I have one of these as a planned build also. The photo of one of the trucks with the older Unilite cab shows the trucks as they were originally built - The trucks were later recabbed with the 1100-series cabs. This gives two build idea.. older, original, which is probably what mine will be, or the later version with the 1100-series cab. The trucks were model 351L (L for logger - and had the full walk-on fenders). They were very highly spec'd and customized from the base 351. The original color applied at the factory was all white - white cab, hood, fenders, fuel tanks, wheels and chassis. Some spec's to help in your build: Wheelbase: 235" Hendrickson RSA-380 walking beam rear suspension Firestone tires originally installed10:00 x 22 The hood is the long-hood for the 12v71 and the truck has the deep-core radiator - Most likely the overall BBC is longer than the typical 127" that a 12v71 equipped 351 had, the build sheet doesn't indicate the BBC.
My original 389/388 lamps that were cast by Griffen, then Spaulding and now P&P were to have a clear lens, but casting the clear was an issue at the time, so the headlamps were molded as a solid block. They look best if you carve out the lens, add some inside detail, then reshape the 377 lens from the clear tree to fit the front of the lamp pod.
The kit represents a 1968-70 Fruehauf. The type of tank was built into the 80s, but the full round body was not that common. I have only seen 2 of this configuration in person, the rest have been oval shaped (true elliptical). This release of the kit has the tank halves re-tooled to eliminate the warped parts. The original tool was from 1970 and had worn out.
The decals include red stripe options for the tank body and the tractor (Peterbilt 352, but could work with others).
Attached pics: Box and decals; Box side; Partially assembled new-release; Instruction sheet paint guide; modified build with additional axles and Moebius wheels and modified tank body for a Michigan Special style tanker; Modified tank body (wider) and resin 2-hole wheels from KFS. Tim
If you really want to get into this.. I built these snap-kit 359's into 379-127 long hoods. Added to the kit hood, widened the cab to look more like 379. The windshield glass was attached to the outside of the cab. I used chrome foil to simulate aftermarket chrome trim around the glass. The headlamps are Italeri pieces. Tim
If you are going do a 'poor man's 379 long hood' out of a 359, the grille from the Revell snap 359 is perfect. You will need to remove the headlamps and clean up the weird molded on shapes on the side of the grille. Reshape the headlamp brackets and make outer turn signal lenses, then reattach the lamps to the side of the grille. The cab can be subtly changed to look more 379ish. Square up the corners of the windshield, and reshape the roof slightly, also sand off the roof panel seams. The 379 family and the 1100-series cabs have differently shaped roofs, the windshield leans back more on 379 and has squarer corners. While dimensionally not accurate, you can make respectable looking 379 long hood, or as I am doing here, a 389 using the Revell of Germany cab.