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
I just returned from unveiling the mixer to the owners of the concrete plant, they loved the model!! Funny cause one noticed I left off the lower wash down hose, my references pics didn't show one. He explained that they're removed during the cold months to prevent freezing, and my pics clearly show several inches of snow on the fenders. I assured him I would add the missing hose!! Really enjoyed talking to them, and watching them point out the tiniest details. We tried to find a truck clean enough to photograph it together, but the newest trucks were on jobs.
Thanks for the comments! There was several times I'm sure to have added a few gray hairs, but the end result was worth it. Tom- I tried really hard to take good pics too...guess I have to work on that...lol Thanks