bitner

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About bitner

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  • Birthday 12/29/1970

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  • Scale I Build 1/25, 1/35

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  • Location Eureka, CA
  • Full Name Bill Bitner

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  1. bitner added a topic in Under Glass: Big Rigs   

    scratch built 78 Cozad 60 ton 9 axle lowbed and tractor
    This is a project I've been working on for over a year and finally finished the ###### thing. Now I have to figure out where to put it. I used the reissue Transtar for the tractor and masked off te paint scheme to go with my other one that is a self loader log truck. The Jeep is a scratch built Peerless 1971 unit that I found great pics of. The 78 Cozad I drew plans for on the computer and built from them. I must have punched over two hundred holes in the gooseneck alone. All the framing is there under neath the deck with the holes punched in them where applicable. The gooseneck is removable. The attachent beam in the rear is also moveable for the 2 axle booster. The booster is a 70's Cozad unit and it like all the other parts is built from scratch. I finished the booster tonight.

    I used Krylon gloss black spray paint for the entire unit. The decals are from the Peerless log trailer kit from AMT. I used three different hand held hole punches and I believe there is over 400 holes punched in various parts of the three units. I used basswood planks for the decking and used a sharpie pen to put the nail holes in them.








    Cheers:

    Bill






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  2. bitner added a post in a topic 1/43 Scale rigs   

    Built lots of them when i was around 7-9 years old in the late 70's. All were pretty bad i'm sure build wise and destroyed through playing with them. But that was half the fun!

    Cheers:

    Bill
  3. bitner added a post in a topic 1978 Chevy Bison log truck   

    Thanks guys:

    Kurt the main problem I had was getting the fender straight when attaching them to the hood. Also the hood sides were a little warped but I got it fixed. Aligning the hinge pins on the fenders was kind of a pain also.

    Cheers:

    Bill
  4. bitner added a topic in On the Workbench: Big Rigs   

    1978 Chevy Bison log truck
    I used the reissue of the old AMT kit of the Chevy Bison for this truck. i've always liked the look of the Bison and General conventionals. I used the reissue Peerless trailer for it and added a short frame extention on the rear of the truck frame. I used a set of spare 5 hole Budd steel wheels for the rear drivers, and replaced the kit airbag suspension with a
    Hendrickson setup off of a Chevy Titan cab over. I used Krylon red and grey paint for the color scheme. I used various kit and home made decals for the markings. I wanted a basic no frills company truck, with a little bit of chrome.







    Cheers:

    Bill
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  5. bitner added a topic in On the Workbench: Big Rigs   

    1973 Oregon Jaycee's White Freightliner Show truck
    Sorry for the absence of posts but I have had some major life changes. this is the 1973 Oregon Jaycee show truck. They had a different one every year to show off Oregon logging to the country. I had several color photos of the actual truck to work from. I made all the markings on my computer. I stretched the frame and added a AMT Peerless log trailer. I used chrome 5 hole Budds from a et of doubles.







    Cheers:

    Bill
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  6. bitner added a topic in On the Workbench: Big Rigs   

    1973 Oregon Jaycee's
    Sorry for the absence of posts but I have had some major life changes. this is the 1973 Oregon Jaycee show truck. They had a different one every year to show off Oregon logging to the country. I had several color photos of the actual truck to work from. I made all the markings on my computer. I stretched the frame and added a AMT Peerless log trailer. I used chrome 5 hole Budds from a et of doubles.







    Cheers:

    Bill
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  7. bitner added a topic in On the Workbench: Big Rigs   

    scratch built 1965 Crown Firecoach Engine 51
    I just finished this engine today. I scratch built the entire body, and cab from styrene, as nobody makes a 1/25 scale Crown. These are what a fire engine should look like to me. This model represents LA County Engine 51 from the series Emergency in the early to mid 70's. This engine appeared in the first two seasons. I made patterns for the main parts of the cab so I can trace them out and make different Crowns in the future. I used various detail parts in white metal from AITM, and the front and rear ends and wheels from an AMT LaFrance pumper. I still need to find some decals for LA County fire apparatus. There are a lot of area I want to improve on the next one I build, but this is my favorite fire engine of all time.







