Just my 2 cents, but I'd take the front bumper and lightly scuff it with 0000 steel wool. A very light touch will create a worn bumper, fitting of a working truck. This will dull the chrome , but leave a satisfying appearance.
The photoetch hinges are a real hair puller!! Years of building armor w pe usually is a breeze , but these were challenging to say the least!! I used mini hinges for the Oshkosh mixer, and loved how simple they could be. Cut to length, glue on, and move on...I ordered the 6 inch one . Comes preassembled. http://www.phoenixmodeldevelopments.com/acatalog/The_Phoenix_Miniature_Hinge_Range.html
Looking good so far! I used the similar rears on Devils Cut, they work great. They give the truck the attitude your cab possess. I like the turbo idea, big and nasty For the frame, take a look at the one I built, using channel instead of tube, might help get the frame ideas rolling. Have you decided on a suspension yet? Pissed off had 1/4 elipticals on the rear, and a custom torsion bar on the front, the tube hidden under the radiator. I always liked the huge axle hanging out front..it's a big truck gotta keep that vibe!! Watch your tranny choice, mine was off the 359, and caused fit issues inside for the tranny tunnel
Outstanding work! I have a question about the process. I've dabbled in one piece molds, but never a 2 part. I understandthe layering steps, but where do you pour the resin into the mold ? I don't see the typical pour cavity. Thanks for any help