Well this is my anual truck build. I chose to build a truck from the memories of my youthful days... I used to hang out with my friends at a BP garage of one of my friend's dad. A broker used to park his K100 on the lot behind that garage. It had the "Salem" (BJ and the Bear...) paint scheme in blue and white. I remember it had a Cummins, 6 spoke wheels in the back, aluminum discs in front, dual exhaust, half rear fenders, the gullwing front bumper had "Mich Inc" in a half-round on the doors. A rather common sight in the day, since I want to reproduce what I usually see on the road, I thought this one was a natural. So here goes for the description:
I'm using the steering metal front axle, the resin front disc wheels and mufflers from KFS. The rear wheels are from Auslowe with pressure buttons for the baby moons and A&N Michelin XDY traction tires. I'll be using the rear fenders from the RoG Peterbilt kit, I patterned grab handles from the RoG Kenworth K100 (still need work... but coming along.) I added some wiring and tubing to the Cummins and also for the brakes. I'm using automotive Ford metallic blue for the main color and will be using tamiya "pure white" for trim. I have some stripe decals from Scale truckin and photoetch door handles from KFS to complete the cab. I'm waiting for polished aluminum fuel tanks to come in from MCA trucks to complete the model. Now the pictures:
I installed the grill with the cab pivots at this point because the pivot pins are really tight and i didn't want to fight this with the full cab weight on the pivots at the end of the build. We'll see if this plan works properly later...
Here, you can see the front Wheel flaps that I made from printer paper and kenworth logos from the internet. I painted the rear of the flap with flat white tamiya spray paint and flat clear coated the front for some more thickness and protection.
The thread on the A&N tires look really good, there is some flash to remove from the inner diameter and from the outside as well but it cleans up nicely. i find the sidewall a little too slab sided but they look ok once installed on the rim... Go figure.
A nice view of the Auslowe spoke wheels, These are two piece, the spider and the rim. I ground off the center détails of the spider in order to stick the baby moon properly on the hub. I painted the nuts silver to add more pizzazz. These wheels are very well detailed to start with fit together nicely with minimal fuss. I also have a set of similar spoke wheels from KFS and are very similar. I'd say the KFS units are slightly better quality for finish. But these are excellent still. Since I like my models to roll, all the wheels on this model rotate. I installed aluminum tubing inserts in the hubs to match the AMT metal axles. The front Wheel setup is exactly the same as the italeri kits. One thing that is unfortunate is that nobody sells the Italeri type hub covers to lock the front wheel on the hub... Too bad! i had to steal some from my other kits.
A view of the photo etch exhaust shield, I'm not too familiar with this material yet, these are pretty stiff to roll. I have the tool to shape them, but it still take some work to get them to roll small enough. This exhaust kit has the aluminum tubing for the stack, the P-E shields and the P-E brackets, 2 resin mufflers and summary injstruction. The shields look really good once installed and you can order these with logos or plain. They all have round cooling holes though. Ok for Kenworth, but probably not for all trucks.
Ah yes, the KFS front disc wheels... These are very well detailed, so much so, that there is thread detail on the studs. No kidding!
I put some bare metal foil on the intake tubing. I'll have to fill in the kink at the joint here, these are pretty difficult to line-up if you're not careful...
I had a little more success with the exhaust and intake on the left side though. Watch this when you're building an AMT Kenworth.
So this is where I'm at right now, I am working on the painting the cab at the moment. More pics to come soon.
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Edited by BigBad, 27 July 2013 - 10:51 AM.