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  • Birthday 02/04/1976

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  • Location Talentless Hack University at Wheelman's Warehouse
  • Full Name Matthew Brownlee, card carrying member of the Donnie Boger fan club

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  1. highway added a post in a topic Undecided   

    I've often debated this question myself. I got this Johan Olds 442 from a friend's collection when his girlfriend was selling off his collection about 8 years ago. 

    Part of me wants to just get the wheels and bumpers on it and call it done, then part of me wants to finish the entire thing, but yet still part of me just wants to leave it be. 
  2. highway added a post in a topic How many people fully detail a model?   

    Not only MY definition, but also by Merriam-Webster as well.
    Simple Definition of fully
    Popularity: Bottom 30% of words: in every way or detail : completely or entirely
  3. highway added a post in a topic How many people fully detail a model?   

    Honestly, I don't think there is probably any builder who could truthfully say they "fully" detail a model, and if they do I'd still have to question it. 
    I take the term "fully" detailed to mean that EVERYTHING that would be on the 1:1 would also be on the model. Wiring harnesses throughout the body, wiring to everything in the dash, wiring to the power windows and locks (not to mention everything that works those parts), the list can go on and on, and having all this done would be my definition of fully detailed.  
  4. highway added a post in a topic B.R.B.O. Kenworth W900L   

    I almost fell out of my chair laughing at that last sentence Mike!  You sound like me with my "seems like forever" Ford custom project and engines for it. I've tried everything from a V12 Allison aircraft engine, a Detroit 16V71, a Detroit Series 60, a 4306 Cat, and even dropped a Detroit 8V92 between the frame rails the other night, and if I had a kit that had one, would have probably tried a 3408 kitty in it. I only know it will have an engine!
  5. highway added a post in a topic B.R.B.O. Kenworth W900L   

     Believe me, having driven flat tops, midroofs, and condo sleeper trucks, it's much nicer to be able to stand up to put your pants on in the morning! Once I had a Freightliner FLD 120 flattop that still half asleep tried to stand up in one morning, would still like to know the genius who thought the big square light in the center of the roof just forward of the edge of the bed was a good idea, gives me a headache just thinking about it!!
  6. highway added a post in a topic New International HX Line   

    Hmmmmm.......I wonder if anyone from Moebius is looking??  The HX 520 looks a lot like a 9900ix, and I'd take a few of those in a heartbeat.
  7. highway added a post in a topic Help with 'BJ and The Bear' project   

    That's better than me, I never even heard of Brown trailers! 
  8. highway added a post in a topic B.R.B.O. Kenworth W900L   

    That just might be that the kit windows might be off, I don't have a kit here to compare it too. Other than the pic I mentioned earlier, which KJ supplied an even better one to help you, I did find a couple in a Google search (and it took a while LOL) that has an older sleeper like the T600 and the flat roof. 

    Maybe comparing the height if the side windows compared to the lower edge of the front might help to see if AMT messed up the front window position, that's why I tried to find close to the same angle for the older cabs as the newer orange one. It may be more than an optical illusion though, because to me it seems that the orange and red trucks front windows do match in position, but on the purple one the windows do seem larger and lower. 
  9. highway added a post in a topic B.R.B.O. Kenworth W900L   

    That was what I was suggesting, use the pic Clayton posted as a guide, and hopefully with the studio sleeper. Actually though, you'd be surprised how close the sleeper in the T600 actually is to the newer style like in the pic, the biggest changes are just the window on the access door and the top windows, the shape is about the same on them, the bar in between has just been deleted to make it a one piece window. The windows on the access door are optional if I remember correctly, but many do have them. The slope in the roof to meet the sleeper shouldn't be to hard, regular Bondo would make the transition and blend everything together. I used Bondo in the roof of my custom sleeper Ford that is on here, and after 5 years it has held up quite well, including the curve that is in the roof of the original kit sleeper I used and kept through the entire length of the sleeper. The blending would probably also lessen the illusion of the overhang. I think the main parts of the newer sleepers are the same as the kits, but I'm not 100% sure so don't hold me to that. 
    As for seeing behind the stacks, what are you trying to see back there? If it is to see if there is a gap between the cab and sleeper like the kit would be built, there isn't. The cab and sleeper, while I'm not sure if they are a true integrated sleeper like the Cascadia I drive is, there is no seam between the cab and sleeper. I have a pic of another W900L that I have as one of my desktop backgrounds that shows that area a little better, but still has stacks, as soon as Photobucket is not down for maintenance (AGAIN!! ) I'll post it for you. I'll also try to keep an eye out while I'm at work to see if I can come across one that just may roll into the distribution center.  
  10. highway added a post in a topic Glad Hands?   

