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Italeri black thunder

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I started to build on the black thunder from italeri that i bought a while ago.
Have just built on it for a few days after work but here is how far i have come for now.
Frame is completed, engine is assembled and painted, radiator is assembled and painted, also painted it silver on the inside to simulate how it looks on real trucks when you can see the aluminium through the fanshroud.
Also started to paint the hood white on the sides and flat black on the top.
Have to repaint the other side as some of the paint on that side came up with the maskingtape...

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Loos good so far.

Ben

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 Looks like you are off to a good start ! Will be watching for further updates .

 

 

 Be Well

  Gator

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A small update maybe?
Have not done much to it only some small things.
Decided to paint the frame around the cooler under the trans black. (What is that cooler for? is it for the transmissionoil or something else?)
Painted the coolant tank on the radiator gray, cleaned up some paint misses where the fanhub attaches to the blades and painted the condensor in a different shade of silver.
Painted some details on the mountingplate for the fithtwheel silver, still needs some work to get it to where i think it looks good.
Added fuletanks to the frame and did a testfit of the hood, that also still needs some work to look good
And no parts of the radiator grill is not white, it was the flash on the phones camera that did that....
 

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Making some good progress. Looks good!

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Did some more tonight,
Also not sure if i am going to use the wheels from the kit or replace them with spiders instead.
Borrowed the rubbertires that is on it now from an american superliner kit that i have as the tires included with the black thunder are plastic..

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That  looks good thus far. Yes the cooler on the tranny is for the tranny !

 

 

 

Be Well

 Gator

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Like the photo etched grille!!!!!! Coming together!!!!!

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The grille is actually just chromed plastic and comes with the kit, but it do look nice.
The american superliner have the same grill as it is the same kit, exept aircleaners, sleeper and bullbar.
Have not done much more to it, exept assembled the bullbar, aircleaners and started on the interior, cab and sleeper.

gatorincebu:
Thanks i suspected that.

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gatorincebu:Thanks i suspected that.

Really, that's a kit part?? Looks totally aftermarket to me!!!! Very kool as it adds a ton more realism to the build!!!

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Interior and instrumentpanel are done, did not do much detail,s on them since most of it will be hard to see.
This is how far i have come on the aircleaners and bullbar, still some more painting to be done on the aircleaners.
I think i will have to do the last thing on the aircleaners when they are mounted on the cab so everything lines up.
The lighthousings on the bullbar are going to be black and not chrome.

 

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Lookin good!!!!!!!!

 

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Finnised the main parts of the cab and there are only mostly chromedetails left to do on it.
Assembled the sleeper and then did a testfit of everything on the frame.
If i had read the instructions better before i started i would have bought the aircleaner set from auslowe as those in the kit are just for show and have no airhoses from the engine connected to them..
The kit wants you to use the stock airintake that sits next to the radiator and goes directly to the airfilter housing then in to the intake on the turbo.
Now i am to far gone to do anything about it..

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Looking awesome so far!!!!

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Looking awesome so far!!!!

Thank you
Have not done much to it today, glued in the headlights in the hood and thats it...
I also thought about leaving the roof of the sleeper unglued so those that want can lift it off and take a look inside it, there are no decals in the way for it to be removable so why not.

Thats one of the things that i am not very happy about on my Western star, all the work done in the sleeper and then just glue the roof on and some decals on the sides and the interior will never be seen again..
I have it removable on my alaskan hauler + it has opening doors so anyone that is interested can lift it off and open the doors to look at the interior.
They did however mess up on the hood instead, the huge front bumper is not movable so the hood is impossible to have in open position but i made it so it is just to lift it off instead so that the engine can be looked at.
I am going to post pic,s of it in  te under glass section later.

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If ya did the work inside I'd have it to where it would come off.... I'm re doing my Pete wrecker with a bunk house on it but I'm not gonna do much detailing back there as mine won't be opened... thought about doing a bunch of detail but..... then again who knows, could change my mind once I start putting it all back together!!! Lol 😆 

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Its almost done as of now, just some small details left mostly lights, mudguards, airintake and aircleaner assembly in the enginebay and some other small stuff.
Added the old and barely holding together decals to it and mounted the cab and sleeper to the chassie.
Used a chromepen to paint the exhaust, some aircleaner details and the bottom trimpiece of the sleeper.
I am going to buy some mack badge photoetch and bulldog to make it look more complete in the front.
It looks good now but knowing there should be a name and bulldog on the radiatorgrille is going to bug me for ever if i dont fix that.
You can also see that Italeri got lazy when converting it to a australian truck by just throwing a set of aircleaners on it (and keeping it LHD..), if it were in reality the doors would not be able to open more then a few inches..

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Lookin good!!!!!!

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That is looking really good, Man.....I really like those decals....I forgot they made this one like this.....Great job....

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Engineroom is done and the aircleaners are done.
Did a few other small things to it this evening, testfitted the stoneguard, mounted the bugshield and glued in the headlightlenses.
Now i only have the mudguards, indicators and roof ac left and then it is done.

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Posted

Awesome Road Train.  Looks great. 

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Looks great!!

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Ordered some aftermarket parts for it, badges,wheels, tires, mudflaps and some other stuff.
Untill they arrive this is how far i can go.

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 Wow ! That looks really good.  You have done a fine job on it thus far !

 

 

  Be Well

     Gator

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