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  1. Tyler62990 added a topic in Under Glass: Big Rigs   

    The Road Weary Roadway Ford - Ok, it's actually done this time, I swear
    You guys may or may not remember seeing the Roadway C Series Ford I built earlier this year. The pics on that post were long lost to Photobucket's new sharing policy, so I'll post the whole thing here in addition to it's freshly completed trailer. After struggling with decals, warping, that overhead door, etc., I decided to put it off to the side and focus on some other projects. Well, something got the fire going again, and got me to complete this in a much shorter time frame than expected. This was my first venture into the world of building rigs, and despite the moments of impatience, it was a really fun, rewarding project. So rewarding that I'm putting off a hotrod build in favor of the Mack R685. That's a pretty big thing for me lol. Well, enough of that, more about the truck.
    The build started off with the truck. It was an old, used kit to start, so various repairs including fixing the window posts and taking care of some warp issues were in store. After getting everything straight, the cab got a coat of MM Go Mango and Rustoleum Classic Navy Blue, the decals from the MPC Mack DM600 were applied. After weathering the frame, engine, and cab with some Tamiya powders, a generous coating of grime and grease was applied by mixing various craft acrylics with baking soda. The engine and wired and plumbed along with the brake system. Jumping into truck building with this kit was a blessing, as I got some experience with rigs, but wasn't overwhelmed by my limited knowledge of diesel engines. The gas powered Ford big block was just like detailing a huge car engine. The final touches included scratch built lines/gladhands and a catwalk made from wedding tulle and sheet styrene. A mount for a hand truck on the front bumper was also made, leaving the hand truck removable if I ever want to display it with the cab forward. 
    The trailer was supposed to be a simple build, but it just never seems to work out that way. Since I spend every day at an LTL company, I know what these trailers look like inside and out, so I became determined to make it as realistic as I could. It started off with the floor being painted with Rustoleum Nutmeg, then being treated to a dry brushing with some flat black enamel stain. The walls were warped almost into a U, so they needed a good straightening. After that was achieved, they were spayed with some Rustoleum Aluminum. The interior walls were then fashioned from some basswood and styrene strip for the runners. My first idea for the livery was to make decals, but after three failed attempts, it looked like painting was the only way to go. The trailer sided were sprayed with the Rustoleum Navy, then masked off using a stencil I cut from some Tamiya tape. After a couple coats of the aluminum, I removed the tape and wondered why I didn't go that route in the first place lol. After assembly, the trailer was weathered using Tamiya powders, some mineral spirits for streaking, and some acrylic paint to beat up the door a bit. The lenses were also a bit bulky for my liking, so some window maker glue painted with stoplight red and turn signal amber took their place. I also like the option to display the trailer with or without a tractor, but the kit gives you a one or the other option for the landing gear. I like having cake and eating it too, so some holes were drilled through to allow a pin to be inserted, allowing me to swap up or down landing gear as I please. The final touches include airlines, scratch built hazmat placards, and a full load similar to what I deal with on a day to day basis. 
    Well, that wraps it up. She isn't pretty, but then again, neither is any fleet truck in the Northeast from November to April. All in all, I'm pretty happy with this one, and I can't wait to tackle that Mack R and Freuhauf van that's staring at me. I may have found a new modeling obsession outside of hotrods lol. Thanks for looking!!!

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  2. Tyler62990 added a post in a topic 32 Five Window - Traditional Style   

    Thank you! The caps were leftovers from my first attempt at toning down kit chrome using Tamiya Smoke. I remember the can sputtering and leaving that nice blotchy pattern you see here. It's a lot harder to see in person, a little easier to see on my phone, and plain as day here. I'll have to switch them out the next time I crack open a Merc kit.
  3. Tyler62990 added a post in a topic 32 Five Window - Traditional Style   

    Sorry for the late reply guys. I really appreciate the kind words! Thank you!
  4. Tyler62990 added a post in a topic Revell 30 Ford Coupe   

