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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.
  16. Just a quick update to satisfy the rules of BRBO and have an update for May. Not a whole lot to report as progress has stalled slightly. I ended up buying a second decal set to make the stripes more opaque and got those applied. I'm still not satisfied with them as they have a very noticeable matte finish and I think I will have to break down and apply clear. The weather has been so hit and miss that the days I have time to work the weather is BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH, and days the weather is nice I'm usually doing outdoor stuff. The other hold up is I unknowingly jumped the gun and did a bunch of detail painting on the cab, window rubber and the like. So when I clear it, that will all end up shiny and I'll have to touch it up again... So with that, that's my May update. I'm hoping to remedy the mentioned issues and get to final assembly soon!
  17. What a great survivor. I contemplated a brown paintjob for this, and had I used the original cab and hood I would have as the original builder painted it brown. But, since there are no parts of this truck in the current build I went with blue. When I rebuild the original truck I intended to, I'm going to spray it some shade of brown as a nod to its original builder.
  18. I did have to adjust the axle to move it forward some. I just opened up the holes in the stock leaf springs and shaved the locating tabs a bit to get it forward. the width appears to be fine, so I wonder if the Alcoa wheels in the 4300 vs the Dayton spokes in the 4270 make the difference. As for your decals, Colored stripes installed on white in general never seems to be an issue. So you may be able to get away with only one application. That's just my two cents though. I too noticed some layer misalignment on the other decals on the sheet. Probably not super noticble with the white stripes but I'm not sure. I know of several people who have spoken very highly of Modeltruckin decals which is why I feel I expected better. They're better than anything I can do with an inkjet, and there aren't a lot of folks out there catering to truck modelers so I guess it is what it is. I've yet to get a response from Mr. Reeter about my inquiry, so if I'm impatient enough I'll spend for another set. If that ends up being the case, I'll just limit my business there is all. Like I mentioned before, I'm not bashing anyone, and the best course of action is to simply not be a repeat customer.
  19. I was debating holding off revealing the color I chose, but in good conscience I couldn't. The reaction from the gang here has been far too positive to keep it from you folks, so its time to unveil the paint for the F-4270. Tamiya TS-15 Blue, rubbed out with Meguiar's Compound, followed up with Meguiar's Polish. Stripes are decals courtesy of Modeltruckin'. I have mixed feelings about them, which we'll get to in a moment. As I mentioned, I'm having mixed feelings about the decals. As far as quality goes, they're excellent. Thin enough to do most of the conforming on their own with only a small bit of Micro Sol needed for some of the harder contours. But, here's issue number 1. Minor, but I'm nitpicky when it comes to stuff like this. It's slightly difficult to see but the lower blue stripe (clear decal) on the cab decal is narrower than the hood. Don't let the cowl intake throw you off, that's an extra scrap of the hood decal, since these are made to fit the 4300 as well. I trimmed approximately 5/16" off the hood side decal and it was perfect for the cowl vent. The cowl vent reinforces my stance on the fact these are quality decals, as I was able to conform around it with one relief cut and Micro Sol. Which brings me to my next conundrum. On the decal sheet it was impossible to tell how thin the decals were as the backing was that light blue that we're all accustomed to. However upon application, the decals are quite grainy and have a flat finish. The latter could be remedied with clear coat, but I'm not planning on clearing the paint since it polished out so well, and it has that '70s single stage look I was after like the real trucks had. I have an area on the cowl vent that overlapped the decal and boom, bright white. That doesn't solve the lack of gloss, but it means I could layer these decals and they'd be fine...but it means I'd have to order another set. I'm not averse to layering decals, but as opinionated as it sounds, I don't feel like I should have to. I've reached out to Mr. Reeter at Modeltruckin' to see if maybe I got a bad set or if there's something he's willing to do before I just go buying more. I haven't gotten a response yet. Make no mistake, I am not bashing the man, the business, or the product, I am personally just not completely satisfied. We'll see how this pans out, and I will keep you posted. Aside from all that, I'm 100% satisfied with my paint and decal choice. I love the look, and I've started to trim out the cab with painting the window trim and things of that nature. There's still a few details to pick out, the door jambs need a black wash and the decals need some secondary trimming and touch ups (regardless of what happens next) I'm going to pause for a bit until I decide what the fate of the stripes are, so it might be a couple more weeks before I update, or I might hold out until it's ready to move under glass. Thanks again for checking in!
