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ShakyCraftsman

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  1. Hey Jim I found front floats, but I think I'm going to save them for a future Kenworth heavy haul Tri-drive tractor. I couldn't find any rears. I have some modeled up on Unigraphics NX16, but my printer took a dump😪 so have to figure out how I want to proceed from here. Ron G
  2. Hey Nitro She's going to be a work truck, not much chrome more polished aluminum, and yes it will be weathered properly...lol here's a picture of what I want to do. Ron G
  3. Thanks guys Small update, got some parts for the big Pete from Ebay and Shapeways. 3D printed swan hood ornament. This was described as being 1/24 scale, but it sure looks right for 1/16th. 3D printed fire extinguisher for cab. 3D printed Grammer air ride seats. side view of the seat. 3D printed oval slot Peterbilt rear rims. front 3D printed Peterbilt rims with moon caps. Ron G
  4. Thanks guys I have done some more work on the Pete. I purchased a 3D printed Cummins NTA855 big cam from a guy, Chucky's precision pullers & parts, I believe he is in Iowa. The engine is pretty nicely detailed, but it was missing some of the real engines components. So, I had to make them from scratch. They weren't really hard to make, just time consuming. I have the frame, cab, hood and sleeper assembled. this view shows the tractor temporarily assembled for pictures. this view shows the engine sitting in the frame and the front floats that are from a 1/16 Ertl dump truck. left side view of the Cummins NTA855 with the kits transmission installed. right side view of engine showing the oil filters. I added the rear filter (it only comes with one) and the water removale filter (the small black one) the fan is from the kit. top view of the engine. bottom view of the engine. I had to modify the oil pan ( it comes with one for a farm tracter) front view showing the kit fan. rear view of engine. I added some more components to the engine and painted it with custom blended Cummins beige Tamiya paint. this view shows the 1/16 scale Cummins NTA855 big cam on the left and the 1/24 scale Italeri Cummins NTC-400 on the right. this view shows the fuel filter that I added plus the fuel and air lines. You can also see the water crossover pipe at the upper left, also I made a power steering fluid reservoir from scratch. this view shows the small filter at the rear of the engine. I modified the oil dip stick tube, moved it forward to clear the exhaust down pipe. Between the exhaust manifold and the three heads I added from scratch a water manifold and lower pipe that connects to the radiator. I based this off of the 1/24 Italeri Cummins. Also I added the turbo oil lines. this view shows the crossover pipe to the water manifold. this view shows the fan, I still need to add the fan clutch and paint it yellow/white. this view shows the tee fitting I made from scratch to connect the fuel lines. this view shows the engine sitting in the frame. Well that's it for now be back with more updates soon. Ron G
  5. Yeah Mike, but like I said, I don't want super singles. I think I found what I was looking for on the Ertl 1/16 Peterbilt dump truck, floats and more aggressive rear tires. Waiting for it to come in the mail. Ron G
  6. Hey guys I kinda started on this, Monograms 1/16 Peterbilt 359 119" bbc with 63" flat top sleeper. I ordered some custom 3D printed Peterbilt oval hole wheels. I'd like to find some front floats and some more aggressive rear rubber. Things I'm planning on doing to this rig: 1) already did the front steering. 2) custom made Cummins NTC-400 big cam with the kit transmission. 3) 8" (1/2" actual size) custom made stacks. 4) opening doors on the cab and sleeper. 5) detailed cab and sleeper interior. 6) 3D printed chrome air cleaners. 7) custom drop visor and Texas bumper. 8) full air, fuel, oil and electric lines. 9) ???? this is the kit I'm using, got it off of Ebay. this is the paint scheme I'm shooting for. this is my drawing of the Cummins NTC-400 and the start I made on the block. this view shows the 1/16 block on the left and the 1/24 Italeri block I'm using to scale up on the right. the other side of the blocks. top view of the blocks. this view shows the start I made on making the front axle steerable. this view shows it turned to the left. this view shows it turned to the right. View of the front axle from the rear. Well that's it for now be back with more updates soon. Ron G
  7. Thanks Casey, but I don't want super singles, just regular 22.5 heavy haul tractor tires, like Moluminum has in 1/25. Ron G
