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New project - 9/20/06

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Here comes a(yeah, another) Peterbilt. This one started as the Revell of Germany Peterbilt 377 A/E kit.

Here is my idea.. a doodle. A work truck owned by a steel fabricator or a specialty equipment builder.

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Here are the cab, hood and fenders. I cut the top off the 377 hood, made new side panels from Evergreen plastic, scribed in the panel seams, added a piano hinge to the center of the hood. I cut off the cowl/cab side panels replacing them with flat plastic. Dual aircleaners will grace the cab. The fenders are scratchbuilt.

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The daycab panel replaced the kit sleeper opening. I used an AMT 359 cab for rearwindow opening, tracing the opening and cutting larger than the trace.

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Here I've mocked up the pieces.

The frame was stretched 1-3/4 inches.

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At this point I became stumped on the final direction to take. Then a friend who used to work on the real 357s came to the rescue with this photo from Texas

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I really like the blue cab, black fender with red chassis scheme on these (above) units. So I went with that concept.

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Now the hard part.. waiting for the paint to cure. I noticed that after clearing the blue that the clear softened the blue pulling it away from some detail exposing the primer. I will have to do some careful touch up on the piano hinge and the hood panel seams.

I have to fabricate the under-the-cab exhaust piping, make mounts for the air cleaners other components.

Thanks for looking!

Tim

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Me like. BIG time!

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Thanks John!

Tim

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Tim, I think some of your build re define the term Michigan special. You are truly talented, and a Peterbilt nut to boot. Keep up the good work.

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Looks good, tim! Coming right along!

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Tim,

The Pete looks good so far. Will you be buiding a matching tractor unit as in the photo?

Dave Bates

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I finished up early this morning, just in time for the sun to make an appearance for photographs.

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Here it is ready to leave the assembly line.

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Rear view of the flatbed. The bed is made from sheet plastic.

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The finished 357.

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The air cleaners are polished aluminum units made by Jamie at Mo'Luminum. I added the support straps, made from chrome vinyl tape.

The fuel tanks are from a Revell of Germany Peterbilt 359. I removed the chrome plating, sanded the ugly seam and painted the tanks with Duplicolor Bumper Chrome paint for an aluminum finish.

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View of the right fuel tank. The step on the real truck would have a strap and bracket extending from the frame rail.

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Thanks to Gary at MAG decals in Hawaii for making the door signs for me.

The door sill/jamb is Bare Metal Foil. To tone down the brightness, I coated the BMF for the door and hinges only with Testors Dullcoat giving the more realistic dull natural aluminum look.

More pics at www.timstrucks.com

Thanks for looking.

Tim

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Thats awesome Tim , the bed , the cab , color all looks super . Are you sure thats a kit? Great photos.....

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Thanks Ken!

This just goes to show you what you can do with a Italeri or Revell 377 kit.. just about anything.

Tim

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Tim,

How do you fit the bare metal foil to the door sills and other tricky areas. I,ve never used it before but might do so on a future truck. Is there any particular type of foil more suited to this intricate type of detail work?

Best Wishes

Dave Bates

PS. Like the Pete!

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Another beauty Tim.

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