Hi Guys, Here's my update for April. All my aftermarket stuff has now arrived so I can start figuring out how to measure the chassis. I'm sure the project will need more aftermarket supplies but it'll be detail stuff so won't affect the dimensions of the rig. I haven't done too much work on the Pete this month as I have had to do some work on some other projects - I hope to get the basic chassis started next month; it looks like it'll be a busy month with work so we'll see. One of the aftermarket items was a C-15 engine from Mo'luminum. It didn't come with a gearbox - any advice on what I can stick on it will be greatly appreciated!!
Thanks for the comment Gator. It seems difficult to believe a country the size of the United States would send everything through one city that is being exported to be checked. If you're right it would create a real bottleneck. How did you find out this piece of information? Your mini saw blade would be a very fierce weapon indeed!! I'm almost done collecting the aftermarket parts I need for this build and I think I don't need to order anything more from the States. Some of the generic stuff like wiring or lights I'm going to pick up from local model shows. I'm starting to worry about getting this thing done so I'd better up the work rate on it!
Hi Guys, Here's my update for March. Still working on cleaning up the parts; going through the chassis parts at the moment. Some more aftermarket parts have arrived - some air cleaners from VCG Resins and Aluminum Parts and some aluminium parts from Ryan Mylnek at Rhino's Model Truck Parts (pictures below). I'm still waiting on parts from a couple of companies yet, I'll give them a bit more time yet before asking about when the parts were shipped.
The next stage will be to figure out all the dimensions for the chassis once I have all the parts I have ordered. For now the parts cleanup will continue - not very exciting but essential to a good model.
You're at a stage I'd be pleased to be at in July or August - and it is only February! I really like what you're doing with this Pete. Keep up the good work. This Big Rig Build Off has really started well, I have already begun thinking about what I'd build next year if Clayton runs the competition again.
Hi Guys, Some of the parts I have ordered for this project are starting to arrive - the picture below shows the turned aluminium fuel tanks, air cleaner and horns that have come from MCA Model Truck Accessories. I am waiting for a C15 engine from Moluminium and some rear fenders from P & P Resin Works.
I had gotten some parts from KFS in 2013 when I started thinking about building a model truck again, shown below are some exhaust stacks and a custom photo-etch set that will help to bling the rig up a bit.
I spent some time today cleaning up and glueing together piping for the Pete. How much I eventually use will depend on how the geometry of everything works out. I pretty much know how I'm going to build the Pete yet, but still haven't decided what I'm going to do with the interior.
Nice collection of cabovers - thanks for sharing them with us. I also started doing a Cruiseliner with a big bunk but it never got finished (must see if I still have the pieces lying around one day) so it is great to see one that has been finished as nicely as yours. I'm working on a conventional truck at the moment but have quite a few cabovers in the stash, posts like yours provide inspiration to get one out and enjoy thinking about the trucks I used to see on the New Brunswick roads in the 1970s.
Hi Simon, Welcome to the forum - you'll find it is a really good one. I'm not too far from you as I am in Wolverhampton. The East Midlands Model show is next month in Hinckley on the 13th, it is usually quite good (LE10 0JR).
Thanks for the reply Clayton - I'll check out the sources you have mentioned. I'm not planning to stretch the frame too much, just enough to allow for the bigger sleeper really. I'm not too crazy on the extremely stretched frames; my plan with this build is my vision of a mildly customised truck that is still fairly practical. I've really enjoyed building unique models with the hot rods I have been doing for the last few years and am looking forward to making a big rig model that has the approach I have developed to model building since I started back in the hobby in 2001.