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BRBO 2022: AMT White Freightliner


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Howdy! This year I hope to complete a build off. I’ve built this kit before, but was not pleased with the results. I forgot how poor the instructions are at times. And the parts aren’t very crisp and have heavy flash. 

BUT, not going to let that stop me. So without further ado…

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Here is the kit in question. It’s a good challenge. I plan on building the day cab dual drive version. I’ll probably weather the kit but not too heavily. Below I’ll detail what I completed today.

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Today I only accomplished getting a portion of the frame cleaned up and assembled. Lots of sanding, test fitting, clamping, and filing just to get to this point. But it’s a straight frame at least! 
 

Good luck to everyone! I’m excited to see the end results! 

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17 hours ago, Pete68 said:

Nice start I’ve always liked this kit it always builds good for me without issues. 

Yes, it does build up nicely with a bit of work. This was the first semi kit i ever did when i first started modeling. I'll be watching your conversion project.

15 hours ago, Vettegasser said:

Have one of these started  dual drive day cab. No real issues so far. Be following 

Nice! I'll have to check yours out.

16 hours ago, DRIPTROIT 71 said:

Looking forward to seeing more!

Thanks for stopping by! Can't wait to see your progress in the build off.

55 minutes ago, vincen47 said:

Nice to see a few Freightliner Cabovers in the BRBO. Not easy kits, for sure.

Yes I agree, good to see some people tackling these. It will be great to see them all completed.

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Only a little bit of progress tonight. Focused on the front end of the truck and squaring up the cab. Also started on the engine a little bit. I need to get some tan paint to match the color this Cummins would have been painted when new. 
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Kind of frustrated that the rivets do not line up properly. Whatever I guess, it’s a small detail.

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I was thinking about doing a single exhaust stack for this build. A nice chrome straight pipe would be cool to me. Does anyone have an idea? The kit exhaust just looks undersized to me. 
 

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15 hours ago, Mopar - D said:

Nice start Jacob I’m currently rebuilding my Frightliner day cab with dual drive. Are you going to shorten the front axle and lower the head lights?

Thanks, Dan. I hadn’t thought about that at all. Is that something that builders typically do to this kit? You’ve piqued my interest. 

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Yes these are known problems with this kit and there’s a couple WIP’s showing how to fix them. I cut about 1/8” out of the middle of the front axle and lowered the head lights about 1/8” also. 

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@Mopar - D, interesting! The headlight adjustment does look great! I don’t think I’ll be doing that on this kit but I’ll keep that in mind for a future on. I just saw your build thread as well. Your fleet of trucks is great!

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Only a little bit of progress tonight. I got the cab puttied and sanded, cab mounts placed, and some small engine parts cleaned up.

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I’m waiting for my paint booth and new hobby desk to arrive before I start painting things. I think I’ll paint the semi metallic blue, but not 100% set on that. I’ve enjoyed this build so far. 
 

I hope everyone’s BRBO is going well so far. Thanks for looking. 

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On 1/8/2022 at 12:31 AM, Bills72sj said:

I did one of these not to long ago. Here is a link to the WIP if you are interested.

http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/147002-white-freightliner-coe-day-cab-dual-drive/?tab=comments#comment-2158654

 

Thanks for linking your thread! Your truck came out great! I hope mine turns out half as nice. 
 

12 hours ago, kuhnj said:

Great progress so far! Looking forward to seeing this come along.

Thank you! No real progress since the last update. I need to get the parts in primer. Hopefully on Friday. 

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2 hours ago, Rusty92 said:

Thanks for linking your thread! Your truck came out great! I hope mine turns out half as nice.

No problem, Just take your time and be patient. The red and white one had more time in it than ANY other build I have done.

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11 hours ago, Mopar - D said:

Jacob did you get your new work bench and paint booth yet. 

Hey Dan I did as a matter of fact. Just finished setting it up tonight! I'm hoping to hit the ground running tomorrow and get some primer on the rig.

 

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Thanks guys! I need to get back at this one. I want the cab to look great and filling in the seams is a little daunting. I don’t want to lose detail on the rivets, but sanding them off at the seam might be the easiest. I can add them back later with some small styrene round stock. 

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