Thanks for the kind words guys. Originally I thought about making the hopper doors and fifth wheel workable, but I ultimately decided to keep them fixed in place. I'm not sure if these things are prone to tipping... but a lot of the load sits down at the bottom of the hopper so it probably has a low center of gravity.
The art of weathering is a difficult one to master... I usually weather the tracks slightly but leave the rest clean. My first attempt at weathering a full vehicle was the whitewahed Stug III at the bottom of my post. I used a whitewash method I saw in a magazine once - a coat of chalk powder mixed with water applied over the base coat. Then I used a stiff brush to wear off some of the whitewash (I probably took too much of it off though). I clearcoated to protect the whitewash then sprayed a light coat of brown on the lower hull to simulate mud. I was trying to depict a muddy vehicle in the spring where the winter whitewash was partly worn off.
The vehicles in my post from top to bottom are:
M4A3 E8 Sherman (Canadian Army, Korean war)
Sherman V Firefly (Canadian Army, WWII)
M923 and M35 trucks
Lately I've been into big rig models, but my primary interest over the past 15 years or so has been armor and other military vehicles. Here are a few of my armor builds I've done over the past few years:
I bought a miter rite last year, and I'm quite pleased with it. The saw blade is held snug so your cuts end up much more precise and consistent (compared to the aluminum miter boxes, which allow the saw blade to wiggle back and forth a bit due to the width of the slots). Plus you can set any angle you want instead of being limited to 90 and 45 degrees.
This build looks amazing so far. If I didn't have so many unbuilt trucks in my closet I'd pick one of these up... I really need to start building faster than buying It's one of those kits I've been wanting to do for years.