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Plastheniker

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  1. Modelers knowing the used Monogram/Revell pickup kit might ask themselves why my tractor is a 1939 model though Monogram/Revell say on the kit box and in the instruction sheet that the barrel nose version is a 1938 model. 1938, however, is not correct. The kit grille is clearly the grille of a 1939 model. As a result the windscreen of my model is not opened by a crank on top of the dashboard (correct only for 1938) as replicated in the kit but by a knob.
  2. These extremely cubic Dodges look really odd, I have a sleeper version still in my stash. Such an unusual COE and your unusual dumper go together really well!
  3. Thanks for the latest replies! Probably it is known that Barrel Nose Ford trucks were built in numerous countries. Most(?) of them were built by Ford Germany and delivered to the German Army. German-built Fords can be identified by a non-devided windscreen. Many of them were built as halftracks ("Maultier") particularly for the eastern front. It is amazing that two American truck designs, namely the Barrel Nose Fords and the Opel Blitz, were the backbone of German supplies in WW2.
  4. Thanks for the response! Finding t h e Richfield livery wasn't easy because I found numerous variations from overall blue with yellow lettering to overall yellow with blue lettering and all stages between. I found even this rather artistic and presumably unique paint scheme:
  5. Hi, standing side by side in a display cabinet big rigs and medium trucks make an interesting contrast. The modeling industry, however, offers nothing except the kit of the not very attractive Opel Blitz, the aged kit of the C-600 and the ancient kit of the L-700. Instead of scratch building a complete model it saves some effort using a converted pick-up cab. Some time ago I showed a 1948 Ford F-8 and a 1955 Ford F-800, so this is my third of these conversions. This time I used the cab of the excellent Monogram Ford V-8 pick-up partially. Grille and interior remained unmodified, but the lower edges of the cab had to be lengthened and the bonnet had to be modified for the much bigger fenders. The rest, i. e. the complete chassis including the smallish wheels, the oddly shaped fenders and the running boards were scratch built. So was the complete contemporary tank trailer. Among the numerous oil company liveries of the late thirties I found the Richfield livery most attractive.
  6. Super clean work, top notch pictures, excellent!
  7. Thanks for all replies! Another old Italeri kit, their Chrysler Imperial Phaeton, is waiting in my stash, obviously with similar issues. One day ... definitely ...
  8. Beautiful model, good colour choice!
  9. Perfect in every respect, can't be done better!
  10. Odd vehicle, looks like a merger of Lotus Elan and Lotus Europa. Perfect execution!
  11. Thanks for the response! Bruce, besides the mentioned fit improvements I simulated the two prominent fabric seams by thin and narrow styrene strips. The chrome rib (I hope this is the right word) is a piece of stainless steel wire fixed by a scribed groove. The rest is just paint ...
  12. Looks fantastic, beautiful and smooth paintwork! I love the stained exhaust pipes.
  13. Hi, Italeri released this kit almost 40 years ago as one of their first 1/24 car kits. Considering its age the kit is not that poor. Proportions look perfect, fit and casting quality are nice, even the chrome surfaces are better than one should expect. Nevertheless without tackling numerous issues the finished model will not look very convincing. I remember the following: * All early Italeri car kits have 2-piece styrene tires without real tread. Since the tires are visible on the finished model I used the same technique decribed some time ago in my Italeri Mercedes 540K topic. * The kit grille is a massive, chromed part that makes the model look unrealistic. As with my mentioned Mercedes I made a new grille using a generic etched fret. * The bonnet has 6 ventilation flaps, 4 lateral and 2 on the top, replicated by unrealistic raised panel lines. I rescribed the upper two and opened the lateral four. * Incomprehensively Italeri omitted the most prominent chrome moulding running from one side of the radiator around the whole body to the other side of the radiator. Without it the finished model would look incomplete. * The original bumpers are made of 4 separate round tubes. The kit bumpers, however, are closed on the backside. I milled the back open. Besides this OOB both bumpers sit conspicuously too low. * The fit of the soft top could be better. Making it fit snuggly is rather time-consuming. * The large chromed parts of the luggage carrier have ugly seams. Praise Mr. Molotow! * Sadly Italeri omitted those prominent auxiliary headlamps seen on real cars. * The simple kit dashboard needs some attention, all the more so as the kit comes witout any decals. * Finally careful foiling makes or breaks the model. Some of the chrome mouldings are very delicate (f. e. on the lower edge of the fenders/running boards), so this kit should certainly not be a modeler's first foiling work. All in all with some effort this old kit can make a very rewarding project despite all its issues.
  14. Excellent work, great colour choice!
  15. As expected clean & beautiful!
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