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Great Dane Extendable Flatbed (with mods planned)


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Stuffed the tires with backer rod to keep AMT's wimpy tires full in the rims. Sanded the tread for a touch of realism. Painted the brake drums gold for a subtle hint of color. Added tag axle wheels from the parts box. However, I am now one tire short for the spare rim.

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Made my first modification. I was not sure if I wanted to utilize the front bulkhead or not. If I glue it then i can't remove it. If I want it on for display, it just falls over. I could figured out some method of pegging it but I found a better way. I still had leftover magnets from my diorama. I simply added some C-channel to the inside base of the bulkhead and glued magnets to that and the underside of the deck. Now I can take it off without marring the finish or put it on with always perfect alignment. Easy peasy.

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I built this kit a few months back, it all most falls together, no trouble at all

I will say this; be careful when you glue on the landing gear, it's very easy to get it in the sliding section. 

Following along.

   Rog😁

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23 hours ago, Sam I Am said:

I will be following along Bill.  Looking forward to seeing your modifications. 

Thanks Sam.

 

22 hours ago, wayne00 said:

I built this kit a few months back, it all most falls together, no trouble at all

I will say this; be careful when you glue on the landing gear, it's very easy to get it in the sliding section. 

Following along.

   Rog😁

It is good to hear that it goes together well. Thanks for the tip.

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I am going to utilize the tag axle suspension I got from Auslowe last year. I do need to figure out exactly where to locate it. Maybe all the way to the rear, maybe in between the sliding tandem rack or further forward. I am not sure. I'll know better once some of the other chassis pieces are in place.

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Onto the next modification. I wanted to take advantage of the extendability of the frame and increase the deck length to accommodate 3 long cars. I have the floor from a parted out short hauler that even has a woodgrain pattern. The width was really close and I shortened each end right up to the nearest crossmember. I fabricated a perimeter frame with some Evergreen C-channel. I made two tracks to locate the deck on the extended trailer frame from some Plastruct I-beam. Once the perimeter was complete I fabricated tie-down rails from some more Evergreen styrene. I got them to match pretty close to the kit's tie-down rails.

A Proposed deck plate.JPG

B perimeter frame fab 1.JPG

C perimeter frame fab 2.JPG

D basic frame fabbed.JPG

E spacers for rails.JPG

F tiedown rail pieces.JPG

G tiedown rail in progress.JPG

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6 hours ago, Mopar - D said:

Nice extension Bill how long in scale feet will the trailer be?

Measuring and doing the math for just the trailer comes out to 56' 3". My COE day cab will keep the overall length down enough to still fit in my display cabinet.

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