KJ790

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  • Location Syracuse, NY
  • Full Name KJ Humphreys

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  1. KJ790 added a post in a topic 45' Stainless Steel Great Dane Reefer   

    Thanks guys!
     
    Tom, I can make a tutorial of how I weathered the wheels when I weather the spare tires that will hang under the trailer. I will eventually have these spoke wheels for sale, I need to get around to making new molds. I made a bunch of spoke wheels for trucks and trailers and sold them all at NNL East. All I have left are blemish parts, which is all that I use on my personal builds.
  2. KJ790 added a post in a topic 45' Stainless Steel Great Dane Reefer   

    Started on the rear doors. I think I am going to call it a night for now. I am very happy with my progress today.
     

  3. KJ790 added a post in a topic 45' Stainless Steel Great Dane Reefer   

    Made some progress on the sides. I used some corrugated styrene sheet for the ribbed siding. Then I added the lower support rails and a side door on the passenger side. Been working on rivet detail all afternoon.
     

  4. KJ790 added a post in a topic 45' Stainless Steel Great Dane Reefer   

    I'm not sure when 48' trailers officially started being used, but I know that my family's company ran 40 footers through the 60's and 45 footers through the 70's and into the 80's. We didn't start buying any 48 footers until the mid 80's, though I am sure they existed before then.
     
    There definitely were many good looking rigs back then, but even the good looking ones could often be found with a layer of road grime on them, especially in the north during the winter time. It seems like roads back then had a lot more dirt on them. Here are some examples of the look I am after with this build.
     

     

  5. KJ790 added a topic in On the Workbench: Big Rigs   

    45' Stainless Steel Great Dane Reefer
    As if I don't already have enough projects going on, I decided to start yet another. This has been a project that I have been thinking about for a long time. My plan is to build a 45' Great Dane stainless steel reefer that would be typical of what was common in the early 1970's. I will be mostly scratchbuilding it with a few kit pieces here and there. Looking through old pictures it did not seem uncommon for trucks to be dirty in this time era, so it seems like a good project to practice some weathering techniques and push my limits.
     
    I have been preparing for this build for a long time. First I made a Thermo King reefer unit and cast it in resin.

     

     
    Next I made some trailer spoke wheels with split-ring rims. I figured it would be easier to paint everything if they were all separate pieces. Then I made a variety of tires that would be typical in that time period. Since I want this trailer to be well used, I am using a mixture of tires and making each rim have its own degree of rust and dirt. This way it will appear as though some wheels were changed more recently than others. I put the rustiest rims on the set of old school drive tires, since wheels like that would have likely already spent some time as drive tires on a truck before being retired to trailer duty.

     
    Here I have put the wheels completely together and mocked them up on a junkyard tandem that I had.

     

     
    For the weathering I used a combination of brushing on water color paints and airbrushing a light coat of gray over everything.
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  6. KJ790 added a post in a topic Spring ride sliding tandem   

    Thanks guys, I should be all set now!
  7. KJ790 added a post in a topic BRBO Kenworth K123   

    Thanks guys! I just finished up the fuel tanks and the quarter fenders. I think I am going to call it a day for now.

  8. KJ790 added a post in a topic BRBO Kenworth K123   

    Slowly making progress.

     

  9. KJ790 added a topic in Truck Kits or Parts to Trade, or Wanted / Requests   

    Spring ride sliding tandem
    I am looking for a spring ride sliding trailer tandem from one of the old AMT or Ertl trailer kits. I think any of the dry vans or reefer kits would work. Something similar to the picture.

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  10. KJ790 added a post in a topic BRBO Kenworth K123   

    Got the frame painted.

  11. KJ790 added a post in a topic BRBO Kenworth K123   

    I worked on some front rims for this build. I modified some snap kit rims and sprayed them with Spaz Styx to get a more realistic shine to them.
     

  12. KJ790 added a post in a topic BRBO Kenworth K123   

    Finally finished the rest of the suspension and started fitting the engine to the chassis.
     

     

  13. KJ790 added a post in a topic BRBO Kenworth K123   

    Alright, I haven't had much time to work on this, but I finally got to work on the engine a little bit.

     
     
  14. KJ790 added a topic in The Truck Stop   

    Radiator color
    I know there are a ton of topics on engine colors, but what about radiators? I know most are painted black these days (just like most frames now), but what about in years past? Were most painted the color of the chassis?
    I am building a late 60's Kenworth W925 and I want to make it as accurate as possible. Anyone know what color the radiator would have been?
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  15. KJ790 added a post in a topic Double-Take Replicas   

    Sorry, I am not offering the W900L at this time.