That looks really sharp, great job! Although I haven't done any recently I've been building mostly 1/16 for years. I find them easier to work on as my fingers and eyes get older! The drawback to 1/16 is the limited subject matter but with the advent of 3D printing it looks like the aftermarket can compensate for that a bit.
I've wondered about the quality of those 3D-printed cabs. I see the Mack is on Ebay and the KW Aerodyne COE was on there recently. I'm not a huge fan of resin so how do these compare? Are they closer to resin or styrene? The subject matter is so limited in 1/16 that I welcome these as long as they're practical to use.
I might be in for this depending on the rules. Would it be a simple winner-takes-all contest, or would there be categories for conventional and COE? Would it be 1/24-1/25 only? Would it be tractor only or tractor-trailer? I have to admit that the big Stepp's wrecker I did a couple of months ago was my first real dive back into 1/25 in many years after doing so many 1/16 trucks. Over those years my eyes and fingers got used to working with 1/16 parts so the little stuff was more of a challenge than I thought it'd be.
I know there are some great builders here who can pop out a show-winning rig in a couple of weeks if they wanted to but the 10-month time frame allows everyone ample time. Like many here my ability to paint depends on the weather so starting in January is a good idea.
Outstanding as always William! Whenever I see you're work it really drives me to want to get back into 1/16, which I plan to do soon. I learned one thing building my 1/25 Stepp's "Mega Wrecker"...my eyes and fingers ain't what they used to be. I should probably stick to 1/16.
I asked a guy from RM about it a few months ago and he said "maybe in a couple of years." I thought his answer was strange given that in a couple of years this current flood of reissues will probably be over. Apparently they have the same thinking. I welcome the Aerodynes and I bet they don't sit around unsold like the regular 1/16 Kenworths.
Thanks guys, I appreciate the kind words. I like to build but I don't have a lot of room to display stuff, so this one is on Ebay for someone else to enjoy. Unfortunately I didn't take any in-progress photos as I just kind of did this one a little at a time. I don't know how practical a wrecker this long would be in the real world but it doesn't really matter. I don't obsess over every little nut and bolt or whether each part is painted exactly how it's supposed to be on a real truck. To me that takes the fun out of modeling and makes it a chore.
I did learn one thing about dipping my toes back in the 1/25 pool...my eyes and fingers aren't what they used to be!