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  1. As promised, here is my 2022 BRBO build thread. I started with a fresh sealed AMT Diamond Reo reissue. I actually started on this a couple of days ago and between house chores and a couple other things, here's what I was able to get done. I got the engine and trans assembled and lightly detailed. Oil pressure and return lines for the turbo, fuel lines from filters to PT pump, and feed and return from PT pump to head. Fuel filter housing is also drilled for future fuel line from chassis. I don't want to go overboard on this, but I am going to do some light chassis plumbing and wiring. I got the rails stretched too. I used the front section of a set of partial DR rails I got from Tbill (back in 2014!). I went back and looked at my PMs to make sure I gave credit where credit is due. He'd used a piece of them to stretch a frame, and I was going to do the same, but the truck I was stretching had a different contour to the rail, so I never used them. I trued them up, and they ended up being cut right behind the factory DR rear cab mount location. I took the rails from the fresh kit and cut them 1 inch ahead of the location the front sections were cut, giving me a 1 inch stretch. I can't remember what the stock DR wheelbase is, but it's now 25 scale inches longer. I want to run a sleeper, and the DR is too short, in my opinion, to pull it off out of the box. Great for a daycab tractor though. I started assembling things like the rear axle housings that will need seams addressed. I came up with my frame stretch amount by staring at this for a while. This is a survivor of my dad's. It's been rebuilt a few times, and with the number of spare DR kits I've accumulated, I need to replace what's missing and give it a proper redo. That's all I have for now. Plan is to use an AMT Peterbilt sleeper since I'm not a fan of the quilted aluminum Mercury found in the DR and the other White Motor Co kits from AMT. I know it's period correct, but I think they're kind of ugly. The Peterbilt sleeper is a Restrite unit to the best of my knowledge, and I've seen pictures of them on Diamond Reos. Plan is for a period correct owner-operator or small fleet look. Might be some dirt and grime in the nooks and crannies but it'll have a clean overall appearance and a few fancy doo-dads. Haven't picked out a color yet, but I want to use one of the sets of included stripe decals. Thanks for checking in!
  2. Just wanted to take a minute and congratulate Dan on his win, well deserved. Also a big thanks to everyone else who participated and shared their work with us. Great Job everyone!
  3. Roger, count me in. I had a blast with 2021's rendition and now that I can finally say things have settled down a bit in my life, I'm in again. I'll be building an AMT Diamond Reo. Plan as of now is a sleeper tractor with a bit of a frame stretch.
  4. I'd like to just toss out some quick info I've been meaning to share about Mack model designations, but I haven't had a chance to login here and reply since I got a new laptop. To clarify, there is no Mack "D" model, they are all "DM" Supposedly it stands for "Dump-Mixer" as they're the primary vocations that these were aimed at. They could be had as tractors too, in addition to being commonly seen as garbage trucks, roll-offs, and every other vocational truck out there. Mack did offer a lighter duty version with the offset cab called the "U" model. Typically they were tractors and lighter specs all around where the DM was almost exclusively heavy spec. The option of fiberglass or steel hoods were just that, options. The DM600 could be had with either, but the DM800 was exclusively steel. The same thing applies to the R series. Fiberglass/steel on R400 and R600 series, R700 was exclusively fiberglass, and the RD800 is steel. The addition of the D into the R model designation simply designates it as a heavy duty R model. Here's a handy (but by no means complete) guide to how the Mack model nomenclature works: Chassis numbers (GVW Rating): 4xx - 6xx - 7xx - 8xx - Note: the xx is the place holder for the engine code. Examples R607 END673 R609 END711 R611 ENDT673C R612 ETAZ673 (300+) R615 END864 V8 R626 6v92 Detroit R685 ENDT675 (237 Maxidyne) R686 ENDT676 (300 Maxidyne) R688 E6350 R719 ENDT864 V6 R795 ENDT865 V8 R797 ENDT866 V8 R747 290 Cummins R763 335 Cummins R767 350 Cummins T - Tractor S - Six wheel chassis L - Light weight components RS7xxLS as our example: R = R model S = an S after the R indicates it has a steel frame. This was a western Hayward thing i believe. 