's it, I'm making my own custom now! You pushed me to it with your terrific build Luke!! Kiddings aside I did buy the sister kit Kenworth to do just that, my own custom. I like the way you are going about this, your Pete will look like what a 1:1 custom would look like, your details look right on (exhaust stacks lenght and diameter), you are nicely detailing the build for us as well And showing clever tricks such as the exhaust elbows and great rear bumper layout BTW. Very nice and thanks for all the instructions! This 359 is wicked looking with that visor.

Edited by BigBad, 17 September 2012 - 04:35 PM.


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Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:40 AM

Nice work, very clean and precise. I have been building the same kit with the show truck look for awhile now but it is radio controlled and has working suspension and lights. I wish I could cut the grill and put screen in but the chrome is more important to me. Also like the shape of the visor, you should make matching visors for the door windows. If you are like me and don't like the gap between the grill and bumper let me know and I will show you how I got rid of it.

Is that French modeler Christian Chapman? If not you should google him.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 12:30 PM

Nice work as always Luke, you been watching 'Pimp my Truck' mate ;) :P
I like where your heading with this one.....

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 02:08 PM

That is one Great looking truck.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 03:50 PM

Clean visor..gives it the "angry eye" look.

I can never thank you enough for the crisp clean pixs.

But thanks...hahaha

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 04:14 PM

A wild custom paint job is next I hope !!!!!!

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 09:45 PM

Clever idea using the coat-hanger elbows for the stacks.

David G.

Thanks David,the lower bend/elbow on the stacks had me stumped for a while as to how and what to use.

Alright, that's it, I'm making my own custom now! You pushed me to it with your terrific build Luke!! Kiddings aside I did buy the sister kit Kenworth to do just that, my own custom. I like the way you are going about this, your Pete will look like what a 1:1 custom would look like, your details look right on (exhaust stacks lenght and diameter), you are nicely detailing the build for us as well And showing clever tricks such as the exhaust elbows and great rear bumper layout BTW. Very nice and thanks for all the instructions! This 359 is wicked looking with that visor.


Thanks for the kind words Robert.Good to hear and look foward to seeing your custom.
Like I said in the opening post I aint a truck fan but I do like the custom rigs very much.
Im way out of my element on this truck build but im trying.All the ideas and tricks have been inspired by other peoples builds and 1:1's.
Fingers crossed it turns out the way I envision it in my head.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:11 PM

Nice work, very clean and precise. I have been building the same kit with the show truck look for awhile now but it is radio controlled and has working suspension and lights. I wish I could cut the grill and put screen in but the chrome is more important to me. Also like the shape of the visor, you should make matching visors for the door windows. If you are like me and don't like the gap between the grill and bumper let me know and I will show you how I got rid of it.

Is that French modeler Christian Chapman? If not you should google him.


Thanks Dave,il be sure to go check your RC build.
Hadnt thought about door visor's,might be worth considering though,il look into it.Thanks for the suggestion
Ive yet to work out what im going to do for a front bumper yet.So that would be good if you could share how to eliminate some of the gap between the grille and bumper.

Yep,the french modeller is Christian (Pete18 on this forum I think) is a huge inspiration and idea's provider for this build.

Nice work as always Luke, you been watching 'Pimp my Truck' mate ;) :P
I like where your heading with this one.....


Thanks mate,
Yeah Trick my Truck (C.S.M) provided a little inspiration.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:15 PM

That is one Great looking truck.

Thanks Gordon

Clean visor..gives it the "angry eye" look.

I can never thank you enough for the crisp clean pixs.

But thanks...hahaha

Thanks James,thats the look I was trying to achieve.
Your welcome,as ive said before I try my best to post up qaulity pics.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:18 PM

A wild custom paint job is next I hope !!!!!!


Nah, nothing wild planned for the paint Doug, just going to be painted boring ol black.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:30 AM

Nah, nothing wild planned for the paint Doug, just going to be painted boring ol black.


At lease do a candy paint job..............LOL

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:37 PM

How about flat black?

I use google translate to open this forum that has like 30 of Christians builds.
http://translate.goo.../f13-camions-us

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 05:14 PM

Decision has been made with the paint fella's,Tamiya TS-14 gloss black.
Cheers for the suggestions though.


Yep Dave that forum is where I discovered and view Christians builds.
See he posted up a scale truck show of his own work.Christian's truck show

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 04:34 AM

Another small update.

Made a turntable cover
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Made some new steps/battery box's
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Inlaid the checker/diamond/tread plate for a cleaner look.
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Checker/diamond/tread plate that was used.
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Posted 19 September 2012 - 05:54 AM

This is shaping up pretty nice. You are doing an excellent job.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 06:13 AM

Nice, subtle detailing of the battery boxes... So these simpler truck kits can be made to be a challenge.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 11:30 AM

Nice fabrication Luke ;)