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I just started work on this, on Christmas day. Since I finished my "Indy-ish" project on Christmas Eve, and I got the original, stake bed issue on Christmas morning in 1973, I thought it would be a perfect time for a little nostalgia. Well, without the finished in a day part! ūüėĄ My focus on this project will be on¬† paint--on duplicating colors and¬† textures to create a realistic finish for a truck that sees daily use, is fairly well maintained, but has been around the block, a few times. I'm no going for crazy patina. The only modifications I'm allowing myself (cough, cough) are plug wires and a poseable steer axle. Not too far along, yet. I have the chassis and rear suspension put together. I am in the process of paint detailing. I really like the effect I was able to get on the hubs(?). Anyway, here is my start. Questions, critiques and comments are always welcome! Thanks for looking.

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Nice looking chain drive.  I really enjoyed building mine.

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15 minutes ago, Jim B said:

Nice looking chain drive.  I really enjoyed building mine.

Thanks, Jim. I'm building the '95 release of the dump truck. This kit is beautifully molded! It lends itself well to detail paint, and such.

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I think the chains need to be a bit darker to reflect the oil that gets dripped on them every day.  There are little canisters above the drive sprockets that drip oil onto the chain as it rotates.  I do like the worn but serviceable look everywhere else.  Looks great.

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Nice looking model ! Always in awe thats how truck drivelines  started w giant chains and sprockets. 

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5 hours ago, Chariots of Fire said:

I think the chains need to be a bit darker to reflect the oil that gets dripped on them every day.  There are little canisters above the drive sprockets that drip oil onto the chain as it rotates.  I do like the worn but serviceable look everywhere else.  Looks great.

You are correct, Charles. The "slurry" I mixed for the chains looked much darker, when I applied it. When it dried, it was the same shade as the Testors "Steel" I used on the inside surface. I shall get that fixed!

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On 1/3/2021 at 9:12 AM, Chariots of Fire said:

I think the chains need to be a bit darker to reflect the oil that gets dripped on them every day.

First, thank you for your comments, Charles. I appreciate them, especially coming from a builder of your ability.

Second, the first mixture of oils I used to paint the chain with was a mixture of permasol black and raw umber oil paints,and (obviously too much!) Testors steel. Today, I finally got around to  mixing a new finish for the chain. This time, simply the permasol black and the raw umber. I think it looks better. I got the steering built, as well. I can set it on the wheels!

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Got more work done to the steering. I have  some detail painting and a tad more weathering to do to it. I completely rebuilt the tierod. It looks tons better, now. Here are a few shots. As always, questions, critiques and comments are welcome. Thanks for looking!

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Looking great. Your textures and weathering is spot on. Nice work. 

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18 hours ago, landman said:

Beautiful work.

Thank you, Pat.

15 hours ago, Chariots of Fire said:

Looks to me like you hit paydirt!  Nice work!

Excellent! Thank you, Charles.

4 hours ago, Bainford said:

Looking great. Your textures and weathering is spot on. Nice work. 

Thank you, Trevor. I hope to succeed at the endeavor I set out on. That's my focus, on this project--that, and shading and highlighting.

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19 minutes ago, DRIPTROIT 71 said:

Looks amazing so far! The weathering is great!

Thanks, Brian. I hope I can  keep it going!

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