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#1 TokyoDrift99

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 06:38 PM

Hey guys, this is my first build ever. I got it for Christmas from my brother, and I thought I was never going to finish it! Well I finished it about a month ago and I think it turned out so-so. The paint came out better than expected (testors one coat lacquer) it only has one run, and it is on a front fender. However there is no detail paint, a poor interior and no bmf. I only used one of the gaudy decals, that is on the back of the truck. Also the windshield is missing due to overspray because I forgot it was on there. Also, how do you truck guys afford to build trucks??? I understand this one is like 20 bucks, but I really love the KW Wrecker kit but I can't drop the coin. Seriously $70+ for a model, that is insane. I think I'll just stick to cars and pickups :-( . Finally, can you guys give me some pointers on my work? I don't care if you say it is bad, just tell me what I can do better.

 

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 09:24 PM

Good first attempt. Keep at it is the best advice. I learn something from every build I do. Look at the forum for advice on your future builds. Magazines are worth a look. Car guys do some cool stuff that can be applied to trucks such as bare metal foil, airbrushing and panel lines. Maybe get a couple of 1/32 trucks to practice on as well. Cheers

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 09:34 PM

Real nice build, you did a good job...



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:02 AM

To be honest, this isn't a bad build at all.....You did a very good job getting those infernal wheels and tires together....I've found that it depends on the model, itself, as to whether or not they go together right or not....Yours looks good....And the paint came out quite nice, as well....And if you hadn't said there was no windshield, we wouldn't have known.... :D Looks good thataway.....And I'm with you on the decals....You've used them quite tastefully.....I like it....Very nice work....


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 05:12 AM

Pretty impressive, and your ahead of the game as you finished it.  As said the paint looks nice. 

You can make this build "Pop" a little more by painting the door latches with a chrome silver or aluminum paint. Use tape to mask around them if you dont trust the steadiness of your hand (mine gets me every time ) Maybe add a touch of amber to the clearance lights up on the roof . You can slide a piece of masking tape under the are to be painted to keep from accidentally painting the roof.

Nice to see another truck builder B)



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:33 PM

Bradley, Looks very nice. I think your paint work is smooth and I like the shade you used. Your conservative use of decals works nicely (Give it the look of a long-range, fleet truck).

 

As JT said, it can be a real trick to get the tires to seat properly on the rims, looks like you got yours together quite well.

I've built 8-10 of this particular kit. The level of detail versus the lower price tag makes these kits prime for experimentation with customizing (they're quite east to convert to anything from a single axle, day-cab to a stretched-frame/big sleeper rig). With a bit of practice, you might be able to build one of these into that wrecker you mentioned.

 

For detail work, I've found "Sharpie" markers to be quite useful. Black and silver are great for trim/moldings (as well as touch-up on other painted parts). Red, amber, orange etc are excellent for chrome parts into colored lenses  (turn signals, marker lights etc). Finally, to mirror the comment by Ben, keep at it, each build will teach you something new that will help you improve on the next one.

 

Keep at it and welcome to the Truckin' side!

 

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:33 PM

To be honest, this isn't a bad build at all.....You did a very good job getting those infernal wheels and tires together....

The wheels and tires were a royal pain, I used the back of my palm, and most of my body weight to get them together. My wrist hurt for a few days! No joke!

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:52 PM

Thanks for the kind words everybody! I am working on the monogram f-250 as of now and I can't get the messed up paint off. Anyways, my favourite truck is the Kenworth w900 so I think my next kit will be the Revell Kenworth w900. Does anybody know where I can get a sun visor for that kit?

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:22 PM

good looking rig ya got there! my theory so far [only back into building since sept last year] is detail the heck out of what the box gives ya. a little color here and there makes a huge difference [in my eyes anyway]. I don't know jack about big rigs, other than I like the looks of them, and like building them, so I try to add color to engines, shocks, etc., and try to detail the dash as best I can. biggest thing you can do, as mentioned earlier, is to paint the cab lights/tail lights/turn signals. if you don't have it already, testors has metallic amber paint and red metallic paint for just this purpose, and it makes a huge difference. it's the little things that can really make a model 'pop'.

 

this was my first build after 20+ years away from it, not perfect, but a little paint here and there brought it to life,

 

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:36 PM

Looks good for a first build and as others have pointed out, a little detail painting and Bare Metal Foil can go a long way towards a very realistic looking model.

 

Two words to consider when building- Patience and Practice

 

In due time you will be knocking em out, but remember this is supposed to be fun so take your time and enjoy!