7 = has to do with the chassis GW rating. 800/900 series were extra and super heavy duty chassis. XX = these two numbers are engine codes. L = Hayward models had this letter to denote the cab used light weight components like aluminum doors. S = six wheel tandem chassis. so essentially it is a 6x4 chassis. Another example RW613: The W stands for Western and together with the R means a superliner or RW. 13 is a Cummins NTC engine. If there is an SX after the number code like R600SX it means you have a heavy duty tandem X - Extreme duty So, to use an example of one in plastic, the AMT R685ST translates to an R600 series, with the 237hp Maxidyne engine, in 6 wheel tractor chassis. The AMT(Ex MPC) DM-800 actually depicts a DM-895SX with it's ENDT-865 V8 turbo diesel and 55,000 lb rear axles. the DM-600 I believe uses the same rear suspension (I've never built one) which makes it a DM-607SX, as I believe it has a ENDT-673. Another interesting note is the engine designators. EN simply means engine. The D was added when Mack began to produce diesels to distinguish them from their gasoline counterparts. T means its turbocharged. The last 3 digits are the model designator. Once Mack phased out everything that wasn't a turbo diesel, the engine models I believe simpy became the "E" series.
  5. When I built my "out of the box" F4270 I struggled with painting it a metallic blue or the solid blue I ultimately ended up going with. I couldn't decide if the highlights on the box art meant it was metallic, or just shiny. This almost makes me second guess my decision. It's looking really good, will stay tuned.
  6. Made a quick deal with Rodent for some parts, couldn't have gone smoother.
  7. I completely agree Tim. I remember seeing these things everywhere in my youth, but it's a shame how they've more or less disappeared from daily life. Granted, the newest ones are the same age as me and they weren't ever meant to be more than working class yeomen so I'm sure many of them were used up and thrown away. I'm also sure there's a lot of them still earning their keep, with even more enjoying a well deserved retirement in fields, tree rows, and garages alike.
  8. I'm a big fan of the Ford C series, and this will be making its way into my collection. I ended up finding some of the aforementioned videos of some of these old mules still out working, pretty neat stuff. The Ford/Caterpillar V8 out of the LN trucks is a natural swap, and maybe someone out there would have the skills to master and cast a Detroit 8.2 "Fuel Pincher" too.
  9. Deal made for the reactor wheels, big thanks to Rodent's generosity. Still seeking an Edsel windshield.
  10. Good afternoon all. I'm in need of a few parts for some projects I have cooking that I'd like to avoid buying whole kits for. I recently wound up with two incomplete AMT ProShop '58 Edsels and can make one car between them, but I am missing a windshield. I have all the other glass. I'm also looking for a set of the "Reactor" wheels from the latest issue of the AMT '49 Coupe, I believe it's the "Gas Man" issue. Let me know what you're looking for. I have some hot rod stuff to trade, as well as any parts left over from trying to cobble together the aforementioned Edsel. Thank You all for taking a look and for any help!
  11. Better late than never I suppose. Mine is actually an F-250 and also has the 6 3/4' box, but in scale one is a moot point and the other is remedied with some well placed cuts. The only changes from this picture are it's now fitted with the black headlamp housings from the Harley-Davidson model, and it also has the fatter lower air dam from a later '08 truck. Which also leads into something I forgot to mention in my other detailed post. The narrow air dam was only found on "Job 1" '08 Super Duty 4x4 pickups. Starting with "Job 2" they were fitted with an air dam that's roughly 6" tall as opposed to the 2" air dam in the kit. 2 wheel drives kept the small air dam. So to be completely picky, the kit depicts a Job 1 2008 F-350 XLT. Job 1s were built from approximately January of 2007 to July of 2007, Job 2 from July of '07 thru the early part of '08, and Job 3 was the remainder of 2008. The Job numbers started over for 2009, and do every year thereafter. The trucks are divided by "Job", each of which had running changes and changes in availability of options, hence the designation.
