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  1. Gary Wallace of GW Trucks also makes a Western Star daycab panel.
  2. After the mix up with the topic in the Truck Stop that I just discovered (go look in the 53 foot trailer topic, D'oh!) I'm in too. Don't know quite with what yet but I'm thinking it'll either be a Kenworth W925 or one of the many gluebombs I have to rebuild. Leaning toward the KW.
  3. I just picked up the latest issue of the Italeri FLD120 "Special" and upon opening it up, it's got the Stabilaire as Force mentioned, but it also has the correct Freightliner Airliner. The Stabilaire is marked grey on the instructions as "parts not to be used." I don't have any other previous issues to check it against, and I haven't looked online to see if that's the case there as well.
  4. This is excellent news! With the ones still out in the wild being made of unobtanium, which is driven by the prices on that auction site, I welcome it. I've been after one for years to build as a '79 Transtar II my dad owned back in the late '80s.
  5. I was hoping these would follow suit with the Short Hauler Coke reissue. Been hunting one for a while and as everything else, eBay and swap meet prices have reached levels I'm not comfortable with.
  6. Found this browsing around online. As someone who's been looking for these (since they seem to have disappeared from hobby store shelves) I welcome it. The throwback box art is nice too, looks like the second issue of the original T500 California Hauler, which I'm just fine with.
  7. It doesn't look like it'll have any actual branding, which is no doubt to avoid licensing. But some of the features look like they belong to a Reitnouer trailer, which I've got no issues with. They're some of the finest built aluminum flatbeds out there, and their Big Bubba and Bigger Bubba are two of the more popular trailers in the heavy flatbed industry. As for it not being branded, I couldn't care less, it looks very promising. I'm already sold on it, will be getting at least one to build as a covered wagon.
  8. I'll need a couple of each for sure. I've yet to build any of the other Moebius Ford trucks straight out of the box, and these will just add to the parts-swapping pool.
  9. I don't need another '53 F-100, but the box art is very nice and it's hands down my favorite kit to build. I think I currently have 7 or 8 of them, plus pieces of others. I'm very excited to finally see the Autocar dump truck again, I'll need a couple. I do have one that I paid almost too much money for, so I can resist raiding it for parts and actually build it instead. As for the Pete wrecker, glad to see the late cab make a return. If it's like previous releases, will it include a sleeper and fifth wheel so it can also be built as a tractor? That also being said, I'm also looking forward to the Double Header vans. Now if we can just get the Fruehauf flatbed...
  10. Nicely done. Where did you get the wheels and tires?
  11. All the spoke wheels I encountered in my wrenching days were 1 1/4" lug nuts. Number of spokes, super single or duals, it didn't matter. One truck in particular I worked on had super singles on the lift axle, with a wedge that was about 6" long. I actually prefer them to the older style Budd discs with the 2 lug per wheel setup (with LH threads on one side to boot!). They're not as much of a pain as they might appear to be to get true, and the rim and tire itself ends up being a bit lighter for throwing it around for mount and dismount of tires. That being said, Hub-Pilot was by far the best thing to happen to truck wheels.
  12. I may have to blatantly copy this idea some time. Very cool!
  13. A nice ode to the infamous "Kecksburg Incident", Chuck. For those that don't know, the incident is also referred to as "Pennsylvania's Roswell" due to the alleged coverup of the whole thing. This sleepy little hamlet is about 30 minutes from me, and the prop used to reenact the incident for an episode of Unsolved Mysteries is mounted on a pole behind the Kecksburg VFD. Also, I had to Google the address, just to see where it was. Weather it was intentional or not, you picked the location of Norvelt Beverage, a beer distributor. For those uninitiated, PA only recently adopted the practice of being able to buy your beer in gas stations and grocery stores. Local beer distributors are still very commonplace, often mom and pop type businesses, and usually are more competitively priced than the supermarkets. My only gripe is the geographic locations of your Esso stations. Harrisburg, Kecksburg, and Exeter aren't exactly in each other's backyards. That's one heck of a service area for a family chain of gas stations. Now I'm going to go back and read up on Kecksburg again...
  14. I remember seeing that truck for sale in a very old issue of Wheels of Time many years ago, and I always wondered what became of it. I'll have to see if I can find it (I'm a notorious magazine hoarder) and scan the ad. Cool stuff!
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