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#21 JamesW

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 01:19 PM

I gotta admit, this looks really good so far. I just can bring myself to do this to a kit that costs as much as they do.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 06:00 PM

thats cool i just bought one of these kits i cant wait to build it

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 11:06 PM

I really have to say one thing first- for all that's been said about how unclear the instructions are on this kit (and they are pretty lacking in areas), the kit goes together logically and quite well, once you have it all figured out, especially considering the high parts count! I still would not hand this kit to a novice, but considering I have practically no experience with building semi/large truck models (I can count all of my completed builds of said subject on one hand) this kit really hasn't fought me all that much.

Anywho, started work on the cab's finish. I used the salt technique and a little selective sanding to distress it- it still needs a bit of fine tuning, but this is the gist. Oh, those tabs molded along the rockers don't seem to serve any purpose, so I removed them after I snapped this photo.
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I recently saw an early 1990's-ish Freightliner with a piece of plywood in place of a broken sleeper window, so I cut a few thin scraps of birch to make such a panel for my Lonestar.
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I wanted to replicate a missing inside door panel, so the driver's side piece was filed down and openings were cut into it as shown. It's not a 100% accurate depiction of the 'nekkid' inner door structure, but it'll do for me. Much of it will be somewhat obscured one installed, anyhow.
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I stuck a parts-box power window switch onto the door, and used some scrap copper wires to represent the harness leading to the motor in the door. Just like the one in my buddy Matt's '81 Regal back in high school!
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I borrowed another cue from beaters I've seen and duct-taped a trash bag to the door to cut down a bit on drafts, and cover up the open holes in the door. The duct tape is BMF, while the trash bag is a small piece cut from a real trash bag. Another scrap of birch wood was glued across the top.
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The interior isn't too badly trashed- it's more or less inspired by the conditon of my cousin's old Transtar Eagle before it was hauled off. The ripped up driver's side bucket seat got a little duct tape of its own, a few old newspapers were strewn about, and there's a box from a wiper blade on the floor, and a case of Bar's Leaks nearby. The interior is also grimed up a bit. Might add a bit more, but those are the main elements.
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Hopefully I'll have the cab permanently installed later today, I guess we'll just have to see. B)

#24 Chuck Most

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:31 AM

Well, cab is installed for keeps... would have been sooner if I hadn't inadvertently broken the right rear cab mount. :blink:

Added a couple of stone pecks, one of which sprouted a crack.
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I assembled and painted the air intact ducts, and repaired a hole with an old Hills Bros. coffee can and (you guessed it) more duct tape. Hey, at least the tape is being used on an actual duct for a change!
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Here it is in place.
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And here is the hood installed- I did tweak the hinge a little for best possible fit, but getting close now!
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:07 AM

Shame a driver let a nice truck get in this poor shape needs his CDL pulled "LOL" Very nice job well done looks great love the duct tape and trash bag

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 06:48 AM

Well, in the final stretch now, next time you see her she'll be a done deal. B) Hopefully I'll have some finished pictures up this evening.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:08 AM

chuck i most say its a ramblin piece of junk , say i it alright but its have something nice
i know whit a crack in the windshield i came not inside for loading the send you away at the gate at the chemicalplant
and in the early years the big man looks in the weekends how your truck looks in the inside and mondaymorning he trow a bucket whit water inside no matter if you sits in the chear
if you keep it not clean and than he says firts cleaning for you hit the road

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:06 AM

Fantastic job.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 03:22 PM

'Ere she is. Plan is to eventually hook up an AMT livestock trailer, at which point I'll add the trailer lines.
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 03:23 PM

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:03 PM

It's a shame what you did to that truck, but it sure does look good.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:04 PM

so nice.I like the coffie can and missing door handle the most.Instead of a cattle hauler,how 'bout a car carrier with some of your way cool rat rods?

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:47 PM

What a pile of junk!!!! :P that ol' girl has seen better days,so many cool details done,my favorite is the window switch....I think making something to look like this is much harder than making a shiny show piece,awesome job Chuck!!!!

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:07 PM

Well done Chuck!!! B)

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:40 PM

Great model! But I never want to see a real lonestar like that.
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 08:15 AM

I was just about to say it looks like a farmer from ND must have owned it then I saw the signage. They use more grain trailers then cattle trailers up this way though. Good Job.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:57 AM

that truck looks like it would be right at home up in north jersey pulling containers around the piers.i like it!

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 12:14 PM

definately different

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 01:03 PM

Great job Chuck!

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 04:11 PM

You are certainly a skilled modeler.