  20. Entirely possible, but they may not have a licensing agreement for those specific items. Hard or say if their agreement with Navistar is all encompassing or on a per kit basis, so maybe that's why. Or maybe in the years since the hobby show that's changed. Maybe they're waiting to see how the upcoming 4070A does (even though we all know they'll do well) to pump out more International trucks.
  21. Just a quick update for today. Not a lot of progress to report, but as usual, the last 5% takes the most time. The chassis is up on its wheels, and most of its accessories are on. Fuel tanks are painted up to look like raw, unpolished aluminum with gloss black straps. My research showed that this is how aluminum tanks from International were finished as standard. I debated painting them black to look like steel, which were chassis color by default. Again, I've been sticking to the plan that various brands, sheens and shades of the same colors will bring out the details. I also have the cab and hood taped to get a little warp out of the latter. I was able to work one out of the battery box in a similar fashion so I hope a couple days taped together does the trick. My decals from Modeltruckin' arrived last week, and they look fantastic. I'm still up in the air on what the base color is going to be, despite my original desire to go for a box art look. So for now I'm going to leave it primered and figure it out one of these days. We had a couple nice days here in PA over the weekend, but I was too busy to paint. Now that I've got some free time, the high for today is 51...
  22. Back again with what seems to be a weekly Monday update, not that I'm complaining. I got to make a little progress Friday and yesterday. I attended the wedding of two very good friends of mine Saturday, so that was a worthwhile interruption. The grille had some odd discoloration, and a run in the original chrome. I cleaned it up and foiled it with some aluminum BMF, which I feel more represents the anodized grille on the real trucks. My work on the other hand, I'm unsure of. Might peel this off and redo it if I decide I can't live with it. I've polished BMF before, so I might do that and brighten this up just a touch. Emblem is washed with Tamiya black panel line, many times, then gloss coated since that dries flat. I'm completely satisfied with that part. Chassis is Duplicolor universal gloss black. I never got a decent black paint job with this stuff on a body, but it looks about perfect on a chassis. Go figure. Engine is Tamiya black, trans is Duplicolor semi-gloss engine enamel. Exhaust is Rust Oleum Canyon black, manifolds are gunmetal metalizer with some rust shading. I'm trying to represent a brand new truck that's either sitting at the factory for transport or sitting on a dealer lot. It's been started and lot driven, so a little flash rust is beginning to set in. Airbags and mud flaps are a mix of various black shades. My local hobby shop was out of Tamiya rubber black, so this had to stand in. I hand painted the IH Man on a Tractor, and despite my best efforts it looks blurry as all get out. In person, it looks virtually flawless. Cameras are so cruel, aren't they? And last but certainly not least, the wheels. These were stripped of their chrome, base color is Rust Oleum Aluminum, spokes are good old Testors black to get that enamel deep shine. Wheel wedges are flat silver, lugs are metalizer, front hub caps are flat aluminum. Keeping with the MO that different shades of the same color bring some variety. And a couple of parting shots. The 903 is nestled home with the radiator. The fan was dechromed and it was this neat bronze colored plastic, so I left it. I usually paint my fans off white, as it seemed like most of the real ones I encountered were some sort of fiberglass or other composite and were that color. I'm going with the same idea for this. Plus it breaks up an all-black powertrain. Front steering is hooked up and functional too. That'll be all for now. I've placed my order with Modeltruckin to get some box-art style decals. I ordered a white set, as well as another color as I'm contemplating changing up my original idea of box art colors. I'm going to keep that under wraps until I decide what I'm doing, but I wanted to keep my options open. I'm going to get the cab and hood prepped for body and paint this week hopefully, and hopefully have a color picked out before my stripes arrive. This thing is practically building itself, a testament to Ertl's excellent development of this kit nearly 50 years ago. The only issue I'm having is the manifolds. I've got a feeling I'm going to have to fight them a bit, but I'm ready for it. It's also nice to build something straight from the box for once, it takes a whole lot less time than the stuff I decide to do a bunch of kit bashing or fabricating on. I'm already gearing up for another variation on the Cornbinder theme here, since I've got a few laying around now. Thanks again for looking!
