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    KJ Humphreys

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  1. Thanks! You gave me an idea to make these look like old photographs that have been scanned into a computer.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. With my latest Kenworth complete, it is time to build a trailer for it. For this I will be scratch building a 1956 Great Dane reefer. After looking at the available kits, none of them had the right riven detail or panel lines of this vintage of trailer, so I decided it would be just as much work to scratch build one than to modify a kit. I started with sheets of .020" thick styrene, laying down strips of MicroScale rivets. I then cut the sheets into strips and used .040" round rod to great the ribs of the sides of the trailer. The real trailer that I am using as inspiration was originally purchased new by Alterman Transport Lines of Miami, FL. It was originally a 30ft trailer, but Alterman had it extended to 34ft at some point by adding 4ft to the front of the trailer. My Grandfather bout it in the spring of 1964 and extended it further by adding an additional 4ft to the rear of the trailer. Early Great Danes had a seam running along the length of the trailer midway up the side.
  11. Cab is fitted to the chassis. Just a few more details to finish up.
  12. Engines have always been a weak point for me, but fortunately you can't typically see them on the finished model. Since the radiator will be slightly visible through the grille, I made a set of louvers from .080" half-round rod. The engine is an attempt to make an early 60's 335 Cummins from the kit NTC. I added a 4x4 married transmission out of a Diamond Reo kit, as that is what the real truck had. Getting the "bells" on the exhaust and intake connection to line up with the plumbing mounted to the back of the cab was quite a task.
  13. Finally finished all of the little details of the cab. I added some slight weathering and attempted a couple splattered bugs on the front. Next onto the engine.
  14. The interior is mostly complete and I had to do a quick mock-up to make sure that everything fit right. I had to modify my cab hinges slightly, as the interior seemed to spread the base of the cab out just enough to mess up the alignment on my hinges. I added R.B.'s signature cowboy hat on the dash as well.
  15. Thanks everyone! I have a couple trailer ideas, but I will likely scratch build a mid-50's Great Dane reefer to go with this one. I have been working on the interior. The dash is scratch built. I drew the gauges and surrounds in Microsoft Word, then laid the decals in either side of a piece of clear plastic so that the gauges would have a small amount of depth to them. The front of the dash is littered with what every driver needs, a road atlas, log book, envelope for receipts, and some hand written directions.
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