1/25 AMT Fruehauf Texaco Chrome Tanker Trailer

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I didn't see this mentioned elsewhere, but it looks like the Fruehauf Chrome Tanker Trailer is set for an August release:

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I have one on those I bought a few months ago. I just wanted to say that on mine the chrome was awesome, almost no junk in the plating and no runs in the undercoat. The also did a great job packing the tank sides, they are in seperate plastic bags that are then wrapped in some thin foam packing material. This one isn't warped like the last issue either, I had one of the Texaco kits from the late nineties that was so warped it was absolute garbage.

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i have about 6 of them.. so many to build.. i wish amt could come up with a different tanker.. like a cement or bulk.. you know the ones that are painted black in the center.. the tanks are more likely lower than the fuel tanker..

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When you build this, the halves don't mate up evenly due to the tooling aging poorly. You have to improvise when assembling it. I used duct tape inside the barrel of the tank to keep the halves as close together as possible. This is probably the last time we will see this kit due to the failing tool. :(

Tim

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I did some dry fitting of mine and it is better than a previous issue I had but it still leaves a lot to be desired. It shows it's age for sure.

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When you build this, the halves don't mate up evenly due to the tooling aging poorly. You have to improvise when assembling it. I used duct tape inside the barrel of the tank to keep the halves as close together as possible. This is probably the last time we will see this kit due to the failing tool. :(

Tim

Does that mean they will make some 21st century truck subjects?

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Does that mean they will make some 21st century truck subjects?

Maybe we should ask Moebius again for this?

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Maybe we should ask Moebius again for this?

If their three current tractor trailer kits sell, you can bet they will offer more.

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I'm hoarding one of these to hook up behind my White Western Star- until now I was only worried about building it without scratching the chrome.

Is this the same kit that originally came with two left tank halves when it was first issued?

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Sure challenge to fit correctly every parts in this oldie, but if not mistaking this Tanker Trl must have been the most reissued AMT Trailer kit ever, since it's intro back in 1970:

GULF 1970-75, Sunoco Plated 1971, Union 76/Gulf mid 70's-early 80's, AMOCO in '88-early 90's, TEXACO late 90's, CCR Transport & the latest available chrome plated version.

True that the Chrome plating is very well done for such large half rounded parts on the ones I got, nice work again Round2...on a mold that truly shows it's age! :unsure::P

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Could somebody who has the round2 reissue of this tanker trailer post a pic or two of the decals sheet? I was only able to find poor pic from Hobbylink Japan's site.

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So I recently purchased a texaco tanker trailer from amt and was wondering how well does this go together is there any fit issues? Also off note my mom used to drive school bus and I was wondering where I could purchase a school bus model or if any even exist other than the drag bus kit?

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It's easier to tell you what does fit right on the AMT Tank Trailer kit: the wheels, and that's about it. The hank halfs are very think, and don't mate up properly, and because they are so thick it's just about impossible to get them round. The tank doesn't actually touch the frame in many places, so mounting the tank to the frame is precarious at best. If you "fight the good fight" it does look nice on the shelf.

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The only school bus models that I know of are from RMR in Pennsylvania, and they are from the 1940s & 50s. Here's the link to his site, they're at the bottom of the page: http://www.freewebs.com/rmrresin/nf125.htm

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Thanks! So it sounds like ill have my hands full with the tanker! A lot of sanding and so forth! BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH it now nothing is easy in model building

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Actually, there wasn't a lot of sanding involved. Although the tank halves are not the same shape, if you line up the bottom seam & make that flush as possible, that top piece hides the top seam so it doesn't look too bad, And, hey, they molds are probably 40 years old by now! Of course, they didn't fit all that well back then, either.

Good luck, have fun, and don't get to frustrated.

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Yep, you're gonna have your work cut out for you on this one, but it does, eventually, build up nice.....

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I agree with Jim and JT, bit of a job to build, just take your time and test fit first, it will work. When I opened the box I said,"Hey AMT did make an oval tanker. Oh, nevermind." I used masking tape and rubber bands to get the halves somewhat lined up, then glued from the inside. Some builders make round templates for inside, that may work also. Just take your time it will work.

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Lenny (I'll never build another one) Foosh

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Masking tape and rubber bands? I was thinking more Gorilla Glue and ratchet straps.

But it seems doable with a little patience.

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Well I'm gonna start one of these days but first I need to finish a triceratops diorama for my son! I also need to build shelves for this and my flatbed tractor trailer combo!

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I remember struggling when I built my first version of this tanker back around 1970. Even then it was a challenge. Ever since that first one, I cut strips of .040' plastic about .50' wide and glued one to the bottom of the left half and another to the top of the right I then bring the two halves together and run a quick line liquid cement down the joint before pushing them firmly together. I have always used three or four strong rubber bands to hold everything while the glue sets up. A also place the ends on at this time, but not cemented to make sure that the body stays round. Usually the next day I'll glue the ends on and take the rubber bands off. Having the extra gluing surface inside the tank helps things hold together during the rest of the construction, and even after if you accidentally drop it (as I have done on 2 or 3 occasions).

A.J.

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You took the words right out of my mouth, there, A.J.....I had this thought just a little bit ago......And, Jake, that was funny.....Ratchet straps and Gorilla glue.....Just might work..... :D

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ya, these will test your patience for sure, but can come out ok with some swearing..............I mean work......

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I keep thinking about picking one of these up. Does anybody know were I could find Pure Oil decals that would work with this trailer?

Scott

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