  23. Well, full Mission Creep has set into the Transtar build. After some talks back and forth with Jeff, aka gotnitro (thanks again buddy!), to acquire some parts from a partial 4270 he had, we ended up making a deal for me to acquire the whole shebang. So now that I am retaining zero parts from the original truck I started with, is it really a rebuild? It's a classic case of Houdini's Wand. So as of now, this is a fresh build using parts of 2 or 3 partial kits to make one entire 4270, exactly the way Ertl originally intended it to be. The idea is remaining the same, fathful to what's in the box. But it's the contents of 2 or 3 boxes. So whatever it is now, here it goes. Here's the current status. Chassis is built from fresh pieces I got from gotnitro, with a few loose bits robbed from another partial that was missing the framerails. Engine is all new parts from my original incomplete 4270. Interior parts are too, as one from this kit was badly warped. Also, I already had them painted and somewhat detailed when this arrived. I'm really happy with my interior work. I used two the previously mentioned Ace Hardware brass for the gold parts, and the burgundy is Rustoleum Satin Cabernet. I hit all the burgundy parts with flat clear, then a mix of flat and gloss clear on the surfaces that would be upholstered to get that '70s naugahyde look. The flat-finished surfaces are carpeted in the real truck. Dashpad is a mix of red, black, brown, and white to get a close, but not exact match, as the real trucks had a slightly different material there too. Seats are also a random mix of paint to get a close color, but look like a woven fabric or something. Floor is the Cabernet misted over flat black to look like deep pile carpet. All these surfaces painted the same color would lose detail and look, well, boring. Speaking of the dash, I'm especially happy with how this turned out. I personally think this is one of, if not my best dashes. Semi gloss black on the dash, the aforementioned custom mix on the padded side, Molotow chrome topped with gloss black on the gauges. Different gloss black on the tachographs, various washes and details everywhere else. Steering wheel is the kit black plastic, satin silver spokes, and a white horn button. This all matches my best guess at actual interior surfaces based on factory photos. The color on some is so washed out the burgundy looks bright red, so I just tried to tone everything down and make it work from there. Seats and floor, all as mentioned above. Chassis is 100% as Ertl intended. I just took my time filling a couple minor flaws (note the white spot of filler) and cleaning mold seams and ejector marks. This is basically all from the most recently acquired kit, save for a few bits robbed from the others as needed. Out of all the stuff that was still in the kit, one critical piece was missing, and that was one of the halves of a front knuckle. But luckily, I have a few broken Transtars laying around, and the cabovers use the same steering bits as the conventionals. I know this becaue in a fit of irony, I robbed the steering parts out of my incomplete kit to restore my dad's 4070A. So I grabbed a piece of broken axle with a nice knucke and the tie rod nicely swaged on and clipped that onto the new axle. I've left the front axle out for now, so I can install the engine after paint. Ertl didn't really intend for much to get painted on these, which is great for first time builders, but I'm picky. So I'll paint the axle separate so I can spread the rails to slide the engine in, and then install the axle. That's all for now. It's supposed to warm up this week so I'd like to shoot some paint. We'll see what happens. I'm going away for a wedding this weekend so that's shot for me, as were the other two weekends in March. I need to get in touch with Modeltruckin' for some decals for this, then pick a shade of blue. I'm going to plug away this week when I have time before work so wish me luck. Thanks for looking!
