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#1 Turbo590

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 05:49 AM

12/27/08

Guy's....Happy Holidays

Since I haven't posted pictures in a while...I thought I would bring everyone up to date. The truck is about 80% completed..the frame will go to the paint booth (basement) within the next week or so to get primer, and then chassis black. The hood is finished and in primer...the cab...WELL, that is the last piece that will be a "PITA". I ordered scale brass rivets for the added detail, I am going to try another set of hinges for the doors...and then hopefully primer and then paint. I am shooting to have this piece to unveil at the 2009 Old Dominion Open (February..in Virginia) that I will be attending with another fellow modeler.

Scratch built hydraulic/PTO tower, added extras..clipboard, and laptop computer obtained from Don Loomis (Yahoo) http://www.flickr.co...cort500xl/sets/ . He has some neat items casted in resin.

Enjoy.....Kurt

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#2 Jim B

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 08:46 AM

Amazing details, Kurt. I like all of the little touches like the pine tree air freshener. Great work.

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 11:20 AM

Wow, great job it looks like the real thing but a little cleaner. It almost seems a shame to close that up in a cab and would be a great excuse to make a clear roof like the old Monogram visible B-17 did with the clear side.

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 11:05 PM

Kurt,

This looks great. I like the little interior details. How did you make the Lap Top Computer?

Best Wishes

Dave Bates

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 03:32 AM

Kurt
Nice!

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 11:21 AM

1/1/09

Happy New Year to all......

Progress is still slow..BUT going...

Finished the hood assembly up earlier this AM..with the Freightliner Viper Blue..(2 coats of paint, 2 coats of Tamiya clear coat)..the cab is being worked on at this time.

Thank you to Jameston at (Scalefinishes) http://scalefinishes.com for supplying the paint..please check out his website..he offers automotive paint in complete kit(s)..at awesome prices..wide variety....highly recommended...

Thanks, Kurt

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 12:02 PM

Nice color choice.

How are you fabricating the fender mirrors?

Tim

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 12:20 PM

Kurt,
Your Freightliner is coming along nicely. Like Tim said, nice color choice. Keep up the great work.

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 06:25 PM

1-5-09

Just finished detailing out the hood...tonight... B) :D :P :P :P :P

I should sleep like a baby tonight...Too stressing!!

Kurt

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If the parts look custom fabricated..They are.....

And a picture of the painted frame..done this past weekend..in Mack Black.

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 10:30 PM

I used to work for Freightliner and to see your interior is quite impressive. I especially like the detail of the PTO controls and the range controls on the shifter. We had a "Toughbook" lap top computer like that as well, only our was black. Outstanding detail and I'm liking the color choice for the body. Can't wait to see how this one turns out. :)

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 06:27 PM

Kurt, love the color, love the truck. Impressed as usual. cant wait to see the final pictures

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 11:32 PM

The interior detail is unbelievably crisp and well finished. I think I'm going to revisit the interior of my current project - if I can get it a tenth as nice, I'll be pleased! Looking forward to seeing more of this Freightliner.

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 06:31 PM

1-11-09

Guys...

Here is what the weekend produced.....

Engine and drive shaft(s) with carrier installed. Plumbing to the airbrakes/airtanks completed..and some other odds and ends...

Just a mock up..with many more to come as pieces are attached....Kurt

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 09:08 PM

WOW

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 09:20 PM

Definitely one of the best truck builds I've ever seen. B) I like the look of the drive tires on this. Did those come in the kit?

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 02:51 PM

What do you use for the GPS dome?

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 10:57 PM

Kurt,

This is coming along very well. Looks very realistic with all the little details. At this stage in the build it reminds me of a truck on a production line like the part built truck Tim built in the Peterbilt factory in St Ignace Michigan. Just one question how did you make the little mirrors on the hood fenders? They are a great little touch of detail.

Good Luck with the rest of the build.

Best Wishes

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 01:54 PM

1-17-09

Getting there...UH

Dave....Good to hear from you. The fenders mirrors were scratch built from Evergreen plastic round stock. There are about 15 pieces that make each assembly..about 2 hours apiece in them...Thanks, Kurt

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 10:58 PM

Kurt,

Very impressive. The whole truck looks right, the fit between the hood and the cab is perfect. Frame not too long or too short. Yes very impressed!!

Thanks for the information on the mirrors. I might have a go at making some in the near future.

Thanks for posting and good luck with the rest of the build.

Best Wishes

Dave

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 04:55 AM

One Question KURT.....Were do you get the Rear Tires from?

it looks so Nice

Uwe