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#1 c-man405

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 02:16 PM

im looking to add a semi to my collection.. i would like an idea for a good beginer semi. i dont want a snap kit though.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 11:27 PM

Revell of Germany kits are good to work on,the Petes or KW'S
The Peterbilt doors open the KW's don't.
Italeri kits come with the cabs broke down like panels you may not want to mess with one of those for the first kit.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 01:09 AM

I would surgest you start with an AMT /ERTL truck first the revell kits are good but they can be a bit brittle and a bit fiddly . Early AMT rigs are a bit softer and easyer the instrutions are a bit vege but not to hard figure out . italiary kits have a gineric chassis / engines so they are not acurate but they are 1/24 not 1/25 like AMT and most revell trucks

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P/S your not related to the pelletier logging thats on TV are you :)

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 03:35 AM

I'd say get the AMT Peterbilt 352, but the re-issue from Round2 is not out yet.
That must have been the simplest kit I built this side of a snap kit for a truck.
The International Transtar 4300 gives very good results with nice features like a steering front axle that is quite simple to set-up
and sleeper doors that open. It also gives you the option to make a daycab or a sleepercab. I'd probably get that one first!
For the trailer, you have some options, you may want to start with a basic flabed, the easiest to build,
or the Fruehauf box trailer or if you are into logging trucks and want to combine 2 kits into one build, the Peerless logging which is simple enough too.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 04:08 AM

i know that you said no snap kits but the newer revell 1/25 scale pet or kw. is a good first semi dont get the newer lone star truck kit i just did that one as my third semi im first was a amt International dump truck

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 07:34 AM

thanks a lot guys you really gave me a good direction!!

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 05:24 PM

Almost any of the AMT kits are good for starters, but I would suggest the Ford L series van kits. They go together very well, and because of how many are still out there, they're relatively inexpensive. The Pete conventional would be right in there too.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 01:24 PM

Iam also building my first semi I purchased the Monogram 1/16 Peterbilt and so far it is coming along great and also the size allows for easy detail, hope this helps

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 07:59 PM

I have just ordered the new (re-release) AMT 1/25 White Western Star from Tower. I am new to trucks but have done a few aircraft over the years, recently some WWI stuff from Wingnuts here in NZ. Hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew with this AMT kit? I remember when I was growing up (in the 70's ) my mate and his brother had a few kits, couldn't tell you what they were now but I just know they were 'cool'. I can still picture them on display...

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 08:29 PM

That's a good straightforward kit. The instructions are good and should have no problems with it.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 06:16 AM

With the White Road Boss, the Western Star, the Diamond Reo just remember to install the hood before the cab.
That way you can adjust the fit between both by fidling with the cab mounts, you can't fit them together properly
the other way around even if the kit instructions tells you to do so.
It's just about the same rule of tumb for most other conventional (with hood, bonnet??...) truck kits.

Edited by BigBad, 27 September 2012 - 06:19 AM.


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Posted 27 September 2012 - 07:09 AM

If you need some custom "up close" pics of anything, just let me know. I drive a 2013 Pete day cab and have access to 2004 KW's and International.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 01:36 PM

I'll also suggest the Revell Peterbilt and Kenworth kits, don't let the snap kit label put you off. These kits are cheap, go together well and have a lot more detail than most expect when they see snap kit.

The re-issued AMT kits are a good bargain, but as with any older kits there can be fit issues. The Ford C-600 and the Louisville are pretty painless, although you do have to fiddle with the hood on the Louisville to get it to fit right.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 06:42 PM

I'll also suggest the Revell Peterbilt and Kenworth kits, don't let the snap kit label put you off. These kits are cheap, go together well and have a lot more detail than most expect when they see snap kit.


I have to agree with Aaron, don't let the snap label put you off to the Pete or Kenworth from Revell. It has a full engine and almost as much detail as a glue kit. Here is my unfinished Pete with the Revell of Germany car hauler and it's load of mostly diecasts.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 07:17 PM

G,day , geez i would have thought that the amt one's would have been the second one to go with . Because you have to make up the chassis first and if their not flat and square the whole trucks off . I'd go with the italeri truck as most of them already have the chassis done so he'd only have to build the rest around it .

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 04:10 AM

G,day , geez i would have thought that the amt one's would have been the second one to go with . Because you have to make up the chassis first and if their not flat and square the whole trucks off . I'd go with the italeri truck as most of them already have the chassis done so he'd only have to build the rest around it .

You're right, but the AMT cost half what the Italeris go for... Besides, you have to be careful with the separate paneled cab. But they give great results completed.

Edited by BigBad, 29 September 2012 - 04:12 AM.


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Posted 13 October 2012 - 05:12 AM

im looking to add a semi to my collection.. i would like an idea for a good beginer semi. i dont want a snap kit though.

Chosen your subject yet? Another suggestion would be the AMT IH Transtar 4300, it goes together very well, has nice details, front wheels steer and gives good results. As far as trailers go, I think the Moebius reefer is going to look good right out of the box.