Long Hauler 379 - 119
Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:48 AM
This is another project that I started. Even though it is the 378 by the box title and the parts included, I like the box art 379 better. And, since there´s a great tutorial on Tim Ahlborn´s web sites how to convert the 378 hood in the 119 BBC 379 hood, I followed the instructions and started the 379.
I also changed the firewall since some of the elements are mirror-inverted.
The front leaf springs of the kit are in a strange arrangement. I changed them to look more like the real deal. Two leafs on each side is enough for a highway tractor.
So, that´s the start. Thanks for watching and comments, criticism and ideas are welcome.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 08:30 AM
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Posted 11 August 2012 - 08:03 AM
Better get rid of the tabs on those fuel tanks!
Thanks for the reminder. I hope I won´t forget because the fuel tanks will be some of the last items I will put on the model.
looking good! what did you use for ubolts on the springs?
The U-bolts on my spring is nothing but 1mm copper wire bended around the spring centre-piece.
Thanks everyone for your comments.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 08:16 AM
I want to keep the steering operable but it requires additiona thickness to the turning pins so that the joints were firm. So, I added a beer can stripes around the pins.
Posted 11 August 2012 - 12:31 PM
Posted 11 August 2012 - 02:39 PM
The kit springs are, well, strange. Nothing a highway spec 378 would have. I suspect that Italeri sliced up the 377's springs (which aren't right either) to make the short-stack springs the 378 has.
So Tim....since you said that about the 377 ....what are they suppose to look like?...that way ill correct that on my "Future dump" project!
and ill be watching this one ....cause i am in the planning stages for my 379 ex hd project!
Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:08 AM
Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:24 AM
The air springs will be painted separately. I will get them in place after the frame is painted too.
Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:21 AM
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 08:42 AM
Posted 29 August 2012 - 08:53 AM
An unexpected help came from my daughter while I was working on the fuel tanks. She wanted to try some grinding too.
She seemed to enjoy it. I hope she doesn´t plan to replace me behind the workbench.
Posted 29 August 2012 - 09:27 AM