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How accurate is the AMT Freightliner COE model?


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#1 Repstock

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:47 PM

Are there any accuracy issues that need addressed?



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:29 PM

they were custom made to order trucks ,so most stuff is good.The headlighs are molded to high on the cab and the front axle is too wide.The instructions tell you to mount the cab tilt pump in the wrong place ,it should be  mounted horizontal inbetween the 2 left fueltank mounts 



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:21 AM

The headlight misplacement makes a big difference.  Most have accepted for over 35 years.  The modelers that have corrected that flaw have turned out great looking models.



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:59 AM

Headlights need to come down- this is how they look unmodified, from the kit-

IMG_28581-vi.jpg

 

Here's a real one- note that the bottom of the headlamp bezels are about even with the bottom of the upper grille panel.

8-vi.jpg

 

And yes, the front axle is also a bit wide (as can be seen in the pic of the model).

 

You might also want to look into changing the side step setup- from what I've seen and have been told, the ladder-type side steps used in the AMT kit weren't very common.



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Posted 18 April 2013 - 06:39 AM

The steps AMT used  are prototypes that were only on a few trucks mostly for truck shows. I've only ever seen one truck with them. The correct style of steps  are available from Porky at P & P vintage kits. You could also fill in the opening and use the small stirup steps that were standard. A quick google search of 1972 Freightliners will yield a gold mine of info.



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Posted 18 April 2013 - 10:22 AM

the widenes of the front axle have i changed to remove backingplate

looks better  part nr5

it works whit my old freightliner

next time i wil try the headlights

jacobus



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Posted 19 April 2013 - 01:44 AM

shave down the interior , it is a bit big .

Edited by Mr mopar, 19 April 2013 - 01:45 AM.


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 02:28 AM

what's the easy way to move the head lights down ?



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Posted 19 April 2013 - 05:41 PM

what's the easy way to move the head lights down ?


Hey Mark the easy way to do the headlights is cut off the corners and fill in the holes and the take some plastic tubing and make corners from it , then cut out your new holes for the head lights, just below where the kit one were. hope this helps you out.
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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:40 PM

If you go down to post 6 in this thread you can see both the lowering of the headlights and a single headlight conversion being done.

 

http://www.modelcars...showtopic=43064



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Posted 20 April 2013 - 02:15 AM

Thanks Doug and Aaron , I'll give it a try after I get my Peterbilt done.



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Posted 22 April 2013 - 08:31 AM

Sand down the peep window. Did a test fit last night and the cab had a budge.Don't forget the thickness of the clear peep window as well.