  24. I spent some time late on Sunday doing a little more work to my 4270, but am just getting around to getting these photos up. I'm currently working second shift, 4 10s because of how my employer has chosen to handle things during these strange times. So the only time I really have to work is weekend evenings, which I'm pretty ok with. I cut up the cab that was missing the lower front corners and had the extraneous screw holes in it. I deemed it easier to cut this one up to make something out of the glue-infested one. I cut the doors out for practice, as well as providing potential future photo backdrop parts. I carefully cut out the rear panel (which also had a screw in it). I will graft this into the glue damaged cab, which I've already hatched a plan for. The corner of it looks exactly like a truck that's been jackknifed or had something hit it and the dent was repaired hastily. Add in the straight rear panel, and I've got a useable cab. Got the main interior parts primed. I found some paint at my local Ace hardware that is a near perfect match for the gold that IH used during this era. It looks to have a slight greenish tint on the can, but a sprayout matches up to brochure pictures. I've already painted the seats burgundy with a satin clear, but didn't take a picture. I'll either mix up some brush paint or spray the burgundy on the appropriate surfaces too, going for an accurate depiction of International's Deluxe Interior since that's what the kit depitcts. Then I had to just set the parts up, well, because.
  25. Better late than never I suppose, here's my entry into the BRBO 2021. Over the last couple years, I've accumulated an Ertl Transtar F-4270 built up, and the parts of several other built ups, some fresh kit parts and pieces, and two boxes. I've got one chassis, three cabs, three hoods, and multiples of almost everything in between. The only thing I don't have is a pristine front bumper. I have a couple of 4300s to rob parts from if I have to (Thank you, Ollie's) but I'd really prefer to keep this one all 4270 DNA. If anyone out there has a bumper they'd be willing to work out a deal for, please PM me. I think between all that's on my table, I can build a 4270 that's faithful to the original Ertl kit as a whole, and I'm heavily leaning toward box art paint. Here's what I got done over the weekend: Here's my start. A whole bunch of glue-bombed, clean used, and new pieces. I'm going with the logic of real car restorations here, you just can't beat NOS parts. Here's the chassis I'll be using. This originally had a cab and hood on it covered in thick brown paint with silver trim. More on that later. Note the deckplate and trunion from a Paystar logger kit. The interior bits are also from this built up. Looks like Ford Louisville tail lights, and lots of gobbed on paint. Luckily this has already been through the purple pond and came right off. This isn't where the starter goes... The firewall doghouse has been used as the driver's seat base... Cab #1 is trashed. Cab #2 has some damage as well. This cab and a matching hood came in a lot of spare parts I bought. They were screwed together with small machine screws for whatever reason. This is the formerly brown cab from the original truck. It has some damage and glue staining, but nothing like the other two. The hood also has a crack in it, but one of the others I have is absolutely pristine. The first real assembly work I did was to put together the Cummins 903. International painted all their engines red during this era, but I have seen multiple sources that the 903s were black (Also true of Peterbilt and Kenworth, who were painting engines white at the time.) This is 100% NOS parts from the main incomplete kit I had. I wish I had another one of these for a different project, but luckily Auslowe offers it in resin. Just like the other Ertl International kits I've dabbled in, this thing just falls together. Paint is Tamiya gloss black. Next up is likely multiple rounds of glue scraping, filling glue scars and primer. As I mentioned, I'm leaning toward a box art look for this, as Modeltruckin.com makes the decals for this stripe kit. The only thing I'm unsure of is weather to do a solid or metallic blue. I have several metallics, and a brand new can of Tamiya TS-15 I picked up for the occasion. I'm going to use various brands and sheens of black on the chassis, fuel tanks, and etc. so it doesn't all get lost in there. All the chrome, save for the wheels and tanks (which will be painted) is going to be the brand new, NOS stuff off the sprue. Things are moving along fairly smooth, so I'm going to try and stay diligent on this. I appreciate everyone stopping by to take a look!
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