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Freightliner FLB 1/25 AMT conversion

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I noticed that you rounded out the edges of the doors.  This was a modification of the later Freightliner cabovers, post 1974.  The drivers were complaining that the sharp edges of the earlier doors where a problem.

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Hello everybody!

Thanks for the nice comments guys!

On 1/17/2020 at 12:30 PM, chuckyr said:

I noticed that you rounded out the edges of the doors.  This was a modification of the later Freightliner cabovers, post 1974.  The drivers were complaining that the sharp edges of the earlier doors where a problem.

Good to know where these changes come from and the story behind it.

Today i show you the new interior for this FLB.

The dashboard is done now, and as you can see in the picture, it is made out of many different small strips that are glued together and at the last, i sanded everything smooth.

In the next picture you can see the widening of the dash for the FLB, the upper dash is from the Italeri FLC kit.

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The next job was the ceiling cladding.

This also had to be self made entirely, and I also threw this AMT part in the parts box, which is already growing with parts of the old Freightliner model.:lol:

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This part i used the front piece of the AMT cabin for the shapes and dimensions.

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And in the FLB babine....

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And a dry fit with the new self made parts...

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Next job is to make the door panels, the hardest part with the dash and inner roofing are finally done.

See you next round!

 

Hermann.

 

Edited by Hermann Kersten

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Just fantastic all the way around! 

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Vince, Tom and Brian, thanks for the nice comments!

I am currently in the "building flow", with regard to the interior.

I couldn't wait too long, and made a start to make the door panels.

With some reference pictures from Purple Wave.com i made the door panels as realistic as possible.

The panels are laminated by several 0,5mm polystyrene plates.

At the back or the inner side of the panels, i left a space of 0,5mm, where later the transparent parts will be glued on the window frame.

The transparent parts have the exact size of the upper part of the door panels, and in this way  the door panels have all around the same thickness.

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And the transparent part loosely placed for the looks.

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And a dry-fit inside the cabin.

The inner roof part is already partial painted, I'm already in the stage to paint some interior parts and started with the black paint accents.

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Yes guys, it is a short update, but one that i had to spent a lot of time in it.

In retrospect, I'm glad I didn't put the old AMT interior in it, even though you don't see much of it.

Let's say, it is the enthusiasm of the hobby and the urge for realism .:lol:

See next round!

 

Hermann.

 

 

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Well done, Hermann!

Which bumper you plan to fit to this model? I would use FLD's one as a base.

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Thank Sergey,

The bumper will be the same as the one on the FLA set back, this time i don't have to build the steps attached to the bumper, but just the shorter version like in the picture below.

During the construction of the FLA I already cut the strips for this bumper to the right size, so if i forget the right sizes,  I don't have to measure again.;)

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And then there is some color!

The upper dash is done, and now i have to do both sides of the lower parts.

After some thinking, i realized that i still have the decals of the FLD kit in the box.

Now i have to see if i can get another set of these dash decals for the FLA conversion that i will make on later term.

Here the pictures so far.

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The door panels are done, and they have received  their first colors and i attached the clear parts on these panels.

Later i have to glue the small window frame on the inside and outside of these clear parts.

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So far so good, see you next round!

Hermann.

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As was the case with your previous conversion, you are a modeller after my own heart , this is nothing short of a masterpiece! I too prefer scratch building rather than resin castings! Can’t wait to see this one finished!

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12 hours ago, PettyKW43 said:

As was the case with your previous conversion, you are a modeller after my own heart , this is nothing short of a masterpiece! I too prefer scratch building rather than resin castings! Can’t wait to see this one finished!

Yes Richard, I'm not so familiar with resin despite the fact that I have various resin cabins in stock.

With styrene I have more freedom in terms of details and you can work thinner with the result that the cabin is also lighter in weight.

And of course, for me it is also more pleasant to build in this way

8 hours ago, DRIPTROIT 71 said:

Amazing work!!

Thank you Brian.

 

Ok guys, today a small update about the interior.

This time the lower parts of the dash are done and I'm still have to work out 2 small details at the steering wheel.

First i start to show the gear stick, with this Freightliner this stick is completely different then the older versions.

With paper i made a rubber cuff, the next pictures i show you all how to make it out of ordinary paper.

I started to cut out a piece of paper and drill a hole in the middle.

Then put the tip of a cocktail stick in the center......

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Then fold it carefully around the stick....

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At the end you put it on the table and fold the lower section flat.

Then you cut the base into the right size....

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And as last, you attach it with ordinary hobby glue to the engine tunnel.

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And a dry-fit with the lower part of the dash with steering wheel and the chairs.

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I hope this is an interesting update, and see you next round.

May bye somebody can help me out...Dash Decals.

