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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. Well, after a few months of on again/off again work, I'm calling this one done. Well, the cab anyway, the trailer will be coming soon. All in all, I enjoyed this kit quite a bit. One of the issues was the cab getting hung up on the front bumper while tilting forward. That was fixed by taking about an 1/8 of an inch of so off the frame rails and bringing it in a bit. The mirrors were another hang up. Let's just say whoever designed those things is a tried and true sadist lol. Anyway, I'll let the pictures do the talking. I took a stab at scratching up some glad hands here. They're not the prettiest, but they'll do. That's all for now until I get the trailer built. Stay tuned for that one. Like I said above, this is a pretty cool kit for how old it is. It was definitely a challenge, but I never felt like introducing this one to the wall, until I got to those mirrors that is lol. I've learned a lot on this one for sure, and while I would change a few things here and there, I'm really happy with this one considering it's my first rig build. Well, that's all I got. Thanks for looking guys!
  5. Thanks guys! Next update you'll see is the finished product. The cab hinges are proving to be a pain, but I have a plan for that. Check back later this week to see how it turns out!
  6. Alright, as much as it sucks getting buried under two feet of snow and shoveling your life away, there's always a silver lining, such as being off of work for 3 days and getting some build time in. Well, that's what happened, and that's what I did. Here's this weeks progress. I decided to install a small support hook for the air/electrical lines. Not really much else to say here, just figured I'd share. I also sanded down the ridiculously thick mudflaps for a more in scale look. They aren't perfect, but after a coat of my dirt mixture they ended up looking fine. After doing a mockup, the rear frame rails looked a bit too open To fix that problem, I made a catwalk out of some plastic sheet and some wedding veil material. I don't know where or how I acquired the stuff, but it works pretty good in a pinch. After it was glued together and trimmed, a coat of flat black finished it off. Here, the finished chassis gets worse and worse in terms of dirt, rust, and grease. Here's a couple closeups of what's going on. The rear leaf spring were given a generous coat of a pavement colored acrylic paint/baking soda mix and dabbed with gloss black to simulate heavy grease buildup. The front end also got its fair share. The rust and oil stain powders, pavement acrylic, and gloss black really came together to form some nice varying shades. The inside of the frame rails also got some "dirt" smashed in there. While I was doing that, the u-joints were just begging for some "grease" Doing the fifth wheel was particularly fun. The flat black base was rubbed with some silver Tamiya powders in the middle, and some light rust around the edges and underside. After that, a generous coat of grease was applied. I'm a little convinced I may be going a bit over the top for a functioning fleet truck, but man am I having fun doing it! Thanks for looking!
  7. Thanks guys! Thank you! I made some oil, coolant, and other fluid stains by streaking on a bit of acrylic craft paint. No thinning necessary, just a wet brush and light dip in the cap. Some super serious-type painters may yell at me for that, but sometimes being lazy works haha. The rest was just a bit of Tamiya weathering powders, dabbed, smeared, or whatever works, finished up the rest.
  8. Yeah, they have to be around somewhere, because whenever I stop by the hobby shop and decide to wait out buying a kit I have my eyes on, it's almost certain that it will be gone the following week lol. It would be cool to at least get a show or meetup around here, just to meet some more people to bounce ideas around with. I've been getting a few request from guys in the local car scene to build replicas of their cars, much like this one was, to display along the real ones at local shows. Who knows, maybe that'll spark a little interest and put a few bucks in my pocket, As for the snow, my god was this week a killer. 24 inches in one day with 5 foot drifts due to wind. So far, my triumphs were building an 8 foot tall snow mound to clear out my grocery getter, helping to dig out two backhoes that got stuck on my block, and unearthing the fossil that is my 49 Hudson. No mail, newspaper, work, or driving because of a travel ban. I'm too young to remember dealing with '93, but after this one, I don't blame you for going south. Just for fun, here's a pic of my car putting the sled back in lead sled haha.
