Sorry to distract your fine build again, I dug out that straight sixer and looked it over and started assembling it. Nothing short of some small sanding sticks, files and a few other tools cant clean up. Not the highest quality but good enough for my applications. I have paid more for worse I should have it finished sometime tomorrow.
Wow, it has been such a long time since an update on this one. Going to try and get this one on the display shelf . Made window glass out of some clear packaging. There is a scratch here and there but I have to work with what I have on hand. Speaking of, the BMF kinda looks like "Hammered Rat doodoo" . But I kid you not I have had this stuff since I was 15. Yeah - 36 years I have been packing this stuff around with Japanese writing on the backing paper. It has not fared too well and has a lot of creases in it. But I still have it
I have no idea where I hid the wheels and tires but they are here somewhere.
Brian ,I picked up the Detroit In-Line 6-71 from Kens Customs. The quality is really good, a few air pockets but no near as bad those some of those Blown Hemi Engines I use to assemble a decade ago and cost three times as much. Plus it is that white resin that is easy to work with. I would buy 6 more if I could figure out what to put them in.
Brian, thanks for the vote of confidence. I had forgotten about this post until somebody quizzed me the other day and I had to backtrack to figure out "What the heck ?" I am in the process right now of planning to build one similar without the kit. Thanks for all the advice and tips on this truck. Scottie - Beautiful save !
From the pictures I have seen of the real trucks they were pretty plain. I needed a plain exhaust so that was today's project. I stole a pen from my Wife - " Call before you Dig" sure hope she does not need that one - but I have never seen her with a shovel in her hand before Just to tempt my sanity I also made a rain cap which does not show in the picture very well due to background washout. I think this is pretty much it for modifications to the chassis.
Only seven grey hairs - that isn't too bad ! What a fabulous build the Ford WT9000 is one of my most favorite trucks. The pictures look super and you did one'heck'of a job for this to be your first semi let alone with a resin conversion. I hope to see you building more trucks.
Using the picture Jacobus supplied I worked on the air intake and filter.
I am starting to see light at the end of the tunnel and getting closer to paint on the frame. Jeff - I ended up sectioning in another piece of .030" to alter the exhaust piping. It is a never ending challenge.
I dont know how other modelers attach their conversion cabs. I needed something to where I could place the cab, be able to make other things and remove the cab for ease of assembly. This is my method - Aluminum tubing that has an inside diameter that is a perfect fit with mechanics wire. I used a piece of tubing between the tilt horns for stability and two pieces mounted to the cab with styrene backing . I am happy with the results although there was still a lot of trial and error to get the cab mounts to where I wanted them. The nice thing with the styrene back was I could use tape to hold it in place while checking alignment and measurements.