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  1. This turned out to be a 5 day build. Opened the box Friday afternoon and finished it today, Wednesday around 3:30. Crazy what a "stay at home" order will do for your model hobby. It was a fun break from my more serious builds. See the finished project here:
  2. So, I guess I have too much time on my hands. I started this build on Friday and finished it today, 5 days later. I got this Autocar Dump for my birthday back in October and was not sure what to do with it as it really is an ugly truck. I just could not do this up as a clean show truck. So I decided to take advantage of the ugly and make it a dirty beat up used work truck. The story with this one is that the owner really likes this old truck as it is one tough old truck, so he keeps it going and even upgraded the engine recently to the Turbo Cummins. While the bed is really beat up, the cab is not to bad other than surface rust and dirt. He has been able to keep it DOT legal by replacing lights and things as they have gone over the years. So, it is a bit rough around the edges, but still makes him money. The bed was heated and dented out from all the rocks, then lined with Aluminum tape before paint. Then after paint it was sanded and scraped to show wear from the loads. The cab is painted in Rustoleum Forest Green over a base of Red Oxide primer. A little salt treatment, light sanding and some other weathering gives the cab that well used look. The steps on the bed are solder so they could be bent and not break. Custom intake and exhaust were made to mate with the turbo and the whole thing was weathered using various techniques. All finished with some "Selah Soil" to dirty it up. Enjoy.
  3. OK, well it is a photo shop picture, but it is not really that far off the original. The PS truck was lowered and chopped and that is what gives it the goofy look, but the number of axles is correct. However, if you read the article they only built one truck and this was not it. This picture is original, but it was done long before Photo Shop and was retouched by the company. So, real, but not real. See this: https://www.macsmotorcitygarage.com/twin-engines-and-eight-wheel-drive-the-eisenhauer-freighter/ Original picture:
  4. Very Very nice. I like this a lot. The black and gold are a great look for this classic rig. The wheel/tire combo are way better than the AMT offerings and really set the truck off. Great job.
  5. I have been playing around with different weathering options. So far they seem to be working OK. I have had a lot of time this weekend/week to make progress on this build. Still a lot to do, but getting there. Currently the chrome is drying from a matte clear coat to tone things down. This is just one of those trucks that I could not do in a new from the factory look. Its a work truck and just had to be beat up.
  6. Well, I know that I am not alone in this whole ordeal, staying at home, self isolation, etc. I was feeling like I needed a distraction and "fast" build. By fast build I mean something I can build OBB and just work on. No need to order stuff, no resin parts, just open the box and build. Something to get my mind off the fact that I am stuck at home (like everyone else) and need a distraction. I got this kit several months ago for my birthday and had mixed feelings about it as I didn't know what direction I wanted to go with it. Well, as you can see I decided to go for a well used work truck. As you can see I got a lot done in one weekend, I had nothing else to do. At the current rate of this build I should have it done by next weekend. One week build, this has to be a record for me. These are weird times we are in and I am blessed that the worst issue i have is that I am so bored I have to spend time building models. I am still employed, working from home and my family is all healthy. So, on with the truck. I have begun to weather it, but still have more to do. I lined the bed with foil and then scraped it off to allow the metal to show through. I also heated the bed up and dented the sides where the rocks and abuse would have bent up the bed. The side rail and steps on the bed are solder so I could bend them and beat them up a bit. The wood is mis-matched in color to look like they were replaced at different times. I "grunged" it up a bit too. I am still up in the air as to the front fender color and if it should be Green or maybe a tan/brown or even black. I may dent them up a bit too.
  7. I made a little more progress. I cut down a 5th wheel plate and made it RV sized and then cut out the drop for it. I also added the cut outs for the tail lights, they will be small round lights. I still have some more filling and sanding, but it is getting closer. Next is to build a set of ramps and a tool box that goes behind the cab.
  8. I know that we are supposed to give updates every month, but as I am done let this be my update for March/April Can be seen in the "Under Glass" section.
  9. Its looking good, however I think the rear axle may be upside down. That driveline angle looks way too steep and the drive shaft should enter above the center line, not below.
  10. The combination of my ADHD and the Covid-19 keeping me from traveling, I have been bouncing around a bit on about 4 projects I have going right now. I decided to build the bed for the RV Hauler. I wanted it to look custom and have a fendered look to it. The top is covered with diamond plate and I plan to french in the tail lights. It is a tight fit around the tires, but its all good and I like the way it looks. I need to make the 5th wheel hitch next and it will be recessed into the back.
  11. This build off is not really about "Winning" some prize or even the competition, but about us all building together and encouraging each other to build a great truck and finish it. I see no reason why you can't be included in that also. Late or not, you have started long bofore the deadline. Anyway, looks like you are off to a good start.
  12. I have been following this and you are doing a great job. Scratch building is tedious work and involves a lot of trial and lots of error. You have done a fantastic job on this, can't wait to see the final product.
  13. A little more work done. It is starting to look like something. I have a ton of work left to do on the doom, lot of hoses and plumbing, need to make the inner boom and the basket, etc. At least I can see the vision coming together. The boom swivels and the boom goes up and down. I think I will be building the hyd cylinder today.
  14. I took a short break from the De-Icer to work on my HDT RV hauler. But, I am back at it. I made some progress on the boom and turret. The turret involved several concentric rings to allow it all to hold together and still rotate. I added some bolts/nuts to the upper ring for detail. The boom is also in the works and I have the pivot box built too. I still need to add the hinge bosses and figure that all out, but I have an idea of how that will get there. Still moving forward. I should be able to get more done today. Working from home allows a lot of progress on these projects.
  15. I did end up building one a couple of years ago after I posted this.It can be seen here:
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