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This is one incredible project. 

Your scratch building skills are amazing. Looking forward to more.

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Tossed some plastic together to make a fuel tank and its hardware . Chunk of pvc pipe always works good for smooth tanks  ! 

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After a few minutes I mocked everything up to check clearance, seemed okay ! 

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The ladder was from the ALF Eagle..worked out perfect for the sander ladder 

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It's really starting to look like the real truck, several small items to chec off the build sheet..then it's off to primer .

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Just need to add yellow tape to the prototype and it'll be a match lol. 

Seriously looking really good. 

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2 hours ago, NothingAsFineAsaW9 said:

Just need to add yellow tape to the prototype and it'll be a match lol. 

Seriously looking really good. 

Thanks  !  Mocking up everything frequently really keeps the build exciting for me 

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6 hours ago, DRIPTROIT 71 said:

This one is really coming together! Great work!!

Thanks  Brian  !  Working on updating the wing tower behind cab right now . Mine has a pulley inside the tower, where the resin one is on top. Planning to remove the top, cut a space out and stick a pulley more like " fair lead " inside . 

29 minutes ago, Tesla said:

Looks great!!

Thank you  ! 

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Wknd update ! Small detailed parts ways seem to make a model look real imo..so I spent awhile knocking out the drive motor /gearbox for the conveyor. I'm hoping to use Grante Line chain and sprockets set for the conveyor,  this small gearbox should compliment those.

I purchased a small punch set years ago, making these small discs easy peasy. Toss on a few meng bolts to wrap it up

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Next up the chain lift pump !!! 

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This one comes really good together, the scratch work and details are outstanding.

I see you use also the Meng bolts and nuts, i used them many times, they are fun and easy to use for a better detail.

 

Hermann.

 

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Awesome work. Like the scratch built features  I like adding these extra details also 

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Meng bolts certainly make details stand out.

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12 hours ago, NothingAsFineAsaW9 said:

Now that's just Cool.

Thanks! 

 

2 hours ago, Tesla said:

Meng bolts certainly make details stand out.

They're excellent for parts like this where ya need details to stand out . I've used common hex rod too when needed 

10 hours ago, Hermann Kersten said:

This one comes really good together, the scratch work and details are outstanding.

I see you use also the Meng bolts and nuts, i used them many times, they are fun and easy to use for a better detail.

 

Hermann.

 

Thanks,  luckily I took several photos of the gearbox . I really like the meng bolts for details.  Hex rod works too, but I'm very inconsistent w thickness when cutting em .

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This is coming together great!  I'll have to look into punches and Meng  bolts.

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1 hour ago, Warren D said:

This is coming together great!  I'll have to look into punches and Meng  bolts.

This is the punch set I purchased years ago while building armor, it's been very handy. 

https://www.micromark.com/Micro-Punch-Set

The meng bolts I use come in small and large size...and different shapes you'd find useful.

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These would definitely be another option . Jamie at moluminum uses these . Their resin and come in sizes perfect for our needs. I'm gonna order a few packages for future builds . I really like the stud , making them appear more life like 

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21 hours ago, gotnitro? said:

Thanks! 

 

They're excellent for parts like this where ya need details to stand out . I've used common hex rod too when needed 

Thanks,  luckily I took several photos of the gearbox . I really like the meng bolts for details.  Hex rod works too, but I'm very inconsistent w thickness when cutting em .

In that case, maybe a Hexagonal Punch and Die set from  RP TOOLZ is something for you.

I have this one and and I'm very content with it,  the sizes are from 0.7 up to 2mm, and helped me a lot with various models.

The other punch and Die sets are also a big help, especially when you want to make bolts and nuts or........if you have have to rivet some cabs.:lol:

 

Hermann.

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Hermann- thanks  !!! That's certainly a tool I would use constantly.  I usually use those random pieces of odd shape scraps for my discs, the hex punches would work perfectly. 

Thanks again ! 

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On 1/19/2020 at 8:08 PM, gotnitro? said:

These would definitely be another option . Jamie at moluminum uses these . Their resin and come in sizes perfect for our needs. I'm gonna order a few packages for future builds . I really like the stud , making them appear more life like 

Jeff, great project. I am really enjoying the scratch work that you are putting into this.

As for the above recommended MasterClub nuts/bolts, I too would give them a recommendation. I really like that they are ready to go (no cutting them free etc,} they is around 100 per package for around $7, and the detail is probably the best I have ever seen.  I just ordered some more from ScaleFinishes http://www.scalefinishes.com/Bolts.html Here are the styles/sizes image.png.d3e4d0f60605f6f8f4cf2e47bfdad20c.png

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10 hours ago, gotnitro? said:

Hermann- thanks  !!! That's certainly a tool I would use constantly.  I usually use those random pieces of odd shape scraps for my discs, the hex punches would work perfectly. 

Thanks again ! 

You're welcome Jeff, my experience with this web shop is, that they are quick wit shipping, if it is in stock, and have a good service when something is wrong.

The sets are of high quality and they are also selling the punch tools separately, in case  if one is damaged.

These days these sets are indispensable for me,  because I'm not limited by the number and sizes of the rivets anymore.

The largest polystyrene plate thickness that I used is 1 mm thick, which is no problem for these sets.
It is also possible to cut from aluminum or brass plate.

 

Hermann.

 

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Thanks ! That's why I enjoy this forum so much,  they're so many people willing to offer advice to builders .

Those master club patterns look very good w tons of options I didnt realize were available 

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2 hours ago, gotnitro? said:

Thanks ! That's why I enjoy this forum so much,  they're so many people willing to offer advice to builders .

I couldn't agree more!

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I screwed around with the interior today while we were getting hammered w rain and slush. We've had such a strange winter here in CNY , several feet below average. 

Digging thru random parts bins turned up a few suitable seats , not exactly like the real one..but the driver / wing man gotta be comfy!  Also being an older steel truck,  figured they would need something to keep em warm while busting snow.. found this red box inside a dm800 parts truck..hmm..add louvers and pipe it should look okay . The circle in middle was spotted on photos 

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The wing man seat needed hand controls,  photos showed bars attached to the dash going down into the floor, w the controls in the middle..first add the bars ..

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Then patiently drill out a valve to hold the hand controls..I used small diameter tube and brass pins for handles. Later epoxy will make the knobs 

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While I was working on the wing stuff   I decided to try recreating the weld date on patch. Using the smaller welds in the ctm set , I shaped the numbers w tweezers and pliers..very impressed how flexible the etch is . Holding them w blade , then slowly touching the edges w super glue capillary action sucked the glue under the welds

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thanks for following 

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