    Thank you for the kind words, and good eye! The only things not out of the box are the shift linkage, headlight mounts, rear radius rods, decals, and the obvious things like wiring and plumbing. The frame was z'd using pieces cut out in the process (gotta love recycling), and the front suspension is just modified from the kit. Even the suicide perch was made from kit scraps lol. It's entirely possible to build something very similar to this with nothing but the kit. You just gotta know where to cut.
  5. Tyler62990 added a post in a topic Revell 30 Ford Coupe   

    Thanks! I used the rusting set from Sophisticated Finishes, dabbed on with a sponge brush. Sometimes it can dry a little to uniformly, so a little touch up with some Tamiya weathering powders, some acrylic paint, and some India ink can help.
  6. Tyler62990 added a post in a topic Revell 30 Ford Coupe   

    Thank you! I didn't even notice that until you brought it to my attention. I guess some things just get past you sometimes. Now that I see it, I have to clean it up. It's driving me nuts now lol
  7. Tyler62990 added a post in a topic Revell 30 Ford Coupe   

    Sorry for such a late reply guys. Thank you for all the kind words! I really appreciate it!
  8. Tyler62990 added a post in a topic 1936 Ford Flatback Sedan Street Rod   

    Very cool build. The new elements mixed with the old really make for a neat little hotrod. Great job!
  9. Tyler62990 added a post in a topic '56 Stop Light Warrior. Outdoor pics added.   

    Absolutely gorgeous. When I saw your name, then started reading before seeing any pics, I thought to myself "No way Tulio would build such a thing". Thank god I was right lol. That 80's-90's look stays in the history books where it belongs, woohoo! As much as I love your stock models, I'm really into the occasional hotrod that comes off your bench. That nice, sleek, subdued style is where it's at in my opinion.
  10. Tyler62990 added a topic in Under Glass   

    32 Five Window - Traditional Style
    Here's one I've been working on off and on for a little while. The base for this one was the Revell 32 Five Window. The front suspension and engine were sourced from the Revell 29 Roadster. Surprisingly enough, with the relocation of the motor mounts and some trimming here and there, most of these parts fit pretty well. The only hang up I had was mounting the engine a bit too high, leading to the down tubes on the exhaust not fitting at all, but two pieces of solder and a little bending solved that pretty quick. The fenders and stock firewall come from the Stacey David Rat Roaster. The grill is a lightly modified piece from a 37 Ford pickup. In my decently sized parts box, I couldn't find any steel wheels that would work for me. I settled on some spare Caddy caps from a 49 Merc kit, which I ended up being pretty happy with after all. The rear slicks are AMT parts pack pieces. The distributor was drilled and wired, and the carbs were plumbed. I don't know if it's entirely accurate, but I wasn't sure how six carbs with a front mounted fuel pump are fed, so a distribution block was added to feed the two fuel rails. The carbs in the kit appear to have molded in linkage, so I just glued a piece of wire in to connect them and called it a day. The last little touch was to get rid of the rear that came with the kit and swap in a quick change from a Paddy Wagon kit. The is Ford Toreador Red Metallic over a Torch Red base, topped off with Testors Wet Look. Thanks for looking!

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  11. Tyler62990 added a topic in Under Glass   

    Revell 30 Ford Coupe
    It's been a little while since I've posted, mostly due to Photobucket annoying me to no end. Thank God for the new format here that allows me to let them fade into the past where they belong. 
    Anyway, I recently completed this 30 Ford. The frame was double z'd with the suspension mounted suicide style up front. With this kit allowing you to build a channeled version OOB, the work to get the super low look that seems to be in vogue nowadays is actually really straight forward and easy. I decided to use the skeleton interior, but wanted the transmission and driveshaft exposed. Having to cut the floor in half to do this complicated things a bit, but it was still pretty easy to achieve. With the tranny exposed, I thought it would be a good idea to scratch up some shift linkage. It's almost impossible to see, but at least I know it's there lol. The engine was wired and plumbed, and some masking tape was wrapped around the exhaust to simulate heat tape. A couple pieces of plastic tube were cut for carb stacks. The whitewall decals had me climbing the wall, so I sprayed them with some Duplicolor primer, forgetting solvent paints don't dry on vinyl or rubber very well. It ended up being a happy mistake, though, as the paint doing funky things while handling somehow gave them a nice weathered look and saved me some work. The body received some holes in the sun visor and a healthy dose of rust. Well, that's about it. Thanks for looking!

