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1 hour ago, Pete68 said:

Looks very nice it’s ashamed you have to put the wet stuff on it soon then every thing will just blend together thankfully you took a lot of pic of the build. Keep the scratch going 

I may weather this one up, hopefully that will allow some of the details to pop still. 

Some day , I'm gonna build something and just clear it..leaving it in the raw state .

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Holy WOW Jeff. Not sure how I missed this but dang talk about kool!!! Great work and detail!! 

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11 hours ago, DrKerry said:

Holy WOW Jeff. Not sure how I missed this but dang talk about kool!!! Great work and detail!! 

Thanks ! I really enjoy these heavy trucks . Stopped by for a few more photos yesterday,  somehow I missed the screen over the sander hopper  !! 

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1 hour ago, gotnitro? said:

Thanks ! I really enjoy these heavy trucks . Stopped by for a few more photos yesterday,  somehow I missed the screen over the sander hopper  !! 

Gotta like it when they come to you eh?!?! Lol 😆 

kool project for sure!

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Small update for the New Year detailed out the plows chain lift cylinder mount. That one arm took 3 tries to get a suitable shape I was happy with ! 

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Tossed a few Meng bolts on the tabs ..the lift cylinder came with the plow .The rest is just evergreen items 

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Your level of detailing and workmanship is outstanding! A tip of the hat to you sir!!

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50 minutes ago, Tesla said:

Your level of detailing and workmanship is outstanding! A tip of the hat to you sir!!

I'm humbled , really . Usually it requires tons of photos, and hrs of staring blankly at the walls before the part suddenly appears on the bench :)

really though having photos of different angles really helps define certain parts,  each assembly becomes a model unto itself 

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Thanks everyone! I appreciate the feedback 

Puttering around this wknd I found a minute to scratch the grates for the hopper . Guess those days taking wood shop class weren't wasted ! I still remember how to make frames . It's just  angle and rod . Few small tabs hold it from dropping into hopper 

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I started updating the wing supports and mounts . I've been told about several manufacturers of wings , and this was different than my ref. The biggest difference was the mount  that secures  the lifting mechanism ( rods) to the wing body. 

I profiled some angle and pinned everything together to keep em even. The horizontal braces were added also .20200107_165702.thumb.jpg.a50d2ab859122806be71cdfe961ef568.jpg

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The outside of the wing body had been patched over its lifetime also, so a few scrap bits were glued on. They actually had a 2002 date welded onto the patches ...I may try to replicate that w ctm etch welds 

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thanks for following 

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Details!  Details!  I love it!  Scratch building offers so many opportunities to make them.  Having the real rig to go by is a huge advantage.  Doing something special, Jeff!

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Phenomenal detailing Jeff! Projects like this make me try harder 👍

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46 minutes ago, Tesla said:

Phenomenal detailing Jeff! Projects like this make me try harder 👍

Thanks ! Glad I could help ya push your skills,  it's fun trying different techniques. 

4 hours ago, Chariots of Fire said:

Details!  Details!  I love it!  Scratch building offers so many opportunities to make them.  Having the real rig to go by is a huge advantage.  Doing something special, Jeff!

I appreciate your comments   ! Yes having the real truck for photos certainly helps . I've had to swing by numerous times when I noticed photos missing 

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On 1/2/2020 at 2:35 PM, Tesla said:

Your level of detailing and workmanship is outstanding! A tip of the hat to you sir!!

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ What he said!  Outstanding work and attention to detail is incredible.

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I had a few hrs to putter today, finished getting the side wing mounted and testing all the parts.Always seems like mockups show things too close and changes are needed . I usually tack everything together so I'm not breaking stuff when problems arise 

The wing lift had me stumped , theres tons of parts in a small area . The hydraulic cylinder fits tightly against the mounts , and getting the mounts right proved problematic. I tried a few methods then settled on KISS. A few tabs to hold the cylinder along the brackets worked .

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I really wanted this to have some movement cause I'd been concerned about the wing not resting flat . I made tabs from tube and strip so they could pivot . The effort paid off ...except one rod is slightly short ..easy fix 20200111_112331.thumb.jpg.27014e10ea4b8737d4bad0f2692f6e82.jpg

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The front post revealed a major issue . I either didnt make the side plates tall enough or attached post too high...either way I ended up adding an extension w I beam to lengthen the post .

Before extending the post..whoops

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After adding the extension.  Yeah..its very crooked , just tacked there 20200110_224329.thumb.jpg.c9ba7ed95d8e3271c49f72c5a77929d2.jpg

Pinning the front wing plate will allow it to tilt and  slide into the post ...another issue that popped up . I drilled out the wing hole, inserted an appropriate size tube ( bushing) so the pin would fit tightly. 

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hide all this behind a washer and few Meng bolts ..and it's done  ! 20200111_112341.thumb.jpg.37e52eb4a269f648f4ad5f004d561102.jpg

that's it for now ! 

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Great progress nice scratch Jeff you keep this build interesting 

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Thanks everyone I appreciate the comments  !! I find building trucks like these relaxing , guess using brain problem solving is good for keeping away dementia . 

I stopped by local DOT today for a few inspiration photos..and this was waiting.  

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 Its heavy duty , wearing a  plow..and ORANGE  what's not to love ..stay tuned 

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Outstanding level of detail.  I've never seen a sander that didn't have a screen of some sort on the top.  Lumps are death to the conveyor chain and the driver will spend more time outside the truck clearing the spreader than putting product on the road!

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