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About redneckrigger

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    MCM Ohana
  • Birthday 09/18/1954

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  • Scale I Build
    1/25, 1/35

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  • Location
    Readsboro, VT, USA
  • Full Name
    Tom Decker

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  1. Detachable Gooseneck Lowboy, WIP

    Yes it is, just like the real deal!
  2. Oh No Here I Go Again!

    Got the lowboy this old girl is going to pull all done so it's back to work on this. (Check it out in "Under Glass"). Put the company decals on the cab and got the interior ready to install. The gauge decals from Slixx work, well, slick!
  3. Detachable gooseneck lowboy DONE!

    Thank you! Feels good to be done. Now, onward and upward!
  4. I finally stuck the fork in this build tonight! This was originally a kit from KJ at Double Take Replicas. It ended up that all I used from the kit is the deck main beams, wheels, and the neck side beams. I used the suspension from Jamie at Moluminum as well as his tires, outriggers and mud flaps. I got the D-rings from Shapeways. Everything else is scratch built from Evergreen plastic stock. The name of my fictional company is Readsboro Heavy Haulers, hence the name on the gooseneck. The entire hydraulic neck mechanism works exactly like the real thing. All of the decals were from the parts box and Modeltruckin.com and Slixx Decals. (Still gotta get the yard gofer to get to the RMV to get the tags for it!) This was a challenging but very rewarding build! You can find the build thread in the "On the workbench" forum. I ALSO got TONS of inspiration from all of the awesome builders on this site. Thanks for checking it out!
  5. Detachable Gooseneck Lowboy, WIP

    Well, I finally am calling this one done.....got the decals on, the lights, conspicuity tape,mud flaps from Moluminum, and the next stop is Under Glass! My fictional company is Readsboro Heavy Haulers, hence the name on the gooseneck. Hope you all enjoyed the build! When I get the Mack B815 done I will do some light weathering on both.
  6. Detachable Gooseneck Lowboy, WIP

    Thanks.......wish I could do as well as I used to be able to!
  7. Detachable Gooseneck Lowboy, WIP

    I have a Cat 320 excavator, a Cat D6T dozer, an old Hough loader and a Galion roller that can use a ride. Also thinking up some other off the wall stuff to try to scratch together.
  8. Detachable Gooseneck Lowboy, WIP

    Done with the lowboy except for decals and lights. Pretty happy with it for a first effort. Now I just have to finish the B815 it's hooked to.
  9. Detachable Gooseneck Lowboy, WIP

    Got the topcoat of dark red on it and installed the deck. After it cures for a couple days, will install the wheels and tires and decal it and do some light weathering and stick a fork in it and call it done! Now back to the B815! Am already trying to think of something else that's just a wee bit out of my comfort zone to build next.....a paver, a crane......certainly not something out of the box!
  10. Detachable Gooseneck Lowboy, WIP

    Found time today to work on the build and fought off the arthritis demons! Got all of the rest of the plumbing done and only glued my fingers together twice. Put a first coat of red on it, mixed with some flattening agent to make it cover all the nooks and crannies, and there are a LOT of them! Will do a second, darker red coat tomorrow with a bit of gloss. It's been a long road but starting to see the end!
  11. Detachable Gooseneck Lowboy, WIP

    Got the gooseneck all plumbed up last night. Having a pretty bad time with the arthritis in my hands, but, it will do. Speed of build is getting slower and slower, but it is what it is! More to come!
  12. Oshkosh M 1070

    Holy cow!!! Incredible work!
  13. Detachable Gooseneck Lowboy, WIP

    Planning on a dark red...thanks! Worked with many of these over the years and mainly working from memory. Actually, the bed bolts aren't bolts at all but merely drilled holes in the wood. The real ones we used had the bolts snugged tight down into the deck so this looks pretty real! We actually converted a ground bearing Model to a non ground bearing like this one so I remember a bit, but can't remember what I had for supper last night! Thanks Charlie! Much appreciated! I have someone who gives me AWESOME inspiration, by the way! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you as well.....lots to go yet! Thanks! It's getting there. The biggest challenge is to make everything work!
  14. Detachable Gooseneck Lowboy, WIP

    Made some progress.....got it to the point of adding the air and hydraulic lines. Added the outriggers and d-rings. Made up the decking with all of the bolts to hold them down. Suspension is all done along with all of the air tanks, and valves etc. Now the piping and electric lines and paint! Maybe I'll get it done this decade!