    Cheers Bill





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  8. bitner added a post in a topic Thoughts on this project   

    Here is a conversion I did using the Ford C series stake bed truck. I added a tool compartment to the front of the wedge and added strip styrene to the sides to bring the sides farther out.











    Cheers:

    Bill
  9. bitner added a topic in On the Workbench: Big Rigs   

    Ford C series fire engine
    This is a project I've been wanting to do for a while and finally got started. I've got about 4 different C series fire engines and tankers that I want to build, and this is the first.

    I used the reissue Ford stake bed truck for the basis, with a frame shortened about an inch off the rear end. The AMT ALF fire engine body fits perfectly on the chassis, along with the fire pump underneath it. I replaced the kit rims with resin two hole Buds, and the light bar is off an old Monogram funny car/police car. I used lead free solder for the hose reel lines, and the hose in the bed is from a Revell Pete fire truck.

    I used Tamiya Italian red over metallic silver for the paint, and used the kit decals to create the markings for an engine assigned to Powers, Oregon, a small town near where I went to high school. I doubt they ever had a truck like this, but I wanted to use a small town fire dept. for it. All my future C series units will be painted similar.











    I apologize for the lousy pics, I'll try and get some better ones at a later date.

    Cheers:

    Bill
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  10. bitner added a topic in On the Workbench: Big Rigs   

    Scratch built Skagit 110' self propelled tower yarder
    Here is the latest scratch built piece of logging I've been working on in 1/25 scale. It's a Skagit self propelled 110' tower yarder. These things are monstrous, and they just look awesome. I drew up some scale plans on Autocad for it and that and a ton of reference pics is what I'm using to build it.













    more to come as I add to it.

    Cheers:

    Bill
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  11. bitner added a topic in On the Workbench: Big Rigs   

    Scratchbuilt Washington TL-6 Trakloader log loader
    Well here it is after about a month and a half of work. I drew up scale plans of it on Autocad, and then used those to construct it from sheet styrene. These units were used in the timber industry here in the Pacific Northwest in the 50's to early 80's. There are still a few out there earning their keep. It took 5 cans of Tamiya camel yellow to paint it, and I made the decals up on the computer. I'm pretty proud of the end result for being my first ever totally scratch built piece of logging equipment.










    Cheers:

    Bill
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  12. bitner added a topic in On the Workbench: Big Rigs   

    White Road Boss
    I did this truck for a forum build on another site. I shortened the nose to 108". and added twin stacks from plastic tubing and bare metal foil. The rear chrome Budd's are from an AMT Freightliner. I used Tamiya Ferrari red for the main color and the kit decals. I wanted the truck to appear as sitting on the lot.













    Cheers:

    Bill
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  13. bitner added a post in a topic AMT White Western Star self loader logging truck   

    It's supposed to be issued again this year Matt. I saw a little blurb on Round2's website.

    Cheers:

    Bill
  14. bitner added a post in a topic AMT White Western Star self loader logging truck   

    Thanks guys:

    It was a fun but frustrating project. Mathew, for the most part I think the Western Stars of the early 70's looked essentially the same. I took the AMT kit for a 73, as its about when it came out. I've always loved the Western Stars of the early 70's, they look tough.

    Cheers:

    Bill
  15. bitner added a topic in On the Workbench: Big Rigs   

    AMT White Western Star self loader logging truck
    I finally finished this monster after 8 months tonight. It's actually a rebuild of the yellow truck in the first picture. I never liked how it came out so I essentially ripped it apart and rebuilt it from the frame up. I scratch built the self loading equipment which all works like the real thing. I had my dad Muleskinner on this forum make me up a set of working grapples for it. I stretched the frame 5' in front of the drivers and added chrome Budd 10 holes all the way around.

    I used an AMT Peerless log trailer with a shortened reach, and modified the trailer suspension so it would sit right on the truck. I made the trailer hitch/hoist from Evergreen styrene and used small dia. vinyl tubing throughout.

    Both the truck and trailer were painted white, and then the white stripes were masked off and the whole truck was sprayed Tamiya linoleum deck brown and gloss coated. I made up the Cascade Logging decals on the computer. It was nice to finish it as I kept getting frustrated and putting it back on the shelf.









    Cheers:

    Bill

    more pics:








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