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  1. 11 hours ago, M. Wyatt said:


    I am humbled by all the nice builds! Would like to chat with you Mr Kowalski about making wire wheels.True wire wheels are the best!  I'm doing a vintage E-type Jag build. Is there a better way to contact you?

    -Mark Wyatt

    Mark, I have sent a PM just now.

  2. On 10/4/2020 at 5:50 AM, #1 model citizen said:

    Very nice indeed! I'm curious as to the attachments mounted to the cowl's side. Mirrors? (doesn't look mirror face.) Lights?


    On 10/4/2020 at 6:58 AM, Rakentaja said:

    Do you mean this? It is a turn signal from the time before turn signal lamps was invented.


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    On 10/4/2020 at 10:15 AM, doorsovdoon said:

    Very nice car! Those things sticking out are called trafficators. In the UK, they were always fitted in the B pillars as part of the car. They sprung out by way of a solenoid and lit up. Pretty cool.

    Exactly as Jouko and Gareth said.

    These devices were a European peculiarity (also in Italy, to my knowledge not in France).


    In Germany the swing-out arms were initially made of metal, unlit and operated by Bowden cables. By and by they were made of orange, translucent plastic with a small bulb inside and operated electrically. At the final stage they moved up and down. Therefore they were colloquially called  Winker (= wavers).

    Since 1961 all vehicles, old and new, had to be fitted with orange turn signal lights at the front and the rear.

    Jouko, fantastic photography, the picture seems to be taken from a sales brochure.

  3. Thanks for the recent comments!


    On 9/29/2020 at 7:09 PM, Ack! Ack-ack! said:

    Another masterpiece, the tanker looks immaculate! Good decision, the Lindberg tanker is junk.

    I am eager to see more, what can we expect next?

    From time to time I return to car modeling, presently 3 car kits are on my to-do list. I still had a scratch built MAN F4 to show but I think there would be too little interest here. If you are interested you can find it in the Modell-Laster-Forum.


  4. Thanks for the recent replies!


    On 9/5/2020 at 1:08 AM, Chariots of Fire said:

    I'd like to see some additional photos of what you did if that is possible.  Your work is outstanding and exceptionally clean.  It would be really valuable if we had a section on this board for good how-to topics.  Tips, etc. are ok but something of this magnitude needs to be developed to where we could take the time to really study the work involved.  

    Right now I'm working on milling the grill for a new Pierce Enforcer cab.  I'm doing it in Renshape in the hope that I can then create a mold for casting.  It's on hold for a few days.  Last night while working on it the drive belt on my drill/milling setup gave way and I'm waiting on a new one to come in the mail.  Will post some pics of progress.

    Thanks for what you do, Jurgen!  A great inspiration for sure!

    Charles, I agree a how-to section particularly for truck modelers would be useful. As far as I know none of the general automotive forums has one. I know only two specialized truck forums with such a section. As a stop-gap I use to add mini-tutorials to my topics when questions arise.


    I must admit that I never start WIP threads. As mentioned before in some model car topics I find making notes and taking pictures while building extremely disruptive. For that reason I stopped writing magazine articles many years ago.


    I hope you will be fully satisfied when milling the grille - certainly not the easiest part of model building.


    On 9/4/2020 at 2:39 PM, HJK said:

    Hi, Jürgen, Thanks very much for the detailed explanation for producing the grille. I understand all the steps you performed.

    Can you please state what tires you used on the truck? Did you make them yourself or did you buy them (and where from?)?

    Thanks again, Juergen

    Hans-Juergen, I didn't want a fast reply without pictures.


    I use on all my American (=1/25) truck models those tyres that Round 2 includes in the reissued Ertl/AMT kits for several years. Since they are made from a rather shiny material (vinyl?) they look unrealistic OOB.Two steps are indispensible

    • The tyre tread must be sanded with a rather coarse sandpaper, f. e. 120 grit. While the tread becomes a light, used look, the grooves remain black and by this they really stand out.

    • The shine of the tyre sides should be reduced by brushing them with a small brass brush (steel is too agressive). Such small inexpensive brass brushes are actually made for cleaning spark plugs and can be found in hardware stores or tool departments of house improvement stores.


    Nota bene Ertl/AMT kits included various tyres over the past 50 years. This is important when buying old kits f. e. on ebay. I found 5 different types of Ertl/AMT tyres in my stash:



    #1 and #2 are great and can be found in recent issues as mentioned above. #5 is also okay but too small for big trucks. #3 and #4 are not usable because they have no real grooves.


    Unfortunately #1 and #2 can't be used for European (=1/24) trucks as here they are conspicuously too small.





  5. Thanks for the recent replies!


    11 hours ago, Dann Tier said:

    Beautiful!!!!...its been so long since i've seen your work...whatcha working on next?


    Though actually a (mostly scratch) builder of German and American vintage trucks for almost 15 years I switch to car modeling now and then in order to avoid a one track mind.


    For the current 12 months I have three aged 1930s kits on my to-do-list that I have never seen finished convincingly:

    • Cadillac V16 Fleetwood (Italeri)

    • Chrysler Imperial Phaeton (Italeri)

    • Delahaye 135 (Heller)

    Of course I will show them here.



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