Jump to content
Model Cars Magazine Forum
Sign in to follow this  
Murphy's Law

Freightliner COE & Cattle Trailer - Joker style

Recommended Posts

I've been working on this since I've been home (3-21) for a lady friend's now 13 year old son.  His dad died about six years ago while loading cattle.  He owned and operated a 1993 (?) COE and had always talked about building it into a Joker style rig.  Well, heck, I can at least build a tribute.  Lots of input from them on details,.  I'm almost "done" with it, so lots of pics.  Got nothing but time, so here... we... go!  

IMG_2528.jpg

1C8D9094-97F5-496E-9A12-C6874D0D3C58-12567-0000036739E2A35C.jpg

IMG_2537.jpg

IMG_2778.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dang cameras are so good nowadays, they show every flaw, and I'm my own worst critic!  

IMG_2551.jpg

IMG_2565.jpg

IMG_2573.jpg

60676122216__21FF406C-31E2-4FAC-BA65-9CC146F86ACC.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Frame was a breeze after reading up on this kit.  Specifically left the front brake drums off to "narrow the axle".  And the seam in the cab just killed me.  Did my best to stay away from the rivets and got the first coat of green on.  I failed to use a primer and paid dearly for it.
60677332786__4ABCDF13-7B01-4165-89AB-082F7F08DDA7.thumb.jpg.fd27174a8db3577c5b0daa019524fa03.jpg

IMG_2594.jpg

IMG_2631.jpg

IMG_2632.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Into the purple bath we went.  3 days and the paint didn't budge.  so, wet sanding commenced.  Lost every bit of rivet detail, but it is what it is.  Second go around was much more successful.  Still some spots I'm not happy with, but I can work around them.IMG_2650.thumb.jpg.00b7581c2dfc5e889d97860016bde9d4.jpg

IMG_2651.jpg

IMG_2652.jpg

IMG_2653.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Interior was done in Flat Zinc Chromate (yeah, me either, but it's an awful mustard yellow, so perfect for The Joker).  Some experimenting with fine tip Sharpies revealed that the blue turns a nice purple.  Orange gauges were requested.IMG_2582.thumb.jpg.541722eee49fe33bcf399dae8a8f638e.jpg

IMG_2587.jpg

IMG_2601.jpg

IMG_2673.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The things we do for no reason other than to see if we can...  Built a tilting fifth wheel for a truck that is going to be secured to a shelf.  Read that the exhaust supports can sometimes cause issues with being even, so I scratched up some bracing.  Using brass tube as straight pipes.

IMG_2608.jpg

IMG_2611.jpg

IMG_2624.jpg

IMG_2713.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bit o' detailing (yes I see the ugly spot under the passenger window).  Using a bull bar from the old Convoy Mack kit.  I've got a spare and it seems to fit the theme.  Trimmed the lower section of the grill off the kit bumper and it sits almost perfectly on the guards mounting points.  Hogged a bit of the frame out and it will sit on the front end perfectly.  Only issue is that the cab won't tilt forward, but this is not a show piece. 

60808241788__2C9B873B-3301-41C9-B4A7-939507601028.jpg

60868142959__E033147C-8CE1-4F1B-AA9A-4FC0CB2D74B6.jpg

60868186923__6290921B-929A-447B-BC20-AF37F00166F7.jpg

IMG_2748.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Shelf from Hobby Lobby that you'd think was purpose build for this kit.  Not happy with the visor, and after talking it over, I have a drop visor coming from Shapeways.com.  Mockup with the cattle trailer.  After much debate, I got overruled on the color for the roof and rear of the trailer.  But, after it was all said and done, I like the purple.60894250118__E1F0BBD8-8EB6-44C5-BAE4-EB702AE180A7.thumb.jpg.85f1f360cf7848a8f425f6fa586478fd.jpg

60904420378__BF9A7715-DD90-4027-AC39-7C6BC3C84C99.jpg

60979487536__BDE77492-5879-4E56-907B-10D328978705.jpg

60979489945__A1F2DA83-56FC-4409-9A4A-5C6FDDDBB123.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you ever want a lesson in patience, make the decision to use Hobby Lobby jewels to make chicken lights...  wow.  K bar T was their company name.  Used the trailer logo and individual letters to do the doors.  Will do the same for the front of the trailer.  Other than grab rails,. steps, horns, air lines, and a spare tire winch cable, it's near there.  IMG_2827.thumb.jpg.9a3f960c16a9365e1688b2ce4ba3244c.jpg

IMG_2828.jpg

IMG_2863.jpg

IMG_2824.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree, cool project , looks great

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Really cool looking model... I was iffy on the color combo until you put it all together.... I think it looks pretty good... Very nice work on the trailer, too...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

😎😎😎

Was sorta like JT....  wasn't too sure about the color combo until I could see it all put together...  Really looks good!!!  Cool project!!!!

DJ

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The kits turned out great! Nice job. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...