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KJ790

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    Stephenson, VA
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    KJ Humphreys

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  1. 1984 GMC General

    Thanks Tom! Yes it did come from there, how did you know?
  2. 1984 GMC General

    Made some more headway on this one. I have have the hood pretty much finished. I had a company make me some dry transfer emblems for the sides of the hood. I am glad that they sent me a lot of the, as I went through about 20 of them to get them on the hood. The interior is in the cab and the exhaust is mounted. I made a 3D printed exhaust heat shield to match the one from a real General. I think I need to make another upper standpipe for the exhaust, as I guessed on the length and this one seems a bit short. The air filter straps were detailed using aluminum heating duct tape. I still need to finish up the "fiddly bits", the mirrors, wipers, steps, intake plumbing, etc. A few lessons I have learned so far for the next time I build one of these kits: 1. I will assemble my own chassis 2. I will not assemble the chrome pieces onto the hood before paint. It was a major paint to try to paint them with Molotow on the assembled and painted hood and I am not super happy with how they came out. 3. test fit the hood and radiator before final assembly, I had interference issues and had to shorten the radiator slightly.
  3. I have always just soaked the parts in some water with a little dish soap for 3-4 hours, never have had any issues.
  4. Chrome plating services

    That is odd, I wonder what the difference is. I have that issue when I use Molotow in the pen form, but never when airbrushed. I do not use any primer or base coat with the Molotow. The wheel with the black hub is a Moebius kit part with kit chrome, the wheel with the blue hub is an aftermarket resin piece sprayed with Molotow (no primer or basecoat). That resin wheel has been handled by tons of people, I leave it on my vendor table at shows as a sample for people to pick up and look at (I sell cast parts). It is a little worse for wear, but it still looks pretty good in person.
  5. Chrome plating services

    I have airbrushed it onto quite a few pieces and have never had any issues handling it. Let it dry for a couple days and I just handle the parts with bare fingers, no fingerprints or anything. Alclad rubs off very easily, so when I am going for a more muted shine, I prefer Spaz Styx due to the durability. Personally I have not been overly impressed with what I have seen of Alsa chrome.
  6. Chrome plating services

    As the available companies become limited, it may be worth looking at other options as well. I don't typically like using super bright "kit chrome" parts on my builds, so for most parts I prefer Spaz Styx or Alclad. However, I know that a lot of people like a very bright chrome look. I have found that spraying Molotow chrome through an airbrush gives very good results. It is as bright, or sometimes even brighter than kit parts.
  7. Interesting. Which material from Shapeways was this printed with?
  8. 1984 GMC General

    I was able to put some paint and decals on the cab. It is good to take pictures along the way, so the lighting in the picture shows me that I need another coat of paint on the sleeper. I am glad it is not on a part that already has decals! The engine and radiator are in the frame. I still have to finish up the details like radiator hoses, etc. For the interior I went with 50 shades of gray (actually just 4 shades). It is pretty plain Jane, but these Generals were not very flashy on the inside. Once the paint dries some more, I can tape it up and spray the grille surround and other accents with Molotow chrome.
  9. 1984 GMC General

    8V92T from the parts box with updated valve covers. Even these 1/25 scale Detroits seem to leak oil...
  10. 1984 GMC General

    Thanks guys! Like most of my builds, this one is based on a truck that my family had when I was a kid. I only have 2 pictures of it (1-1/2 really). We bought this truck new in 1984. It was red with a Detroit 8V92T engine, aluminum steer wheels and spoke drive wheels. We sold it to a guy named Bob Owens in the early 90's, he was an owner operator that pulled for us. Shortly thereafter he unfortunately passed away and it was purchased by Jeff Schaller. Schaller repainted it black and used it to haul pool water for quite a few years. This is the only (half) picture I have of the truck as it was originally. This is actually in the background of one of my childhood photos, I zoomed and cropped the picture. I can see that the foglights were below the bumper originally. This picture is from Eric Sweet of dailydieseldose.com. He took this in 2011 in front of Schaller's shop. From this I was able to gather some extra details like the location of the battery boxes.
  11. 1984 GMC General

    Thanks guys! Let's just say that if this were a real truck, the tires would wear out pretty quickly! I have had to custom shim everything to get it to somewhat line up. It won't be a show winner, but I hope it will look nice on a shelf. This morning I cut 12 (scale) inches out of the frame and it looks a lot better to me now. Now I just need to repaint the frame to hide the splice marks.
  12. This started as a partially built glue-bomb that I bought off of ebay. It seems like I will never learn my lesson with these partial builds, they are never assembled correctly. This one had the frame, suspension, axles, and engine assembled. The engine was so bad that I just threw it out. The frame is very warped and crooked, but there is no fixing it, so everything has to be build around it to make it seem straight. I am using a set of 5-spoke drive wheels that I used to cast with a set of Doug Wagner's aluminum front rims. The battery boxes, quarter fenders, and fuel tanks are scratch built. I filled in the foglights that were built into the bumper and added a set below the bumper. Here is where the mock-up stands right now. I think that the frame is a tad too long without the long fuel tanks beneath the sleeper. I may shorten the frame up a little bit.
  13. 1982 Kenworth W900

    Thanks everyone! M&R wheels is a new company, I don't think that they have a website yet. I really like Doug Wagner's machined aluminum wheels, but I needed 22.5" rims for this build to replicate the real one, so when I saw these ones from M&R at a show went with them. Yes, the handles are 3D printed. I originally made them for a different application, but they wound up being used on these battery box covers.
  14. Absolutely beautiful build!
  15. Here is my completed rebuild of an old snap kit Kenworth.