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#1 Fat Brian

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 03:05 PM

I'm about half done with this kit, so far no real adventures. The most difficult things have been related to vague instructions, especially the stabilizer bars for the rear axle. I switched to the square tanks from the Titan 90 and painted the black along with the frame to give it a more work truck look along with going with a single stack. I'm also going to strip and paint the wheels to get rid of the chrome, I'm not sure what to do with the bumper. Even lower end trucks could have a chrome bumper and I really don't want it to be black, the blue is much darker than the pics show so something to lighten the look would be nice. I want to do some silver striping on the cab but I'm not sure what I want to do yet, since I paint with cans I want to keep it kind of simple so I don't have a lot of paint ridges.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 03:13 PM

Looks nice. I like the color.

One thing you could do with the bumper & wheels is to strip the chrome & paint them with Dupli-Color Bumper Chrome. Kind of gives them a brushed aluminum look. Tamiya Chrome Silver is nice, too; if you can find it.

Check out Model Truckin'. Jerry has lots of nice stripes for this cab. http://modeltruckin.com/store/

#3 Fat Brian

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 03:34 PM

There are a few sets of decals on there for this kit I want. I'm going to do this kit again as a dressed up custom and will use some of his decals for sure. I got some Krylon chrome and aluminium paint but both wrinkle so bad I'm not sure I want to use them on anything until I can stop the wrinkles.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 03:44 PM

I have to admit, I've never had much luck with Krylon. It never seems to dry for some reason.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:00 AM

Jim B, Krylon takes a week and a day to dry for me. Same for Rustoleum, unless I clear coat it right away and then that takes 3 days before you can touch it.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 01:23 AM

What I got is dry enough to touch in 15-20 minutes but it dries with the whole surface about the texture of a fingerprint.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 02:39 AM

I have one of these in the EXACT same color scheme. Mine's a logger.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:28 PM

hey coming along nicely instead try to find some spoke wheels for the back of your truck
most of my rattle cans are krylon it dries in 15 minutes. i rarely use clear on my trucks.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 04:55 PM

I got the wheels mocked up and put the single stack on.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 05:00 PM

Brian, Very nice build,and I really like the work look you have done. Also nice color.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:52 AM

You did a nice job on the cab, The cab was really hard because it came in pieces. You can't even see the seems. NICE JOB!!! can't wait until done.