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    Mark Botzki

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  1. My thoughts exactly. The Western Star is a better looking Cabover, a little tougher looking, for sure. I could not bring myself to cut up the KFS kit I had, so I used it for measurements. The Road Boss 2 Integral is the same cab, just about a foot narrower. Here are some pics of the scratch builds based on the White High cab.
  2. Good to be back, and thank you! They are Model Max. I ordered 2 sets, because they are made to fit the FLC single sleeper, I wanted to make them more accurate for a big sleeper Cabover. They were not quite the same color, one to the next. Both were printed on a clear sheet, one with an off white background, the other with a pale blue background. Looked real close, until they hit the dark paint. By then, the commitment had been set. That not withstanding, great to work with. They respond very well to both Testors as well Microscale solutions. It was my first time using them, just wish they were printed over white, like Model Truckin. Stand up perfectly to both Testors one coat lacquer and Krylon Short Cuts clears. Would not hesitate to use them again.
  3. I thank you all for your time and attention. It does make some of the trials of not being able to make oneself build a box stock model. It is like a compulsion, disease, or something. lol Just can't do it. That brings me to Bill's question, "How finicky were the PE steps to assemble?", Finicky is just one of the "F" words that came to mind while assembling those. I cut the sides from K&S sheet aluminum, and used the KFS perforated pieces as the steps. I left myself, in all honesty, much too small of tabs to form the corners. keeping then square proved most maddening, until I made a jig, just for this purpose. The second mistake I made was attaching the tanks, which are 11/8" OD tube, polished, with end caps of K&S sheet, to the frame, and then attaching the steps. I'm not sure they are even level now. You can only re-do something so many times before 'good enough' wins out. Again, you all have my appreciation.
  4. I really appreciate the feedback on this build, thank you for taking the time to look. Well said! There is a ton of mods that I did just to eliminate kit issues; mold seams on grab handles, and mirrors, being 2 of my biggest pet peeves. On all chrome parts, really. I used metal everywhere I could to remedy that. Even the hydraulic rams are self-limiting, so the cab doesn’t rest on the lower grille section when raised. Thank you for noticing these additions.
  5. My thanks to all who looked and took the time to reply. I appreciated the comments. Brian, I will have to take a close up of the a/c unit. I figured out, 1/350th scale, 4 blade ship propellers, look just like the stamped steel fan blades in these units. Also, H-O scale photo etched locomotive exhaust grilles, are a passable facsimile to the debris screens. Viewed from above, there are fans in the unit.
  6. Thank you all for the great feedback, much appreciated. Thanks for asking, going back a good long ways there. They are still headlining my ‘to do’ list. The 352H still will get the 3408, but the ‘shaker will now get a KFS 1693 Cat. I used the 8V-92 in a different project.
  7. Super sharp build! Well worth the effort. Very nice work. Represents the iconic TV truck beautifully.
  8. Clean, tastefully modified, soundly chosen color palette, everything about it is well done.
  9. Dan is right, really looks good painted. Good color choice. I was glad to see the AITM production to to Doug, good guy to work with, and awesome stuff. In the near future, one of the Autocar AT64 conversions will find it’s way to my stash.
  10. Nail on the head, for sure. Sharp as a tack! Well done!
  11. I seen to remember a brochure with this paint scheme, or something very close. Super sharp finished product. Well worth the effort. Great looking model, well done!
  12. Pretty slick stake bed! Even looks like Alford color, Gulfstream aqua. Nice work.
  13. This is a spectacular build! Well worth the time invested, the results are apparent from every angle. Outstanding, simply outstanding!
  14. Bill, very cool build. Great blue, and the graphics are perfect for this hauler. The Mustang is a perfect compliment to the truck. Really liking this model.
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