The Report function of the forum works well. If you see someone acting up, acting out, or just being an okole, use the Report function. It works! I have it set up so it not only sends me an email, but that email is then marked with a flag, and get's put to the top of my email list. I will try to access/look at the report/topic as soon as possible, but remember, I'm on a six hour time delay, and other mods not only have a life, but a real job as well. k den
This is a very nice build Juergen. You are a master of weathering techniques. The engine compartment with all the wires looks very realistic to me. I also like the small items you added, like the work gloves, chains and cables, wrenches and grease gun...... cool! As for a rust on the parts that do not rust, sometimes the corrosion is transfered from a steel structure nearby. It´s probably not the case here but it happens sometimes. Like I´ve seen some rusty stains on an aluminium cab. Even the aluminium cabs have some steel items incorporated. And they do rust. I do appreciate the amount of work you must have put in this build. Excellent!
Thanks a lot for the kind words, guys. I managed to trace down the main tubing circuits and tried to replicate them on my trailer. The big electric motor drives three horizontal cylinders which I believe are compressors or pumps of some kind. The three vertical cylinders on the RH side of the trailer are probably heat exchangers. Another heat exchanger is the muffler type thing on the tractor. The small metallic tank is probably an expansion vessel. Two pumps powered by the smaller electric motors drive whatever is inside through the circuits.
The tubing is made of aluminium K&S tubes and steel wire. The elbows are made of plastic rod bent above the candle flame. The flexible metal hoses are made of vinyl insulation wrapped in a rolled PE part by CTM.
There is even more tubing to be done when the big tank is decaled and weathered. Meanwhile, there are some other details that I have to work on.
Nice work, Tom. The better knowledge you have about a certain part, the less you are satisfied with the kit rendition. That´s how it is. But it´s nice if you are able and willing to do something about it. It´s not everone´s cup of tea, but I like this approach. Good luck with your further progress.
Very nice build! I like the combination of parts and I have a great respect to your scratch building skills. This is very inspiring. If I ever get my hands on building a KW T800 I´ll be peeping quite frequently at your build thread.
The few free days between Christmas and New Year´s Eve I spent working on the tubing and heat exchangers on the trailer. It is not the exact replica of the system unknown to me. I tried to get as much details from the pictures as I could. Maybe the details on the model are pronounced a little too much compared to the real thing.
Besides that I finished the two work lamps. They are made of milk coloured diodes, but they can´t be turned on. There is no real electricity incorporated in the model.
I´ve done some more plumbing. Not much but I go towards the finish bit by bit.
Thank you all for your kind words. This project is really beyond my league but I´ll keep on fighting. The progress seems to be slow now since I am working on some small details. But I´ll have more pics when there is a real visible difference on the model. NASA should have kept the real truck on display somewhere. But they don´t seem to be intersted in anything but spacecraft. Hopefully at least one of the remaining trucks gets in the hands of a private collector. But they (NASA) already deprived some Peterbilts of their special equipment and they´re destined for auction as regular trucks. That´s why I am building this model. For after decades of service the real trucks may vanish just like that.