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#1 MustangGuy23

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:23 AM

I'm looking to convert a big rig chassis into a motorhome like the one below to pull my race trailer (Galaxie Limited tag along). What kit would you suggest based on the fact that this is my first big rig and I'll need to stretch the frame? Thanks for the help.

 

 

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:38 AM

That depends mostly one the type of Semi you like best.

 

The New Mobius International Prostar, would be the best for Accuracy.

Not many of the Older semi's were converted like that.

Unless they have been recently.

 

Most are Custom built on New chassis.

Sheet styrene is going to be the shell/body of the Home section.

 

If you wanted Less Sctratchbuilding, you could start with Revell-Of-Germany's Neoplan City Liner Bus.

They Are used as platforms too. More so actually.

Here you would only have to alter as many of the windows as you wish by painting, and confine

most of the scratchbuilding work to the Inside.

 

Having an MPC/Model-King AMT issue of the Open Road Mini-Motor home kit will help with some interior parts.

But you can also fine 1/2 inch scale Doll house furniture for this.



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Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:46 AM

I would love to use the Neoplan bus, but those kits are far too expensive for me (I'm one of the few young modelers out there). I'm not necessarily wanting the cab to like exactly like the picture. I just wanted to illustrate the over the cab bunk style.



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Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:22 PM

If you want an insane, super-heavy-duty looking rig, then a $20.00ish Revell 359 Pete or Kenworth W900 kit would be an easy conversion. Being that they're inexpensive kits, you can experiment with them without worrying about messing up an expensive kit. Also, being that the cab/sleeper floor and frame are molded as one piece, the frames don't have any flanges. You'd need to add flanges using some .040x .080 Evergreen strip to make them accurate and while you're doing that, it's easy to cut the frame and splice in some extra length.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:34 PM

Thanks!! I think I'm gonna go with the Revell 359 based on price. I just ordered the trailer and as soon as it gets here I'll order the truck. I'll probably start an "On the Bench" thread once I start the build.



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:31 AM

Dude iv got 6 revell peterbily kits and i like them !!!

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:18 PM

Seems to me that Monogram who later re- released a "Big Rig" in 1-32nd scale , had the chassis basics to do a "Light Duty " or Class II Motor home . I think it was a Peterbult . Regardless, , you need a substantial frame and heavy wheels . This chassis could then accommodate a 1-25th scale cab . If it were me , I'd simply scratch build a copy of a Winnebago or something like that . If you go to a Michael's , they had lots of these kits at one time .............


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:15 PM

I want it to have the Big Rig look though. I got my Galaxie trailer kit yesterday. I'm gonna start a thread in the "On The Workbench: Big Rigs" for the motorhome/trailer build.



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:56 PM

   I used the sides of a semi trailer, semi frame, used 16in 8 lug, and made my 71 dodge champion

   its 22 ft, or 11in long.  w/ the trailer.

   The other is a winnobaga,  same thing, its 12in long.

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