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.
This and the Pete has to be the best kits ever manufactured. The possibilities with them are endless and they are affordable. I really like your method for shaping the curved panel . This will be a fun project to watch One of the coolest tips I have seen with these snap trucks on hiding that tab on the battery boxes - It was painted amber to look like a chicken light.
Gator - thanks for stopping in Another small update but a huge obstacle out of the way - Exhaust piping. That has to be my most unfavorite part about building truck models. Perhaps if I would just build one out of the box. It does not look like much but I can assure you there are over a dozen segments that make up this piece of piping.
I dont like mixers , perhaps because they were always on the job sites I worked making a big mess. But that is a superb and very real looking model you have ! I cant believe your going to give it away , but very impressed with the courtesy to the company .