Tory

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  • Scale I Build 1/24-1/25

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  • Location Howell NJ
  • Full Name Tory Mucaro

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  1. Tory added a post in a topic 1/25 '63 Spirit of America   

    Hi Terry,
     
    That looks to be the work of Dave Young, a very good friend of mine! Also one of the most talented builders I've come across. I don't know whether or not he drops in here and I can see this thread has been dormant for years, but anyway, the mystery builder is solved.
     
    Tory
  2. Tory added a post in a topic AMT Peterbilt 359 California Hauler Wrecker   

    Again, many thanks for all the kind words on my Wrecker! As I mentioned, I had hoped to add additional details to the deck, as it does look a little sterile for a work horse. Here are some photos of what I have done since the original post.

    The tool box, floor jack, gas cans, broom, shovel, fire extinguisher, spare hook, and wood planks were all included in the wrecker kit. I scratch built the boxes for the chain and gas cans as well as the rack that holds the broom and shovel out of Evergreen Styrene stock. The chain was purchased at a Michael's Craft Store. The securing strap for the 50 gallon drum was made from some soft wire stock along with the ring that it is attached to the side of the body. Some additional chrome was added to the body storage door handles using Bare Metal Foil. I also added some paint chipping along the rear deck edge as I am sure this area would have gotten chipped up while loading and unloading the various tools and supplies. I also chipped up the orange towing apparatus as this too would have been subject to this sort of abuse. All in all I think it really fills out the work area nicely.
    Tory
  3. Tory added a post in a topic AMT Peterbilt 359 California Hauler Wrecker   

    Thank you all again for all the kind words on my Wrecker! I am so glad it has found favor here. I am currently putting the finishing touches on some accessories to add to the back to "busy" it up a little. When they are in place I will post some additional photos.

    Jacobus, I am honored to be an inspiration for a restoration of your old Wrecker. Glad you like the color, I thought it worked well for this vintage truck.

    Tory
  4. Tory added a post in a topic AMT Peterbilt 359 California Hauler Wrecker   

    Gator,

    Thanks for the suggestions. I'm thinking the ratchet strap might be the easier way from a modeling point of view, although since this truck is meant to be from the late '60s-early '70s would that have been in use at the time?
  5. Tory added a post in a topic AMT Peterbilt 359 California Hauler Wrecker   


    Wow, beautiful model Clayton, love the color combination and detail you added to the bed. Thank you for sharing the link!

    Terry thanks for the suggestions I will certainly keep them in mind as I attempt to clutter the bed!

    Tory
  6. Tory added a post in a topic AMT Peterbilt 359 California Hauler Wrecker   

    Thank you Clayton, that is extreemely helpful. Are more photos of your rig posted here? I would love to see all of it, looks like a beautiful model!
  7. Tory added a post in a topic AMT Peterbilt 359 California Hauler Wrecker   

    Thanks again guys!

    The more I look at it the more I feel it needs a little more "clutter" in the back. Since the kit came with a bunch of accessories, I've decided to paint them up and add them to the wrecker body deck to "busy" it up. Also, I think the 50 gallon drum needs to be secured somehow, any of you truck experts know how this would be done in real life? Would they wrap a chain around it? Bungee cords? Any suggestions would be welcome. As a matter of fact, if any of you think it might benefit from other things added (chains, cables, tools, etc.) let me know.

    Thanks.

    Tory
  8. Tory added a post in a topic AMT Peterbilt 359 California Hauler Wrecker   

    Thanks again guys!

    JT, I agree that swapping the fuel tank and battery box really gives it that little something extra. Again, this was a suggestion from my buddy Mike who also supplied me with these parts. I can't thank him enough for his help on this project!

    Dave, for the exhaust manifolds I stripped the chrome and primed them with Plastikote sandable gray auto primer. They were airbrushed with Floquil Tuscan Red (a model railroad color) and then given a light dusting of orange artist oil pastel. I also did a little Floquil Grimy Black wash around the mounting bolts to blend it into the engine grime.

    Hope that helps.

    Tory
  9. Tory added a post in a topic AMT Peterbilt 359 California Hauler Wrecker   

    Again, many thanks for all the kind words on my Wrecker. I agree, narrowing the bed makes a huge improvement as the wheels and tires sit right at the edge of the body where they should. I've seen other builds of this kit that didn't narrow the body and the wheels and tires look a little odd sitting in so far. And if it wasn't for my buddy Mike Capasso letting me in on this little trick, mine would have had the same issue!

    "Checkmate" Rob, I toyed with painting the inside of the wrecker body and boom orange but decided to stick with the blue for no other reason than I ran out of orange paint and was too cheap to buy more LOL! In the end, I think the blue works better and kept it closer to the box art. But I still wonder how it might have looked with the orange...
  10. Tory added a post in a topic AMT Peterbilt 359 California Hauler Wrecker   

    Here is how I narrowed the body:

    1. I removed 1/8" from each side of the deck.
    2. I cut 1/4" out of the center of the front upright wall. This also requires removing 1/8" from each side of the opening on the bottom to clear the frame rails.
    3. I removed 1/8" from both sides of the rear panel between taillights and license plate recess. See diagram below.


  11. Tory added a post in a topic AMT Peterbilt 359 California Hauler Wrecker   

    Let me clarify this statement a little, I've built hundreds of models since I was a kid, however this is the first "big rig" I've done in a very long time. Sorry if that statement is misleading!
  12. Tory added a post in a topic AMT Peterbilt 359 California Hauler Wrecker   


    Thanks for the advice Clayton, I assume you mean on the handles? I also went back and forth on foiling the trim strip down the hood. I've seen it both ways, but for a rig that has as much bling as this one, I thought it might have been overkill!

    Tory
  13. Tory added a post in a topic AMT Peterbilt 359 California Hauler Wrecker   

    Many thanks again for all the kind words. Seeing how so many of you are masterful builders, these compliments carry a lot of weight.

    Good catch on the narrower body JT, another bit of advice given to me by my buddy Mike. The only drawback with that is the 50 gallon drum no longer fits in that corner. But otherwise having the tires flush with the sides of the body really helps the aesthetics.

    Tory
  14. Tory added a post in a topic AMT Peterbilt 359 California Hauler Wrecker   


    Thanks Helmut, yes the tank and battery box are from the Revell snap kit. I thought it needed a little "bling"!

    And thank you all for the kind words on my model, I am delighted it found favor here!

    Here are a few Chassis shots showing the weathering below. I wanted it to have a used but not abused look, a clean work but not a show truck sort of thing.













    Tory
  15. Tory added a topic in Under Glass: Big Rigs   

    AMT Peterbilt 359 California Hauler Wrecker
    I just completed this AMT Peterbilt Wrecker using the recently reissued California Hauler kit combined with an AMT/Ertl Wrecker kit. I was hoping to represent it in its original incarnation reflecting the first issue box art. This is my first official truck build since I was a kid and under the tutelage of fellow Jersey Shore Model Car Club member Mike Capasso saw it to completion in time for our club's Heavy Commercial Contest Night last Friday. It is finished in overall Tamiya Coral Blue with Tamiya Pure White and Orange accents. I took a few liberties but on the whole tried to remain faithful to the original kit. Hope you all like it.















    Original Box Art



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