    Cool, I hope you can, I really would like to see them. 
  11. highway added a post in a topic Help with 'BJ and The Bear' project   

    So even the kit that is supposed to replicate the real truck will end up looking like my custom mock up then? That really doesn't surprise me though, the "Movin On" Kenworth kit doesn't yield an accurate replica of the real truck either. 
  12. highway added a post in a topic B.R.B.O. Kenworth W900L   

    Nice start Mike, and honestly I think I'd ponder over the pic Clayton posted a little more. 
  13. highway added a post in a topic Help with 'BJ and The Bear' project   

    Mark, here is a pic of one of the trailers used in the show, and even though I zoomed into the pic to the max of 500%, I can't make out the name of the trailer manufacturer on the front lower corner of the trailer, even though it appears to start with a "B". If you notice, there is not a reefer on this one, it had been removed and this trailer had been used by Universal Studios for a storage trailer. 

    That and the next pic are from a site you may find helpful in your build: http://www.tvtruckin.com/index.html 

    The truck is owned by Paul Sagehorn, who also owns an original "Movin On" Kenworth. 
    As Doug stated, and I'm not sure which trailer he is referring to, AMT/ERTL made both a Great Dane 40 foot reefer with a correct era Thermo King reefer unit and also a Freuhauf 40 foot reefer that I believe also had a correct era Thermo King unit as well. This is another pic I just found in one of the research files I have on the truck, it's Paul Sagehorn's rebuild with the reefer unit installed. 

    Also, just as a little FYI, if your kit is the original BJ and the Bear kit, this shouldn't be an issue, but if the kit is a regular AMT Kenworth K100 Aerodyne, the frame will need to be shortened to have the correct look to the original truck. I've never had the original BJ and the Bear kit, but it should have the correct frame for the original. I'm actually working on a custom version of this right now using a longer frame from a Papa Truck kit because I like the long frame look. This was a mock up I did of one of the regular non BJ and the Bear kits, and if you would like I can measure this frame's length so you can make sure you have a true BJ and the Bear kit and not one of these regular kits with some decals and a box, or your truck will end up looking like this:

  14. highway added a post in a topic Car song builds ?   

    I've sometimes thought of attempting this! 
    Since I'm a trucker and have always had a soft spot in my heart for a fancy, chromed out rig with all the extra lighting we call "chicken lights", I've often thought of building a lipstick red two stack Mack like this song describes, dressed in a lot of chicken lights and chrome!
  15. highway added a post in a topic I had a reality check. Leaving the hobby.   

    Dave, while I don't know exactly what pain you are going through with constantly having to care for your mother 24/7, I do know how the pain of life and just life in general can get in the way of what is supposed to be a relaxing hobby and how sometimes a complex project even turns the "relaxing" hobby into something that sometimes feels like a job itself and life getting in the way makes that feel even worse. My life in general took a very bad turn in Dec 2011 and through life, work and more life getting in the way, my entire collection had to be moved to storage and most of it has been there since then, and life has been a roller coaster for these past 4 years, but it slowly on an uphill climb again, and a couple times on that roller coaster was about to push me to make the decision you are contemplating, but I never did. Through those years on the roller coaster, I did take a little time to do some simple projects, a few diecast kits and a few simple snap kits, but stayed away from the complex builds. Now that the roller coaster is finally leveling out, I'm getting back to a build that has been stalled since the roller coaster began, and that is with working a full time job as a truck driver 6 days a week and 2 days off, and sometimes working up to 14 hours a day and only having 10 hours off before starting another 14 hour day. Yes, many of the days I'm working I either get home and am not in the mood to go to the bench or just too tired to, and every once in while have to spend a night or two away from home in my truck, but there is some spare time. Life does have the way of getting in the way, but sometimes as I have found out through everything I have been through, life will get in the way of the hobby and that's OK, but sometimes you just need to tell life "I NEED A BREAK!" and the hobby will be there patiently waiting. I know my chair at the bench looks at me quite often as if to say "You need to relax, sit down and work on something" and sometimes there just isn't time, but when there is and I sit down, my chair embraces me as if to say "I've missed you, relax and let the troubles escape your mind for a little while." 
    As a few others have said, don't make any hasty decisions. You have tough times ahead, but life will eventually smooth out, and you'll start finding the time for the hobby again.