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#61 rcdave

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 11:58 AM

The steps look good, I really don't like the diamond plate that comes with the kit. Does the fifth wheel cover mean you don't plan to do a trailer?

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 04:27 PM

That is looking Great

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 03:51 AM

As always mate, incredible work B)

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 04:14 AM

How about flat black?

I use google translate to open this forum that has like 30 of Christians builds.
http://translate.goo.../f13-camions-us


I have been following this website for a while, Christian is an amazing builder. There are a few builds where he actually has a large 4x8 sheet of flat stock in his garage that he cuts out sections and actually fabriates full cab and sleepers! I would put this guy as like the model guru lol.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 05:51 AM

Thanks for the comments fella's much appreciated.

So these simpler truck kits can be made to be a challenge.

Well for me it is, as I havent built a truck before :lol: .And not doing it box stock kinda makes it a bit challenging doing some of the custom work and mods.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 06:05 AM

Does the fifth wheel cover mean you don't plan to do a trailer?

No trailer planned at this stage as I dont have any in my kit stash.But if I was going to hook up a trailer I think a car carrier would be the go.
With that being said ,il make the cover removable just in case I do get a trailer sometime in the future.

I have been following this website for a while, Christian is an amazing builder. There are a few builds where he actually has a large 4x8 sheet of flat stock in his garage that he cuts out sections and actually fabriates full cab and sleepers! I would put this guy as like the model guru lol.

Yep, Christian is an amazing builder for sure.He's got some serious fab skills.
What I find impressive about his truck builds is most if not all are spot on replica's of 1:1's

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 05:05 AM

Thanks Michael.
"Sassy" :blink: :lol:

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 05:54 AM

Here you go Brandan and others,so much for a short how-to. :rolleyes:

Apologize in advance for it being so long,just wanted to show each step clearly and hopefully its easy to understand.

Anyways this how I made the rear fender/guards.


Start by measuring the tyres diameter and width.
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Find a suitable container that is simular in diameter to the tyre and has a seam going down the centre on both sides.
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On a piece of paper or cardboard,with a compass draw the tyre diameter,then add 2mm and draw the
outside shape of the guard/fender.
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Subtract 4mm on the compass setting and draw in the inner lip.
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Edited by Cool Hand, 21 September 2012 - 07:32 AM.


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Posted 21 September 2012 - 06:09 AM

Continued.


Transfer the drawn dimension's from the cardboard/paper to some 1mm styrene sheet x4
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Cut out,shape the top radius and sand a small bevel/angle(hard to see in the pics) around the radius and side edges.
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Mark the centre seam on the container.
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Using a razor saw cut the top portion off using the lip as a cutting guide.
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Add 4mm to the width measured from the tyres earlier and set a compass to that measurement.Using the top of container as a guide scribe around it.
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Using caution and go easy as the container will break if too much pressure is applied.
Cut the width first then cut along the seams.
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Edited by Cool Hand, 21 September 2012 - 12:22 PM.


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Posted 21 September 2012 - 06:13 AM

Continued.


Cut some more 1mm styrene to the width dimension's and the length of sides with a few extra mm added.Sorry didnt get a pic of this but the following pics will explain.

Overview of components
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Scuff the inside edges of the top radius piece with a coarse sanding stick or 320 grit,this will help the ca glue adhere better.
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Set up a jig simular to this.
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Postion the radius piece against the back,postion the other piece with lines facing down and clamp it.Measure both sides making sure they are equal.
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 06:17 AM

Continued.


Using ca glue run a good bead around where the pieces join.Allow time for the glue to set.
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Flip it over and repeat the previous steps,dont forget to make sure the lines are on the outside.
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Postion the other side pieces ,but only glue them to the edge of the radius piece.Allow glue to set.
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 06:25 AM

Continued.


Reposition the side against the back and push the pieces together, clamp and glue.

Once glue has set up repeat for the other side.
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When fully made, run a bead of glue over all the joins inside and out.Allow glue to set.
Looks rough with all the glue on the outside.Next step will fix that up.
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With 320 grit and a coarse sanding stick,sand and blend all the outside joins smooth.Try not to remove lines when sanding.
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Using a dremel with a sanding drum attached grind out the inner shape of the guard/fender.
And remove excess material on the sides.
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Edited by Cool Hand, 21 September 2012 - 07:35 AM.


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Posted 21 September 2012 - 06:32 AM

Continued.


Work out how much ground clearance is required,i chose 6mm.
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Find some sort of flat material that matches the ground clearance mesurement ,and use this a guide and mark the bottom of the guard/fender.I used two pieces of 3mm acrylic.
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Mark around all the edges.Then cut off with a razor saw
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Well there you go thats how I made the guard/fenders.
Final step is de-burr and round off edges and sand all surfaces with 400 grit and they are ready for a coat of scratch filler primer.
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Well hope that helps,probly many other better ways to make them.But this is how and what worked for me with the materials,tools and minimal skills I have.

Edited by Cool Hand, 21 September 2012 - 07:36 AM.


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Posted 21 September 2012 - 03:33 PM

Good Tutorial Luke, thanks for that mate, good preparation leads to an excellent result B)
Remember the one I did on the other forum using the Rattle Can Lids :rolleyes: !

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 04:32 PM

Thank you very much for the tip on the fenders. Great step by step!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 06:50 AM

great tutorial! they turn out way better than mine for sure i wish i had half your skill lol i just got the parts to finnish my left side fender hopfuly this weekend!

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 03:34 PM

Excellent tutorial Luke, maybe you should copy it into a new thread in the 'Tips and Tricks' section of the forum too, for easy finding?
Not a truck builder (yet lol), so I may never use this tutorial, but I appreciate the to-the-point explanation and super-clear pics as much as the next bloke.
Build on man :)

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 05:01 PM

Decision has been made with the paint fella's,Tamiya TS-14 gloss black.
Cheers for the suggestions though.


No doubt... and a "Lead City Customs" decal

Thanks for the updates Luke

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 06:07 AM

Alright, where we at with this beast?
I'm working on the Kenworth counterpart and following the steps! The suspension is even easier to lower on this one! The hood and battery boxes would be difficult to relocate if I lowered the cab on the frame as you did so it stays at the stock level. I took your method for lenghtening the frame. It's starting to look pretty good! I'm deciding on a DD 8V71 from the Titan or an 8V92 from the General now to replace the Cat. I broke a rear axle while working on the suspension so I got the rear wheels and metal axles from an AMT Freightliner.
I'm not highjacking your post! I'll start my own subject when I get pictures for this one! ;)

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 11:19 PM

Thanks fella's,
Glad the how-to will help some of you.

No doubt... and a "Lead City Customs" decal

Thanks for the updates Luke


Dont you know it will have a L.C.C decal some where. ;)

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Not much to report progress wise.
Have applied primer on a majority of the components,just waiting for that to dry then il be back to making some more progress.

Look foward to seeing your Kenworth build.