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KJ790

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    KJ Humphreys

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  1. Thanks everyone! I was able to get some paint on the cab. And a little pin striping.
  2. The cab is now in primer and the chassis has been started. I am using an RoG Peterbilt 359 frame and rear suspension that I have modified to work with the cabover.
  3. I roughed out a front nose for the cab. My initial attempt has the wheel arches too far forward in my opinion, so I shifted them backwards .060" after this photo was taken. Next was to finish off the grille, headlight buckets, and bumper. Finally, some rear cab fairings and roof top spoiler were roughed out. Lots of sanding ahead to get all of the seams smooth. Everything is just set in place for the photo mock-up.
  4. Thanks! That seems to be the common opinion of these. We always called this one "The Egg". The cab gets pieced together with a back wall, a roof, and then a front firewall. I made some sketches based on pictures that I found on the internet to try to scale the shape of the cab out.
  5. This is a project that I have always wanted to embark on, but never had the guts to try. I decided to finally take the plunge and attempt to build a Peterbilt 372. This seems to be a model of truck that people either love or hate (with more leaning towards the hate side of things). Personally, I have always thought it was a really cool design. My family owned this one back in the day, and I always liked the look of it. This project started in an unlikely manner. About a year ago, I was attempting to draw pinstripes in Microsoft Word, but with an inkjet printer I can only print things that will show up on light colors. Since this 372 was white, I gave it a shot. I was pretty happy with how they came out, and knowing that this file existed in my computer has been bugging me until I can put it to use. So I started by cutting out the basic sides of the cab. I use .020" thick styrene and layer it to get the features I want. I can make the bottom layer relatively solid, and make separate features such as doors that all glue onto the base layer.
  6. Thanks! You gave me an idea to make these look like old photographs that have been scanned into a computer.
  7. I have finally finished this combo. The truck is an AMT K123 kit that has been heavily modified to be backdated to a 1964 model. The trailer is almost entirely scratch built.
  8. Almost done, I made some batteries for the reefer unit, along with a thermometer for the front of the trailer. The rear of the trailer was completed with CMT lights and reflectors. The offset door cams that Great Dane used during the 50's always drove me nuts (I like symmetry), but I went with it for authenticity. I painted on some chips on the steel parts, then added some rust colors and a black wash. For wheels I used Dayton wheels from an AMT Diamond Reo kit with some oil resin hubs added. Tires are from an AMT Tyrone Malone Papa truck kit.
  9. Time to add some character to the sides. I masked off the front and rear 4ft and hand cut letters to mask along each side of the trailer. After this I sprayed a light filter of Tamiya "smoke". This gives the appearance of ghost letters from days past as well as newer panels where the trailer had been extended in the front and rear.
  10. Thanks everyone! I used a spare tandem from a "Big Rigs" trailer that I had kicking around. I changed out the brake chambers to some more realistic ones that I had made. I was able to get some grey paint on the trailer. I also added some wood to the inside of the vent doors. I used balsa wood that I painted with layers of thinned down Tamiya brown and black paints.
  11. Thanks! I think bingo plates came around in the early 70's, but I could be wrong. I just copied the plates from this 1965 photo.
  12. The box is assembled and it is standing on its own. I scratch built some landing gear to try to capture the vintage Great Dane look.
  13. The real trailer had a model C Thermo King reefer unit, the first commercial reefer unit sold. I had purchased a resin version of the unit to use, but I was not completely happy with it. I decided to use it as a guide to create my own. After some weathering, here is the end result.
  14. PVC pipe cut into quarters will work as the 24" radius front corners. A vent door was cut into the driver's side top corner. A riveted on patch was added to the passenger's side where something (perhaps a low hanging branch) had previously damaged the trailer.
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