  8. Hey all I'm looking for information on the 1/16 scale Monogram/Revell Peterbilt and/or Kenworth tires. I need to know the outer diameter, inner diameter and width. I'm trying to find some different rear tread pattern tires, more aggressive, and possibly front floats. Also Peterbilt style wheels for them. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Ron G
  9. Hey all I'm looking for information on the 1/16 scale Monogram/Revell Peterbilt and/or Kenworth tires. I need to know the outer diameter, inner diameter and width. I'm trying to find some different rear tread pattern tires, more aggressive, and possibly front floats. Also Peterbilt style wheels for them. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Ron G
  10. Thanks guys Some more work done on the interior. I totally remade the bed. I used two of the kit mattresses glued back to back to make it thicker (this trucker, like me has a bad back...lol). You can just see the pillow that I made with a piece of foam rubber for a pillow and covered in a piece of paper towel for a pillow case. this view shows the blanket, made from blue paper shop towel, and both sheets, made from paper towel. this view shows the bed support structure and it covers the bunk heater area (that you won't see). this view shows the other side of the bed support structure. bottom view of the bed support structure. I have to paint all of this. this view shows just the bed, sheets, blanket and pillow. this view shows the carpet added to the sleeper floor. Now I have to figure out what color to paint this rig. Dark blue with light blue frame? Red with black uppers and fenders with black frame? Pink with purple poka dots...lol. Give me some ideas guys? Ron G
  11. Thanks Gator Hey guys Small update, I have been working on the interior. I have the interior almost done. I added some carpet to the door panels. this view shows the Czech Model Trucks instrument panel, air knobs, glove box and gear knob installed. this view shows the detail I added to the seats, I did this with a 0.1 mm Molotow black marker and paint, a little hard to see but if you zoom in you can see it. this view shows the Czech Model Trucks 4 spoke steering wheel center I added to the kits steering wheel ring. I still have to add some clear acrylic gloss to the gauge faces. Well that's it for now be back soon with more. Ron G
  12. Thanks guys I did some work on the interior. I added some very thin grey velour with adhesive backing to make the carpet. I got these off of Amazon, I got 2 sheets 8 1/2 x 11 of light grey, dark charcoal, dark brown, medium brown, light brown, beige and dark wine red. It works great for carpeting on 1/25-1/24 models, and it sticks pretty good. this view shows the arm rests I added to the inner sides of the seats, also the seat backs that I added. The velour carpeting looks kinda beige, but it is light grey. this view shows the clutch, brake and gas/fuel pedels that I added. this view shows the small blue wire that I added to the shifter column and the retainer I made for it from some 1/64" tape. I plan on carving some seat cushion detail into both seats. You can just barely see the pencil lines I added to the seats for this purpose. I have both photo etch sets for the 1/24 Italeri Peterbilt 379/377 from Czech model trucks, so the instrument panel will be photo etch along with the steering wheel center, shift and air knobs, plus all of the exterior photo etch, alot of bending but it will be worth it in the end. Ron G
  13. Thanks guys I have the brake lines almost done, I ran out of the purple wire I was using for the air lines, so now I have to switch to green, but it's all going to be painted the frame color so it doesn't matter. this view shows the rear area if the truck. this view shows the rear brake modulator and the height control valve. this view shows the front brake modulator valve on the left and the rear brake anti-lockup modulator on the right. this view shows the Cummins NTC-400 and the front brake line, I used braided line for these. this view shows what this truck is going to look like when it's done. view from the rear showing the polished aluminum rear fenders and the rear light bracket, I have red, amber and clear lights for this. view from the front showing the custom made "Texas" bumber and the 10" stacks, I still have to figure out how to make the lower curved part of these, I think I'm going to try Plastruct elbows and paint them chrome. view showing the hood open. Well that's it for now be back soon with more updates. Ron G
