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#41 bandit1

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 12:03 PM

Reference material such as photos of the firewalls?

Tim

Reference material such as photos of the firewalls?

Tim


that and anything else tim THANKS :D

#42 mackinac359

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 04:35 PM

Try here plus any of the "Peterbilt vacation" fotki pages off my site www.timstrucks.com - if you can't find what you are looking for, drop me an email and I can dig through more pics.

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http://timstrucks.si...t/PB_detail.htm


that and anything else tim THANKS :D



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Posted 31 March 2012 - 06:19 AM

Wow! I would offer to take some detail pics from the assembly line, but it looks like you have the details down. Amazing job. Please keep us posted.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:12 AM

Some details are easy to find. Some others not. I didn´t want to have the bottom of the cab with no details so I put some lines in there. You can see they end nowhere... for the lack of details of this part.


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The cab and sleeper are glued to the frame. The hood can still be removed. The air filter just sits on the engine. I will glue it later.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:21 AM

Very nicely done. Great details.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:10 AM

So far I didn´t have any serious problems with parts fitting. But now I had to deal with a geometry issue. It was probably my fault but the under cab fairings didn´t fit quite right. Everything was okay on the passenger side but the driver side... oh, Lord!

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Also, the upper edge of the fairings was supposed to be glued to the cab lower edge. But there´s a gap between these parts on the real truck. I wanted to keep this gap on my model too. So I´ve done these channels to keep the distance and make a solid joint.

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Still the gap was different on each side. I did some adjustments and accepted this compromise.

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But... another problem occured when I test fitted the roof horns and the aero shield...

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The pic is no good but the horns and the aero shield didn´t fit right. I had to drill new holes to the sleeper roof.

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Edited by truckabilly, 26 April 2012 - 07:12 AM.


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Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:25 AM

Now it fits a lot better. But what do I do with the extra holes? I am not sure if I can fill in the extra holes and repaint the spots without a trace. Someone advised me to install another horns in there. I don´t know. I´ve never seen it this way. Before I make the decision, there is a progress on another parts. I finished the coil cables for the trailer connection.

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I installed them onto the truck. The spring is a lead wire 0,4 mm winded around another wire. The loop holding the coil cables is an adhesive tape. I joined two layers with the sticky sides facing each other. The black hose is an electric line. The glad hands are scratch built.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:36 AM

Also in place are the fuel tanks. The Alclad chrome should look better but some tricks I have yet to learn. The stripes are photo etched and have natural nickel finish.

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The rear fenders are in the kit´s chrome. They come from RoG 359.

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The wipers and sun visor:

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That´s all for now. Any ideas how to get rid off the extra holes?

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 11:17 AM

Very nice detail work!

Tim

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 10:28 AM

Thank you Leo. I was thinking about something like this myself. The question was... do I have the guts? Well, here is what have done. I superglued the styrene rods in the holes and cut the flush with the roof, just like you suggested. Then I tried to smooth sand the spots but the superglue was not willing to cooperate too much. So I used a bit rougher sand paper and I never got rid off the marks. My fault, I shouldn´t have worry too much about the size of the sanded spots.
I used a darkened shade of the original colour for the first few layers. I needed that dark shade for better coverage of the white ends of the rods and the light spots from the sand paper work. I sparayed a few thin layers and smooth polished them with the GT31 finishing cloth of GSI. Then I lightened the shade again to prevent too much dark spots from building up. Again, I polished each layer with the GT31 cloth. Finally I added one layer of paint over the whole roof. This will be wax-polished after the paint cures. Here is a few pics.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 10:32 AM

A few more:

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The repair is not perfect but I have learned a few new things and I will do better next time, if needed.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 03:37 PM

Wow! Something amazing on this site everyday.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 03:52 AM

Very realistic detail work,excellent work

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 02:47 PM

Wow! All I see is one magnificent build! Weathering, details, everything! You, Sir, are a very talented builder! Your paintjob is breathtaking, this has got to be one of the prettiest paintjobs I've seen in a looong time! Wonderful job on repairing the holes in the sleeper roof. As for alignment problems of the side skirts... On the real deal they didn't stay plumb and perfectly aligned for very long. Little things like jumping up on the steps repeatedly or light contact with a foreign object or even hitting a large pothole and jarring the attachment points could and would misalign body panels. Yours is spot on perfect! It has a VERY realistic look about it!

Another thing; You said that your roof repairs weren't perfect. That just gives the truck more character. It looks like a well maintained, very much cared for, working vehicle. I've seen many a rig with a paint patchjob here and there where the color is just slightly off or the patch is glossier than the older paint. I've done a few of these myself... :rolleyes: On such a large vehicle, it just doesn't pay to repaint a whole panel just to repair a little gouge or scrape. Once you get the fairing mounted, you'll never know it was patched. If someone comments on it, tell them their looking to closely! :) ;)

Again, very well done! I really look forward to seeing this completed.

Edited by Wagoneer81, 01 May 2012 - 02:55 PM.


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Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:01 AM

Thank you very much. The truck is getting to be complete. One of the last things I had to deal with was the exhaust piping under the frame. Even though I read the warning by Tim Ahlborn that brackets on the frame may play ugly tricks, I had to find out myself. And I got into a trouble. Again...

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The pipes were much too far from the brackets. So, I added a pair of tin stripes to make it look better.

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Here´s one of the bottom side slightly weathered.

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I used some photo etched parts. Here is the lower mount of the stack.

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I guess these were the last pictures before the model is complete.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:06 AM

Beautiful weathering on the chassis and exhaust !

Tim

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 12:08 PM

Looks fabulous. Nice and wheathered build.
Looking forward to see her done.

Kostas.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 03:08 PM

That is some outstanding detail work you do. I enjoy checking out your models they always look real.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 11:14 AM

Thank you very much for your nice comments.
Aero Kit Pete is finished. Just one last part is missing... the grab handle behind the sleeper door. I haven´t noticed that it is not there yet when I took the pictures. I will take more pictures later with the handle added. For now enjoy these:

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 11:23 AM

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I took the model to the Beskyd Kit Show (Czech Rep.)last weekend. The 378 standing next to it is not mine.

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