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  1. L700 modified

    Thanks for the feedback/corrections. We'll have to see what kind of junkyard finds I happen across. FYI - look close on engines. If I'm reading correctly, the L700 shows 185 hp diesel available. Peace
  2. L700 modified

    Picked up one of the Lindberg L700 Dodge's the other day. I'm toying with the idea of adding a tandem rear and (if possible) want to shoehorn a V8 diesel in it. If I read it right (debatable) a 555 Cummins along with tandem drive could be ordered from the factory. Regardless, has anyone ever tried dropping a diesel engine of any type in one of these? I'm thinking something like this. No plans to really start on it until the 1/16 Bison is finished. Peace
  3. If you happen to reside in the mid-Atlantic states, check out "Ollies - Good Stuff Cheap". They are much like Big Lots and buy up closeouts. Anyhow, they have what appears to be every Linberg model kit right now. I found numerous versions of the Dodge L700 kits including the chrome tanker trailer...CHEAP! I'm not saying they will have the kits in all locations nor for how long but if this is on your list, and an Ollies is close by, now is the time to snag 'em. Peace
  4. Chevy Titan 90

    VERY nice job. Your "shop" is great too. That's something I'd like to try....one day. Any suggestions on where to find that kind of "stuff" but not have to shell out an arm and a leg? Peace
  5. Mack R no frills

    Yup. I'll blame the fuel tank, battery box, and cab mount arrangement along with hood/cab fit. If a fraction of a millimeter off, it snowballs. Sadly, there is no easy way to tell until it is too late. I failed to REALLY scrutinize the cab/hood fit like I should have early on. The cab lean is an attempt to make the two sort of line up. It SHOULD be worse but concealed it the best I could. Heck, most old R Mac's sagged at the cab rear if anything. In short, the hood/cab fit needs LOTS of attention before doing anything else on this kit. That said, if given a do over, I would try to build this thing from the "top down". Build the cab, insert the interior, add cab mounts, tanks, battery boxes, etc., then drop the whole thing as an assembly on the frame. I think it could be done. Then make (if necessary) the frame side portion of the hood hinge pins. That would be easier. Engine fit is another one weak point. I had zero clearance between the rear of the engine and the doghouse thereby having to hollow it out some with the Dremel late in the game. I'll blame this on the front crossmember which holds the front of the engine. There were no notches/pins as to exactly where it goes in the frame rails. Mold seams in this kit are the worst I believe I've ever seen. Most pieces looked like a sandwich with lettuce hanging out between the bun...and its not just flash, they are thick. I'm not trying to rip this kit to shreds (believe it or not), I'm just saying this kit gives no warnings and has no sense of forgiveness. As long as you know this bulldog is eager to bite (or kick up a rear leg on you) from the time you open the box and things will go well. Peace
  6. Mack R no frills

    Box build other than shortening the frame. Decals undecided at this point but leaning towards Ryder ones like from the Cruiseliner. Editorial - The quality of this kit leaves much to be desired. Hoping for a relaxing, simple build, I found it anything but. Clean up and minor imperfections are one thing. Warps, voids, and what appears to be worn out molds are another. Maybe if I was in the mood to spend a month on it and/or known to expect it beforehand, it would have been different. This thing has more last minute superglue and shims trying to get the fuel tanks, battery box, cab/hood to fit than I care to admit...it shows. Yes, it has the potential to be a nice kit....if you don't expect it to fall together. Peace.
  7. This will probably be it for updates for a while but wanted to do one final "set the pieces in place" as somewhat of a parting shot. Hope you all have enjoyed and thank you for all the encouragement over the years..yes years..on this thing. Lord willing, a reappearance will appear on the under glass section before too long but no promises are made. Much to do (and redo) between now and on it and a few other things... My only word of advice goes to those saying they can't. TRY! Budget, talent, and lack of tools are no excuse. Most of you know this thing is built out of junk and honest to goodness garbage on a shoestring budget. If not, please go back and read. Yeah, the critics will always be around and self can be the most ruthless. Fault finding is easy. However, I encourage all to make effort to do and create something and stick with it. Take pride and comfort in that and share the lessons learned along the way so others may do even better in the future. I would for one, would like nothing more than to see one of the "masters" on this forum pull off a 1/16 Bison or General that would put this thing to shame. This thing has come together despite incredible odds. And if I'm capable of a garbage heap glue bomb coming out this well, then yours will be even better. Until next time, peace.
  8. 1/16 Mack Granite by Bruder

