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About ReduitRetro

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  • Birthday 04/18/1966

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    1/25 scale

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    San Angelo,Tx
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    James Johnson

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  1. Hello again gang! First of all let me apologize for the state of my workbench, but if I clean it off I'll never be able to find anything, lol! I originally started out on this project about 3 years ago, but other projects kept leaping in front of it. As you can see, this is Monograms 1/16 scale Pete 359 I originally purchased some 20 years ago, and also in that time I acquired an Ebay junkyard built up for spare parts in preparation for the build I had in mind. I did not want to build it box stock, and I definitely didn't want to build it with the supplied CAT 3408 V8 engine. So, since I had an old 1/25 scale AMT Pete 359 with a Cummins engine, I had good parts to actually "scale up" the build. I started by cutting the transmission off the CAT motor, and begin taking measurements to scratch build the Cummins. The engine in the AMT is the Cummins 350 BigCam 1, so I had to make a few changes to better replicate the Cummins 855 BigCam 2 that I wanted to scratch build. The block was made up of several thicknesses of sheet styrene, lots of sanding, shaping, and looking at lots of photo's and spec sheet's. The cylinder heads, rocker boxes, and valve cover's, were cast from scratch built parts that were later made into molds. With the exception of major engine parts, such as the exhaust manifold, coolant manifold, and after-cooler, most of the other components can be sourced from the kit supplied engine with a little modification, but that's the easy part. Other modifications to the kit includes a scale 4' frame stretch, steerable front axle, larger fuel tanks, corrected battery boxes, and adding storage boxes. I have also lengthened the stock hood (119" bumper to back of cab) version supplied in the kit, to the 127" extended hood version available at that time (1979). If interested, please follow along with me on this build, and I'll occasionally update you as I go. Thanks for looking!
  2. Nice looking ride, I built one of these ions ago, and have been thinking about doing another one....I think you've made my mind up Drip, so Ebay here I come!!!
  3. A nice clean factory fresh build...great job!
  4. Great looking build! I have two waiting on the shelf for they're turn on my workbench. Nice job indeed.
  5. Good to see one of these featured, great execution and paint colors. Very nice job.
  6. Yes, I agree with some of the others, this kit had all kinds of problems, basically it was a re-bodied original release AMT W900 kit. I built one of these back in 1990 and stretched the frame and side fairings so it wouldn't look stubby, never wanted to even attempt another one. My hats off to you on the build, yours turned out nicely.
  7. You nailed the look with this one!! Straight out of the 60's for sure. Great work.
  8. Great looking rig for sure!, I have the same problem as we don't do logging out here either, pretty much oil and cattle. Nice execution of spare parts. I gotta get me a bag full of those tire sets too!! Again, nice work.
  9. Hello again! The tractor by itself was featured here on the site a few years ago, its just taken me this long to get the trailer completed. Modifications to the tractor include a narrowed front axle, air ride rear suspension, and a caterpillar 3406 engine, along with repositioning the fuel tanks for symmetry. The trailer was modified heavily from two complete kits to have enough components to replicate a more accurate double decker loading system. The trailer build was documented in the "W.I.P." section under "Complete Bull Hauler" entries 1,2 and 3. Although a lot of the trailers internal details are now hidden, all the gates, ramps, and dividers all operate and function as they should. The rear of the trailer features a more modern roadside main loading door, with the optional upper curbside loading door, instead of the outdated obsolete center load style the trailer was originally. Front bulkhead overhead sign cabinet, spare tire and winch cable, side access doors, and functioning lock pin style landing gear complete the build. I must say I really enjoyed this build, even though I spent a lot of time on details inside the trailer no one can really see and appreciate, I know its there at least. Be sure to check out that W.I.P. on this trailer, since everything is laid out in detail there. Thanks for looking!
  10. Hello again, this is the third installment on this build. About to start assembling the major components after adding the "debris" to the interior of the trailer, and decided to send in a few pictures of the progress. Water based craft paints were used to detail and mimic of course what you would find on the decks and platforms of one of these trailers in between loads. The front bulkhead, rear door frame, and all outer vertical side ribs were painted chrome to give the illusion of being polished, and the remainder of the trailer painted aluminum. When finished this vintage livestock hauler will also have 10 hole Alcoa "aluminum" polished wheels instead of the kit supplied spokes, and fully operational locking pin style landing gear struts. Keep an eye out for the final completion pics coming up soon in the Under Glass section. Thanks again for the kind remarks and views.
  11. Since my last installment on this build, I found that I had to redesign the rear swing away coral gate, to better mimic how the gate works in actual livestock trailers. When the gate is in the stowed position, it simply swings over against the right side of the trailer. This allows the livestock to be loaded onto the lower deck, and also provides an unobstructed rear load floor when needed. When the upper deck is loaded, the gate is swung over and locked into position next to the loading ramp, protecting the animals from possibly falling off the ramp while loading or unloading. I completely scratch built the rear lift door panel from the early now obsolete center load design, to a double lift door. The "wooden" door slats supplied in the kits were shortened to fit the new openings, along with modifying the door glide rail positions. Next installment....some assembly, with paint...and some "debris" on the floors!
  12. Been slowly working on this project for a completed truck in my collection. I was never satisfied with the lack of detail in the old livestock trailer that's been around for ages, so I never took it upon myself to build one. Well, I finally bought one a few years ago ,and then simply put on the shelf until I decided what to do with it. Since the kit originally came on the scene from AMT in the late 60's or early 70's, it was of course a model trailer of that era, the main clue was the center rear loading with swing doors, completely obsolete today. I decided that I wanted the trailer to be a little more modern, say late 70's to early 80's, with the more traditional loading system in use today. That lead to modifying the rear door area, purchasing a second kit to be used as additional parts, adding the second floor, scratch building an operating ramp, gates, separation panels, external side doors, etc. Most of the detail will sadly not be seen or easy to access once it's completed, but at least I will know it's there. Hoping to have it completed and displayed here soon, so stand by. Thanks for looking!
  13. Featured here on the sight a few years ago, still a favorite in my collection.
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