  14. Hey guys I've been working on the Peterbilt 379 exhd custom. I decided to leave it stock at 246.0" W/B. I have the frame assembled and I started in on plumbing the air suspension system. The air brakes and fuel lines will come next. this view shows the scratch built rear air bag height control valve and the air lines to the rear airbags. this view shows the scratch built front airbag height control valve and air lines to the airbags. this view shows the whole rear section. this view shows the three air tanks. this view shows the main supply air tank on the bottom and the 2nd service air tank on the top. The purple line goes to the airbags (this will all be painted in the frame color). this view shows the 1st service air tank. this view shows the 2nd service air tank and the inline air filter to the airbags. The next 4 pictures show the hollowed out universal joints that I did to add some more realism to the build. I took out about a scale 1.5" - 1.75" out of the ride height, so the truck sits a little lower to look cool!. Well that's it for now be back with more updates soon. Ron G
  15. Hey guys As I said yesterday I would post pictures of the 379exhd and 63" flat top sleeper, so here are some pictures. this view shows the final setup for the 1/24 Italeri Peterbilt 378 Tri-drive. rear view of the rig. front view of the rig, these are just sitting together for pictures. this view shows the Unibilt 63" large opening sleeper, 379 raised roof cab with custom made lower extensions and the 379exhd hood. view from the front. downward view. passenger side view of the 379 setup. This will be going on a stock length kit frame (maybe) with 4 single Auslowe aluminum fenders, custom made Texas drop bumper and a s$%t load of chicken lights. this view shows the modified 63" Unibilt sleeper that I tried to make into a flat top. view from the rear of the flat top sleeper. I think the rounded corners on the top are not round enough. What do you guys think? Ron G
  16. Hey guys I've been working on the Tri-drive Pete. I recently bought another Pete, the 1/24 AMT Long hauler (repop of the Italeri kit), got it for a great price $50.00 bucks. So anyway, I started cutting it up and I now have a high roof, large opening cab to sleeper 378, I think? I also made one of the hoods into a extended hood 379. Here's some pics for you to look at. this view shows the stock 378 hood, modified cab with raised roof and modified 63" Unibilt sleeper with enlarged cab to sleeper opening. front view of the cab, you can see the interior and seats that will know be able to recline into the opening, more room for tall drivers. rear view of the cab opening and back of seats. this view shows the cab roof and the modifications I made to increase the opening to the sleeper. this view shows the modifications I made to the cab roof and opening. this view shows the raised roof of the cab. this view shows the modifications I made to the opening in the sleeper. view of the sleeper from the drivers side. view of the sleeper from the passenger side. this view shows the sleeper attached to the cab. view from the front. view from the drivers side. view from the top. view from the passenger side with the hood. this view shows the setup on the tractor frame. My dilemma is, I'm thinking I might want to use this cab and sleeper along with the 379 exhd to make more of a tandom show truck, and use the stock cab with either a 36" bunk or a flat top 63" sleeper I made form the othe sleeper that I had (it didn't quite come out the way I planed, the corners aren't round enough, my opion) on the Tri-drive. I will post pictures of the 379exhd and flatop sleeper tomorrow. This is the motor I'm going to use for the Tri-drive, instead of the Cummins NTC-400 thats in it now. It's a Cat C15 twin turbo from Moluminum. turbo side view. other side view. This are pictures of the engine that I got from Jamie at Moluminum of it finished. well that's it for now be back with more updates soon. Ron G
  17. My bid is for a 1/24 Peterbilt 379exhd with high cab roof and with unibilt 63" walk in sleeper with the larger sleeper opening to the cab. Most of the parts are available from the Italeri/AMT 378 kit, just needs some reworking. It also needs deep Texas bumper, drop visor, loads of chicken lights, 7 - 9 roof lights, low frame mounted air horns and Cat C15 twin turbo with 18 spd. transmission. ...hey wait a minute I'm scratch building one of these as we speak! ...lol Also a 1/24 Kenworth w900L decked out the same way.😁😉 Ron G
  18. Hey Gator It will be 4 large rolls of sheet steel, I have to figure out how to make them. I my try to 3D print them. Ron G
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