 

Hermann.

 

Edited by Hermann Kersten

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I agree with you on the freedom part. Plus you are very correct on the weight and thickness of resin , by the time I am done finessing a resin cab to my satisfaction I am usually better off scratch building it,so long as I can get dimensions. Excited to see this one finished, again fabulous work!

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Hello everyone!

The interior is done, i made the lower dash parts, attached and painted them to finish the interior.

There is not much to tell about it, so let the photos tell the story.

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On the photos I see that on the back of the seats, a little bit of paint has to be added here and there.

Now only have to make a curtain strip on the ceiling, and a curtain in 3 pieces, so i can roll up the center piece.

After that i will continue with the engine, because i need to modify the engine and radiator.

See you next round!

 

Hermann.

 

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Thank you Andrew!

Today it's time for the bumper and the fenders on the cab.

The bumper will be the same bumper like my first FLA conversion, and i only have to cut out the upper part, so that the part with the fog lights can be glued in separately.

In this way you get the panel lines in it nicely, and at the ends of this strip, the corners must be rounded.

In another way I don't get these curves nice and evenly.😉

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And the side fenders that are made out of 2x0.5 mm styrene sheet, glued together and made it curved in the upper part of the fender.

When the glue has hardened, this curved part stays rounded.

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Then all the parts attached with some tape, to see how it looks like so far.

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That's it for today folks!

See you next round.

 

Hermann.

 

Edited by Hermann Kersten

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On 1/29/2020 at 8:11 PM, 72 Charger said:

I am really liking the work you are putting into this . Keep on trucking

Thank you Dave!

 

After some fit and a some comparisons with the reference photos,  I saw that the height had to be reduced by a few millimeters.

The front bumper has his forms now and i removed the excess styrene on the backside of this bumper.

Now i only have to fill and sand some small spots on this bumper and when all is good, then i can start to paint the bumper..

Now i have the sizes, i made also another one, for the Future build of an FLA, to show that after the raw build, i cut out the upper part, make a strip with the holes, and glue this strip to another strip for strength and shape for the replacement of the first strip.

When in this stage i sand the edges, then i get the natural panel lines what i need for this bumper, without any carving.

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Then it's time to make the supports of this bumper, and after some measurements i came up to 6mm for the supports and 3mm space between the front of the leafsprings and the back of the bumper.

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As everybody can see, i make the new hinges for the cabin.

These hinges are more to the upper and glued them on the chassis.

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After some investigation of the detail pictures, i made the front like the real one.

On the inner support plates on both sides of the radiator area, i glued the hinge points of the cabin, under these inner support plates, or whatever they call them.

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The hinges looks uneven on the picture, but they are perfect inline of the chassis.

I measured every side relative to the chassis, and the cabin is absolute straight on the chassis.😉

And the result so far......

Note, the right hinge was at the time i made these pictures not exact straight, but i solved it already as you all can see in the upper pictures.

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For the cabin color, i think i will do something like the picture below.......:unsure:........I'm still doubting,  in any case the bumper will be painted in the same colors as in the picture below.

That's it for today and see you next time!

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Source: Hank Truck Pictures by Doug Grieve.

 

Hermann.

 

Edited by Hermann Kersten

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Thank you Dave, and i replaced the cross brace for a thinner one.

I exchanged the 0,5 x 1,5mm strips with the 0,5 x 1.0mm strips, and looks more better now.

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Then it was time to continue with the chassis.

I removed the exhaust tower and made a new one, where i drilled small 0,5mm holes for the clamps that are placed around the exhaust pipe at the top and the bottom.

I saw with my reference pictures, that i had to made the supports for the battery box on the chassis, and then connect the exhaust tower on these supports.

The other side i had to made the same situation, and attached the other tower on the outside of this support.

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And with battery box....

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The exhaust pipe is made out of 4mm aluminum.

On the bottom of this exhaust, i made a 3,5mm plastic sprue connector, what fits inside the alu pipe, and in this situation the exhaust pipe is always absolutely straight.

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The pipe to the turbo, i used the plastic stacks from the kit.

With a lighter i made the bends and with 0,5mm round i simulate the flexible piece.

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The plate for the fifth wheel is now also open, just like with the FLA.

The fifth wheel itself will be movable, because i drilled 1mm holes at the 5th wheel and at the support, where i later will put a 1mm brass tube inside the holes.

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The next job was to make simulate the rubber parts for the air supply to the turbo.

I made this from a sprue and 0,5 x 0,25mm strips, the lower painted one is from the Marmon, to show the result at the end.

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And all together so far.

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Ok guys, that's it for today and see you next round!

 

Hermann.

 

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Nice those thinner cross bars are much nicer . I like how you did the stack should look killer when finished

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