  12. The kit depicts a 2008-2010 F350 in the XLT trim level. With a bit of painting/stripping some of the chrome, you could feign an XL, Lariat, King Ranch, or Harley-Davidson trim. Model Car Garage makes a photoetch set for it to make the badging possibile. Engine is the 6.4 liter Power Stroke Diesel V8 coupled to a 5R110 automatic transmission, and as others mentioned the exhaust is all wrong. It's a gas engine style and lacks the Diesel Particulate Filter system introduced with the 2008 MY emissions standards. The 6.4 Power Stroke was the last of the Navistar International built engine, before Ford switched to the in-house designed and built 6.7 liter "Scorpion" version of the Power Stroke V8. Both sets of wheels in the kit are inaccurate. The ones on the box art are a badly rendered set of the 2011-2016 18" optional wheel found on XLTs, while the 7 spoke design is also an 18" wheel, but it represents a 2013-2016 Platinum trim wheel, which was only available as a 20" wheel. I've got the real thing parked out in the driveway, although mine features the ZF 6 speed manual transmission. But other than the wheels, I have to say the body, interior and chassis are very faithful to the real thing.
  13. Thank you all for stopping in to take a look. I appreciate the kind words! Bill, I thought about this, but it would go against my MO of straight from the box. Maybe at a later date, but for now this is all she wrote.
  14. Well folks, here it is. I got the finishing touches applied the 'ol Binder over the weekend. I present to you my entry for the 2021 Big Rig Build Off, the International Transtar F-4270 just as Ertl imagined it. Out of the box (actually several to get a complete truck). Thanks to the generosity and encouragement of the forum, I was able to piece together a complete truck using several incomplete kits I've acquired over the last couple years. The only exceptions to my self imposed rule of all kit-correct parts was a grille from a new issue 4300 because I wanted it perfect, as well as the glass for the same reason. I'm extremely pleased with my work on this one, and I'm usually my own worst critic. My ONLY gripe is the hood doesn't open nearly wide enough to get a good glimpse of the 903 Cummins nestled underneath it. I need to get a couple errant dust flecks and fingerprints off of it before it goes in the display case, but I'm calling it finished. Just to recap, I wanted to keep this as faithful to the truck on and in the box as possible. No extra parts, no scratchbuilding, no kitbashing, no resin, no wiring, plumbing, or other detailing. I did, however modify a few kit parts to improve appearance and/or fit and finish. One big one being drilling out the ends of the airhorns because it's the one area Ertl dropped the ball. I also stripped a lot of the chrome and refinished those parts in more realistic colors and sheens. The only exception to the "from the box" rule were the new parts I mentioned above, as well as Modeltruckin' decals to get the stripes to match the box art. I also made use of modern paints, glues, and techniques to get what I feel is the most out of what's in the Ertl box. That being said, this kit is great fodder for the detail oriented. They're fairly collectible now, but if you find yourself in a position to get one, it's a joy to put together. Build thread is here: BRBO 2021 International Transtar F-4270 Rebuild - Page 2 - WIP: Model Trucks: Big Rigs and Heavy Equipment - Model Cars Magazine Forum Thank you all for taking a look and offering your compliments during the build!
  15. I inadvertently missed a June update, because frankly there isn't one. I do however, have an update for early July and I'm happy to report I'm ready for final assembly. I got some clear laid down on the cab and hood to gloss up the decals. Once that cures for a bit I'll give it a quick polish, but credit to my first time with Tamiya clear, it's already pretty good. Just a couple flecks of dirt that need taken care of, and I should be ready to stick a fork in this.
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