  9. Thanks for all the kind words guys! I really appreciate it, as always. Awesome, you're the third guy on this forum to tell me you lived/live around here lol. Just going by statistics, it's funny I never bump into anyone at the LHS. No shows, swap meets, anything. I guess we all hide in our houses here haha
  10. So, progress has been made! I don't know why I'm moving so slow on this one, but it'll get done soon enough. Anyway, here's where we're at: I got the interior together and gave it a light weathering job. My brightness settings must have been turned up a bit too high, though. You can't really see the light dirt and grime, can you? Eh, no big deal. I was going to add some work gloves, a bill box, possibly a lunch sack, etc., but decided against it because you won't see it anyway. Here's why... Because this thing needs a bath haha. The windows in this kit were very badly scratched and had a bit of tire burn, and while a vigorous polishing helped, they're beyond total repair. That's actually half of the reason why this one is going to look used and abused. After some masking tape was applied, the window unit was misted from the front to back to simulate the truck getting blasted by dirt from the vehicles driving in front. Anybody who's driven through a northeastern winter knows all about this. The molded in trim was also painted to wrap up all of the paintwork needed for the cab, minus further weathering of course. The underside of the cab also got a generous coat of pavement colored acrylic paint mixed with baking soda. A little black was added to the engine area to simulate oil/grease. I thought I went a bit over the top with it until I remembered seeing our guys pull into the terminal after 12 hours on Pennsylvania roads during the winter. After that thought, I think I may not have added enough. Man, do those trucks get filthy! I also got the engine assembled, wired, and plumbed. An oil stain here, coolant stain there, some rust, a bit of grease, and a little tranny fluid were added to show a little wear. Overall, I'm actually pretty happy with how this turned out. I didn't want it to look like DOT would take it off the road immediately, but I didn't want a factory fresh engine in an old work truck either. After it was installed in the frame, I decided to add some air lines from the compressor to the tanks. I'm not sure if the routing is correct, but it will do. I also started adding some pieces for the rear suspension. That's about as far as I got so far. More updates coming soon.
  11. Thanks guys! Yeah, for some reason a weird pearl effect shows up in photos under certain lighting, but never in person. I'm hoping the weathering will tone that down a bit. I'm fine with how it looks on the bench, but taking pictures is half the fun. If only I knew that before I discovered there's just as big a resin market for trucks as there is cars, I probably would've tried to find a set lol. Eh, I'm not gonna get to nit-picky about this one, though. I'm more or less just focusing on making everything in the box work and getting the hang of building truck models. This has been a really fun project so far, so I can see myself getting into industrial-type models pretty heavily. I actually see a C-Series fire engine coming sooner or later. I guess we'll see...
  12. Alright, after quite a long break from this one, I decided to get moving on it once again. There's not a whole lot to report on, but here's where I'm at. The cab finally got its two tone. A cheap can of Rusto Navy Blue gave me almost the EXACT blue I was looking for. Needless to say, I'm very happy I don't have to mix up any custom colors now. I also brushed on a little flat black for the window moldings and started doing a bit of the detail painting. I also decided to start weathering various parts. For the sake of not having to post 100 pictures of random parts, here's a pic of the wheels. Since this things supposed to look like it's seen some miles, expect lots of grease and grime. I know I'm jumping around all over on this one, but the dash looked like a fun little challenge to take on. I'm a bit spoiled by the new kits with gauge decals, so painting the old AMT dashboards has always been a weakness for me. All in all, I'm actually pretty happy with how it turned out. Well that's all for now. I should have the engine done in a few days. It's taking a bit longer than expected since I can't find many reference pics. I might not even be searching for the right thing lol. From what I understand, the engine in this kit should be a 534 BB Ford. Any experts out there?
  13. This was a project that was handed to me by my mother's boyfriend a few months ago so I could build a replica of his 1:1. It started off as a half assembled, metal body monogram kit from the 80's. It was the definition of a gluebomb when I got it, lacked a lot of detail, all of the metal was badly oxidized, had glue damage to the chrome and clear parts, and a few broken pieces. To cap it off, the plastic pieces were molded in red. After wondering what I got myself into, it quickly became evident that this thing was cursed lol. I had just about every problem you could encounter on such a simple kit, probably made worse by my total lack of interest in T-Birds. When it was all said and done, though, I ended up being pretty happy with it, and extremely happy to finally have it off my table. It was all worth it when I gave it to him for his birthday this week. For every little flaw I see, he finds something new that he likes about it and will be showing it off on his air cleaner at every show this year. If he's proud of it, that's more than good enough for me
  14. Well, with all of the problems I encountered, a build off project being on the bench, and my inability to stay focused on one build at a time, I didn't make my Christmas deadline. However, it did make a nice birthday present when I wrapped it up earlier this week. Check her out in the under glass section!
