Looks like you got off to a good start when you stopped on it.
The colors are a nice combo.
I'm not sure if you know this but wet sanding as you go while painting is the best way to get a good paint job.
If you need tips on anything just ask on here, there's a lot of builders that will help any way that they can.
That is a real big load and a nice build project however the Load would be the easy part the money come's in with the tire set's and plastic.
If I built one I would use Moebius Wheel and Tire set's may not match your photo but I think they would look good.
As Chad said any updates?
I saw this a long time ago and lost track of you Bill.
This is the best scratch building I have seen anywhere.
Now I plan on following this till you finish it.
My scratch building has got better and your detail work on this one will help me build a 1/12 using what I see you do to yours.