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  12. Tyler62990 added a topic in Under Glass   

    Mild Kustom 49 Ford - Tribute to Blair Pletcher
    I'm participating in a group build on Facebook to pay tribute to the late Blair Pletcher. He was a forum member here, but extremely active on Facebook where he never hesitated to share ideas, motivate people, and give tutorials on everything from scratch building to airbrushing cheap craft acrylics. His knowledge, coupled with his very friendly demeanor, helped young bucks like me learn. For that, I'm forever grateful for the few short years we spent bouncing ideas back and forth and complimenting each other's work. Rest easy brother.
    Well, onto the car. I started off with the AMT 49 Ford kit. I always loved the look of these cars as is, so no sectioning, chopping,, rolled pans, grill swaps, etc. The only thing it needed was to be a bit lower, get a flashy paint job, some new wheels, and an engine that sets it apart from the others. The door and trunk handles were shaved and the body was painted Testor's White Lightning pearl lacquer and OPI My Gecko Does Tricks nail polish sprayed over Duplicolor white primer. I'll take some new pics soon to better highlight the paint. It's actually a green/gold flip flop with green metal flake mixed in. The wheels were swapped for a set of chrome reverse deep dishes that came in the AMT 53 Ford Pickup. Whitewalls were painted on using the kit tires. The engine is the kit supplied Caddy mill with VCG Resins' Weber cross ram manifold. A few other little details here and there wraps this one up. Thanks for looking! 

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  13. Tyler62990 added a post in a topic The Road Weary Roadway Ford   

    Thanks for all the kind words guys! I really appreciate it. This one's not completely done just yet, though. Keep an eye out for the trailer and road base this thing will reside on soon!
  14. Tyler62990 added a post in a topic Roadway C-900 - On to the Trailer 4-15-17   

    Alright, so the time has come to get the trailer for this done. Just about every panel was severely warped, so that was project number one. After getting everything straight for the most part, some Rustoleum Metallic Aluminum was sprayed onto all of the major components. The underside got a misting of flat black just to add some depth and provide a base for the weathering to come. After that, I decided that the inside of the trailer was way too plain for my liking. After gathering up some supplies, I started building the inside up a bit.

    Some plywood was cut to size and treated to varying degrees of enamel stains to break up the uniformity of the wood. After they dried, they were glued in place.

    I also got a pretty decent looking finish on the floor with some Rustoleum paint for the base, then completely covered with an acrylic wash, finally wiping if away with a paper towel to give it an aged, stained look.

    Some runners for straps/load bars were made from plastic sheet and glued in place. I'm not very happy with the "holes", but once some freight is in there it should be a little harder to see the mistakes. I also noticed that most of the trailers at my terminal are marked on the inside with some poorly done rattle can work. I tried to replicate this with a Sharpie. Not perfect, but it'll do. Well, that's all I have for now. My to do list is 1. Make decals. 2. Make the roll up door operable, but not AMT's ghetto idea of using a piece of tape lol. 3. Make various types of freight and corresponding pallets. 4. Apply generous weathering to match the cab. And 5. Actually get this thing together straight. Wish me luck!
  15. Tyler62990 added a post in a topic Roadway C-900 - On to the Trailer 4-15-17   

    Thanks for following along guys! The cab is finally off to the Under Glass section if you wanna check it out. Next up is the Trailmobile pup trailer that she'll be pulling along. Updates on that will be posted in this thread, so don't go anywhere! There's two pieces to this puzzle, so this thread ain't dead just yet!