Al, with work like that you should be building more than one truck a year! I've always thought that of all the modern trucks on the road the Volvos seem to me to be the most solid-looking. Now I want to build one!
I hope he doesn't mind me borrowing it, but Kevin's W900L thread in the "Workbench" section illustrates perfectly why I was mentioning needing to increase the sleeper height to accommodate the roof slope. On the stock T600 kit the front sleeper windows come down to the top of the flat roof, so if the kit sleeper height is left as-is then the back of the slope would run halfway up the windows. I know, shut up already about the sleeper and get back to building the truck!
I hope he doesn't mind me borrowing it, but Kevin's thread in the "Workbench" section illustrates perfectly why I was mentioning needing to increase the sleeper height to accommodate the roof slope. On the stock T600 kit the front sleeper windows come down to the top of the flat roof, so if the kit sleeper height is left as-is then the back of the slope would run halfway up the windows. I know, shut up already about the sleeper and get back to building the truck!
You guys are killin' me! I agree that nowadays most drivers probably prefer headroom in their sleepers as I did...being 6'3" tall. On the other hand, a hi-rise sleeper cancels out the "low" part of a "long & low" truck. Then there's the midroof like the one Clayton posted which I guess is a compromise between looks and practicality. That said, I've finally decided...it'll either be a flat top, midroof, or studio sleeper!
Thank you for all the research and photos guys. I guess what I'll just have to do is get the T600 sleeper assembled and see if it's just my imagination. Just when I had my mind mostly made up on a flat top you've all just about swayed me back to a studio sleeper!
Thanks KJ, that gives me a good view without the stacks. I noticed on that one as well that the front sleeper windows seem higher, even with the sloped roof. The T600, at least the kit version, has the bottoms of the sleeper windows down almost to the top of the flat roof. That's what leads me to think the later versions of the studio sleeper are taller so that the front windows are higher to accommodate the slope.
Thank you very much for that, any input is helpful. One other thing I noticed about the T600 sleeper is that it appears to me to be shorter, as in the front sleeper windows seem to come right down to the roof of the cab. The roof slope on the W900L gives me the impression that the bottom of the front windows is higher up which would mean the sleeper is taller. Another optical illusion maybe? I've tried to find info on the various sleeper heights with no luck.
I had seen that one before in my research (Google images) and it's a very sharp rig. Mine may end up with a lot of those characteristics but I don't want to just replicate down to the last detail someone else's truck. I've gone back and forth on the sleeper thing a hundred times in my head. The T600 kit comes with an older version of the studio sleeper you see on the W900L so a lot of fabrication would be necessary to copy the newer one. In addition, if I go the studio sleeper route I'll have to slope the roof upward to mate to the sleeper. It might be an optical illusion but the forward part of the T600 sleeper seems to hang over the roof than the W900L studio sleeper does. I've also been trying to find a pic of a W900L without stacks to see behind them with no luck. I guess that's the fun of truck modeling, everything doesn't have to be exactly how it is on a 1:1.
Had the day off work and it's actually looking like a project now. Everything's just set in place...as you can tell by the fenders resting atop the tires. There'll be a sleeper in there too, preferably a KW flat top double if I can find one.
These just arrived in today's mail. The Aerodyne is open but it's all there. A little water damage to the decals which I won't use anyway. No immediate plans for either one but the prices were right on both.
Ditto here. I can honestly say I probably wouldn't have done the truck I'm doing for the BRBO on my own...it took the contest for me to decide to go out on a limb and see what turns out. Thanks Clayton!
Well, after 2-1/2 weeks since I started this thread, which I had to dig out from page 3, I finally have the first update! I haven't made a ton of progress, but then again there are still nine months to go. I've decided on a style...long & low. Some people like that, some don't, but I've never done a stretch so I thought it'd be cool to give it a go. I've taken the T600 cab and did that side window drop thing for better visibility. I've seen 900Ls with and without them and I think it looks sharp. I noticed the 900L has squared door handles rather than these with triangular tops...I may or may not change that depending on my mood. I also widened the little lower window on the passenger's door and added the tab to the left side where the air cleaned elbow will go since the T600 only had one on the right side. As for the sleeper style, I see a lot of them have the hi-rise KW studio sleeper but that somewhat cancels out the "low" part of long & low. So, I might stick with a flat top double sleeper if I can find a KW version. If not, I'll go with a 63" Peterbilt sleeper which seems to be easier to find. Which sleeper I use will also determine whether I convert the T600 roof to an Aero roof and blend it into the sleeper top. I had finally found some resin single hump fenders that I could easily make into double humps, but then I found these 3D fenders that I really like so they'll go on this build. I had mentioned in another thread that I have some parts on the way (thanks JT!) so I'll be working on getting the frame stretched pretty soon.
I worked at a nuclear power plant for 17 years and they'd bring rigs like that in to move transformers, steam generators, etc. I always though it was cool how those trucks would dwarf a road-going truck, yet the load they were pulling would dwarf them! As Tim Taylor would say...MORE POWER!!!