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Great build and love the details. What did you use to cover the bumper,looks amazing!!

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Great build and love the details. What did you use to cover the bumper,looks amazing!!

Thanks, the bumper is thin , highly polished aluminum. I just bought it and trimmed it to fit.

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Nice so far!....Any idea's about colors yet?...unless i missed it while running through this thread again!?

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Nice so far!....Any idea's about colors yet?...unless i missed it while running through this thread again!?

Thanks, you missed it. Post #64

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Thanks, you missed it. Post #64

Any themes?...ie...Siminole, classic, etc...

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This is one amazing project you have on the go.

Great job!!

Thanks, here's an update.

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On my other builds I did the lights after paint but there are so many led's on this I thought it would be better to install and wire them first. I used 32 gauge wire and 2 types of led's, Osram micro side mount white and blue and 1.8mm diffused red, blue and yellow. The cab marker lights were the hardest to plan out and get right. I hollowed out the chrome housing for the 1.8mm yellow led that I sanded the corners off so it would fit. Then I colored it with an orange Sharpie so the color was right when it is turned on or off. I installed 3 micro slide switches to control the lights and a connector so I can plug into a power supply for display. There ended up being a total of 50 led's on the truck.

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That is one great wiring job. Looks a lot better then mine. I really like the way you did the bullet lights. I'm using 5 fiber wires into one 5mm LED for mine.

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That is one great wiring job. Looks a lot better then mine. I really like the way you did the bullet lights. I'm using 5 fiber wires into one 5mm LED for mine.

That is what I planned to do but I thought this would be easier. How did the fiber optics work out? I was thinking of what to do with the fiber optics since I didn't use them and they might work good for interior trailer lights. Paint the optics and notch them where you want a light but I havn't tested it yet.

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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.. you are giving so many ideas to do to my 359 and my w900 that my wife is going to hate me.. hmm if I buy just a little at a time she will not knotice.... hmmm with a Cheshire cat grin..

Thanks I'm glad I could inspire you. I.m not married.... hmmm with a Cheshire cat grin.

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That is what I planned to do but I thought this would be easier. How did the fiber optics work out? I was thinking of what to do with the fiber optics since I didn't use them and they might work good for interior trailer lights. Paint the optics and notch them where you want a light but I havn't tested it yet.

Got busy remodeling the basement, so it's just sitting on the drafting table unfinised. I got all five fiber optics in and 3 bullet lights.

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I showed this build to a few of my friends on Earls site and it's blowing thier minds. Is it OK if I drag this link there for the rest of them to see or do you want to do it?

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Thanks for the comments.

I showed this build to a few of my friends on Earls site and it's blowing thier minds. Is it OK if I drag this link there for the rest of them to see or do you want to do it?

I will post it in a day or 2. I don't like painting so I took a few days off.

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Waiting on paint to dry so I can clearcoat it. I like the look of big 10" stacks so I got some 7/16" x .016" thin wall aluminum tube. I didn't think it could be bent without professional tools but I tried it anyway and it worked well. I packed the tube with sand and heated it with a propane torch, this is the tricky part. Then I put the tube in a handheld tube bender and carefully bent it. The 1st try the tube ripped when I was almost done, it needed more heat. The 3rd try I got it too hot and it was a little deformed but the 2nd and 4th turned out nice. The bends could be tighter but the are close enough. I know they are too long but I can't decide if I want angled cuts or straight cuts. Also needs to be polished.

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Holy Cow! You should consider selling a bill of materials/kit so some of us could give this a try. Absolutely amazing! I would be real curious how many $ you wind up with in this thing just for future planning. If I hit the lottery, I would like to try something like this with the 1/16 Monogram Peterbilt. I remember when I was a kid (far too long ago) I took a battery operated war tank drive out of a Tamiya kit and put in a 1/32 snap tite GMC General kit. It was "front wheel drive" and had the batteries stuffed in the sleeper. Ahhhh memories. FANTASTIC job. Excellent use of the old brain.

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Holy Cow! You should consider selling a bill of materials/kit so some of us could give this a try. Absolutely amazing! I would be real curious how many $ you wind up with in this thing just for future planning. If I hit the lottery, I would like to try something like this with the 1/16 Monogram Peterbilt. I remember when I was a kid (far too long ago) I took a battery operated war tank drive out of a Tamiya kit and put in a 1/32 snap tite GMC General kit. It was "front wheel drive" and had the batteries stuffed in the sleeper. Ahhhh memories. FANTASTIC job. Excellent use of the old brain.

I am keeping a list of all the parts and prices. Do you know Tamiya makes a 1/14 semi that is very popular with a tons of aftermarket parts.

Still working on paint but I finished the dash, I think. Looks better in person cause the camera shows all the little imperfections alot better. I put a blue LED behind the dash so the white gauges are backlit.

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Nice detailing! We can see the work that has gone into this, you see the "defects" more than we do! Nice!

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Looking good, looking real good. Question. How are you going to paint the body now that you have some of the chrome on?

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