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  1. Beautiful! What did you end up using for headlights?
  2. Just waiting on a few final details to arrive. I have to add turn signals and brake lights, permit decals, and a pogo stick with hoses for the trailer hookup.
  3. It has been a while since I have been able to work on this, but I have made some progress. The cab is nearing completion. Paint is complete along with some weathering. I have the wheels complete and weathered as well.
  4. Here is my latest trailer build. I used the sides from a Moebius reefer kit, cut down to 48' in length. I used the front and rear door frame from an Ertl great dane kit, then scratch built the running gear, rear doors, and landing gear. I drew the reefer unit in CAD and had it 3D printed.
  5. Sorry for the slow response guys, been busy with the baby for a bit. As Brian said, the cab fans are 3D printed.
  6. While I agree to some extent, it may make it even more confusing for some. Most of the model truck kits (AMT kits at least) come with older tube-type rims. These had a deeper lip, and were 20" or 22" when measured at the tire bead. For this reason, AMT tires are stamped as 20" or 22" on the sidewalls. In real life, when the switch to tubeless tires occurred, the lip on the rim became shorter, making a 22.5" tubless wheel equivalent to a 20" tube type, and a 24.5" tubeless wheel equivalent to a 22" tube type. In general, a 20" tube-type rim and a 22.5" tubeless rim will have an OD of approximately 24.5" while a 22" tube-type and a 24.5" tubeless rim will have an OD of approximately 26.5". The problem lies in that many people do not know the difference between tube-type and tubeless rims. Since many people want to use kit tires on aftermarket rims, many aftermarket manufacturers try to list the rim size to match the kit tire nomenclature, so they may call a 24.5" tubless rim a "22 inch rim" so that people know that AMT's 22" tires will fit on it.
  7. As mentioned, the real truck had 24.5" rims. This measurement is taken at the bead of the tire, so the actual outside diameter of a real rim will be larger than 22.5 or 24.5 inches respectively. The aftermarket rims from Moluminum are perfectly in scale, he offers both 22.5" and 24.5" rims. Doug Wagner also offers machined aluminum 24.5" rims in 1/25 scale that are perfectly to scale. If you want the most accurate looking build to the real thing, I would say use Doug's aluminum wheels. It is an expensive option, but it is the most accurate way to go. Moluminum's resin wheels would be my next choice.
  8. I was finally able to get some outdoor shots.
  9. Class A resins was Ben Wicker selling parts made by Jamie Rahmoeller. Ben is done selling parts, but you can buy Jamies parts directly from him now at http://moluminum.com/.
  10. The torsion bar suspension continued to be popular into the early 80's. It took a couple years for the AG100 to become popular. That is the first time that I have heard that the Peterbilt air leaf suspension was a factory option from Kenworth back then. KW had its own 4-bag air ride suspension in the 70's, but it was different from the Peterbilt suspension at the time.
  11. This was a common upgrade for Kenworths that had torsion bar suspensions back in the day. From what I hear. it was easier to replace the torsion bar setup with a Peterbilt air leaf setup than to try to swap on the KW 8-bag air ride suspension. I have seen quite a few KW's that have been swapped from torsion bar to Peterbilt air leaf suspension.
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