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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