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Everything posted by Mike77

  1. Hitop Coe pete

    Also because most COEs have the aerodynamics and fuel efficiency of a brick.
  2. Some more Newray 579's

    I absolutely love the orange and white one! I've bought a lot of the New Ray 579 sets for resale at TSC (Tractor Supply), Big R, and even Farm & Fleet. My best deal was late last fall when I was able to get a bunch of them for $15 apiece at TSC. I've never modified one although I've disassembled the 579. What's considered the chassis is rather convoluted, and if I ever decide to mod one I'd probably put the cab/hood/sleeper piece on a regular kit chassis.

    Because of the separate roof piece I would've never attempted this with the Revell version. This one was made using the AMT Papa kit(s)...
  4. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should...
  5. 53 foot smooth side trailer

    They do take a lot of paint, don't they?
  6. Custombilt 379

  7. What paint to use for this truck??????

    I was thinking Grabber Blue as well.
  8. Painting Questions

    I paint basically the same way RIchard does. I've used rattle cans all my life with satisfaction and at my age I don't see a reason to dive into airbrushing. I always use Duplicolor paints whenever possible, and I always use primer. One tip is that if you're unsure of anything paint a test piece. Either an unused kit part or a piece of styrene stock is preferable so that you're using the type of plastic you'll eventually be painting.
  9. Kenworth W980?

    I think that sums up the state of this hobby. Many of us have been building the same kits over and over for year in different ways, which is the great thing about truck model building...there are endless variations that can be done. However it's very difficult to get young builders to want to build models of trucks they rarely see on the road. If they're interested in building truck models they want to build what they see every day. I think Moebius is about the only manufacturer that has given us anything we can call modern. As thankful as we all are and rightly should be for that, imagine what it would be like if Moebius had the license with Paccar. That would be our only likelihood of getting kits of current Peterbilts and Kenworth. I'll be the first to admit that a lot of the rigs on the road today are pretty darn sharp-looking. Just thinking out loud...
  10. White Freightliner

    Looks great Ken! I have a WF double COE on my to-do list.
  11. Kenworth K100

    Pretty sweet!
  12. Kenworth W980?

    Honestly I'm surprised Paccar is hanging onto the "classic" look at all anymore. I supposed there's still enough sales to justify building them, but I go past the local Love's at least twice daily and it seems there's fewer of them each day.
  13. Kenworth W980?

    I don't care for the slant on the top of the headlight housings but the rest looks okay. We have to come out of the 70's at some point.
  14. Not to worry, we're talkin' about it so it's conversational! Nice looking rig, you can never go wrong with a Pete!!!
  15. Can someone please tell me how long the fuel tanks are on the AMT White Freightliner COE? I'm assuming the DD and SD use the same tanks. Thanks!
  16. Fuel tank measurement needed

    I've used all sorts of things for tanks (and other parts) over the years. I think the weirdest thing I used was for a 1/8-scale Corvette Grand Sport...I used plastic parts from hummingbird feeders I saw in Walmart to replicate the quarter panel vents! Lol! What I'm working on right now is just a small build so the kit tanks will suffice.
  17. Updated list maybe?

    The Moebius 53' trailer is also being reissued.
  18. Moebius Big Rig Super Singles

    Are the steer tires in the new set standard ones or hi-floats? They almost look to me like they could be floats...
  19. I've already picked up a few of the yellow Z51 Vettes. I noticed the price ticked up a buck this year to $14.98 but still an incredible bargain. Finally seeing the Maisto displays there is like Christmas in July! The only drawback is they put the displays 2 or sometimes 3 deep so the back ones aren't always accessible. I'm hoping Maisto does one in the new Sebring Orange but it's doubtful.
  20. Let's see your Big Rig Wreckers!

    I stretched out a Can-Do...
  21. Let's see your Big Rig Wreckers!

  22. I could probably add details and tweak it until the end of time but I've pushed this one across the finish line. My parts came back from Chrome Tech the other day...only fitting since I bought the Moebius trailer from them. In addition to the trailer tool box, I had the reefer tank and vents chromed, as well as the rear bumper/tail light piece. I replaced the kit air intake hats (which didn't clear the top of the sleeper) with a set of Jamie's ram air intakes which were also chromed by Chrome Tech. The whole thing is 39"-long, and I've certainly had models hat were easier to photograph! After a couple of COEs I think it's time to move onto something more "conventional".
  23. Well that stinks, he had great parts!!
  24. Ryan Mlynek is the best, his seller ID is rhino9905. He doesn't have anything listed right now but I'm sure you can contact him.
  25. Fuel tank measurement needed

    Perfect, thanks Brian! Guess I'll have to relieve Hobby Lobby of one of their Freightliner kits this weekend.