I just have a basic TV offer with a few terrestrial channels and they don´t include Discovery. Never mind. Here goes the frame. I made my own "C" channels for rails and used Revell rear cross members. They consist of two halves and there is a big wide groove between them. To save me the work with putty and sand paper I masked the groove with thin Evergreen stripes. The color coding is: green for 1 mm scrap plastic sheet, grey for Revell parts and white for Evergreen stock.
Part of the KFS driven front axle is the auxilary transmission. I thought I would use it as a transfer case but then I got photos of the real one and that looks quite different. So, to the parts box it went I made a new transfer case. I only used KFS flanges for it.
The middle part of the frame is reinforced with "U" cross members. I made mine by cutting square tube lengthwise in half. Notice the bolts at joints.
Thanks Sean, but the video does not show. I get a message "User who uploaded this video has made it unavailable for your country". That´s why I´ve never seen this episode of American Trucker. Nor any other. This show was never aired here and if I found it on the net, I got the message ... unavailable for your country. I must be living in a horrible country... LoL
Thanks everone for positive feedback. I appreciate it. Now for the front driven axle. Like I said before, the front drive shafts were removed on all Peterbilts and there won´t be none on my model either. I got me a KFS driven axle but to my surprise it was much too big for a 1/25 Pete (and any other truck for that matter). First I thought I would make a complete one of my own but I couldn´t imagine creating the middle part, the diff.
So, I took the original KFS axle and cut off the ends. Then with a help of proxxon cutter, file and sand paper I began to reshape the axle untill it was small enough for my needs. I removed a layer of material as thick as the flange in the back. The flange actually disappeared and it looked awful...
I cut off the rear end completely and made a new one out of Evergreen stock.
I reduced the axle ends as well the same way as the main part. But the steering parts are new made of Revell kit parts and plastic tube. The hubs are KFS, reshaped to look like the those on NASA Pete. The tie rod is made of bended aluminium tube.
I will make my own springs but I have to buy some more Evergreen stuff first. Till then...
Not quite a photo posting problem but I have a question. Has this forum lost its preview feature? When I start a new topic I would like to see what I have done before I actually post it. The same with replies for that matter. But all I get is "Submit Topic" button. So I do just that and edit any mistakes afterwards. There used to be "More reply option" feature here before and that enabled the preview button. Now I cannot find anything like this here. Am I doing something wrong?
Tim, thank you for the spec´s. I didn´t think of the possibility that the BBC could be even longer. But it´s probably true because when I squeeze my 12v71 in, there is not room enough under the hood for a deep-core radiator. For the shutters I have the same piece as used for my logger. I only modified it a little to be a bit longer. I never knew the wheelbase figure. Got some tips but each was different. So, I stopped caring and just made a scale drawing with WB estimated from the photos. 235" is 238 milimeters in 1/25 scale. My estimated WB is 240 milimeters. Not bad, I think. I think there is one more build idea... the 1100 series cab combined with either full walk-on fenders or the shortened ones with bigger fuel tanks. I chose the recabbed version because it looks even more weird. I started my build as usual with the engine. I didn´t have the buzzin´ dozen but I had two 6v71s which I combined to get a 12v71.