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:45 PM

good looking rig ya got there! my theory so far [only back into building since sept last year] is detail the heck out of what the box gives ya. a little color here and there makes a huge difference [in my eyes anyway]. I don't know jack about big rigs, other than I like the looks of them, and like building them, so I try to add color to engines, shocks, etc., and try to detail the dash as best I can. biggest thing you can do, as mentioned earlier, is to paint the cab lights/tail lights/turn signals. if you don't have it already, testors has metallic amber paint and red metallic paint for just this purpose, and it makes a huge difference.

I try to detail stuff, but my local hobby shop absolutely shafts me, it's around $4-$5 for a little bottle of Testors/Tamiya/Model Master paint.

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 03:08 PM

got a hobby lobby or michaels store near you? hobby lobby usually has a great selection of paint and kits, and they have a 40% off coupon every week. check them out if you can.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:09 PM

got a hobby lobby or michaels store near you? hobby lobby usually has a great selection of paint and kits, and they have a 40% off coupon every week. check them out if you can.

I live in a small town, and the nearest Michaels is about 55 minutes away. I have to go up that way for a doctors appt next Tuesday, so I'll ask my mom if we can swing by.

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:50 PM

Good looking build on this one man.

Keep up the nice building and take the advice given here for building anything ,it's the little details that stand out the most sometimes.

Big Rigs are a slow build out of the box so that's the norm the better the truck the more parts to deal with so don't let that stop you from doing more trucks.

God Bless



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 06:44 PM

The people who have responded so far are right on target. You have an excellent skill set base to move forward from. Paint work is very solid, assembly technique is way ahead of the game for a build at this point of experience. It is good to see a younger modeler take up trucks. Do not let the skyrocketing prices discourage you. There are ways around that. A lot of the Round 2 rereleases can be had on Ebay for less than $30.00 + shipping. Sometimes places like Hobbylinc or Tower Hobbies have reduced or free shipping specials. When the White Freightliner Cabover was rereleased, my favorite truck model for my childhood days, I scooped up a case of them, (6), with no shipping, and they were only $26.99 each. The first one I ever laid my hands on cost $3.95 at Kmart. It was a first run kit, that goes back a ways. A lot of Ebayers are parting kits out now. Look for a wrecker body by itself, combine that with the Revell W900, and there you go. Use the creativity you obviously have to obtain your kits as well as build them and you do not have to go broke to keep this as your hobby. Sometimes, combining various kits produces some intersting results.

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These are both conglomerations of AMT cabs and  interiors together with Revell of Germany frames and engines. The basic building blocks to these 2 models were obtained from kits parted out on Ebay, with a cost of under $25.00 each. It can be done on the cheap. With your skills, I would hate to see money be the determining factor when it comes to building what you want, and have a knack for. PM me about KW parts.

Best of luck to you.

Mark.



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 12:14 PM

The people who have responded so far are right on target. You have an excellent skill set base to move forward from. Paint work is very solid, assembly technique is way ahead of the game for a build at this point of experience. It is good to see a younger modeler take up trucks. Do not let the skyrocketing prices discourage you. There are ways around that. A lot of the Round 2 rereleases can be had on Ebay for less than $30.00 + shipping. Sometimes places like Hobbylinc or Tower Hobbies have reduced or free shipping specials. When the White Freightliner Cabover was rereleased, my favorite truck model for my childhood days, I scooped up a case of them, (6), with no shipping, and they were only $26.99 each. The first one I ever laid my hands on cost $3.95 at Kmart. It was a first run kit, that goes back a ways. A lot of Ebayers are parting kits out now. Look for a wrecker body by itself, combine that with the Revell W900, and there you go. Use the creativity you obviously have to obtain your kits as well as build them and you do not have to go broke to keep this as your hobby. Sometimes, combining various kits produces some intersting results.

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These are both conglomerations of AMT cabs and  interiors together with Revell of Germany frames and engines. The basic building blocks to these 2 models were obtained from kits parted out on Ebay, with a cost of under $25.00 each. It can be done on the cheap. With your skills, I would hate to see money be the determining factor when it comes to building what you want, and have a knack for. PM me about KW parts.

Best of luck to you.

Mark.

Thanks for the advice! I will definitely keep you in mind if I ever need Kenworth parts.



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 12:58 PM

Top notch work good to have you aboard . Your rig looks great paint looks good .Dont be put off by a little run we have all done it most messups can be fixed or hidden with a little weathering!

 

 

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 01:25 PM

Great looking model, especially for a first effort. Welcome, and I hope to see a lot more of your work. It's always good to see a new modeler who has talent progress over time.



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Posted 07 May 2014 - 03:49 PM

This is my 1st build in 10 years, keep at it and the ideas will start flowin and you might find yourself unable to think inside the box, i cant, even when i try i still find myself outside of it. Yours looks good, you got some brad, keep it up

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 08:09 PM

Very nice work, especially for a first build!