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Hermann Kersten

Freightliner FLB 1/25 AMT conversion

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Hello everyone,

 

Today a small update of small details.

We start with the construction of the mudflaps.

After a lot of searching and looking at pictures, I saw that many different mud flaps are or were used, or even not at all, with this FLB.
It was a bit of a choice and I finally chose this kind of mudflaps.

They are the so-called, self made "Dummy Proof Mudflaps" .
What do I mean by this.... well .. the mud flaps themselves are not glued, but simply slid onto the loose holders.
In the event of accidental bumping or tapping, these mud flaps will not break off, but simply move with them, so that you can always push them back into the correct position.
We are all familiar with this kind of si"mishaps", and I have already had it happen to my self.

To start, I cut 2 mud flaps out of a sheet of styrene from 0,30mm thickness, and made the separate loops from 0.25mm x 1mm polystyrene strips.

 

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Then made from square tubes 2 supports and glued them on the chassis, then the square mud flap holders, which are cut to size, bent into shape and sprayed in the gray paint, are placed in these square hollow supports ... not glued, but just placed loosely.

 

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From the Freightliner CTM set, the weights and Freighliner emblems are glued at the bottom of the mud flaps and with a test I show you all how this all works.
The mud flaps can move forwards and backwards, and can even be completely removed from the mudflap holders.

 

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The mud flap holders can therefore also simply be removed.
Then the the steps which are detailed with perforated plate and place the Freightliner decals on the side of the cabin.
The front wheel arch rubbers are now also painted black.

 

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And a  few license plates from Jerry .

 

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And now the final touches to this Freightliner such as, mirrors, horns, wipers, sun visor, some decals and striping and some other small stuff what I have forgotten right now to mention.
This was it for today and see you next round!

 

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Hermann.

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Herman your details really make the Frightliner look fantastic. Looking forward to seeing it finished. 

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Hermann, Not much much more to go... Coming along nicely.

 

 

Cheers From Down Under, Paul.

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Dan and Paul, thank you for the nice comments, and yes, this one is going to the finish line.

Still some small and time consuming work to do.;)

 

Hermann.

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Hello everyone,

 

So...I started with the small and time consuming details to get the FLB done.

First I changed the air horns of the FLD kit somewhat so that they would be a better fit in this 1/25 scale.
Again the rectangular, like the FLA, because I find this a nicer fit to this FLB than the round ones.
Edit everything with the well-known chrome marker and let it dry for a second layer.

 

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Also the steps that will be placed on the sides of the cabin.
The boxed areas in which these steps are will be glued are already attached to the cabin.

 

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Then the intensive job of the sun visor.
Now that I was working on this sun visor, I  made a 2nd one at the same time and sprayed both sunvisors in the correct color and attached it to the FLA and FLB cabin.

 

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Then I scratched  the steps of the fuel tanks, in this case I chose a version chosen that will be almost have the full length of the fuel tanks.
With the reference photos, styren, and glue at the ready, these steps are the result.

 

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Well guys, I only have to make the mirrors, a pair of wipers, an antenna and some finishing touches here and there.

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

 

Hermann.

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👨‍✈️

Looks Great Captain 

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Thank you guys!

 

Well gentlemen, I'm in the final stage of this project.

I finished the steps of the cab, and attached them to the cab.

Now all i have to do is make the mirrors and wipers.
Before these can be mounted, I first wait for the 2nd set of decals from Jerry, these are already shipped, and if these cab decals do fit and are on the cab, then I can finish these last things.

For now, just a few pictures of the progress of this conversion.

For the steps I used a polystyrene  U-beam of 4mm and sand the corners thinner, just like the real one, and finish the frame with some rivets.

Then bend it with hot water and glue the first step , which is rounded at the edges, with a squeezer and from here the other steps.

 

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After the paint job attach them on the cab with this as the result......

 

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Then attach the air horns, which have been edited with the chrome marker, and stick the side fenders on the cabin with a piece of tape for the overall picture.
These side fenders are only placed definitively when the decals and mirrors are mounted.

 

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So, now just finish the last parts and the cab decals!

See you later!

 

Hermann.

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  Herman,

               I really like your home made mud flaps. I'll have to try that method . And I really like the cab steps .They are awesome .Nice work !

 

   Be Well

     Gator

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