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I started in on my next project. I lived in Washington State for a few years, and I really miss it there. We want to move back one day. I used to drive up to the Cascades, or out 101 to the Olympics. I used to see loggers zipping around all over the place. I wanted to build a logger to remind me of the Pacific NW. Here are a few photos of my inspiration. They aren't autocars, but it's the direction I'm going with this build.

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Here is the start

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I started off with the engine. I went with Cummins beige. This is going to be a hard worked, tired looking truck. I grimeyed up the engine a bit

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I made the tires muddy, and put some rust on the wheels. Looks like the hubs are leaking too. I'm going to work with the weathering some more, I'm not totally happy with how it looks. It's headed in the right direction though

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That's all I did this weekend. Thanks for looking!

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I need to add a "stinger" at the back of the frame. I ordered some channel from plastuct, so I'm waiting on that. But I worked on some chassis pieces, and the cab,

First I sprayed the cab in red primer

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Then I dry brushed on some rusty color

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Then I did the salt masking technique. I applied some rock salt. All I had in salt that big was garlic salt, so there is some garlic in there as well, lol. It worked though

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Then I shot some yellow

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Then I air brushed in a bit darker detail

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Then I sanded a little bit more rust in

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Then I worked on the hood

Some rusty dry brushing

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A little salt masking and shot some green

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A little bit of air brushing some lighter green

 

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The hood

 

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and some touch up work on the cab

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And I got some chassis pieces weathered

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Here's how she sits now, thanks for looking

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Now that's awesome work! You nailed the rust on those parts 

Best part is how simple the technique 

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Fantastic job weathering!

I really like where this build is headed!

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Got some more work done today. I'm on call at work tomorrow, so probably won't make any progress. I started out making some frame extensions for the rear stinger. I cut the sides from sheet, and attached strips for the top and bottom. I also filled in the weird vertical slots that didn't seem to correspond to anything. 

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I put together the frame, and realized that I had lost a cross member. Spent a long time looking for it. Wound up building a new one from scratch.

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Once I was done for the day and cleaning up, I found the missing piece under the instruction sheet. Oh well (shrug)

The instructions were pretty vague for the rear suspension, so I spent a while test fitting stuff. Finally figured it out

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Then I got busy on the front suspension. The steering linkage was a bit of a challenge, but I got it all together.

 

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Then I got the engine mounted

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Then I got the wheels on

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Then I air brushed a light coat of dust. I will finish to dust coat up once the rest of the build is complete. It doesn't really look great at this point, but I don't want to over do it

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And for some reason, everytime I make a post, it always adds extra pictures at the end. So any pictures that appear after this are ghosted?? 

 

 

 

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Coming along great I like what you've done with this build. 

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Enjoying watching this build, great work, love the weathering technique, I want to give it a go, trouble is every thing I am building at the moment have aluminium or fiberglass cabs, I will have to think of something, maybe the chassis or a trailer? any way, top job!!

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On 2/15/2020 at 7:51 PM, delta99 said:

Got some more work done today. I'm on call at work tomorrow, so probably won't make any progress. I started out making some frame extensions for the rear stinger. I cut the sides from sheet, and attached strips for the top and bottom. I also filled in the weird vertical slots that didn't seem to correspond to anything. 

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 IIRC those slots are for the mudflaps.  The brackets have a hook shape on the end that fits into the slots.

 

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9 hours ago, Warren D said:

 

It looks like the mud flaps attach to the dump bed

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I think it's the same frame as the A-Car tractor which attach that way.

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On 2/22/2020 at 4:17 AM, Warren D said:

I think it's the same frame as the A-Car tractor which attach that way.

Oh ok, that makes sense

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I'm now at the point of adding the fuel tanks to the frame. I'd like to weather them a bit. Does anyone know if the tanks were made of steel or aluminum? I don't know whether to add a little rust or maybe just some chipped paint exposing aluminum. How about the steps also. Can anyone help me?

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 Andrew,

            I really like the weathering on the cab and chassis thus far . It is looking pretty from here .

 

 Be Well

  Gator

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A bunch of progress made on this. First I got the fuel tanks and battery boxes mounted. And the weird muffler

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Then I worked on the interior 

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Next I got the radiator mounted

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I got the roof accessories mounted

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Masked off bumper stripes

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Skid plate mounted

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I made custom decals, got air filter, lube finer and power steering resevrior mounted

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Mounted the cab

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Hood and fenders

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And bumper

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I got the stack mounted from the weird muffler. As you can see in the photos, I used mirrors from the snap pete kit. Since the provided mirror brackets are a scale 1 1/2" diameter, I decided to scale it down a bit. It's now time to start on the logging bunk

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