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  1. Need Help!

    Good point Warren! Those fenders and even the cab might make real good starting points. Hmmmmmm.
  2. Scratchbuilt 1:1 1965 Diamond T P4320 Wrecker

    Some may see junk. I see a resourceful genius at work. Much of it looks as if it came from the rides toted around on old traveling carnivals. Pure mechanical mayhem. Only those with "issues" dared operate it, knew its many quirks, and could somehow keep it running. Making sausage in other words. I long for those days knowing it was a good way for some of us mechanical and electrical burnouts to actually EARN a living. Thanks for sharing.
  3. TAT 2018 Dodge LT1000 Wrecker

    Nice build! You have been pulling off some really unique creations lately. Keep it up! Now for an unsolicited opinion that will likely hurt somebody's feelings. I remember seeing a handful of these hideous things as an urchin calling them the ugliest truck on the road to my dad and him laughing. But in the 1960's, it seems every auto manufacturer that built semi's sent rejects from the styling department to handle COE's. Amazing what a difference 50 years make....well....err...okay, they're still ugly to me....but now chuckle and miss them.
  4. Need Help!

    Looks like a Brockway model 251. A model 361 would be a good starting point for the cab and fenders. The hood and grille would be the biggest challenge. There is an active Brockway hysterical society.
  5. While everything is just resting in place or taped in, its enough to provide an overall view. Lots still to do but its getting there. Grille was redone (about the 10th time) and finally satisfied with it. It will remain stationary with the radiator when the hood tilts. I knew that drop frame from the KW was going to bite me and did all I could to raise the bumper and have it and the grille sized right. The grill is still too tall and bumper too low but attacking that was beyond my pay grade. Ah, the cost of compromise! Tanks look way too big without the steps (and are) but are just hanging on by the straps over the frame rails. The search goes on for lug nut covers one size smaller. Peace
  6. MB Actros MP2, MP3 Lowliner

    I mean this only in the most positive way...when people pull off works like this it frightens me! Absolutely amazing!
  7. Ford LNT 9000

    Really like this, Brian. Maybe I missed it but did you scratch build the fuel tanks? Those (along with the spokes) really set this thing off nicely. And talk about trying to put a lion in a litter box! If you didn't have pix and specs of the real thing I'd say there was no way. I pity the poor slob stuck with doing an in-frame overhaul on it. While I'm quite sure Carolina Freight never spent money for a 3406, (much less padded door panels or much of anything else) with that air deflector, it sure does remind me of them. Just put a "half" bumper on it and away we go. Really nice job. BTW - here is a really nice creation rig like I speak of in 1:87 scale http://www.1-87vehicles.org/photo532/ford_lnt9000_carolina.php .
  8. SS Poopdeck

    Finally finished... (less rigging)..sorry about the blur.
  9. Back from the dead. Sleeper had to get a whole "redo". What's the saying "measure twice/cut once?" Well, I was way off. Anyway, here is the new one. I still botched it as it is about 1/4 inch too tall but it will do. Looks better and doors came out a lot cleaner. In keeping with penny budget, the interior is the epitome of sleep cheap. The mattress is the dense foam used to stuff flowers into a vase. It makes a nice texture and is easy to shape. Upholstery otherwise is painted sandpaper, painted duct tape and painted used plastic plates. Prime, then black, then red (thin). I apply awash with highly diluted black watercolor. It gives it a nice "sheen" but not too much, pulls out some detail, and has that "oxblood leather" type appearance common in the day. Detail doesn't show good in pix but it is all ribbed and actually not bad. The pillow is one of those tiny bags of absorbent found inside aspirin bottles. The front wall of the sleeper interior is still to do, trim on luggage door to finish and still have to go back and paint the "vent" but using a piece of long stiff wire as a single hinge pin, can easily apply/remove doors. Trying to fabricate seats is going to be tricky but the sandpaper and duct tape might work if I can get it to stick to the flower foam. We shall see. Otherwise, grille surround, grille, bumper, and hood have been redone/repainted in hopes some Molotowe chrome one day. Darn black paint and flash....dust. The paint job is clean. Peace
  10. COE ID???

    This creature is based on the US version of the International 9670 series introduced in the early/mid 1980's. Don't see many around anymore but there was a set back axle version offered in the US though I dont recall ever seeing a double bunk version. (I am NOT saying they didn't exist....just never saw one myself) . JB Hunt and Schneider had quite a few with raised roofs and the full aerodynamic package. Check on truckpaper.com for an IH 9800 found in the land down under. It's still around and been refined a bit. The flush turn signal lenses are a good indicator it is a later version.
  11. Thanks for the comments. The red one cleaned up pretty good. "Reaming out the horns and lights?" Nah. A little cheap water base paint slopped inside the horns and orange with clear over the top on the lenses. I'm too lazy and cheap for much more than that. Thing 4 turned out real good and went for the full "drama" shot. It is actually dark blue and went together with no fuss. I normally weather and beat up models but the guy wanted a shiny one so here ya go.. For the pix, I just put a couple of layers of green painters tape over the flash. Cue Twighlight Zone music. Just a hint of camera shake really whacked the stacks and several other pieces out I can only guess as everything is straight. I promise!!!!! It was a long exposure. Then again, maybe it was the death ray from Andromeda. . Ahhh, night shots. Always enjoyed doing those. Hides a multitude of sins - doesn't make them go away but something to be said for the cover of darkness when it comes to a plastic model kit anyway.. Peace .
  12. Very cool builds! Nice shots. Even better stories! Well, the dude that wanted thing 1 and thing 2 wants 2 Petes now. Far from lucrative but it keeps me out of jail or the insane asylum and covers material costs. I got to go back and work on the Peterbilt emblems a bit and straighten the visor,otherwise call it done and another slam together pure stock build. Like many have said over the years, getting the wheels/rims to align on these kits is a pain. On the rears, I simply left out the "spacer" between the duals. It is such a thin gap only the rivet counters will ever notice and eliminates a lot of misery while helping out looks quite a bit. The other thing was the "pin" used on the headlight lenses really screws up their appearance. I simply shaved it off, scuffed the entire back side of the lens with 400 grit and glued it in. The "divider bar" is just a quick swipe of silver with a toothpick. One of those little things that does not take much skills or money but makes a big difference IMO. Peace.
  13. 1/87 Freightliner build

    In days past I used to do HO. You have pulled off a heck of a nice job on some tiny tiny stuff! Consider moving the thread over to the under glass section. Peace
  14. Have been requested to build this kit for a friend. If anyone has one available for trade, please PM me. Box condition does not matter as long as it is complete. I trust those on the good trader list far more than taking a chance on EBAY. Peace
  15. American LaFrance Dump Truck

    A dumper pumper?....nah...that name has to be saved that for the septic tank version. Hmmmm.... Such a combo could justify keeping the lights and siren. Just saying..... We have big old IH S series ambulance that visits town serving coffee and donuts with lights going. "Let us help you with your caffeine and sugar emergency" or some thing of that sort plastered all over it. Anyway, hope you will finish it out. Have fun with it! Peace.