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  • Birthday 05/18/1951

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  • Full Name Jürgen Kowalski

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  1. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1953 Mack W-71 Integral Sleeper (AITM Cab) & Canvas Top Trailer (Scratch Built)   

    Thanks for the latest replies!
    For those who do not remember I would like to mention that my 2013 tutorial "Glazing Resin Cabs without Glue" shows a few pictures of the unpainted W-71 cab of this topic.
  2. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1953 Mack W-71 Integral Sleeper (AITM Cab) & Canvas Top Trailer (Scratch Built)   

    Thanks for the recent comments!
    BTW it was this contemporary picture that inspired me to build a similar rig:

  3. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1953 Mack W-71 Integral Sleeper (AITM Cab) & Canvas Top Trailer (Scratch Built)   

    Thanks for the further comments!

    Sam, Skip, Brian,
    IMO this is the best way of detailing dashboard gauges:
    Remove the moulded dials and bezels from the kit dashboard. Apply dial decals.
    Choose a piece of bright wire, either silver wire (silver plated copper wire) or stainless steel wire. I recommend stainless steel wire because silver plating may stain sooner or later. For 1/24 scale models 0.25mm or 0.4mm diameter works depending on the actual width of the original vehicle's bezel.
    Choose a rod with a diameter slightly smaller than the inside diameter of the desired bezel. You can use a conic brush-handle or a set of drill bits. Wrap the wire around the rod several times. Slip this wire coil off the rod and cut it lengthwise with a pair of small scissors to produce several (slightly deformed by cutting) wire rings.
    Put one of these rings onto a hard and even surface and flatten it.Very probably this will not flatten the ring completely, then pick it up and press cautiously with two tweezers antagonistically. Put it back on the surface and close the remaining gap by pressing both ends together with a tweezer. Giving the ring its percect circular appearance back is amazingly easy because the wire seems to remember its former circular shape. Your first bezel is now complete.Don't worry about the remaining tiny gap. The glare of the ring makes it invisible on the dashboard, particularly when you turn the gap downwards.
    Apply a minimum of gel-type super glue on one or two spots of the back of the bezel and apply it onto the dial decal just to fix it provisionally. Then apply a drop of clear onto the decal for simulating glass and fixing the bezel simultaneously.
    I am using this technique on all models (when suitable) for more than 30 years. It works in scales at least from 1/16 to 1/35.
    It is easy, fast and inexpensive. It gives better results than expensive (if you find the correct diameters) PE bezels.

    the exterior paint is mixed inexpensive automotive laquer, the interior paint is a mixture of several Humbrol/Revell matte and semi-gloss enamels.
    I have the H 67 in my stash. The casting quality is not that bad b u t the grille is a part of the cab casting. If you search the web you will hardly find a finished model with an acceptable grille.
  4. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1953 Mack W-71 Integral Sleeper (AITM Cab) & Canvas Top Trailer (Scratch Built)   

    Thanks for the comments so far!

    Sam, Skip,
    the door handles were nicely done separate resin parts included in the box.
    I converted a now unavailable AMT Cruiseliner chassis. The chassis of the recently  reissued (former MPC/Ertl) DM 600, however, is much better.
    In the nineties (I think) I wrote an article for FSM about detailing car interiors and making better gauges. If I can find the issue I will PM you a copy tomorrow. If I cannot find it I will post a description here in this topic next weekend.

    the tarp is made of styrene sheet and a lot of putty.
    The tarp loops are bent strips of thin styrene.
    The cord that holds the tarp down is 0.3mm nylon monofilament fishing line. It is sold in black and clear.
    Black doesn't look convincing on the model, and any paint doesn't adhere very well on nylon. Therefore I used transparent fishing line, and pulled it several times through a piece of folded sandpaper in order to achieve a milky surface. This gives a better appearance when painted afterwards with a yellow permanent marker.

  5. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Transtar and Wilson pot.   

    Very unusual but attractive paint combination. Both kits were always among the best Ertl and AMT kits. 
  6. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Daf 2800 Ntt Heavy duty trailer (Italeri 1/24 + Revell 1/25)   

    Pavel, again a perfect weathering as on your Bedford wrecker - but a completely different weathering due to the different uses of the 1:1 vehicles. Excellent!
  7. Plastheniker added a topic in Under Glass: Big Rigs   

    1953 Mack W-71 Integral Sleeper (AITM Cab) & Canvas Top Trailer (Scratch Built)
    This is my third finished AITM cab (nine more still in the stash).
    Most things said about my preceding
    GMC 9500 Short Hood
    Mack F
    apply also to this cab.
    A few peculiarities, however, should be mentioned:
    The original W-71 cab had no grille as the GMC and the F but a radiator shutter. Opposite to the unsatisfactory resin grilles of AITM's GMC and F the radiator shutter of my W-71 was well-made and required only minor work.
    While the casting quality of the GMC and F was mediocre to poor the casting of my W-71 was abysmal. Actually the surface of this cab was not much poorer than the surface of my F cab. The W-71, however, has a lot of moldings. I found most of the numberless (often deep and large) surface flaws close to these moldings or even worse in the confined areas between two moldings or a molding and a raised hatch. Finally I found it impossible to achieve an acceptable surface, so I removed nearly all moldings, finished the cab surfaces and then made new moldings from styrene.
    The recessed areas around the door windows varied in width and depth conspiciously. I had to make a pattern from sheet metal, fixed it on the doors and scraped the recessed areas with a chisel-like blade.
    All panel lines and gaps were either not straight or not angular but crooked and/or sinuous. I suppose (I am no casting expert) that this happens if the silicone mold is insufficiently stabilized while casting. Moreover these panel lines and gaps varied in depth an width, so I closed them all and rescribed them. Whatever I used for filling the lines and gaps was harder than the rather soft cab resin. This made rescribing difficult and required several attempts for achieving an acceptable result.
    As mentioned above I can compare the casting quality of nine further AITM cabs. The casting quality of my W-71 was the poorest by far.
    As usual I built a complete new interior and my own Alcoa wheels. The trailer was scratch built.

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  8. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Studebaker US-6-U4   

    Admittedly I am not a big friend of military models, but this is perfect modeling in every respect.
  9. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Some older builds, DAF Dump ,International Dump   

    Always nice to see an unusual model like the DAF. As far as I know it is OOP for a long time. 
  10. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Aeromax with lowboy load Cat 918f.   

    Again excellent modelling, spot-on weathering and outstanding photography give a really complete illusion second to none!
  11. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Peterbilt 379 and Timpte Super Hopper   

    Of course the tractor is an attractive model all around, but your unique trailer is a real masterpiece!
  12. Plastheniker added a post in a topic Western Star & Plated tanker, AMT   

    A very convincing and attractive workhorse!
  13. Plastheniker added a post in a topic INTRERNATIONAL PROSTAR   

    Very attractive colour and excellent paintwork!
  14. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1966 Lotus Elan S3 (Emma Peel's Car)   

    So did I in the sixties. The episodes with Diana Rigg , however, have been rerun so often on German TV (B/W the earlier epidodes, the later produced in colour) that I still remember the colour of Emma Peel's car.

    Patrick Macnee was almost as popular as Diana Rigg to this day. All major German newspapers printed a short obituary last week, even the most important German weekly political news magazine "Der Spiegel".
  15. Plastheniker added a post in a topic 1966 Lotus Elan S3 (Emma Peel's Car)   

    When I said that I never found a replica of Mrs. Peel I had rather a living replica in my mind ...