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About KJ790

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    Syracuse, NY
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    KJ Humphreys

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  1. 1950s Era Trailer

    Making the rounded front would probably be difficult to do and make it match the kit sides. You can still make it look period correct without even making the rounded front. I think a lot of the period look comes from the accessories used with the box, such as the landing gear, and style of spare tire rack. These look to be 35 footers, but I do not know what brand they are.
  2. 1950s Era Trailer

    Yeah it could definitely be used as a good starting point. If I were building it I would shorten it to either 32 or 35 feet in length, as those were the common lengths in the 50's. I would make a rounded front, and I would get rid of the sliding tandem and mount it solid to the trailer floor. If you really want to get fancy you could add the rounded wheel cut-outs that were common back then. I wish I had a better shot of it, but this was a 1953 Fruehauf. I think the kit would be a good starting point.
  3. I am looking for the 22" alcoa rims from the Freightliner dual drive kit. Anybody out there with a set that they did not use that they are willing to sell?
  4. Old field Kenworth

    Worked on this a little more this morning. Managed to get the fuel tanks, grille, and headlights on.
  5. Old field Kenworth

    Thanks guys! I managed to get a little paint on the cab this weekend. I used table salt to simulate chips on the front and "sunburned paint" on the roof. I did a thin white wash to fade it slightly and added a few rust streaks.
  6. Inspiration seems come from odd things for me. Lately I have been itching to attempt some heavy weathering. I was inspired by an old Kenworth that my grandfather had bought brand new. After a few owners it wound up in the hands of a family friend who had bought it just to use as a parts truck. It has been sitting in a field for many years. My plan is to do a "now and then" build with two versions of the same truck, but I figured I would start with the "now" version. I started with an AMT K123 kit. I swapped the rear suspension for an air-ride suspension from a Papa truck kit. I always hated the AMT K123 kit cab hinges, so I scratch built some hinges that are more like the real truck. This truck originally came with cab mounted exhaust and intake, but at some point it was converted to a home-made chassis mounted setup. To mimic this I used some styrene I-beam and shaved the flanges off of one side to create a piece of channel. I cut the power divider off of the front drive axle and drilled some mounting holes around the perimeter. This gives the "parts stolen" look. One air tank was placed across the frame rails behind the rear cab support as well. Next came the chassis weathering. I first painted the whole chassis with rust tones. Next I hand painted all of the aluminum parts. Then I sprayed everything with matte clear followed by a coat of hair spray. Next a coat of red paint was sprayed over the chassis, then chipped away with a toothpick and a wet brush to reveal the aluminum and rust beneath. After some hoses were added a light coat of "dust" was sprayed over everything. I am not sure if I am liking the dust coat, I probably should have left it off, but there is no going back now. A set of resin wheels were added. Miss-matched tires from the parts box were used. The bottom of each tire was shaved flat to give the appearance of under-inflated tires. Before I put the air cleaner halves together I used a dremel to grind through from the inside of one half to create some "rust holes". This is the final effect. I think that is enough work for one weekend. More to come soon.
  7. Thank you guys! It was great to catch up with everyone today and see a bunch of great builds!
  8. 1981 K100

    Thanks everyone! I finished this up this morning and posted some pictures in the "Under Glass" section.
  9. Well I am calling this one done, just in time for the Fulton model show tomorrow. I was able to snap a couple pics before the rain came in.
  10. 1981 K100

    I managed to get the wheels done and a little bit of weathering. Just a few more details and it will be done.
  11. 1981 K100

    Thanks guys! I got some paint on the tanker yesterday and some decals tonight.
  12. 1981 K100

    Made some more progress on the tanker and sprayed a little primer last night. I made some crude brake chambers and slack adjusters. I should have spent more time on these, but they will barely be seen once the wheels are on. The step ladder was made from .060" styrene rod and .080" styrene square stock. The catwalk at the bottom was a resin deck plate that I had bought from Moluminum a while back. I used solid acrylic rod for most of the plumbing. This gives nice bends when heated with a lighter. For the connector ends that are seen open, I used styrene tubing and turned the tip of it in my power drill while rubbing against it with a sanding stick to give it a little more defined shape. For the valve levers, I used .040" square stock and dipped the tip in a dab of elmers glue to give it a bit of a ball at the end.
  13. 1981 K100

    The tank is starting to take shape. It seems to fit on the chassis alright.
  14. 1981 K100

    I have been making good headway on the tanker trailer. Here is the real trailer that I am modeling: The owner had a custom manifold made to make loading and unloading water easier. The landing gear was made using styrene square stock and some flat stock for the sand shoes. The handle was made by heating .040" styrene rod and bending it. I couldn't get my hands on a spring suspension, so I decided to make my own using flat stock and square tube for the axles. I still need to make the brake chambers and slack adjusters. The fenders were made using "V-groove sidinig" styrene sheet. I glued a .040"x.040" strip around the edges to give a rolled metal look.