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Mid '70s Hino HE 345 tractor and container trailer

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This mid '70s HINO HE 345  tractor/trailer combination was modified from a 1/32 Aoshima kit of a later Hino He version (from 1980 on, they had, what I consider, a less attractive set-back front axle and different fender/step shape, different diesel air intake, side safety rails,  grille surround shape, etc., etc.)
A lot of the changed details were scratchbuilt  (using brochure and internet reference). One frustration that I found was that no two factory pics or actual examples ever showed exactly the same details or options.
Strangely, after all the effort Aoshima went to in detailing the chassis and the EF100 V8 diesel motor, they made no provision for tilting the cab. The lift-off cab's original underside detail was simply the under-molding of the seats, etc.  I fabricated the undercab detail from sheet styrene, the step detail from soldered wire, the front wheel splash/mud guards from styrene, and the tilting mechanism was formed from sheet brass for durability. I also wound up fabricating my own front axle from brass to correct the sloppy, molded styrene kingpin negative camber.  The grab handles and mirror brackets were formed from wire (through drilled holes) for durability.
 
The trailer and container were built just as Aoshima suggested with my only effort there in the painting as well as the trailer's simulated air and electrical connections.

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Flawless work and great attention-to-detail. I'm a big fan of the subject matter as well. The Hino is a handsome, rugged-looking tractor.

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Great build. Big fan of the HE/HH, and love how you converted to the set-forward axle variant (I think the axle moved back in '75/'76, though).
Have two of these on the shelf to build...would love to know more about your hinge fabrication, as the engine detail is spot-on to the real thing.

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Loved the 1/10 scale model on display at Hino's corporate museum just outside Tokyo...

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On 1/14/2018 at 11:11 PM, etmccaus said:

Great build. Big fan of the HE/HH, and love how you converted to the set-forward axle variant (I think the axle moved back in '75/'76, though).
Have two of these on the shelf to build...would love to know more about your hinge fabrication, as the engine detail is spot-on to the real thing.

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Loved the 1/10 scale model on display at Hino's corporate museum just outside Tokyo...

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On 1/14/2018 at 11:11 PM, etmccaus said:

Great build. Big fan of the HE/HH, and love how you converted to the set-forward axle variant (I think the axle moved back in '75/'76, though).
Have two of these on the shelf to build...would love to know more about your hinge fabrication, as the engine detail is spot-on to the real thing.

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Loved the 1/10 scale model on display at Hino's corporate museum just outside Tokyo...

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Hello, Evan,

Although I'd never seen the real trucks from Japan in that era, I found the following info translated from a Japanese site and just assume that it was accurate. This is where I got my timeline info for the change to set-back axle. Perhaps the change just became a complete change at that time while the non-set-back was available up until then as well. I have no first-hand knowledge about that era of Japanese trucks:

 

Hino HE 345 information

In 1971 Hino introduced a totally new version of its heavy tractor HE, produced
since the beginning of sixties. Projected both for internal market and for the great
exportation, it was equipped with the same cab shown in 1970 for the vehicles of
the medium range KB. Because of the larger dimensions of the engine, the cab
was mounted on a higher position, with a very particular look produced by the
short frontal overhang and by the larger width at the mudguards height (2490
mm) compared to the cab width (2140 mm at windscreen height). The HE series
was available only as tractor: in Japan and other Asiatic countries was available
with Hino engines from 235 to 415 hp (a real record for that time). It was produced
in two basic versions: HE 445 (with 270 hp EF100 V8 aspirated engine) and
HE 435 (with 235 hp ED100 six cylinders in line engine). For models with right
hand drive the code names were HE 345E and HE 335E. The HE remained in
production up to 1982: in 1980 it was renewed with a longer front overhang now
at 1270 mm and a cab completely renewed inside. The renewed HE was available
also with 260 hp EK 100 engine. From 1971 to 1982, the HE was produced,
in the various versions, in almost 12.000 units, of which near 4.000 sold in
Japan. It was also sold in different countries of Central and South America, in
Mediterranean Africa (particularly in Algeria with almost 5.000 units), in all the
Eastern Asia and in many European countries such as France, Portugal, Greece
and Ireland. This last was its best European market with 1833 units sold.

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Nice clean work !....great job on modifying it into the set forward axle version....I also prefer this older version compared with the newer set back axle.

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Very nicely done as always! I have to admit that I've never even heard of this Truck make, but I'm very glad I saw your build. Really nice work with all of the modifications and your detailing looks great as well. Overall a very clean build.

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41 minutes ago, W-409 said:

I have to admit that I've never even heard of this Truck make...

Hino Motors is a  subsidiary of Toyota.

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