  15. Once again, you nailed it! I love all of the stock builds you do. It's nice to see the canvas before these crazy hot rodders get a hold of them lol
  16. Awesome pair. I'm loving that Super Bee
  17. Man, that's a REALLY nice build. I'm usually not a fan of that wheel choice on these types of cars, but they just look right on this one
  18. So this is the build I just completed for a same kit build off on a Facebook group. It started off as a Revell 41 Chevy pickup, but after looking at the cab I quickly came to the conclusion that the fenders had to go, it had to sit low and the roof was just a bit too high. After giving it some thought, I decided to imitate the 1:1 truck driven by my former boss, the guy who taught me just about everything I know about hotrods while being a young punk hanging out in his donut shop. Coincidentally, his kid is who got me into building models lol. Even though his is a 35 Dodge, I figured I could still pull off a cool build that would look very similar when complete. The problem was, I've never tried doing the extensive modifications that would have to be done to pull it off. That's were the build off helped. Maybe it's my competitive side showing, or maybe the need to prove to myself I can do something, but either way, these situations always give me the motivation I need to get over the thought of messing up a $25 kit and just get into it. The biggest challenges were mating 32 Ford front rails with the 41 Chevy frame, chopping the top, channeling the interior, and shortening the box. After a lot of measuring, cutting, filing and sanding, I was very happy with the results during my mockups. Well, about a month later, here it is, and here's the details: 41 Chevy cab, chopped 3 scale inches 32 Ford front rails mated to 41 Chevy frame, z'd front and back Mopar 440 with scratch built dummy Hilborn, performance valve covers, scratch built "injection" stacks, and resin headers Mustang II front suspension 32 Ford grill shell and headlights, MCG spider web grill Wheels and tires from the Revell 32 5 Window Tuck and roll interior made from acrylic paint Scratch built gas pump nozzle shift lever Pull chain interior light Scratch tonneau cover Scratch fire extinguisher puke bottle Tamiya gloss black, decals from various kits and vendors, trimmed and layered to mimic the 1:1, topped with Testor's dullcote Well, that's about it. Thanks for looking!
  19. So the small details were the order of the day last night. First on the list was making up a tonneau cover. I was going to do this elaborate, multi-step process that would've taken up most of the night, but then spotted a piece of corrugated cardboard in my recyclables. After a little snip snip, a coat of satin black, and a whole ten minutes, it was done and looked very similar to the 1:1. The full size version also has nifty little details like a gas pump nozzle for a shifter, and a pull chain style interior light, much like the one you'd find hanging in your basement. The light is a piece of plastic rod, a small bead, a piece of thread and a small piece of 30 gauge wire. The bulb was made by simply dabbing on a drop of UV cured glue and setting it up. I also got the windshield and rear window cut and applied, wheels done up, and the spiderweb grill put in place. The wheels and brake rotors are from the Revell 32 5 Window kit, and while there not the deep steelies sported by the 1:1, they look just fine. I could've done a bit better painting the whitewalls, but they'll work as well. Painting was my last resort, but whoever came up with whitewall decals should be shot lol. The MCG web grill is also a bit inaccurate, being a little too intricate compared to the garage fashioned grill on the full size, but it takes A LOT of work off my hands by not having to try to scratch build one. Well, that's it. I'm thinking one more post than this one's off to the Under Glass section.
  20. Ok, we're making some good progress now! That superglue cap tranny tunnel was really bothering me just sitting there, so I decided to get it looking like something. After a coat of flat red, some watered down craft glue was spread across the floor and some red embossing powder was used to mimic carpet. After not being able to find suitable tuck and roll seats in the parts box, I decided to make my own pattern for the kit seats. This started off with the tonneau cover from the AMT 53 Ford pickup. A little white Liquitex Basics acrylic paint was built up in several coats over the pattern. I remember using this stuff in high school, and it always seemed to peel off anything you put it on in sheets that felt like vinyl. Not the best qualities for paint, but GREAT for this kind of work. After it dried, I got this nice sheet of virgin T&R material. The 53 Ford part is pictured at the top. My stencil making abilities aren't top notch, nor are my cutting skills, but despite the sort of jagged cut lines, I'm pretty happy with it. As a bonus, I have enough left over material to do the door panels. I'm thinking the mistakes will be pretty hard to see through the chopped windows anyway. In the meantime, I painted the cab and other parts with Tamiya TS14 Black. The finish isn't great, but it's getting a coat of two of flat clear so that's fine. I just wanted to avoid the silvering issues the decals seem to face going over a flat paint job. After that dried, some decals were laid down. This is probably the most difficult decal job I've done to date, mostly because of the need to trim, overlap, layer, etc. The size of some of the parts didn't make it any easier, but more on that soon. Unfortunately, I ran into a problem with one of my sheets I ordered specifically for this project. It seems to be the decals are either old, of there's a defect in the adhesive. Every one I tried from this particular sheet had this haze in the clear part. Not good for going over black. The headlights and grill shell were two of the most troublesome spots to decal. A lot of Micro Sol and Set had to be used, but man do I love how it looks. I ended up removing the tailgate decal and resoaking it in warm water while rubbing it between my fingers. There's still a haze to it, but not nearly as bad. The dullcote should help even it out more. After getting the decals out of the way, I decided to finish the engine. I also got the dash painted up. And here's a shot after the flat was applied. The finish looks nice and smooth, the decals now look like they're painted on and that haze on the tailgate seemed to disappear. Something has to go wrong now, that's just the rule lol.
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