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#1 signguy2108

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:52 AM

Owner-Operator Magazine Table Top Trucking? This was 1981, spelled my name wrong, but I got it in the magazine! Back then, that was almost as exciting as winning the lottery.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:06 AM

i remember i think it was overdrive magazine they used to have the truck of the month and the model truck of the month. but any how thats a really nice build you got there. do you still have that model?

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:33 AM

Sadly, it's gone. Had the old AutoWorld wheat bulbs for head & taillights W/ battery pack in sleeper. Overdrive & OO were about the best reference material back then. I bought em just for the model page! Thanks for the nice comments.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:02 PM

I used to subscribe to both magazines and I actually remember that issue and the story! B)
Where do the years go, they seem to pass so quickly. :(

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 01:39 PM

Is the Tidewater Trucker, Lou Kroack still around?

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 01:42 PM

Sadly, it's gone. Had the old AutoWorld wheat bulbs for head & taillights W/ battery pack in sleeper. Overdrive & OO were about the best reference material back then. I bought em just for the model page! Thanks for the nice comments.



The original Auto World catalog, in the model truck section had a photo of a truck and trailer with the Swanson logo on it. Anyone remember?

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 01:46 PM

Is the Tidewater Trucker, Lou Kroack still around?


Wasn't Phil Jensen the "Tidewater Trucker?"

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 02:08 PM

I rember too! back in the 70's I would stand at the counter looking at the models.. A few weeks ago a friend of mind was pickn in his barn and found 2 boxs filled with Overdrive(I think). Bet I spent 2HR looking at model of the month.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 02:41 PM

Wasn't Phil Jensen the "Tidewater Trucker?"


Ok, Lou was the Table Top Trucker.

What about Ken Conklin and Tim MacDonnel.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:03 PM

Thanks for reminding me. I've been trying all day to remember lou's name. Nice guy, we used to talk for what seemed like hrs. late at nite on the phone.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 02:26 AM

Cool.I have a few O/O magizines and about 12 years of Overdrive

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 02:01 PM

Lou Kroak is still around and still building. He's really into the 1/50 metal model trucks now. Same as Mark Savage. That Peterbilt is VERY nice and very deserving of being the winning model! Especially way back then! It's a shame we can't see it in color!

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 02:34 PM

Lou Kroak is still around and still building. He's really into the 1/50 metal model trucks now. Same as Mark Savage. That Peterbilt is VERY nice and very deserving of being the winning model! Especially way back then! It's a shame we can't see it in color!


He must be into his late 70s. Yes, I remember when he switched over to 1/50th scale models. I remember seeing several of his models in the magazine "Wheels of Time."

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 04:08 PM

Great memories. I think someday Tim's name will be part of that list.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 04:40 PM

WOW!!!!...remember seeing your very nice BIG 359 pete back in 1981 in O/O mag, a superb build indeed. Surely one of the best of 1981.
Can't help notice that this great kit is coming back in original box... in a few weeks :wub:

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:23 AM

Thanks, I'm blushing! Waiting for the return. reference pictures in hand. At least build something I can see to work on. Tried to find color pics of this truck, but I guess they're gone. It had a lot of detailing for the time, doesn't compare with what you guys are building now.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:34 AM

Cool! The only time I was in "Table Top Trucker" was a letter I wrote to Lou about paint jobs - he printed it in a 1975 issue and I still have that issue today.

I spoke to Lou about 10 years ago and sent him a printed out version of The Plastic Cowboy website. He really liked all the great trucks being displayed.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:38 AM

Really nice guy and always full of informatioN. Anything out there on him now?

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 11:04 AM

I have a few of the o.o. mag from 1979,and a few from other years put away.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 12:06 PM

;) MCM should make a Lou Kroak article,(one of the best waaaaay back), with a few of is 70's-80's trucks to his newer builtups, would be just great! :rolleyes: