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#1 truckabilly

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 10:32 PM

Clydes II is the name of the famous Bill Signs Trucking Peterbilt 359. It was created years ago and I think that the Revell guys did a good job.

http://www.truckin24...e1510fe103.html

There are some differencies from the real truck though. Unlike the kit, Clydes II has extended hood. Unfortunatelly, I have never seen any picture of this truck with the hood opened. I was positive, that the truck was powered by 8v 3408 CAT. But then, just yesterday, I found this note on public fotki...

http://public.fotki....7522_peterbilt/

Now I am uncertain, which engine I should use for the model. I was looking forward to installing 3408 in the 359 frame. Now it seems to be wrong. "Papa Clyde", the successor of "Clydes II" has the twin-turboed 3408, that is for sure. Maybe that´s why I thought that the 3408 was in the older truck too.
Anyway, I started the hood extension.
I had two short hoods, one of them cracked badly. I cut the damaged hood to pieces and used its parts for extension.

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I cut the hood along the spinal stripe to compensate for the changed angle of the hood sides. But the change is so small, I could have omitted this step just as well.

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But I made a mistake and extended the hood less than I intended. I had to repeat the process all over again.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 10:46 PM

This is the hood after the second extension...

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And here with the cab added...

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I also extended the frame. Another possibily was to reposition the cab backwards. But I like the frame extension better...

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The joint will secured by a metal stripe.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 10:58 PM

If you have any questions about the real truck just sent an e-mail to Claus Lassen. I'm sure he will answer all of them. I've build this model a long time ago and Claus saw it on the Intermodellbau in Dortmund, I believe it was the year 2000. The book he wrote about wreckers in America is also very nice but it is in German.

Nice model though, this Bill signs

Hessel

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 01:03 PM

The Bill Sign's truck modeled by Revell had the KTA Cummins engine in it. I have a truck book around here that shows it, I will look for it. Very nice build you have there!!

Mark

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 07:25 PM

Thank you very much Mark. May I have one more question... or two... I do not know what the book shows but, could you tell me what color the engine is. Beige, white, metalic grey... ? Are there some chrome elements in the engine compartment?
I am sorry for taking your time. I have searched the internet all through looking for pictures and found... nothing.
Thanks for any help, I appriceate it.

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 08:49 PM

Great work so far.I sucks to have to redo the extention...looks good.Thank ya,Chris

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 06:39 AM

oooh! someone is building this kit .... and someone is doing the homework to correct this kit to accurate states!

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 01:15 PM

So that's how to extend the hood. Very nice work.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 08:53 AM

Well, I continued with my research and addressed Klaus Lassen (thanks for the tip, Hessel). Klaus sent me a rock solid evidence that in 1993 the unit 402 called Clydes II was powered by CAT 3408.

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This makes it possible for me to carry on according to my initial plan. I already started working on the CAT 3408 using the old Ken Smith articles for detailing. The parts of the engine are base colour painted.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 09:06 AM

I also carried on with the hood. A added the fenders and some inside details. They are not very accurate but I can live with that. I just hope it will look better after the paint.

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I added a line of rivets along the fender. I made them out of Evergreen plastic rod .020" inserted in the holes and cut along the hood surface.

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All the chassis parts require an endless job of filling and sanding... filling and sanding... filling and sanding...
Have I forgotten something? Yeah, filling and sanding!

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And that is what I have been doing for couple of weeks now.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 11:01 AM

Nice work so far.

Tim

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 04:45 PM

Jarda your attn. to detail and doing the research is some nice modelin man! B) I'll be looking forward to seeing this completed..

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 04:30 AM

Very nice work!! And thank you for that 1:1 picture of old 402. I have one to build again one day, and I will be putting the 3408 in it too.

Mark

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 01:37 AM

Yeap, nice work so far...

Kostas.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 11:31 PM

Hello there,
I finished the engine. Still not positive that the engine in Bill Signs unit is of the same color as the truck. But it is painted already. I used GSI 28 lightened by a drop or two of white. I added the plumbing and reworked the belts and puleys. Not a 100 % accurate but it is my first try.

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Here is a few mock-up shots of the engine in the frame.

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Still some colour imperfections but they will be fixed.
Till next round

Jarda

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 12:30 AM

The engine is very realistic.

Tim

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 02:10 AM

Excellent job, Jarda.

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 11:10 AM

This is a very nice build the details just make it better.
I have two of these myself and I'm glad I ran across your accurate details that will make it more like the real one.
Thanks for showing us.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:43 AM

Love the detail,It is always good to do your research before you start building, that can be just as much fun as building itself

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 08:34 AM

Again, I couldn´t resist and made me the brake details to rear axles. Not 100% accurate but still better than empty wheels. I used only a junk plastic sheets and a wire. The brake drums are made of a plastic stripe. I coudn´t find any tube.

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