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If you read the build thread on this you will see that this was built to honor the brave men and women that fought the fire that came through my land last year. They worked really hard and due to their efforts all I lost was a bunch of sage brush. We were so blessed. This is a tribute to all of the fire fighters that helped us, and those around the country that work hard every day. I wish I would have had decals that were more local, but that just did not happen.

Here it is, all done, for now. This is this years entry into the Big Rig Build Off. This started its life with me as 3 glue bombs. I got these in a box of parts from a member on this forum with a bunk of other truck parts. Lucky for me, while they were glued together, there was little to no painting that had been done. This made things easier, however the glass in the cab was complete junk and had to be remade out of sheet clear. Several parts were missing or broken, so the parts box helped out there.

The truck F2674 International, was taken apart, cleaned and then I shortened the frame by 2in to make it fit the plan better. The roof top spoiler was also removed and holes filled. I scratch built the mud flaps and hangers from wire metal foil and some old flaps I had. Roof top lights are from a Ghost Busters computer monitor and spot lights with red lenses. Aluminum tube replaced the stock kit exhaust pipe and decals from an Italeri kit donated the cab marker lights. Fine screen from a coffee maker filter basket is used behind the grill. AMT Rescue van gave its decals for the doors and flags, parts box fender lights finished the cab. All paint on this project is Rust-oleum Painters Touch Gloss Apple Red.

The trailer was treated the same way with a full tear down and clean up. The 6 sets of wheels are parts box from a trailer kit I got in the deal. Balsa wood decking and some new parts box lights added to the look. The tops of the rails and the rear ramps are covered in metal foil before the paint, then scratched off after paint to have "metal" showing where the tracks would have scratched off the paint. A little light weathering and rust completed this part.

The Dozer required the most effort to make look good. There was a huge amount of glue holding everything together. The rear of the Dozer had to be completely reworked. I added a heavy plate and bolt details to the rear and part of the side. Small details were added to the tanks, the Hydraulic rams, and the blade arms. The blade and the arms were both covered in metal foil before paint also with the same treatment as the trailer, but more aggressive. An extra plate was also added to the front of the blade like is done to reinforce the center. The engine was detailed with plumbing and wires, the exhaust stack is full scratch build out of aluminum. The rams are also aluminum tubing. The grill was cut out and more coffee filter screen was used. Lots of weathering was done on the Dozer to show use. The dirt is soil from my yard and worked out well.










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22 hours ago, Rusty92 said:

Glad you made good use of that Dozer I sent. Looks great. It went to a great home. 

Actually, this is the Dozer that I thought was beyond repair. I was able to use the Dozer you sent to copy the needed parts and make this one work, while being able to save the one you sent to use in a future build. So, between the 2 kits I was able to make 2 complete kits even though both were missing things. It worked out good, thanks.

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