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GMC 9500 short hood (AITM) with Tube Trailer (scratchbuilt)

GMC 9500/AITM

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#1 Plastheniker

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 01:31 PM

Hi everyone,

 

one of the most attractive truck designs ever is in my opinion the GMC 9500 short hood. With its compact, clean lines without any styling gimmicks it is unmistakable and looks quite modern even by today's standards.

 

I suppose any general remarks about the pros and cons of AITM cabs in an American forum would mean carrying coal to Newcastle, but you will probably notice some modifications I made, f. e.

  • I converted the cab from butterfly hood to the tilt hood version because of its more attractive fender design
  • I built the large chrome bumper typical for the GMC 9500
  • The massive resin grille/headlight unit did not look convincing at all, so I built a new one
  • I made mirror arms with realistic diameters from hypodermic needles
  • I built a complete new interior
  • A striking blemish of many finished AITM cabs is the use of a bed of white glue for  fixing the cab windows as AITM recommends. Firstly it is almost impossible to cut out the "glass" so accurately that it fits without any gap and without any kink, secondly the required large amount of white glue dries as a visible white ring around the windows. Instead I used a technique without any glue, preventing any gap between "glass" and window frame and any kink in the "glass". Probably you recognize the principle of this technique on the pictures.

The tube trailer was scratchbuilt.

 

As I prefer being completly free in the choice of my paintwork I lettered the rig with the fictious "AMGASCO".

 

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#2 Jim B

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 01:43 PM

Looks really nice.  I like the modifications you did to the cab.  Freat looking fleet truck.



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Posted 02 May 2013 - 02:58 PM

cool



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Posted 02 May 2013 - 04:24 PM

Wow! That is really nice!!!!!!!! Very nice work!!!!!!!!!



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Posted 02 May 2013 - 04:44 PM

very nice !!!



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Posted 03 May 2013 - 02:26 AM

nice job!!!



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 03:30 AM

Very nice, good looking combo. Excellent job on scratch built trailer.

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 08:12 AM

This has got to be the most beautiful GMC replica I have seen in a long time. You put a lot of excellent work into it and it shows. I like everything about it, your scratchbuilt trailer, the new grill, new dashboard with detailed gages, your choice of colors... It looks exactly like the ones I saw when I was a kid! Very nice job.



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 08:18 AM

excellent workmanship



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 11:00 AM

excellent workmanship

 

Oops, I forgot about your GMC General, Turbo 590! make that 2 of the best GMC`s I've seen in a long time!



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 02:34 PM

Excellent job!!



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 03:29 PM

That looks real good man.



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 04:58 PM

This has got to be the most beautiful GMC replica I have seen in a long time. You put a lot of excellent work into it and it shows. I like everything about it, your scratchbuilt trailer, the new grill, new dashboard with detailed gages, your choice of colors... It looks exactly like the ones I saw when I was a kid! Very nice job.

i agree 100 %



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Posted 05 May 2013 - 10:31 AM

Cool.

 

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 05:43 PM

Man, that thing is NICE.....Very nice work....Very clean build and a subject I've NEVER seen, before....This is one nice truck...



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Posted 05 May 2013 - 07:42 PM

WOW!  That is amazing.



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Posted 06 May 2013 - 03:17 AM

That is just outright spectacular.  Great job.



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 10:19 AM

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Thanks for your comments.

 

Each one of them is appreciated.

 

 

 

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 05:38 PM

You put a lot of effort in to this project and it really paid off. Absolutely fantastic job !!!!

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 04:05 PM

That's a great looking truck,and trailer