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    Stephen McNally

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  1. I will install some shock absorbers on the rear axle too. I made them out of plastic tube, using small pieces at each end to form the locating eyes. I can't fit these until the axles are installed.
  2. I used my cordless drill as a primitive lathe to turn some brake chambers. [I don't recommend this as a method, I'm just demonstrating how incredibly stupid I can be] I'm going to make spring-brake chambers [as we'd call them in UK] that apply the brakes when there's no air in the system, rather than plain service brake chambers. I considered adding slack adjusters and cams but I think that would be a little bit excessive. I first rounded the end, measured 5mm and 2.5mm on the sprue then slowly turned the chuck holding the pen against it to complete the circle. At the 2.5mm line I will turn a groove using a triangular file to create the two halves of the chamber I'll then cut it off at the 5mm mark. Finally, I used a scrap exhaust pipe from a 1/25 Camaro kit to form the black plastic cap on the end of the chamber where the winding-off bolt is [in America you'd call it caging the brakes]. Glued them to the axles and the look passable.
  3. I said I wanted to add some detail to the chassis on this kit, Revell hide the lack of detail with tread plate so that had to come out first. This exposes the top of the rear diff which is hollow so that'll need building up, also you can see there are no brake chambers or shocks or proper crossmember etc...
  4. Andy, thanks for the tip, i'll look them up in case I need them. Tarheelrick, that's a very innovative car carrier made from the fire truck and the issue with red versus white plastic doesn't detract from it at all. Enrico & Gator, sometimes less is more!
  5. Scary part! Marking up and cutting out the rear window. I laid masking tape across the panel, found my centreline and then drew the box. Using a geometry set circle thingy I drew 3mm radius on each corner. Drilled a row of holes which I then broke together to form a slot and got filing. Used a rat-tail in the corners and finished off with 600 wet and dry. I left the tape on to protect the panel from scratches. Looks ok. Now to rub the joint in the back wall down.
  6. They look ok sitting on a shelf, they seemed to get the cab profiles spot on and that's the main thing your eye sees. The AMT ones do look good but they appear to be as rare as hen's teeth with prices to match, so no-go for me I'm afraid. Mind you some of the prices for these Revell kits are scandalous now. Which means I can't justify cannibalising other kits to splice tyres together [as suggested by Chariots of Fire], though I appreciate your idea, I'll just have to live with what I've got. Like we did in the 70s with British Leyland! 😅😁 Aerodyne: One of the benefits of the 1/32 kits is the size, I don't have the room for 1/25 kits, they're just too big, though didn't stop me buying one again recently. [Recently in modellers terms is within the last 15 years] Thanks for your comments guys, I'm determined this build will not stall.
  7. This is the truck I'd like to copy with this build. Tidy little number.
  8. I cut the rear wall out of the sleeper, and extending the cut into the roof cap, this is because I intend to match the cap's edge with that of the cab's roof cap, plus it will look the same when painted. Red plastic is difficult to hide so I'd probably end up with a shade difference in the paint if I used white card. I filed the cut down flush with the cab rear wall and, with a little filing, the panel dropped in nicely. You can see how the line of the roof cap continues across the rear wall. I can even use two grab handles on the rear of the cab because the holes transferred across! Before I was overcome with my own cleverness I pondered whether I should have cut out the rear window aperture before I glued the panel in? Probably, one step forward..... never mind. Hacked the interior in two and it drops in nicely. Does anyone want a bed for the night?
  9. I chuckled when I read your comment "it'll have to do" about THAT engine. It's fantastic! Brilliant job mate, not just here but through the whole job, the chassis the wiring and plumbing etc...
  10. That Cummins is impressive. I love the old Cummins engines, went like the wind and seemingly lasted forever.
  11. Now that I've found out what a "tiller truck" is I'm going to watch this. Looking good.
  12. Yet another snap kit. The Kenworth T600 with full aero kit. I don't know about you but these always remind me of Sam the American eagle from the Muppets. Anyway, I decided to convert this to a day cab, leaving only the skirts in place. I'll use the rear wall of the sleeper to create the rear wall of the cab as it has rivet detail on it. Out came the saw! I also intend to remove some of the deck plating they put on the chassis to hide the lack of detail on the duals etc... This will require inserting some detail to make it look better. Haven't done anything like this for a while. Quite scared.
  13. Fantastic build, a proper workhorse. So well done.
  14. Thanks everyone for your kind comments. I would love to have the cabover Freightliner and the conventional KW Aerodyne they did. These kits used to be pennies but they're so expensive now.
  15. This is a kit built in the 80s under the original release with the big stripe decals. I think it was White with an orange chassis. The current version is in blue with sticker stripes. I rounded the chassis rail corners, opened up the steps under the battery boxes, repositioned the quarter fenders and mudflaps, altered the trailer hitch to lose the silly spigot from the middle, bit of BMF here and there, then painted it metallic silver with a rattle can. Looks ok and even better hitched to the van trailer.
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