I agree with the idea that model building should be fun and relax. But fun and relax may be different things for each one of us. A model truck ( or car, or train, an aircraft... whatever ) is a scale representation of something real. I always try to make a model that corresponds with reality. For instance, if Bill Signs kit have a short hood and in-line 6 Cummins underneath it, while the real truck has extended hood and 8V CAT, I wouldn´t be able to sleep sound if I hadn´t changed those components. I don´t remember me counting rivets but if I find some inaccuracy in the kit, I try to repair it by modifying or replacing the kit part with something more realistic. I scratch build a lot of things, do a research for my projects, listen to those who know better and obey the basic modeling rules. I can´t stand visible seams where there should be none, I hate wobbling wheels and childish murals of some Italeri kits. I am a slow builder, I take a break if things go wrong. But I am also stubborn and keep trying till I get what meets my idea of a satisfactory part or subassembly. I like the challenges that come with this hobby. I learn a lot of things about big rigs and hopefully improve my model building skills.
I always wondered the same thing, do the straight pipes have muffler somewhere on the way? And is it legal to go without a muffler at all? Bill Signs model has also sort of straight pipes even though the lower part is bent. But there´s a little tubing section of slightly bigger diameter under the frame, which I considered to be a silencer. That might be just another possibility for the straight pipes.
Thank you all for your positive feedback. As some of you might know, NASA´s spacecraft Juno has reached the Jupiter orbit on, I guess, the 4th of July. It carries three passangers on board, special aluminium made LEGO figures of the god Jupiter, his wife Juno and Galileo Galilei. I hope they find something interesting up there before they become a part of the planet. Meanwhile, down on Earth in Liberec, Czech Rep., the NASA Peterbilt mission continues by dressing the trailer with more details. Such as the three tubes that hide electric cables inside. I made all the bends above a candle flame. I don´t know where and how they end up underneath the chassis. I just attached them to the big box. I also made a reservoir which is in the front part of the trailer.
I added some details to the big tank like the top lid with the handle and bolts and the bottom brackets that carry the whole tank. There is still some more details to be added.
As always, the photos of the real thing were taken by Jeff Lakaszcyck. I hope my mission with the NASA Peterbilt won´t take as much time as the Juno mission since it was launched back in 2011. Till next time, stay tuned.
Thank you all for your kind words. I keep on adding parts to the trailer. Besides fenders and their brackets I have completed various boxes that hang around the frame. I have no idea what´s inside. Probably some tubing, valves, pumps and controls. Mine are empty, of course.
The fenders shape is not much accurate and axle spacing should have been a bit bigger. I copied the suspension parts from AMT´s Fruehauf flatbed trailer and didn´t realise that the spacing on Paul recharger trailer might be different. But the suspension cost me so much time and work already, that I´m not going to fix it.
Thanks a lot everyone. I keep on working on the trailer. Unfortunately, I don´t have any reference of certain trailer parts. Like the air tanks location. This is just a pure guesswork.
I didn´t have any idea where to get the big tank. I thought of buying the whole tanker kit but then my friend gave up his project and sold me his parts. He actually cut the trailer tank in two pieces and the short one is exactly what I needed. All I had to do was to get rid of some surface details. This is the camparison of the cross section before and after modification.
I had to add the inner lip to the cut off end so that the cap would fit okay.
Ha - ha. Got the same song by Jake Brake and the All Trucker Band. They say that´s the original, but I don´t know. What I found like 3 days ago is The White Knight LP by Cledus Maggard and The Citizen's Band. It´s 1976 LP but I´ve never heard it untill now. I like that CB lingo even though I can´t say I get everything the guy says. But it´s fun anyway. With all respect to them serious truckin´ songs I can´t help having a lot of fun listening to this hilarious guy. Look him up, he´s worth it.
This thread got me listen to the old trucking songs again. I guess 1960´s and 1970´s was the boom. There is a newer trucking music around but it´s not as intense as it used to be back then. In the early 1990´s I guess a CD Rig Rock Deluxe came out ad it´s a fine mixture of the old and (then) new. Dick Curless and Junior Brown duets "NItro Express" and "Semi Crazy"... wonderfull. Del Reeves and Jim Lauderdale "Diesel, Diesel, Diesel".. just as great. I just can´t find any name of today´s artists being associated with trucking music as much as Red Sovine or Dave Dudlay or C.W.McCall... or whoever sang "Convoy".
Yeah, I second that. I remember pushing a pen when I tried to write down the lyrics to "I´m a Truck" from the old recording and how frustrated I was when my untrained ears couldn´t make out certain parts of the song. How easy it is now with internet available. Here´s one of my favourites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47LPQP710k8
Thank you very much, guys. To make a little change for me I started working on the trailer. I do not know too much about how it works with all the complicated equipment. For now I concentrate on the chassis. It looks like the one on Fruehauf dump trailer. Unfortunately, I have none to spare and take the parts from. So, there it goes again, the scratch building blues. I got me the rough dimensions and cut the sheets and channels. This is how far I got.
There are still a few parts to add to complete the suspension. Also the hubs need some changing. Thanks for looking.
Phantom 309 as well as another truck driving songs of the day were a great part of my education. When I learnt English language I would listen not to the Beatles as most Europeans probably do, but to the good old American country music. And the truck driving songs played a major role in the process. My musical taste moved closer to the dark side but I still love to listen to the old guys like Red Sovine, Dave Dudlay, C.W. MacCall and Hank, Merle and Waylon... Thanks for reminding me the old times.