Last October I mentioned that JeffH was working on his version of the Boulder Dam AP. Well here are some pix of his work. A lot of progress in a relatively short time. He's shooting for NNL East to display it. We expect to prepare a backdrop of the dam construction site to go along with both trucks.
Here is the beginning of the two mixers that will be on the back of Jeff's rig.
And a bit more progress on the drums.
Here's what the truck looks like with the mixers mounted.
Jeff borrowed my truck to take off some of the detailing. When Boulder Dam was built some of the dumps were converted to haulers for the mixers.
That is indeed a very nice build, but I have a bad feeling you fell for the same mistake as almost all builders - just painting the grille mesh black. But on all the actual photos I found, the mesh itself was in body color. ( for example here: http://georgedennis....l-700-info.html ) Btw, any suggestions what material to use? I want to cut the grille out and put a custom mesh behind it, to give it a real see-through look, but there is no photo-etched set for this model, and probably won't be anytime soon.
Actually I did just that. I cut out the grill area and installed some brass photoetched mesh. I did paint it black, however.
The newer release is a problem child. The biggest challenge is to get the cab to sit properly on the frame. The two mounting points have to be glued on and if they are not perfectly alligned the cab won't be either. Also there have been problems with the frame not being straight even after it is put together. Look these pieces over carefully before you begin construction in case you have to do any adjustments to the frame rails. Here is a photo of one that I build last year after extending the frame for the rescue style body.