    Now those are all neat! . Wonder if it's possible to "clothes line" one and drop the Bison cab/hood/sleeper on it. Delusions of such RC grandeur filled my mind from day one but $ ruled out. Didn't know such an option existed when this project began...but that was 3 years ago and appears to have no end. Thanks for sharing. Peace.
  9. 1959 Ford C-600

    A really nice looking outfit! Please consider sharing some details on how you did the weathering. Peace
  10. Molotowe update. While I'm still sold on this stuff, a word of warning. Don't let any liquid, paste, or anything other than water come into contact with this stuff. I was polishing out some of the black paint on the hood with a very mild auto polish (not a cleaner) and some came into contact with the "chrome". Well, of course, it killed every bit of reflection deciding to turn battleship gray as its means of expressing annoyance to my innocent mistake. While still the cat's meow in terms of reflection, ease, and ability to withstand fumbling by the meathooks, like a cat, this stuff has no sense of humor when given a bath if using soap or shampoo. Ah....the joys of learning things the hard way. Peace.
  11. Was searching around for some 1/16 accessories for my Bison project and happened across this. The Mack Granite is the only "US" truck found (available in several configurations - mixer, fire truck, etc.) and slipped past me all this time somehow. I'm unfamiliar with Bruder however it does appear nice looking and certainly more affordable and easier to modify than the high end metal display models. https://actionfarmtoys.com/collections/1-16-bruder-commercial-vehicles/products/02824-1-16-mack-granite-timber-truck-with-crane I have NOT purchased anything from Bruder or this retailer so don't consider this an endorsement...only a find you may or may not be aware of. Peace
  12. If you opt to "bust" into one of things, go into the back side...not the point and do so before ever using it as designed. The applicator absorbs lots of the "paint" before it gets going. A cut off tool swipe across on the non point end (me thinks) would would be my next attempt. It's thick so a tiny drilled hole wont do. All the rattle balls and complex parts are down the point end extending midway up the pen. Suffice to say a mess resulted discovering all this and major reason for the hasty brush job. On bare plastic, enamel paints, or probably anything other than Alclad/soft paints, the point on the pen point is very good and precise.
  13. While on this topic of movie/TV rigs (and being the GMC nut) does anyone know whatever became of the General from S&B II? I recall GMC had some lofty (no pun intended) goals for that "Generals Quarters" sleeper but darn few built and never released as a regular production option. I cannot recall the builder of it but am quite sure it wasn't Brighton Metal Products (supplier of their regular sleepers). It might have been Bentz but that's only a guess as the layout, features, and styling inside and out was so close to that used by IH on the 4370 and 9370 .
  14. Very much in need of 2 (matching) seats for my 1/16 Bison project. Automobile bucket seats might work and open to other options/ideas. Bases not required. Used/damaged okay as long as repairable. Plastic, resin, balsa wood, whatever is fine as long as they match and could be made suitable for a semi. Have lots of scratch building supplies to offer in trade or ?????. Peace.
  15. Mike, consider me ever the skeptic yet I'm willing to scream this one from the rooftops as loud as I can. Alclad, Spaz, and BMF have got to be shaking in their boots. If not, they should be. It's absolutely the best find and money spent for model building I can think of in 40 plus years! I tried for years to come up with my own formula using all sorts of toxic nasties, electrical charges and so forth hoping to make millions. Regardless, whatever this stuff is, they did, they nailed it. Get good with it and one could start a small business doing everything from real auto trim, antique touch up, crazy fingernail paintings, etc etc etc and do very well. It has some durability to it too but I have not pushed it. I'm still just drooling over the results (as you can tell) and this was my first attempt. If Mr. Murphy and his law are going to sneak in like usual, he'd better do it soon. About the only problems left (in my case due to thickness) are cracking or yellowing over time. And if I can do this good with it on a hack job, what the experts with budget, tools and good eye/hand coordination will pull off boggles my mind. In a word....revolutionary. Forget the model as nothing is cleaned up/all just hanging in place. Look at the results! Bumper, grille area, muffler and quarter fender. The pix still don't do it justice and blame the flash. The tanks were chrome plated plastic from lug nut covers. The stack is a true chromed copper water supply line Peace