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  1. On 5/15/2021 at 8:49 PM, FLHCAHZ said:

    Inching towards the finish line on this one



    Ive decided to mount the shaker to the hood.  Kinda bummed out about it, but with this kits fit and finish AND my skill set it seems an easy way out

    Just so you know, this is a challenging kit. Fit and finish is poor out of the box. 

    What you have done looks great. 


  2. 10 hours ago, gotnitro? said:

    I built an Oshkosh FDM a few years ago, with tons of help from Gary Wallace who cast the suspension,  and drum . He also made quite a few other parts . Most of the body parts were scratchbuilt by me w plans from the factory manuals .

    Here's a few shots of mine 




    I'd recommend sending Gary a pm see if he has any random parts available, the project is very interesting.  

    WOW, that is amazing. That really captures the truck. Thanks for the info. I can see that this will be a lot of work. It won't be something I jump on right away. I know I will not be able to come close to the masterpiece you created.  

  3. Due to my job I travel a lot. One thing I noticed as I travel trough the Mid-West area, Indiana, Michigan, etc. I see a lot of front discharge mixers. We do not have these on the West Coast, everything is rear discharge truck mounted. 

    I am thinking of making a Terex FD4000 4 axle mixer. I have downloaded the pats manual and it is a wealth of info. I have narrowed it down to a 2010 due to the rear hood being more square, easier to make from styrene. 

    The engine options are Cummins ISX or an MTU Series 1300. What is an MTU and where would I find either one?

    Front axles are  Marmon-Herrington MT22 or Meritor MX23160, any idea where to find something like these?

    Rear Axles are Meritor Primaxx RT-46-160 , Meritor RT-46-160 or Dana Primaxx D46-170HP. These seem pretty beefy, where to look for those?

    There also seems to be 3 options on drop axles. Hendrickson COMPOSILITE, Hendrickson HLM, or WC TRU-TRACK.

    It also uses a Cushman Transfer Case. I doubt I fill find one of those anywhere, so I will have to make one. 

    Any help you can give on where to find these components would help. I know I may have to settle with "close enough" on some things, or make it myself. 

    If you have suggestion on substitutions that would be close, I am open to them as well. 

    One more option would be to make a "Vintage" 1970-1990 generic Front Discharge like a Mack and be able to use a lot of kit parts from the DM Macks. 

    Opinions or suggestions?



  4. I have never really liked the 57 Chevy and one reason was the roof. With this roof it looks great, completely changes the lines of the car. I can't wait to see this thing done. I love it. 

  5. I worked for a Ford dealer back in the 80's-early 90's and I got to drive one of these that was near new. I can remember smashing the gas pedal and as it sucked me back in the seat all I could see was the long hood rising up and seeing hood and sky, nothing else. FUN CAR! 

    While the 80's-90's was a dark era for the auto industry as a whole, there were a few good cars that came out of that era. The Thunderbird SC was one of them. 

  6. On 5/2/2021 at 1:57 AM, Cuba_13 said:

    1990 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe Engine - a (3).j.png


    It is called the Ignition Control Unit. Sometimes called the Ignition Module. It controls the Spark(timing, dwell, advance, etc)

    It would normally be black, but the one in your picture was replaced with an aftermarket one from a USA based parts chain called NAPA. That is why it is grey. 

  7. I can't believe I missed this. I have wanted one of these for so long, but the cost of NOS or used kits were just beyond what I am willing to spend. I like to build my kits and I just have a hard time shelling out $400 for a kit and then cracking the seal to build it. 

    I pre-ordered mine and I am beyond excited about this. This has been on my dream list for so long, it almost does not seem real that it is really going to be made. 


  8. 2 hours ago, gatorincebu said:


              Wow ! I love the cab color. And the chassis red is close but not that close.  I think I would have gone with  a graphite or Gun Metal color on the chassis.

    That said I am looking forward to seeing what graphics you go with. nice work thus far !


      Be Well


    Yes, it might be worth it to repaint it. I’m thinking the same color as the trailer. That way they would look like they belong together. 

  9. I have a color. Due to many factors, mostly time, I decided to paint it with paint I had on hand. The frame is a Rustoleum Satin Claret Red. The body is Duplicolor Burgandy, from a GM I think. They match a bit too well, I had hoped for a little more contrast between the frame and the body, but I think once I have the decals and a few details it will look better. 

    While it does not show up well in these pictures, the paint turned out very nice. 





  10. It really varies for me. I travel every week. If I fly, I get no time. If I drive to a customer, I will take something to work on. 
    Normally I only have the weekends and I may get 1-3 hours if I am lucky. 
    When the pandemic first hit we were grounded and I worked from home. My office is my hobby room and I didn’t have much work to do. I got a lot of bench time and completed models like a production line. It’s a good think too, once travel picked back up my bench time went away. 

  11. I like it. I can see this being very useful on both large scale stuff and big trucks. As for the mass production idea, he would have to charge way more than anyone would be willing to spend just to make a few bucks on these. To pay for his time, overhead, materials, etc. the cost would be $50 a hinge at least.

    But a great DIY project. Thanks for sharing. I will tuck this away in my memory bank for later.

    Great job and again, thanks for sharing and going to the trouble of documenting it for us.

  12. On 4/20/2021 at 7:59 AM, CapSat 6 said:

    I'd certainly be willing to trade something else or purchase the MPC 1/16 Trans Am Shaker hood if anybody had this set up. No need to swap even for the Turbo parts. I have a LOT of stuff, let me know what you might want for the shaker parts...I would even take used restorable parts...

    I may be able to help you. I have the regular kit and could use the turbo stuff. 
    I am out of state right now, but PM me exactly what you want and I will verify that I have it and send you pictures. I have the kit, just can’t remember if I assembled the engine yet, I don’t think so. 

  13. I have a 1996 issue of the Monogram Green Hornet kit. Not sure when the first issue was, but this is a copy down to the box art. This one was issued in 1996. This kit is new in the box and still shrink wrapped. Basically a brand new 25 year old kit. 

    What do I want in trade? Nothing specific, but I might like a Japanese car kit, something different. Tamiya, Hasagawa, etc. Maybe something in 1/6th scale, any trucks, semi or pickup, vans, etc. What do you have? No race cars, muscle cars, or domestic cars unless its a wagon. 



  14. I love where this is going. I converted my Ecto-1 into an Ambulance not a hearse. These are fun kits and to me, a great looking car. 

    Converting the rear into a stretcher/Ambulance area was a challenge too, but I just cut it all out and rebuilt it.  




  15. Progress has bee a bit slow on this. However I am almost finished with the trailer. I chose to use some decals from another trailer build I had. These are what was left over after last years Agents of SHEILD truck. They seem to fit this trailer and build nicely. I still need to finish the Thermo-King unit and add the lights, but its getting there.

    Right now I am struggling to make progress due to too many real world and scale projects and being gone out of state every week. I am only home on the weekends. 



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