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Hermann Kersten

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  1. Hi Don, Thank you for liking this picture. Nice car you have, also thanks for sharing it.👍 I know a cargo bulk liquid surveyor who sometimes comes to our company and drives a BMW E-30 touring, also for business because he does not want a lease car from his company. This 6 cylinder petrol car has now driven 550,000 km and still on the run as a work / private car. So, with good service and maintenance, these cars can do it. And from the point of view of environment today, we are the most environmentally friendly car users. Yes Steve, this picture was taken on my vacation in Italy, to be precise, the Como lake in Northern Italy. For the 400.000km, this car is still equiped with the first engine and automatic transmision, no overhaulings but good service and maintenance every year. These cars were built on durability, large engine, not too many horsepower for reliability, 190HP with a top speed of 228 km/hr that this car today still achieves without any struggles or vibrations. For the interested, here a nice link with the engineers from that time, who talk today about this model when it was designed and manufactured. The S-Class and Its Engineers: from W126 to W221 And another picture from the same spot, it was a beautiful place with a nice background. Hermann.
  2. In 2006 I bought this car as a daily car, a Mercedes Benz 300SE. Year of construction May 1991 with a 3 liter 6 cylinder inline engine. At the time of purchase there was 180,000 km on the odometer and since this week 400,000 km are on the odometer. Old German top, in a time when a Mercedes Benz was still a real Mercedes Benz, quality! Hermann.
  3. Thank you Brian and Marc! And yes Marc, since I saw this kind of mud flaps on the reference pictures, this created this possibility. Today the last update of this project. It mainly concerns small matters that have to complete this FLB. I first to made the wipers and placed on the cab and glued the wipers it self on the windshield with the transperant glue "clear weld", awesome glue, I should have had this much earlier. Then the trailer cables that will be attached to a connector on the back of the cabin. This connector has yet to be made. Then make the small supports that are glued to the tank straps and at the underside of the steps. Meanwhile I also received the nice decals from Jerry, including a sheet of data decals for the frame. Then a sheet with filter and engine decals, with decals for the Cat, the Detroit Diesel and the Cummins. And of course a sheet of license plates together with fuel permits and tax stickers. Here just a few decals on the frame and motor .... And finally, the making of the mirrors. This time the co-driver mirror gets a round blind spot mirror. I took this mirror from the FLD kit, cut off the mirror itself and glued it on a new self made frame. Then removed a piece of lamp glass from a transperant set, sanded it smoothly and then glued it on this mirror for a nice round spherical mirror. Then make the mirrors themselves adjustable by means of extra brackets and a pin / hole connection of brass. Now not only can the mirror brackets be folded in again as with the FLA, but also the mirrors themselves can be adjusted. Ok guys, this was the last update of this project, the next pictures will be the final pictures. See you then. Hermann.
  4. Nice build Marc, I'm also interested how this will turns out. Hermann.
  5. Nice progress Pat, I also like the set up in the garage, it's like they build it. Hermann.
  6. Hello everyone, Also progressed a bit further with this project. After I was still not satisfied with the rims and tires, I exchanged the rims and tires with the kit of a Fujimi Hino dumper. The front rims are also exact to the real truck, and after some fitting and adjusting the axle width, I painted everything white and mounted the tires, it look exactly as I was searching for. The mechanism and hydraulic piston that slides the extendable floor in and out is also mounted. Later on, the electrical lines and hydraulic hoses will be attached. Then the floor lift and extendable roof are painted white and the floor itself given a black anti-slip layer with Revell no.9. And all together with the new rims and tires.... Hermann.
  7. Thank you guys! Well gentlemen, I'm in the final stage of this project. I finished the steps of the cab, and attached them to the cab. Now all i have to do is make the mirrors and wipers. Before these can be mounted, I first wait for the 2nd set of decals from Jerry, these are already shipped, and if these cab decals do fit and are on the cab, then I can finish these last things. For now, just a few pictures of the progress of this conversion. For the steps I used a polystyrene U-beam of 4mm and sand the corners thinner, just like the real one, and finish the frame with some rivets. Then bend it with hot water and glue the first step , which is rounded at the edges, with a squeezer and from here the other steps. After the paint job attach them on the cab with this as the result...... Then attach the air horns, which have been edited with the chrome marker, and stick the side fenders on the cabin with a piece of tape for the overall picture. These side fenders are only placed definitively when the decals and mirrors are mounted. So, now just finish the last parts and the cab decals! See you later! Hermann.
  8. Love this project and the modifications! Keep up the good work! Hermann.
  9. Wow, that's a serious payload! It look like a simple tube, but it takes a lot of time to make all these details. Hermann.
  10. Hello everyone, So...I started with the small and time consuming details to get the FLB done. First I changed the air horns of the FLD kit somewhat so that they would be a better fit in this 1/25 scale. Again the rectangular, like the FLA, because I find this a nicer fit to this FLB than the round ones. Edit everything with the well-known chrome marker and let it dry for a second layer. Also the steps that will be placed on the sides of the cabin. The boxed areas in which these steps are will be glued are already attached to the cabin. Then the intensive job of the sun visor. Now that I was working on this sun visor, I made a 2nd one at the same time and sprayed both sunvisors in the correct color and attached it to the FLA and FLB cabin. Then I scratched the steps of the fuel tanks, in this case I chose a version chosen that will be almost have the full length of the fuel tanks. With the reference photos, styren, and glue at the ready, these steps are the result. Well guys, I only have to make the mirrors, a pair of wipers, an antenna and some finishing touches here and there. That's it for today and see you next round! Hermann.
  11. Very nice progress, i like the little details like the hood sides that can be opened and the modification of the axles. The open headlights with inserted clear lenses will be look more convincing imo then the solid ones. Hermann.
  12. Thank you for the comments guys! Yeah, after I painted the cab in the 2nd color, I sprayed the clear coat on the cab. Let it rest for at least 2 till 3 weeks so that the clear coat could harden. In the main time I received the decals from Jerry, I started with the first white striping what is on the edge of the white and dark gold color. After the white striping I put the red striping on the cab, because in my opinion this is a nice nuance between the 2 colors, and gives a nice contrast. Later the 3 or 4 white stripes will be done on the lower dark gold part, with different distances between the stripes. First I made 2 side fenders, which are at the front corners of the cabin. Later I will see if these fenders get the cabin colors, or if I make them completely chrome, I'm not sure yet. Then the result so far..... The CTM Freightliner emblems.... The shine of the clear coat.... And the rest. Yep, that's it for today guys, see you next round! Hermann.
  13. Dan and Paul, thank you for the nice comments, and yes, this one is going to the finish line. Still some small and time consuming work to do. Hermann.
  14. That's a nice piece of scratch build Scott. A square box looks so simple at the first sight, but it's quiet a job so that everything stays absolute square. The basket is also done very nicely. Hermann.
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