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  • Birthday 04/07/1964

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  • Location Dwight, IL
  • Full Name Mike Perhach

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  1. Mike77 added a post in a topic MY TRUCKS.   

    I like 'em all! Lots of inspiration there.
  2. Mike77 added a post in a topic AMT Super Boss 2016   

    Yeah, we'd be hangin' out there like the tech addicts do for the newest iPhones!
  3. Mike77 added a post in a topic Pete Dump Truck   

    Great work so far!   I wish I could find a few sets of those Revell floats & wheels.
  4. Mike77 added a post in a topic Old build from the 70's Ertl Transtar Eagle   

    A true classic survivor!
  5. Mike77 added a post in a topic A different take on a Freightliner COE, update 5/9, cab has some color and a question?   

    That interior looks great compared to most of mine. I generally don't put a lot of eye-strain into detailing the heck out of dashboards simply because, as you mentioned, they're hardly seen.
  6. Mike77 added a post in a topic B.R.B.O. Kenworth W900L...5/3 update   

    I got the long range fuel tanks made...basically just two sets of KW tanks attached end to end. I made my own straps for them. The straps look a little thick right now but I'll rectify that at paint time. I think this'll be the first time in my life I've ever gone with painted tanks instead of chrome. They'll be chassis color with chrome ends and chrome straps.
    I also made some extensions for the bottom of the sleeper and cab which I'll blend in. I want this truck to be relatively light free so there won't be any chicken lights, cab lights, etc. The battery boxes droop a little because they're just set in place.
    With Mark coming to my rescue regarding the grille I can keep rolling on everything else. I haven't started on the engine or interior yet, and I'm still mulling over a hundred different color ideas, but this project is coming together finally. Not trying to build an exact replica of a factory W900L gives me a little more creative freedom.

  7. Mike77 added a post in a topic Phantom 309   

    The record cover shows an old Red Ball Van Lines truck but I don't think it's meant to represent the 309...

  8. Mike77 added a post in a topic Anyone use Alclad?   

    Crisis averted thanks to Mark, we can all stand down!
  9. Mike77 added a post in a topic Anyone use Alclad?   

    I appreciate your input and photos Mark, but again, I don't use an air brush. About the only way to spray light coats with a rattle can is to increase the distance between the can and the part, so it's a much less exact science than adjusting settings on an air brush.
    My goal from my original post on has been to simply send the raw grille to someone, have them do their magic with either Alclad or Spaz Stix, and have them return it. While I appreciate the air brush advice it really doesn't apply to me. I've actually put the grille aside as an "I'll worry about it later" part of my BRBO project.
  10. Mike77 added a post in a topic Time for a switch in jobs. I'm gonna have a shiney hiney!   

    Smart move to change companies now. It sure looks like you'll have a sweet new ride!
  11. Mike77 added a post in a topic B.R.B.O Pete 378   

    Love the color Rich!  Your progress really makes me want to get my but in gear and get some color on my chassis...as soon as I decide on a color that is!
  12. Mike77 added a post in a topic Anyone use Alclad?   

    I appreciate all the info and advice guys but I have to reiterate that I don't use an airbrush. It's not that I'm too lazy to buy one and learn how to use it. I live in an apartment and my painting is limited to nice outdoor conditions (warm & little or no wind). This is why I'm looking for someone who uses an airbrush and can spray my grille with either Spaz Stix or Alclad.
  13. Mike77 added a post in a topic Modern Classic: Peterbilt 377   

    Outstanding build!  I have yet to build a 377 but after seeing yours I really want to have a crack at one.
  14. Mike77 added a post in a topic Anyone use Alclad?   

    There are several types of 3D printing that use different materials. The 3D full fenders I had purchased from Shapeways are white and very grainy. The grille is an almost milky, semi-clear color and has some imperfections but nowhere near grainy. Bob at Chrome Tech has told me a couple of times that he's had absolutely no luck with 3D parts. After trying aerosol Spaz Stix I'm hesitant to try aerosol Alclad.
  15. Mike77 added a post in a topic Anyone use Alclad?   

    I tried it already and at least the aerosol version comes out like shiny silver. I watched the videos, used a black base, did light coats, etc., etc., etc.