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Teenie tiny update,  the Micromark chain / sprockets arrived , and I was blown away how perfect they would work..literally.  I took a section of 1/ 8 tube, bored it out for a smaller driveshaft,  and slid on the 8 tooth gears..easy peasy  !!! I attached the gearbox before painting 

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I decided on an older,   aged color for the conveyor chain, mixing steel and burnt metal metalizer and spraying it thru my airbrush . Feeding the chain thru the hopper was a breeze...getting both sides even was entertaining...one or 2 links off ...but in the end, it lined right up.

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now to add the paddles..an easy chore w my mini chopper . After they're installed,  the hopper is ready to mate up w the chassis. 

I played around adding the cab lights , door handles ,  grab bars and scratched a set of wipers ( not in pic ) . I ordered a bunch of spot lights from moluminum,  once they arrive..the project will be finished! 

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Oh almost forgot ..a great suggestion by Tbill, I made up the rebound springs on the plow from fine copper wire,  and attached to spare rod ends from rb motion. 

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Braided fish line and craft chain worked perfect for the cables on the side board wing too !!! 

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ok now were all caught up!!! 

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26 minutes ago, Chariots of Fire said:

IF you need some Oshkosh name tags for the hood sides let me know. 😉

I definitely will contact you, I havent been able to size them clearly 

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7 hours ago, Hermann Kersten said:

Great progress Jeff and indeed, the chains are awesome!

The details at the snowplow are awesome.

 

Hermann.

This says it all...excellent work Jeff!!

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Thanks everyone I appreciate the feedback 

These builds are so fun and challenging , they really keep me motivated. 

Theres plans in motion to scratchbuild the Sicard BX snowblower that's frequently seen moving huge amounts of snow ...

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Wonderful looking Kosh these trucks are just beasts.

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  Jeff,

          I missed the beginning of this build thread. . So I just went through the whole thing . I am truly impressed by your workmanship

and scratch building . Fantastic work.

 

    Be Well

     Gator

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Thanks Gator  ! Lucky to have the real one close by .

 

Its almost finished !  I spent a few days adding the smaller lights , and got the plow permanently attached to the hitch. Theres hoses , touch ups , and it definitely needs some weathering to reveal all the small details that's lost in the black.

I added plow lights cast by moluminum, reflecting tape from line -o- tape , and the beautiful decals printed by Joe at Diecast and decals.  The plow width marker is copper wire in a drilled out tube for strength 

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I've been trying to photo reduce the NYS plates for it, but they keep turning out blurry., any comments or suggestions welcome ! 

 

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Jeff great craftsmanship and it looks so life like it's ready to plow 

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Now that is scratch building at its finest!  Great work and congratulations on a well presented work horse.

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Give yourself a pat on the back for this project! All the details and craftmanship really stand out.

Beautiful build Jeff 👍👍

 

 

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Thank you everyone for the comments  this build has been very enjoyable and challenging.  

I keep seeing stuff I'd do again, but will save it for another project 

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The time finally came to add weathering,  something I've been hesitant to attempt after the paint turned out good. 

I wanted a rain washed truck, where the elements had caused the salt / sand dust to "run off " and accumulate in low areas . This truck was in rough shape , everything showed heavy rust rot..aka tin worm, but I decided to model it in it's better days. 

I am using tamiya weathering powders,  a sand colored powder w tap water . I started but putting on a thin mix and " rinsing " off the build up..some areas havent been washed back yet. 

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a little heavy right now..but highlights the details ..the rear bulkhead would have heavy dust from loading the hopper and rising from the chain

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The main plow is slightly too dirty right now , looks like they followed a state truck pounding their salt quota ..

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the one area  I screwed up was gluing the tires on before applying any crud to treads , but I'll work some into them

 

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That looks fantastic and yes it does look like they followed to closely to another plow truck 

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The weathering is very convincing!

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Well , its finally reveal time ! After cleaning off the excess sand ,  hanging the bike inner tube flap over the rear bulkhead it was finished  !!! 

A huge thank you to Chariots of Fire for braving DMV and getting the proper NYS plates for the plow, it's ready for duty !!! Thanks Charles 

Enjoy the pics 

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I left some sand in the wheels to show pooling , surprised it actually worked out 

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thanks to everyone following along and the comments I appreciate them ! 

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Congrats on a fine looking build!! You should be extremely proud of your accomplishment 👍👍

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5 hours ago, Tesla said:

Congrats on a fine looking build!! You should be extremely proud of your accomplishment 👍👍

Thank you  I'm very pleased w it

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Just amazing work and a killer looking Blade truck. 

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