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#61 #1Volsfan

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 05:34 PM

Man that's one nice Prostar! Can't wait to see it finished and see your trailer with it.



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 01:46 AM

great work! I have the same kit, can't wait to start it.



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 02:34 AM

That is absolutely beautiful Tom!!! Looking forward to seeing the trailer built. you're definitely in the home stretch on this, and I need to stop trying to over detail that mess I'm building! :lol:

 

Keep it going, it's really awesome!!! B)



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 02:22 PM

thanks guys, much appreciated :)

 

Jim, door decals will be determined by how I do the trailer, still rolling ideas around on that, and thinking of how to incorporate some sort of logo, so time will tell on that.

 

well, I think tomorrow night is going to be the last bit of work to complete this build [as far as the truck itself is concerned], I have the entire cab together now, back wall is detailed and installed with all the fairing braces etc., got the tail lamps painted, exhaust crossover glued on finally, cab door handles BMF'd and painted, prostar door emblem decals on, wipers on, and got the lenses in the visor [man those are some tiny bits!] and decals on the hood.

 

So it looks like tomorrow is going to be final cab fit and glue to chassis, add mirrors and visor, and hope it all looks ok :D

 

then it will be trailer time, stay tuned, and thanks for following along.............



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Posted 12 June 2014 - 12:09 AM

This Prostar came out great! Your attention to details really makes it pop...looking forward to the trailer...job well done :)  



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Posted 12 June 2014 - 03:32 PM

thanks again guys, look for an under glass topic, 'cause she is done :D

 

 

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will post more pic's there when I make a thread.

 

thanks again for following along.



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Posted 14 June 2014 - 07:48 AM

Tom great WIP thread I have one of these waiting for me to build and your build here has provided some real good tips. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 10:53 AM

Dan, it's a great kit, only a few minor issues to deal with. you will enjoy  building it.

 

i guess i should mention the following issues i did have, again, minor, but slightly frustrating just the same.

 

 

engine/radiator assembly......kind of odd the way it's done per instructions, rad. assm. just sort of is 'out there' and all that holds it together is the fan and turbo duct work, i think when i do another one, i will mount the motor in the chassis, then install the rad assm. another thing [if i remember correctly] the instructions say to install the front axle before engine install, as luck would have it, i didn't, and it made it way easier to get the engine/rad assm in place [allowed me to spread the frame to get it all in there] now i say this all, because the rad assm also makes part of the 'groove' that the hood hinges sit in [if you've followed Marshalls build, he had a bit of an issue here as well], so i don't know if it would be better to A, leave axle off until motor/trans is in, B next install axle, C put in radiator assm, D install turbo duct work. it went together ok, but there has to be a little bit better/more accurate way to glue it all in there so it all lines up proper the first time. [or maybe it was just me?]

 

cab mounts, i neglected to fit the floor portion to the cab mounts early on. the rear mounts have 'pins' that go into 'holes' in the floor section. the fronts have slots in the floor that go along with the tabs in the front mounts. i had issues here. i enlarged the slots in the floor, but no go, couldn't get there from here, so what i did ultimately was to trim the tabs off the front mounts to make a flat surface, i then set the cab onto the rear mounts and once they were in position the cab sat level.

 

i think the only other issue for me, is the hood hinges are quite sloppy, maybe i did them wrong?

 

any other input on this would be cool, as i know it's a popular truck as of late. hope this all helps out in one way or another.



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 05:29 PM

Great observations and solutions to the problems facing this, otherwise, great kit.....



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 11:24 PM

thanks for the pointers Tom. I'm gathering bits and pieces for my build, your tips will come in handy for my build.

 

Is the paint an automotive paint?


Edited by window, 19 June 2014 - 12:02 AM.


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Posted 19 June 2014 - 01:44 AM

Matt, the paint i used is testors one coat lacquer [inca gold] and the clear i used is made for automotive applications, but comes in a spray can. not sure if i mentioned the name of it in an earlier post or not, but if i didn't, i will post the name of it later on.



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Posted 19 June 2014 - 09:00 AM

Fantastic work..the gold looks great on this truck!

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 02:38 PM

Matt, the clear coat I used is  'U-Pol' clear #1, I got it from the bodyshop that is part of the dealership I work for. I suspect though that testors clear will do the same job. I have found that after 3 coats of clear the shine starts to really develop, so I have been hitting everything with 5-7 coats, it really starts to 'pop' then.

 

Jeff, thanks, much appreciated :)



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Posted 19 June 2014 - 07:51 PM

thanks bill. looks great. I still haven't worked out what to paint mine yet!