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Jim B

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California Trucks

31 August 2014 - 01:47 PM

So a couple of weeks ago I was in San Diego, CA, for vacation; and I was looking at the trucks on the roads.  The trucks in California are very different from the ones we have here in New York (well, a lot of things are different about California, but that's another story :) ).  One of the setups that caught my attention were single drive axle tractors pulling tandem single axle belly-dump trailers.  I'm not sure about the rest of the country, but I'm pretty sure that wouldn't fly here in New York.  Especially driving them down city streets! :o


Now, about these set-ups.  Are both of the trailers 28ft semi-trailers with a dolly under the second trailer; or is it one semi-trailer and the second one is a full trailer (no dolly & two axles).  It's more of an academic question as scratch building something like that is way out of my league.



GW Trucks White Road Boss Hoods - In-Box Review

12 July 2014 - 02:05 PM

Recently I was asked by a fellow modeler to post some pics of the GW Trucks White Road Boss hoods that I have, so I decided to do a little "in box" review.


In the 1970s, the White Corporation offered the Road Boss conventional.  This truck came with three BBC options: 122", 108", & 92".  AMT offers the White Road Boss in the 122" BBC, and until recently if you wanted either the 108" or 92" BBC your only option was to modify the AMT hood.  Enter GW Trucks.  Gary Wallace, owner of GW Trucks, offers both the 108" & 92" BBC hoods which are cast in clean, white resin.  Below is a comparison of the three hoods:






Shown in front of the 92" hood are the fenders which will have to be attached to the cab & the air intake bracket.


This is a side view on the AMT hood (which I think we are all familiar with):



Here is a side view of the GW Trucks 108" hood:



And here is the 92" BBC hood (popular with New England fleets):



Both of Gary's hoods have very crisp detail, and use the AMT grill & headlight buckets without modification.  I will state that my copy of the 108" hood does have a crack on the curb-side fender, but that should be an easy repair.  Also, as you can see above, the GW Truck hoods do have a thin membrane where the grill will go.  This will have top be removed by the modeler prior to installation so the AMT hood tilt hardware can be used.  Gary tried to make the hoods so they would be able to make use of as much of the AMT hardware as possible for an easier conversion. 


108" Hood with Grill:



And a couple of views of the 92" hood:





For pricing & information on these hoods, please contact Gary Wallace of GW Trucks at gwtrucks@yahoo.com.

1/35 Shapeways Shop

09 July 2014 - 07:59 AM

I saw this over on KitMaker Network, and I thought some of you guys might find it interesting:



Most of the parts are 1/35, but they could probably be used in some 1/32 with out too many issues.

Driverless Trucks?

09 July 2014 - 07:39 AM

Well, looks like Mercedes-Benz is pushing the envlope of driverless technology.  Wonder what the lawyers think? :huh:




It's an interesting exercise, none the less.

FASNY Musuem of Firefighting

07 July 2014 - 05:04 AM

Over the Fourth of July weekend, I spent some tome with my wife's family in the Catskill Mountains south of Albany, NY.  One of the things I managed to get to was the Fireman's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) Museum of Firefighting in Hudson, NY.  While I was expecting a small but nice museum I have to admit that I was plesently suprised by the size of the musuem & the variety of artifacts & apparatus on display.  It was a little overwhelming (in a good way).

The museum covers firefighting from the Roman Empire through today.  Artifacts include gear & tools from colonial New Amsterdam & New York to modern equipment.  There were hand-drawn pumpers & carts, elaborate horse-drawn pumpers & steamers of the Voctorian & Edwardian eras, and a large collection of 20th century apparatus.  The oldest apparatus is a 1731 Newsham Pumper.  The museum even had several pumpers for kids of all ages to "gear-up & climb aboard".  These vehicles included a 1972 Ford C800, a 1968 Ford F850, a 1952 Dodge brush truck, and a 1924 Afhens (I think).  All in all it was very cool.  Here are some pictures that I did manage to take.


Apparatus Room



1902 Hayes


1916 American-LaFrance


1950 Autocar


1965 American-LaFrance 900 Series
(yes, that's an American-LaFrance 700 Series behind the 900 Series)


It was a very nice trip, and I definately want to go back with the kids  as i think they will enjoy all of the "hands-on" activities.  Here is the museum's Website: http://www.fasnyfiremuseum.com/